Just 6 simple ingredients and less than 30 minutes and you can have this honey balsamic roasted brussels sprouts recipe that os an incredibly easy side for any weeknight dinner.
Love or hate Brussels sprouts? Where do you fall?
If you’re not a huge fan, it could be because of how they’ve been prepared for you
Did you know overcooked Brussels sprouts can taste bitter, mushy, and yucky?
This may be why they’ve historically not been a big winner for children and why they continue to get a bad wrap with adults, too.
Poor Brussels sprouts.
I, for one, LOVE brussels sprouts. They’re like little baby cabbages that soak up all sorts of flavor and have such a unique texture. This time of year, I’m especially excited because I get to roast things without making it even more hot in the house AND I get to enjoy all the brussels sprouts. Yep, all of them.
In this post, I share how to roast Brussels sprouts and ways to make sure you cook them the best way possible. Spoiler: roasting them with balsamic vinegar and honey helps, too!
Brussels sprouts are an incredibly nutritious vegetable. They are low in calories with just 30 calories per half cup, and high in protein. Plus they’re an excellent source of vitamin C, K, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. That means they help to reduce cholesterol and fight off strokes.
For those preggos out there, just one half cup of Brussels sprouts provides about 12 percent of the folate you need each day, which is an important B vitamin for pregnancy, among other things DNA related. They also are believed to contain cancer-fighting properties and anti-inflammatory benefits. So – yea, they’re good AND healthy.
How to Roast Brussels Sprouts
Roasting Brussels sprouts is so incredible easy and doesn’t require a ton of ingredients or steps. While you can roast them whole, I like to slice the Brussels sprouts in half before roasting. This is ideal for a couple reasons: (1) it reduces the amount of time needed to cook through and become tender, and (2) more surface area to pick up all the yummy flavors and get all crispy and delicious.
All you need is a rimmed baking sheet, your oven set to 425 degrees F, and you can have roasted brussels sprouts within less than 20 minutes. The ideal amount of tenderness is right before they are mushy. They are best when slightly crisp, yet mostly tender, and still bright green.
The Best Way to Cook Brussels Sprouts)
The secret for how to cook Brussels sprouts is to avoid overcooking them. Overcooking destroys a lot of their nutrients and makes them much more bitter and less tasty. This may be a major reason why so many people dislike them.
Not overcooking Brussels sprouts can be particularly tricky when reheating them, whether they’re frozen or being reheated as left-overs. To avoid overcooking, make sure you remove them from the heat before they lose their bright green color. Once they lose this brightness, they’ll become more grey-green in appearance, which is a sign they’ve been overcooked.
To prevent this, heat as minimally as possible (just to warm through). Since they’re already cooked and tender, more cooking time isn’t necessary. Frozen Brussels sprouts can be added directly to a hot pan or reheated in the oven for best results.
Can Roasted Brussels Sprouts Be Frozen?
Yes, you can easily freeze roasted brussels sprouts to enjoy them later. To freeze, allow the roasted brussels sprouts to completely cool. I like to place the entire sheet pan into the freezer to freeze each sprout separately, but you can also place all the brussels sprouts directly into a freezer safe bag or container.
Note: If you place them all together in the bag before freezing, they will become a large clump of frozen sprouts and will be more difficult to defrost and/or separate and portion out once frozen.
Frozen roasted brussels sprouts can last for up to 12 months if properly stored.
More Easy Roasted Vegetable Recipes
Want more roasted veggie goodness? Here are some of my faves:
- Easy Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower
- Parmesan Roasted Green Beans
- Lemon Roasted Asparagus
- Thyme-Roasted Carrots
- Roasted Broccoli
- Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Honey Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Just 6 simple ingredients and less than 30 minutes and you can have these honey balsamic roasted brussels sprouts that are an incredibly easy side recipe for any weeknight dinner.
- 3 lbs. brussels sprouts, ends removed and sliced in half
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
- 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 2 tsp. raw honey
- Start by preheating your oven to 425 degrees F and lining a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Lay the brussels sprouts out evenly on the baking sheet.
Add the olive oil, sea salt, ground black pepper, balsamic vinegar, and raw honey and then toss well to coat.
Place into the oven and roast until the brussels sprouts are tender and caramelized, about 18-20 minutes.
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