Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

We just love Brussels sprouts and we were out at a nice restaurant recently and they had caramelized Brussels sprouts on the menu and we got really excited. We asked if they were cooked in butter (yes), and requested to have them cooked in olive oil instead. They said they couldn’t do it. We were bummed, but not for long.

I decided to make them myself using olive oil and the result was sublime. Beautifully caramelized Brussels sprouts and onions seasoned with toasted sesame seeds and coarse sea salt. This side dish is simple, fragrant, and just delightful.

It’s not always easy eating out as a vegan, that’s one of the main reasons why I started this blog. We may end up cooking more at home, but we eat a lot more food we know is better for us, loaded with plant-based nutritional value and tons of great flavor. Like these amazing Brussels sprouts!

2 Tbsp olive oil
3 cups fresh Brussels sprouts, sliced in half
1 onion, chopped
2 Tbsp sesame seeds
1/2 tsp coarse sea salt

Heat a heavy skillet (I love my cast iron) over medium-high heat, add sesame seeds and toast for about 3-5 minutes, or until golden brown and fragrant. Remove from pan and set aside.

Add 1 Tbsp olive oil and onions to hot pan and cook until caramelized – soft and nicely browned around the edges. Remove onions and set aside. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil to hot pan and add Brussels sprouts, placing them face down. Cook for 5-7 minutes, and when Brussels sprouts are beautifully caramelized, turn over and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes. Add onions back to pan to heat up, stirring to mix with Brussels sprouts.

Season with toasted sesame seeds and coarse sea salt.

Servings: 4
Per serving: 125 calories (85 from fat), 9.5g total fat, 1.4g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 258mg sodium, 9.5g total carbohydrate (3.5g dietary fiber, 2.6g sugar), 3.3g protein, 10% vitamin A, 97% vitamin C, 8% calcium, 9% Iron

  • Good Points: Great source of dietary fiber and Vitamin C
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  2. As with all your recipes this sounds great! Thanks

  3. I cannot wait to make these tonight!!! I too had them at a restaurant, paired with roasted cauliflower and was in absolute heaven. The ones I had were also caramelized in olive oil instead of butter. Your addition the sesame seeds sounds fantastic! We are having friends over for dinner and this will be a perfect compliment. Thank you!!

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  5. These were fantastic!

  6. I have read that using olive oil to cook with is a big no no bc when heated it becomes highly carcenigenic. May I suggest just using regular canola oil or coconut oil instead. Olive oil is only good cold and mixed with sauces and dressings. I will be making this dish tonight. Thanks for the recipe.

    • I made these with a couple alterations. I like my sprouts a little softer, so after I caramelized one side, I added a little water, covered them for a few minutes, and then steamed the water off and caramelized the rest. I also added a touch of pure maple syrup while cooking the onions! This was a good recipe. Thanks.

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  9. I sprinkle them with grated Parmesan cheese just before serving. I also crush a clove or two of garlic in the pan with the onions.

    • Hi Wally! The garlic sounds awesome! I also have a recipe for vegan “parmesan” that is truly amazing and would be oh so good on these Brussels sprouts! Thanks for sharing!

  10. I just made these…Yummy! The sesame seeds are a nice touch. I just added a little garlic and they are fabulous! Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Wonderful technique and recipe. No sesame seeds on hand, so I used pine nuts. Very good too!

  13. My first experience with brussels sprouts. I’ve always shied away from them because I’d been led to believe they were icky. On the contrary, these were delicious. (I also added a little garlic.) These are definitely going into my meal rotation. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Awesome Caryn! I love hearing that this was your first experience with Brussels sprouts, and that you actually liked them! Sometimes you just gotta try it for yourself… 🙂

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  23. I cooked these tonight and they were delicious! Even my husband ate them who doesn’t really like brussel sprouts. I cooked them just like the recipe stated but would add some garlic to the onions next time. One idea for those who like ore done sprouts is to pop their oven safe pan for 10 after cartelizing one side. Thanks for getting my husband to eat these! I loved them!

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