Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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Quick Summary

This Roasted Brussels Sprouts recipe is one of my favorite side dishes, and one of the easiest to make, too. You only need a few ingredients, but the combination of the vegetables and the balsamic vinegar makes for an intensely flavorful and healthy side. 

 

A tray of roasted Brussels sprouts, with a serving spoon in them

I know that some people don’t care for Brussels Sprouts, but they are one of my favorite vegetables. They’re hearty and fresh all at once and SO good when roasted in the oven. Roasted vegetables are always the best!

The balsamic vinegar in this recipe adds just the right amount of sweetness to balance out the Brussels sprouts. It makes this side dish taste decadent, despite the fact that it’s very healthy. Plus, it’s easy to make! 

You have to give Brussels sprouts a chance! Roasting them brings out the BEST flavor! They are crispy, not mushy, and SO good! They are the perfect side dish to any meal and a MUST make for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Ingredients

Despite having complex flavors, this roasted Brussels sprouts recipe has just 5 ingredients. Be sure to check out the recipe card at the bottom of the page for the exact amounts.

  • Brussels sprouts
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

How to Make Roasted Brussels Sprouts

This recipe couldn’t be easier, and it only takes a few minutes of work. The bulk of the recipe time comes when the veggies are in the oven.

  • Prep. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  • Prepare the Brussels sprouts. Cut the thick ends off of the Brussels sprouts. If the Brussels sprouts are big, cut them in half. Add all of them to a mixing bowl. 
  • Season. Toss the Brussels sprouts with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar, then season with salt and pepper. Place the Brussels sprouts in a baking dish.
  • Bake. Put the Brussels sprouts in the oven and bake until they’re tender on the inside. This should take 30-40 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve warm. 

Tips for Success

Here are some tips for making perfect roasted Brussels sprouts. 

  • Don’t crowd the pan. When you put the Brussels sprouts in the baking dish, make sure they’re not touching too much. If the Brussels sprouts are crowded, then they won’t be able to crisp up, and the texture won’t be great.
  • Don’t be afraid of browning. The outer layers of the Brussels sprouts will get brown and crispy in the oven, which adds a nice bit of crunch to the recipe. Don’t pull the veggies from the oven just because they’re browning. Keep cooking until the Brussels sprouts are tender on the inside, and let some color develop on the outside. 
  • Cut the Brussels sprouts to the same size. Try to have all the Brussels sprouts be roughly the same size. That might mean leaving small ones whole, and cutting larger ones in half, or even in quarters. If the Brussels sprouts are all the same size, they’ll cook at the same speed. 
  • Use a nice quality vinegar. You don’t ever need to break the bank for balsamic vinegar. But using a nice quality vinegar will make for much better roasted Brussels sprouts. Some cheaper balsamic vinegars are overly sweet or overly acidic, and some aren’t even 100% vinegar.
Close up of a serving spoon scooping some roasted Brussels sprouts

Variations 

Here are a few ways to mix up the recipe!  

  • Make them spicy. Since Brussels sprouts are quite hearty, they can take a little bit of a kick. Add some chili flakes and garlic before baking to give some spice to these veggies.
  • Add bacon. Brussels sprouts and bacon are a classic combination. To add some bacon, simply mix in chopped up bacon after taking the Brussels sprouts out of the oven. You can also replace the olive oil with bacon fat if you want a second layer of bacon flavor. 
  • Make them cheesy. You don’t tend to think of Brussels sprouts and cheese as going together, but this dish goes really well with parmesan cheese. After taking the sprouts out of the oven, sprinkle grated parmesan cheese on top, or add some larger parmesan flakes. 
  • Freshen them up. Add chopped fresh herbs like thyme, rosemary, basil, or parsley! You can also add a little fresh lemon juice.
  • Sweeten them up. When they come out of the oven, garnish with dried cranberries, dried cherries, or golden raisins for a pop of sweetness.
  • Add nuts. Garnish with chopped pecans, walnuts, pine nuts, or almonds for a nice crunch!
A serving spoon with a serving of roasted Brussels sprouts on it, with a pan of Brussels sprouts covered in parmesan flakes in the background

Serving Suggestions

You really can serve this simple vegetable side dish with any meal. Here are a few ideas!

How to Store & Reheat

You can store this dish in an airtight container in the fridge for 5 days.

Oven: To reheat extras, heat your oven to 350F and place the brussels sprouts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Warm for about 8-10 minutes, stirring halfway through, until they reach your desired temperature.

Air Fryer: The air fryer is great for reheating roasted vegetables. Pop them in the air fryer for just a few minutes until they are heated through. They will crisp back up!

Microwave: You can reheat the sprouts in the microwave, but they might get a little mushy. Simply place your desired amount on a microwave-safe plate and zap it until warmed through. The time required will vary according to how much you are reheating. A single serving will usually reheat in about 40-60 seconds.

Can This Recipe Be Frozen?

Fresh is best, but you can freeze roasted Brussels sprouts to use as a quick and easy side dish later. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 4 months. You can reheat them frozen in the oven.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

These roasted Brussels sprouts only use 5 ingredients, but they're the perfect vegetarian side dish. They're easy to make, and the balsamic vinegar pairs perfectly with the Brussels sprouts.
5 from 1 vote

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Cut off the ends of the Brussels sprouts. If the Brussels sprouts are large, cut in half. If they are small, it is ok to leave them whole. If they are extra large, you can quarter them, must make sure they are all the same size.
  • Place sprouts in a medium bowl. Toss with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Pour Brussels sprouts on a large baking sheet, making sure they aren’t touching and roast for 30 to 40 minutes or until sprouts are tender but crispy on the outside. Make sure you stir them a couple of times while they are roasting. Serve warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 121kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Sodium: 31mg, Potassium: 455mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 855IU, Vitamin C: 96mg, Calcium: 51mg, Iron: 2mg
Keywords balsamic brussels sprouts, balsamic roasted brussels sprouts, crispy brussel sprouts, recipe for brussels sprouts in oven

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  1. I love brussels! It’s a new thing for me, since I hate vegetables so much. But I really like brussels roasted.

  2. I made my first roasted brussel sprouts this week, and I love them! I think the addition of a bit of balsamic will really give it an extra edge. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Can you believe I have yet to eat a brussel sprout?! I shouldn’t admit that ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe your recipe will convert me! Looks great!

  4. My mom used to make the most awful slimy brussel sprouts. I haven’t had the chance to stomach them since. But your description of them sounds so good, that I’ll have to give it a try! Thanks for changing my opinion of them!

  5. I think brussels are my favorite veggie- DEFINTELY in the top 10. Steamed, roasted, shredded into a salad- I don’t think you can go wrong! These look beautiful

  6. Okay, I’ll have to try this. I grew up loving Brussels sprouts, and I mean the horrible ones in the frozen boil-in-the-bag package. I could have eaten those for days, and my sister never understood me. I wouldn’t eat them that way now though, because that’s a little scary.

  7. Yes, this is the perfect holiday side dish. I too love brussels sprouts, even when they are simply steamed. But much better when they are roasted like this ๐Ÿ˜‰ xo

  8. I had brussels sprouts once when I was a kid on a cruise ship and I haaated it. I’ll admit I’ve been a little afraid to try them again. I think I need to now, esp with this recipe! The counters look amazing, can’t wait to see the rest!

  9. So much fun! I can’t wait to see the kitchen. And I had the best brussels at Westville in New York City. They were fantastic, and I’ve been craving more ever since.

  10. The countertops look beautiful! I never liked brussels sprouts until I tried roasted ones, but now I’m a convert.

  11. i love love love brussel sprouts…always have! i’ve never done them with balsamic though, and i can’t wait to try it this weekend!

  12. I’m also on Team Brussels! I love those little cuties. And roasted is my absolutely favorite way to eat them. I’ve never even thought to add balsamic to them. mmmm is right! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Loving your countertops!!

  13. I never understood the distaste for Brussel Sprouts, either. I’ve never tried them this way and I look forward to trying it.

  14. I’m really looking forward to the new kitchen pictures, and also looking forward to making these yummy brussel sprouts sometime soon!

  15. Your new countertop makes a fantastic background – great photo! This is a lovely way to enjoy Brussels sprouts.

  16. I totally agree with you. They get a bad rap and are so good. And I always roast them with balsamic vinegar, seems like I got the idea from Ina. No one else here at my house (hub included) likes them, so I get them all to myself when I make them. Maybe I’ll make a big dish full, and see who else of the 60 we are hosting for T-day likes them. I’m looking for different ideas as I’m kind of tired of the same ol’ traditional foods for Thanksgiving.

  17. I absolutely adore brussel sprouts. So many people think they don’t like them and then they try my roasted brussels and they are hooked. I only use olive oil and sea salt so, I am excited to try with the addition of balsamic. Looks delicious.

  18. Now that I am all grown up, I love these. Along with beets, squash, and greens. I love the first photo, it is so pretty.

  19. I think people who don’t like them haven’t had them cooked properly – roasted is an excellent way to go! Countertops look gorgeous!

  20. mmmm Brussels. I’ve been eating them for the past month or so. I’m glad I have a new way to cook them, I was running out. I can’t wait to try them : )

  21. Your countertops look beautiful! Roasting is my favorite way of preparing brussel sprouts. I like balsamic vinegar on them too. Just made soy glazed brussel sprouts that are finished with balsamic vinegar.

  22. Yum, great minds think alike! We just whipped up some Roasted Brussels with Crispy Pancetta and Garlic. Love the balsamic variety as well. A terrific and healthy Turkey Day swap!

  23. I discovered brussel sprouts last year and am definitely a fan now. Yours look awesome, the new countertops make a great background ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. I just got a big basket from Bountiful Baskets . A sweet friend of mine surprised me with it today! Well guess..what…it has Brussel sprouts in it. I have never made them before ..so..thank you so much for sharing your recipe..I will l make them to go along side Sunday dinner!

  25. I don’t get why people don’t like Brussells Sprouts, either. I’ve always liked ’em. Even as a kid. So many different recipes for ’em this fall. As long as they don’t hide the real flavor of the little cabbages that’s okay by me.

  26. Yum… Brussels roasted with Balsamic vinegar is my FAVORITE way to serve them! Beautiful! And, yes, I do like the look of those countertops… Can’t wait for the big reveal.

  27. I don’t hate them, I just don’t like them maybe because I’ve never had them this way. I need to give them a second, or third, chance, LOL.

  28. I honestly am not a brussel sprout fan but these *sound* good ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am going to try to give them another shot here at Thanksgiving!

  29. I can’t believe I’m admitting this, but I don’t think I’ve ever tried brussels sprouts! I always hear the bad things and have gotten it in my mind that I don’t like them. I just showed my husband your post (he feels the same) and told him we were trying this recipe at Thanksgiving! Thanks for helping me step outside the box ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. I still can’t get into Brussels sprouts because they’re just too bitter for me, but my hubby loves them and would love this recipe!

  31. Yum! I’ve been thinking about brussel sprouts a lot lately… I guess I should just make some already! Sounds great with the balsamic. Beautiful photos!

  32. My mom and I were just talking about trying brussels sprouts yesterday. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I’m gonna give it a try!
    ~ingrid

  33. They look amazing Maria. This is the only way to get me to eat brussel sprouts. So delicious with the balsamic vinigar.

  34. I love Brussels sprouts and I love balsamic vinegar – but I’ve never had them together! This is one I definitely need to try.

  35. This is going onto our Thanksgiving table! Lovely and scrumptious! Also, I’m with you– this is one of my all-time favorite vegetables.

  36. Finally a way that I like them! I’ve tried various methods TRYING to like them, but now I do – thank you!

  37. Just tried these! Have never eaten brussel sprouts in my life, but made them and served them to my husband and parents. They were great and everyone liked them! Thank you!

  38. How perfect!? Always looking for simple easy ways to include veggies in our meals! And brussels sprouts happen to be a favorite in our house!

  39. I had never tasted brussel sprouts until I attended a Christmas dinner at my nephews home. ย  He roasted the brussel spouts just as the recipe stated but he included in the balsamic vinegar ย a little honey!! ย  I have included brussel sprouts in my weekly menus. ย  I love themโค๏ธ

  40. Brussels Sprouts have a bad reputation from cooks who boiled them in water and the smell was like cabbage. Oven roasted sprouts are so delicious due to their being caramalized.