Maple Sriracha Brussels Sprouts
It’s time to mix up your holiday sprouts. These Maple Sriracha Brussels Sprouts start with crispy roasted brussels sprouts, and then tosses them in a mouthwatering maple glaze with just a hint of spice. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds for an extra pretty finish. Vegan & Gluten Free. <jump to recipe>
During the holidays, vegetable-based sides often look tired. Tired from being boiled to oblivion, and tired that they weren’t given much more love than a pat of butter and a sprinkle of salt. It’s a fact I’m intimately aware of, because as a vegetarian, holiday dinners are often made up entirely of sides. So, with the holidays around the corner, I felt like it was time to get cranking on at least one epic side dish. Something that the non-meat eating peoples can devour as well. Selfish? Perhaps. But trust me, everyone is going to like this one.
Brussels sprouts are a staple during the holidays. Sure, you can boil (or steam) them. But back to what I was saying about tired looking vegetables...well, I encourage you to dream bigger. Roasted brussels sprouts are da bomb, because the roasted brown bits on the edges mean a lot of flavor. Often times brussels sprouts are done up with plenty of bacon or roasted plain. It feels like a bit of an unfair choice, so here’s my version of a saucy-not-so-boring way to roast up your brussels sprouts.
Most of this recipe reads like any tried and true approach for roasting brussels sprouts. Start with a hot oven, add your halved brussels sprouts on the pan, and toss with oil. Then, we start to play. Once the brussels sprouts are nearly cooked, you’ll toss them in a simple sauce made of two ingredients: maple syrup and sriracha. It might seem like a weird mix, but the sweet and slightly salty combo is a match made in heaven. I literally had to make a second batch in the middle of photographing them, because Anguel and I couldn’t stop ourselves from snacking.
You can mix up the sauce directly in the pan, it doesn’t need to be fussy. I’ve made these a number of times, and prefer them best when the coated sprouts go back in the oven for a little while longer. The heat helps the sauce get bubbly hot, and if you’re lucky, some of the maple syrup that’s dropped onto the baking sheet will begin to caramelize. The recipe below, reflects this method. You should serve roasted brussels sprouts hot, because that’s when they feel the crispiest. If you’re tight on oven space and need to roast them in advance, I suggest pulling them out of the oven while they’re still somewhat tender on the inside. Then, right before serving, coat them in the sauce and quickly put them in the oven to finish. If I remember, I’ll sprinkle the sprouts with toasted sesame seeds. They’re a pretty finishing touch and go with the sriracha vibes, but if you’re hosting a ton of people over for dinner and happen to forget, these sprouts will be just as delicious.
A note on spice: I personally don’t find sriracha super spicy, so would describe these brussels sprouts to be on the sweeter side than anything - but use your own tastebuds as a guide. If you choose to cut back on the sriracha, be prepared to use more salt to season as sriracha has salt in it too.
MAPLE SRIRACHA BRUSSELS SPROUTS
SERVES 4 (VEGAN, GLUTEN FREE)
1 lb/454 g brussels sprouts
1 tablespoon neutral oil (e.g. grapeseed)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon sriracha
Optional for garnish: toasted sesame seeds
Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Rinse brussels sprouts in a colander/strainer and shake dry. Cut off the ends of the brussels sprouts and slice in half (lengthwise).
Transfer brussels sprouts to the baking sheet. Pour grapeseed oil over top and toss to coat evenly. Sprinkle salt on top. Put the sprouts in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring the sprouts (or shaking the pan) half-way.
Whisk together maple syrup and Sriracha. Pour over top of the sprouts and stir to coat evenly. Put the sprouts back in the oven, baking for another 5-10 minutes. Remove from oven when the brussels sprouts are crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, and the sauce is hot and bubbling. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds for garnish, and additional salt to taste, if desired. Serve hot.
-Roasted brussels sprouts are best served when hot, because they’re at their crispiest. If you must make these in advance, then do the preliminary 30 minute bake. Coat with the sauce and crisp them up again in the oven just prior to serving. Be careful not to overcook.