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10 Brussels Sprouts Recipes Tasty Enough to Convert the Haters

Brussels sprouts have had something of a renaissance in recent years, but they’re still one of those polarizing love-em-or-hate-em foods. If you live in a house divided on the Brussels sprouts question, want to prove a point to a friend who turns her nose up at these delicious cruciferous gems, or are trying to convert yourself to the gospel of Brussels, you have to try these 10 Brussels sprouts recipes.

10 of the Tastiest Brussels Sprouts Recipes, Ever

Hopefully you already know all about the health benefits of Brussels sprouts. These cruciferous vegetables, which look basically like tiny, adorable cabbages, are chock-full of nutrients linked to truly impressive effects, like helping to prevent and treat cancer.

Let's take a look at the highlights of brussel sprouts nutrition facts. Just half a cup delivers:

  • Calories: 28
  • Protein: 2 grams
  • Carbs: 6 grams
  • Fiber: 2 grams
  • Vitamin K: 137% of the RDI
  • Vitamin C: 81% of the RDI
  • Vitamin A: 12% of the RDI
  • Folate: 12% of the RDI
  • Manganese: 9% of the RDI

Did you know, however, that scientists have actually identified a gene that can predict whether you’ll love or hate Brussels sprouts? If you have the TASR38 gene and you eat cruciferous vegetables like Brussels sprouts, their bitterness will be dominant.

We bet that even people with the TASR38 gene will find something to love on this list of the best Brussels sprouts recipes! We carefully selected the tastiest options that represent all the wonderful things you can do with Brussels sprouts. You can even use Brussels sprouts to make a cleansing smoothie!

We included everything from exciting innovations for committed fans looking to experiment to classic roasted Brussels sprouts so delicious no one will be able to resist their allure. Plus, a cupcake recipe that makes very creative use of this superfood and may just be your favorite way to cook Brussels sprouts!

10 of the Tastiest Brussels Sprouts Recipes

1. Restaurant-Style Crispy Brussels Sprouts

What’s the secret to making golden brown, crispy, caramelized Brussels sprouts at home? Simple: high heat. That’s all you need to get Brussels sprouts that are tender on the inside and perfectly crisp and crackling on the outside.

This oh-so-easy recipe calls for just five ingredients: Brussels sprouts (duh), olive oil, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. The combination yields an appetizer or side dish so delicious, recipe creator Mila Furman’s husband nicknamed it “vegetable crack.”

This is the perfect dish to make when you want to open the eyes of a Brussels sprouts skeptic to the beauty of this vegetable.

Get the recipe here.

2. Classic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

You can’t go wrong with a Barefoot Contessa recipe. There’s a reason so many people absolutely love cooking along with Ina Garten. Her method for roasting Brussels sprouts is simple but includes a few key tips that yield magical results, like peeling off any yellow outer leaves prior to roasting.

Spread them out evenly in a single layer on a baking sheet and cook on medium-high heat. Garten suggests adding another sprinkle of kosher salt (sea salt would work just as well) after taking these babies out of the oven—”I like these salty like French fries,” she writes—and serving them immediately. Depending on how hot you like your Brussels sprouts, add another sprinkle of black pepper too! Why not add some roasted garlic cloves while you're at it?

Get the recipe here.

3. Honey Mustard Brussels Sprouts Slaw

Ever tried raw Brussels sprouts? If not, you should remedy that immediately with this insanely good recipe from Kathryne Taylor, cookbook author and mastermind behind the popular recipe blog Cookie + Kate.

Her flavorful slaw recipe strikes the perfect balance between creaminess and tanginess. It features crisp, shredded Brussels sprouts, toasted almonds, dried cherries, and homemade honey mustard dressing.

Get the recipe here.

4. Simple Brussels Sprouts Chips

You’ve heard of kale chips, right? Brussels sprouts chips just might be even more deliciously addicting. This two-step recipe from Delish yields crisp, golden, dip-ready Brussels sprouts chips coated in a delectable combination of Parmesan cheese and garlic powder.

More of a visual learner? Check out this recipe video!

5. Cranberry, Brussels Sprouts, and Brie Skillet Nachos

Chances are the first ingredients that pop into your mind when you think of nachos are not Brussels sprouts, cranberries, or brie. But when you pair these flavors—plus a pop of sharp white cheddar—you get the most amazing salty-sweet combo.

It’s the perfect vehicle for using up leftover Thanksgiving turkey, but don’t feel the need to make this only during the holiday season. It’s just as delicious at any time of year!

Get the recipe here.

6. Faux-Fried Vegan Brussels Sprouts with Sriracha Aioli

Dana Shultz, cookbook author and food-blogging supernova behind Minimalist Baker, calls these sprouts “faux fried” because they’re flash “fried,” aka sautéed in an extremely hot skillet. This produces the prized pairing of crispy exterior and tender center, but in a far shorter time than oven roasting.

In fact, this vegan Brussels sprouts recipe takes just 15 minutes prep time and 30 minutes total time, including whipping up the creamy sriracha aioli!

Get the recipe for this perfect side dish here.

7. Brussels Sprouts, Kale, and Potato Breakfast Hash

This one-pan recipe is easy enough to make for breakfast (even before you’ve had a full cup of coffee!) yet satisfying enough to serve as a quick, light dinner.

Recipe creator J. Kenji López-Alt, chief culinary consultant of Serious Eats and author of the James Beard Award–nominated column The Food Lab, describes himself as “a hash fiend, hardcore.” The beauty of hash is that you can simply cook some potatoes until browned and crisp, stir in some extra veggie goodness, and top with just-set eggs.

Get the recipe here.

8. Vegetarian “Buffalo Wings”

Do you like it hot? Then you’re going to adore these fiery vegetarian “buffalo wings.” Integrative nutritionist Maria Marlowe used a bar food staple as the inspiration for this incredibly tasty and truly healthy Brussels sprouts recipe.

Smart ingredient substitutions like sprouted chickpea flour, organic hot sauce, coconut milk, extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and avocado oil make for a nutritious, plant-based appetizer that still feels totally indulgent to eat. File this one away for the next time you’re craving comfort food but don’t want to undermine your healthy eating habits.

Get the recipe here.

9. Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad

This simple, fresh take on a Caesar salad makes the perfect complement to a heavier main dish. Or you can top it with a poached egg and turn it into an entrée.

Recipe creator Claire Thomas began her career as an assistant food stylist and personal chef before going on to start her own recipe blog (with gorgeous photos, natch) and author two cookbooks. Despite a busy career, she personally writes all the recipes on her blog, the Kitchy Kitchen, shoots all the photos, and directs the videos.

We bet this delightful, homemade, whole food Caesar salad will become one of your go-tos.

Get the recipe here.

10. Brussels Sprouts and Carrots Cupcakes with a Maple Curry Drizzle

Brussels sprouts for dessert? Only someone as creative as pastry chef Amy Loch Noonan could dream up such a thing. This recipe comes from her winning turn on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars in 2013.

While this Brussels sprouts recipe is on the complex side, the payoff is a totally unique, totally craveable cupcake. The exotic flavors are somewhat reminiscent of carrot cake, but elevated to a level of remarkable sophistication and innovation.

And since Noonan has been a committed vegan for nearly a decade, this Brussels sprouts dessert recipe contains absolutely no ingredients derived from animals.

Get the recipe here.

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