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October 21, 2019

Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts

The secrets to crispy roasted brussels sprouts are how you slice them and giving them a head start roasting on hot preheated sheet pans.

The secrets to crispy roasted brussels sprouts are how you slice them and giving them a head start roasting on hot preheated sheet pans.

Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasting brussels sprouts can be tricky, even though it should be a very straightforward side dish.

But there are a few simple tricks from how you cut them to how to roast them that will guarantee sprouts with golden brown edges.

And this oven roasted brussels sprout recipe will give you the crisp leaves that I know you’re look for. No air fryer required.

Size Matters For Brussels Sprout Recipes

The best part about buying brussels sprouts at the farmers market is that you can handpick each one from a bin. Then you can make sure they are all the same size.

Things are different at the grocery where they’re usually in pre-packed mesh bags. That means you go home with big and little sprouts. When brussels sprouts are different sizes, cook time varies. You end up with smaller ones that are borderline too dark and larger sprouts that aren’t cooked all the way through.

Instead of ignoring their differences and just slicing them in half, I take a different approach. I trim the ends of the brussels sprouts and then slice them thinly lengthwise. Then it doesn’t matter if they’re not all the same overall size because I have made them the same thickness.

Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Crispy Brussels Sprouts Love Hot Sheet Pans

There’s no time to waste with this quick side dish. To get the brussels sprouts roasting the moment they hit sheet pans, I already have the pans in the oven as it preheats up to 400 degrees F.


After I toss the sliced sprouts in olive oil, salt and pepper, I put on my oven mitts to pull the sheet pans from the oven. Then I carefully scatter the sprouts over the pans. The moment they make contact with the metal they are sizzling. That sound is the best!

It only takes 15-20 minutes for the sprouts to finish roasting.  When they are about halfway cooked, I use a spatula to flip them over, so they brown on both sides.

Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts

The Ingredients

This is what you need for these crispy brussels sprouts:

  • Brussels sprouts: Look for brussels sprouts with tightly packed green leaves. Avoid ones that have yellow or brown spots.
  • Olive oil: My preference is extra virgin olive oil since this recipe has so few ingredients. You want to use the best quality oil you can.
  • Lemon: Citrus, specifically lemon juice, adds a wonderful brightness to roasted vegetables. I wait to toss the sprouts in lemon juice until after they have finished roasting.
  • Salt & pepper: Seasoning the brussels sprouts with salt and pepper really brings out their roasted flavor.
Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts

How To Make Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F with 2 sheet pans on the center racks.
  2. Trim the brussels sprouts. Then Slice them thinly lengthwise.
  3. Toss the brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  4. Carefully spread the brussels sprouts across the preheated sheet pans.
  5. Roast the brussels sprouts until they are crispy and golden at the edges. Use a spatula to flip and toss the sprouts halfway through roasting.
  6. Toss the brussels sprouts with lemon juice in a bowl before serving.
Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Serving Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Once they are done roasting, I transfer the brussels sprouts to a bowl and toss them with lots of fresh lemon juice before serving.

Crispy roasted brussels sprouts are best eaten warm. They can’t be cooked in advance, but since they don’t take long to make, you could leave them last for your dinner prep. What you can do ahead of time is trim and slice the brussels sprouts, so you have that step out of the way.

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Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts

  • Author: Paige Adams
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25-30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Roasting
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

The secrets to crispy roasted brussels sprouts are how you slice them and giving them a head start roasting on hot preheated sheet pans.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds brussels sprouts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F with 2 sheet pans on the center racks.
  2. Trim the brussels sprouts. Then slice them thinly lengthwise.
  3. Toss the brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  4. Remove the preheated sheet pans from the oven. Carefully spread the brussels sprouts across them.
  5. Roast for 15-20 minutes until brown and crisp at the edges using a spatula to flip and toss the sprouts about halfway through cooking.
  6. Transfer the brussels sprouts to a bowl and stir in the lemon juice before serving.

Notes

Crispy brussels sprouts are best served warm.

You can trim and slice the brussels sprouts in advance.

  • Author: Paige Adams
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25-30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Roasting
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: roasted brussels sprouts, crispy brussels sprouts

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  1. Thanks for the recipe! Great idea to cut the brussels sprouts thinly– I have always hated soggy-in-the-middle roasted brussels sprouts. These were much crispier.