Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe with Pecans

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What’s the best way to cook Brussels sprouts? This roasted Brussels sprouts recipe uses a high heat oven to get the outer leaves crispy and salty.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe with Pecans

Are you ready for the best Brussels sprouts in your life? OK, good. Because if you’re still scarred by gross Brussels sprouts of your childhood, we need to change that! We often get asked: “What’s the best way to cook Brussels sprouts?” Lots of questions that we get asked can tend to be more subjective in nature. But this one has one answer! Keep reading for Alex and my best roasted Brussels sprouts recipe.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe with Pecans

How to make this roasted Brussels sprouts recipe

This might sound crazy, but we are obsessed with these Brussels sprouts. Really. Obsessed with Brussels sprouts might sound a little too good to be true, but right out of the oven, they’re crispy, salty, and completely addictive. What’s the best way to cook Brussels sprouts to make them addictive?

Well, roasting them in a hot oven! For this recipe we use one of the hottest temps in your oven: 450F. Take your Brussels sprouts, cut them in half, and remove any of the hard ends on them (if some remain). In a bowl, stir them together with some olive oil, kosher salt, and fresh ground pepper. Then throw them onto a parchment lined baking sheet and roast them until the outer leaves start to get very brown and the Brussels sprouts are tender. This only takes about 15 to 20 minutes! It’s fantastic to have such a quick cook time.

How to serve these Brussels sprouts

In this recipe, to our roasted Brussels sprouts we’ve added savory Pecorino cheese. Pecorino cheese is a hard Italian cheese similar to Parmesan, but with much sharper flavor. If you can’t find Pecorino, you can substitute Parmesan instead. And actually, the cheese isn’t a deal breaker in this one. For a vegan option, you can omit the cheese!

We’ve also stirred the roasted Brussels sprouts together with some toasted pecans for a contrasting crunch. The pecans are toasted in a dry skillet on a stovetop for a few minutes until they’re toasted and fragrant. Just make sure to watch the pan very carefully so the nuts don’t burn!

We know many of you out there might be scarred by nasty canned Brussels sprouts as a child, or just wary of this vegetable in general. What’s your thought — would you give them a second chance (or a first chance)?

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This roasted Brussels sprouts recipe is vegetarian, gluten-free. For plant-based or vegan, omit the cheese.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe with Pecans


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 1x

Description

What’s the best way to cook Brussels sprouts? This roasted Brussels sprouts recipe uses a high heat oven to get the outer leaves crispy and salty.


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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Brussels sprouts
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons Pecorino cheese (or substitute Parmesan cheese; omit for vegan)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Cut the Brussels sprouts off of the stalk and cut off any hard ends, then cut each in half. In a bowl, mix them with 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper. Roast for about 20 minutes until tender and browned, stirring or shaking the pan occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, place the pecans in a small skillet over low heat, and toast, stirring often, until browned and toasted (be careful that they don’t burn).
  4. When Brussels sprouts are done, add the pecans and top with grated Pecorino cheese. Serve immediately.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Roasted
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Roasted Brussel Sprout Recipe, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Best Way to Cook Brussels Sprouts, Healthy Side Dish, Best Brussels Sprouts

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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.

20 Comments

  • Reply
    P&F
    November 13, 2014 at 5:32 am

    OMG, this looks amazing, I’m a big Brussels Sprouts lover! Pinning this immediately!
    Cheers!
    P&F
    preppyandfunny.wordpress.com

  • Reply
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    November 13, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Love, love, love how simple this is. Looks delicious!

  • Reply
    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
    November 13, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Brussels sprouts and pecans seem to be a match made in heaven, right?! My favorite is when the leaves get all crispy and crunchy, LOVE.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      November 14, 2014 at 11:23 am

      YES on the crispy crunchy leaves! Glad to know I’m not the only one obsessed with that :)

  • Reply
    Jessica Nunemaker
    November 13, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Beautiful! We LOVE Brussels sprouts in our home. I think it’s our boys favorite veggie! Never thought to add pecans. We will definitely need to try that. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      November 14, 2014 at 11:27 am

      You are so welcome — and I love that it’s a favorite veggie in your house! Gone are the days of canned sad sprouts :)

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy
    November 13, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Alright, alright, I’ll try brussels sprouts! Love the pecorino :)

    • Reply
      Sonja
      November 14, 2014 at 11:27 am

      Yes, please! We’re begging you.

  • Reply
    molly yeh
    November 13, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    it’s true, brussels sprouts took me many many tries to finally love them. and after that it was all downhill from there. my mom puts pecans in her brussels sprouts too, i will have to convince her to put pecorino in them this year :) p.s what is dessert going to be???? the t.b.d. has me all intrigued!!!!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      November 14, 2014 at 11:25 am

      Haha, no idea yet! We’ve had several major dessert fails :( Alex had a contender last night, but we’re not sure where it will go :) Do you have any good ideas?!

  • Reply
    Michelle @ Healthy Recipe Ecstasy
    November 13, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    These days I don’t know who can say they don’t love sprouts! These look amazing!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      November 14, 2014 at 11:26 am

      Oh good, I’m glad they are becoming more mainstream! Roasted sprouts for the win.

  • Reply
    Hourpre
    November 14, 2014 at 3:01 am

    Well, after reading this article i thought i must try it for my kid as he used to avoid eating most of the greeny vegetables. I wish this could be the solution for me.

  • Reply
    Ashley
    November 14, 2014 at 9:39 am

    You two are killin’ it with this Thanksgiving spread. We should probably do a “friendsgiving” together, because I’m sure you don’t already have plans and want to drive to Colorado!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      November 14, 2014 at 11:26 am

      Can we, please?! Maybe virtual…? :)

  • Reply
    Sonali- The Foodie Physician
    November 14, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    It’s funny how divisive Brussels sprouts are but I’m definitely a lover! Your preparation looks amazing!

  • Reply
    Jess
    November 14, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    Gorgeous recipe guys! It’s taken me some time to convert most of my extended family to the brussels sprouts bandwagon (still a few hold-outs), but I’m always looking for recipes that everyone will love, and this totally looks like a safe bet. Will be trying this combination for sure!

  • Reply
    Kirsten
    November 17, 2014 at 8:41 am

    I adore sprouts, they are one of my favourite vegetables. I’m always looking for new ways of serving them and these look delicious. I’ve never thought of pairing them with pecans.

  • Reply
    Sara
    November 20, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Love love love this and brussel sprouts of course! Adding the toasted pecans is a great idea adding this to my thanksgiving spread…thanks!
    Sara http://www.wholistickitchen.com

  • Reply
    Kristy
    November 23, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Can’t wait to try this one for Thanksgiving this year! We love Brussels sprouts at our house. :) I normally roast them and combine them with grated parmesan and toasted pine nuts. Delicious. This version will be great for the holiday. Thanks!

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