Vegan Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Overhead close up shot of a pile of oven-roasted brussel sprouts sprinkled with white sesame seeds

This vegan Brussels sprouts recipe is going to change the way you see sprouts! Drizzled with some sesame and olive oil and dusted with spices then roasted to crisp perfection, this simple recipe is easy to make and packed with flavor. It’s the perfect easy vegan side dish for anything from a weeknight dinner to a fancy holiday meal!


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I was absolutely stunned to see how many people seem to dislike Brussel sprouts! It was almost everyone I asked. 

Then I found out why and completely understood: they all had only ever had boiled Brussels sprouts. No wonder they get a bad rap!

But I’m about to shake up the way you see sprouts. Literally. 

Simply drizzle some oil, add your spices, and shake those sprouts until they are well-seasoned. Pop them in the oven to roast to a crispy, caramelized perfection, and you’ll be popping these little beauties in your mouth like candy!

Seriously, if you’ve only ever tried boiled Brussels, I’m about to change your worldview.

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Why You’ll Love These Vegan Brussel Sprouts

  • Roasted sprouts are quite probably unlike any Brussel sprouts you’ve had before.
  • They’re so, so easy to make and go great as part of a simple weeknight meal.
  • They’re a great side dish to a wide variety of foods.
Overhead shot of a round white plate piled high with slightly charred sesame brussel sprouts sprinkled with sesame seeds

Ingredients for the Best Roasted Brussels Sprouts

For our easy sprouts recipe you’ll need just a few simple ingredients:

Roasted Brussel Sprouts – Substitution Options

If you don’t have or can’t tolerate one of the above ingredients, here are our best substitution tips. Remember though, substituting any of the ingredients may lead to a varied degree of difference in the final product. Let us know in the comments if you try any subs and how they work out for you! 

For the olive oil: You can use any neutral oil like avocado oil in place of the olive oil. If you want a bigger sesame flavor to the Brussel sprouts, decrease the amount of olive oil and replace with the same amount of sesame oil. If you enjoy a stronger sprout flavor, go the opposite way.

For the sesame oil: This is kind of a key ingredient to the flavor element. Personally, I wouldn’t omit it, but if you want to try another flavored or infused oil, that could work. Olivelle makes a great vegan bacon-flavored oil that could be amazing on these.

For the spices: Feel free to shake up your spices too. Try a little chipotle powder or smoked paprika for a smoky flavor. If you like spicy food, try some chili flakes or crushed red pepper flakes.

Overhead photo of a pile of roasted brussels sprouts on a round white plate

How to Roast Brussel Sprouts in the Oven

  1. First, preheat your oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine the oils and spices together in a small bowl.
  3. Then, remove any yellowish leaves from the Brussels sprouts, and slice the sprouts in half lengthwise.
  4. Place the sliced sprouts in a large bowl or container with a lid and drizzle the oil and spice blend slowly over the sliced sprouts using a rubber spatula to coat them well or shaking until well-coated.
  5. Place the sliced and spiced sprouts in a single layer on a foil or parchment paper-lined large baking sheet and bake in the 400°F preheated oven for 25-35 minutes. Shake the large baking tray every five minutes or so, until they are crispy brown and tender. 

The cooking time for the sprouts will vary depending on both size and moisture content, so keep an eye on them!

How to Clean and Cut Brussel Sprouts

To clean and cut brussels sprouts, place the sprouts in a colander or strainer and spray well to clean. Dry them well on paper towels or a vegetable cloth and remove any yellowish outer leaves. Cut the sprouts lengthwise. Leave smaller sprouts alone and uncut.

What to Eat with Brussel Sprouts

These are the best brussel sprouts and perfect side dish for everyone at the table – whether they follow a plant-based diet or not!

Aside from the holiday fare, we love to serve these with:

  • Grains! Jasmine or Basmati rice and a little soy sauce would be great with these, as would quinoa.
  • Potatoes! Fried, mashed, or roasted
  • Dip them in vegan buffalo sauce
  • Top with grated vegan parmesan

Vegan Meals with Brussel Sprouts

How to Store Brussel Sprouts

Store leftover brussels sprouts in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Alternatively, you can freeze cooked sprouts for up to 12 months.

How long do cooked brussel sprouts last?

Stored properly in an airtight container, cooked Brussels sprouts will last up to four days in the refrigerator.

Can you freeze cooked brussel sprouts?

Yes. Cooked Brussels sprouts should be cooled thoroughly before being placed in freezer bags or Souper Cubes and then frozen.

Can you reheat roasted brussel sprouts?

Yes, roasted Brussels sprouts can be reheated. Just be careful not to overcook or burn them when you do. Use a lower heat, around 300°F, to reheat.

How to Reheat Brussel Sprouts (air fryer)

Reheat your Brussels sprouts in the air fryer at 300°F for about 7-10 minutes until warm.

Overhead shot of a plate with a pile of vegan brussels sprouts sprinkled with sesame seeds

Brussels Sprouts FAQ

If you’re new to cooking with Brussels sprouts, you may have a few questions about them!

Is it safe to eat raw brussel sprouts?

Absolutely! Raw Brussels sprouts are high in folate, potassium, iron, and vitamin c. However, raw sprouts might give you a bit of bloat or gas.

What do brussel sprouts taste like?

Brussels sprouts kind of taste like a milder, slightly nuttier green cabbage. Which makes sense since they’re in the same plant family, as are cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, and collard greens, among others.

Are brussel sprout leaves edible?

Yes, the leaves of Brussels sprouts are edible, and they are great in salads!

What takes the bitterness out of brussel sprouts?

Apparently there’s a specific gene present in half the world’s population that emphasizes the bitter flavor in foods like Brussels sprouts. A great way to combat that bitterness is salt. Yes. For best results, you can soak raw sprouts in salted water for about 20 minutes, or add a little bit of salt to the sprouts before roasting and a little more after.

Is it better to blanch brussel sprouts before roasting?

It’s not necessary to blanch Brussels sprouts before roasting. BUT, if you have larger sprouts, blanching does give a slight head start on the roasting process. The option is entirely up to you.

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Yield: 6 servings

Best Brussel Sprouts Recipe (Vegan)

Overhead close up shot of a pile of oven-roasted brussel sprouts sprinkled with white sesame seeds

This vegan Brussels sprouts recipe is going to change the way you see sprouts! Drizzled with some sesame and olive oil and dusted with spices then roasted to crisp perfection, this simple recipe is easy to make and packed with flavor. It's the perfect easy vegan side dish for anything from a weeknight dinner to a fancy holiday meal!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F.
  2. Mix the oils and spices together in a small bowl to combine.
  3. Remove any yellowish leaves from the Brussels sprouts.
  4. Slice the sprouts in half lengthwise and place in a large bowl.
  5. Drizzle the oil and spice blend slowly over the sliced sprouts using a rubber spatula to coat them well.
  6. Place the spiced sprouts on a foil or parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 400° for 25-35 minutes, shaking the pan every five minutes or so, until they are crispy brown and tender.

Notes

  • *The cooking time for the sprouts depends on both size and moisture content.
  • Store leftover brussels sprouts in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat your Brussels sprouts in the air fryer at 300°F for about 7-10 minutes until warm.
  • Alternatively, you can freeze cooked sprouts for up to 12 months. Cooked Brussels sprouts should be cooled thoroughly before being placed in freezer bags or Souper Cubes and then frozen.
  • For the olive oil: You can use any neutral oil like avocado oil in place of the olive oil. If you want a bigger sesame flavor to the Brussel sprouts, decrease the amount of olive oil and replace with the same amount of sesame oil. If you enjoy a stronger sprout flavor, go the opposite way.
  • For the sesame oil: This is kind of a key ingredient to the flavor element. Personally, I wouldn’t omit it, but if you want to try another flavored or infused oil, that could work. Olivelle makes a great vegan bacon-flavored oil that could be amazing on these.
  • For the spices: Feel free to shake up your spices too. Try a little chipotle powder or smoked paprika for a smoky flavor. If you like spicy food, try some chili flakes or crushed red pepper flakes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1/6 the recipe

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 108Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 210mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated and may not always be accurate.

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2 thoughts on “Vegan Brussels Sprouts Recipe

    1. Hi, Nancy! We haven't tried frozen sprouts in this, but I personally feel they'd be mushy at the end of cooking. I could be TOTALLY wrong about that though. If you do try them, I'd love to hear the results!

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