Fried Brussels Sprouts

What could be better than fried Brussels sprouts? These salty, crunchy sprouts are tossed with hot honey for a sublime side dish.

Fried Brussels sprouts

The humble Brussels sprout is the Cinderella story of vegetables, right? To this day, my dad complains about the soggy sprouts of his childhood. But by the time I reached adulthood, this veggie had quite the transformation. Now it’s fried up and regularly served at trendy gourmet restaurants! Our personal favorite way to serve this veggie is crispy baked Brussels sprouts with maple glaze. But when we’re feeling fancy: we pan fry them! Meet our perfect fried Brussels sprouts: crispy edges, perfectly salted, and tossed with hot honey.

Have a splatter screen ready!

Before you scroll down to the recipe: make sure you have a splatter screen for these fried Brussels sprouts! Even perfectly dry sprouts can spit when they hit the hot oil. In testing this recipe, we made a bit of a mess in our kitchen. The best way to avoid that is a splatter screen! Have it ready right away, because the sprouts start to spit immediately.

Ingredients for fried Brussels sprouts

You only need 3 ingredients for fried Brussels sprouts: but we added 2 more ingredients to make a killer sauce. Here’s what you’ll need to have on hand:

  • Brussels sprouts: on the stalk or off: whatever you can find!
  • Neutral oil, for frying: use your favorite organic neutral oil: try organic vegetable, canola or grapeseed
  • Kosher salt
  • Hot sauce
  • Honey or maple syrup
Fried Brussels sprouts

Tips for making this pan fried Brussels sprouts recipe

Making this fried Brussels sprouts recipe isn’t hard. But it’s something we reserve for special occasions because it can get a little messy! For everyday Brussels sprouts, we prefer Crispy Baked Brussels Sprouts. But if it’s a special occasion, we whip out these fried Brussels sprouts! The flavor is a little more developed than the oven can achieve.

This recipe calls for using about 1/4-inch of oil in a pan, which is pan frying: not deep frying which is more oil, and not sauteing which is less oil. Here’s what to know about how to pan fry Brussels sprouts:

  • Invest in a splatter screen. Yep, we’re saying it again! The Brussels sprouts have moisture in them, so they’ll spit when they hit the pan. A splatter screen helps!
  • Use any neutral oil. We used organic canola oil. Use your favorite frying oil, like vegetable, canola or grapeseed.
  • This recipe uses 1/4-inch in the bottom of a pan. It’s like a medium ground in between pan frying and sautéing.
  • Stand back immediately! The sprouts will spit the moment they hit the pan. Stand back and cover with the splatter screen.
  • Pull them out when they’re browned and crispy. It takes just about 3 to 5 minutes! How’s that for fast? You’ll have to fry in batches, so repeat the instructions for the second batch.
Fried Brussel sprouts recipe

Toss with hot honey before serving!

The best way to season fried Brussels sprouts, in our opinion? Make our spin on hot honey! It’s similar to our 1 Minute Hot Honey recipe, but even milder. Simply mix 2 tablespoons of honey with your favorite hot sauce. After having just made Brussels sprouts with maple glaze, Alex and I appreciated the way the subtle nuanced notes of honey flavor this veggie! If you eat vegan, you can certainly substitute maple syrup.

You can also simply omit the hot sauce and use straight honey if you prefer! If you do like a little heat, hot sauces like Frank’s Red Hot or Sriracha work well.

More ways to season fried Brussels sprouts

There are lots more ways to season fried Brussels sprouts! Here a few options that pair well with this tasty vegetable:

Pan Fried Brussels sprouts

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There are lots more ways to include Brussels sprouts into your cooking repertoire! Here are some of our favorite Brussels sprouts recipes for serving them:

This fried Brussels sprouts recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For plant-based, dairy-free, and vegan, use maple syrup instead of honey.

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Fried Brussels sprouts

Fried Brussels Sprouts


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

What could be better than fried Brussels sprouts? These salty, crunchy sprouts are tossed with hot honey for a sublime side dish.


Ingredients

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  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup neutral oil, for frying 
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey (or maple syrup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce

Instructions

  1. Slice off the end of each Brussels sprout, then cut it in half and remove large leaves. Dry the sprouts with a towel as much as possible to minimize spitting when frying. 
  2. In your largest frying pan, cover the bottom with about 1/4” of oil. Heat the pan over medium high heat until it is very hot.
  3. Grab a splatter screen for the next part: the Brussels sprouts will spit immediately! Stand back and carefully add the sprouts in a single layer to the pan, working in batches if necessary. Cover with the splatter screen and cook 3 to 5 minutes, turning the sprouts occasionally with tongs until they are browned and crispy. Transfer the sprouts to a paper towel-lined plate and sprinkle them liberally with kosher salt. Repeat for the next batch. 
  4. Mix together the honey and hot sauce. When the Brussels sprouts are fried, toss them with the hot honey and serve immediately. 
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Pan Fried
  • Cuisine: American

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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