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.
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