Thinly sliced crispy roasted brussels sprouts in a bowl.

November 10, 2022

Roasted Crispy 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 recipe for these 5-ingredient crispy brussels sprouts is a foolproof way to get the best roasted sprouts. This is a super quick side dish that roasts in 15-20 minutes. Since they don’t take long, it’s the kind of recipe that you can make when pretty much everything else is almost ready to serve.

Roasted brussels sprouts on a plate.

Why This Recipe Works

Sliced brussels sprouts maximize contact with the pan. Skip the parchment paper. You want those flat sized to make direct contact with the metal of the pan. This gives them more opportunity to brown and crisp up.

No special equipment is required. This recipe is basic—in a good way. You don’t need an air fryer or any other gadget to get great results. A pan and your oven will do everything that you need.

Using 2 sheet pans gives the sprouts plenty of space to roast. When you crowd any roasted veggies on a pan, they steam instead of roasting. Allowing that hot oven air to circulate around them helps them turn out crispy.

How To Cut Brussels Sprouts

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.

Preheat Your Sheet Pans

There’s no time to waste with this quick side dish. To get the brussels sprouts roasting immediately, I put the baking sheets in the oven as it preheats up to 400 degrees F.

After I toss the sliced sprouts in olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper, I put on my oven mitts to pull the pans from the oven. Then I use a slotted spoon to scoop them from the bowl. The moment they make contact with the metal of a rimmed baking sheet they are sizzling. That sound is the best.

The Ingredients

Ingredients including brussels sprouts, olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper

This is what you need:

  • Brussels sprouts: Look for brussels sprouts with tightly packed green leaves. Avoid ones that have yellow or brown spots. Pull off any loose outer leaves.
  • 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 the juice, adds a wonderful brightness to roasted vegetables.
  • Salt & pepper: Seasoning the brussels sprouts with salt and pepper really brings out their roasted flavor.

Optional Additions

When the oven-roasted brussels sprouts are ready, you can sprinkle them with grated Parmesan cheese or red pepper flakes for a little heat.

How To Roast Crispy Brussels Sprouts

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F with 2 sheet pans on the center racks.

1. Trim the brussels sprouts. Then slice them thinly lengthwise.

2. Toss the brussels sprouts with oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a large bowl.

Thinly sliced brussels sprouts on a cutting board and in a bowl.

3. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the brussels sprouts to the baking sheets. Spread them into a single layer.

4. Roast the brussels sprouts until they are crispy and golden at the edges, about 15-20 minutes. Use a spatula to flip and toss the sprouts halfway through roasting.

Brussels sprouts on a sheet pan before and after roasting.

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.

Leftovers

You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator up 3 days. They will not be as crispy as when you first made them. I recommend warming them in a 350-degree F oven, or sautéing them in a little olive oil in a skillet on the stove. Then stir them into cooked grains or noodles. Try this Roasted Brussels Sprout Pasta.

More Brussels Sprout Recipes

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Kale Brussels Sprout Pear Salad
Roasted Potato Brussels Sprout Salad
Brussels Sprout Apple Salad
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Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

I hope you love these sprouts as much as I do. Please leave a rating and comment below. Thanks!

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Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Easy Roasted Crispy Brussels Sprouts

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

Description

The keys to getting crispy brussels sprouts is all about how you slice them and roasting them on hot preheated sheet pans.


Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F with 2 sheet pans on the oven racks.
  2. Trim the brussels sprouts. Then slice them thinly lengthwise about 1/8-inch thick.
  3. Toss the brussels sprouts with oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  4. Remove the preheated sheet pans from the oven. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the sprouts to the hot pans. Carefully spread them out in a single layer.
  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.

Notes

Roasted brussels sprouts are best served warm. You can sprinkle on grated Parmesan or red pepper flakes if you want.

You can trim and slice the brussels sprouts a few hours in advance.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge up to 2 days. Rewarm them in a 350-degree F oven or in a skillet on the stove with a little olive. They won’t be as crisp as when you first roasted them. Try stirring them into cooked grains or pasta.

Keywords: roasted brussels sprouts, crispy brussels sprouts

Originally published October 21, 2019. Updated: November 10, 2022.

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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.