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Sweet and Salty Brussels Sprouts

By Marley Goldin
on April 28, 2020
last updated on August 17, 2021
5 from 2 votes

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These Sweet and Salty Brussels Sprouts will turn even the pickiest of eaters into brussels-obsessed veggie lovers with this lick-your-fingers worthy recipe.
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This lick-your-fingers-worthy Sweet and Salty Brussels Sprouts recipe will turn even the pickiest of eaters into brussels-obsessed veggie lovers. How do I know? You’re lookin’ at an ex-veggie hater here.

Sweet and Salty Brussels Sprouts - Spilled Sauce

When I was a kid, I was the PICKIEST eater. I mean THE pickiest. I ate cereal, hot dogs, and mac-n-cheese exclusively, and I literally had a phobia of eating anything green.

So, to think that I would one day not only eat but LOVE to eat Brussels sprouts is still a crazy thought. But, I’m telling you, when vegetables are done right, it makes ALL the difference in the world!

These Sweet and Salty Brussels Sprouts were one of those game-changers for me! I now get excited about salads and other green vegetables like broccoli and asparagus. Who woulda thunk?

Sweet and Salty Brussels Sprouts Tips and Tricks

Soggy brussels sprouts are a nightmare! In order to get this recipe just right, you’ll need to make sure your brussels are nice and crispy. There are a few things you can do in order to achieve this.

Sweet and Salty Brussels Sprouts - Portrait With Fork

Keep Those Thin Outer Layers

While you are slicing off the tips of your brussels sprouts and cutting them in half, the outermost layer may fall off. Make sure to transfer these onto your baking sheet. They get extra crunchy and really add to the overall texture of your dish.

Green tip: Eating seasonally is one of the best (and most delicious) ways to support local and decrease your carbon footprint. Local foods have less associated transportation costs and fuel emissions. Simply put, eating seasonally = less environmental impact. Check when brussles sprouts are in season in your area with this Seasonal Eating Guide.

Finish Them Up Under The Broiler

After cooking them for 20 minutes, set your oven to broil and watch closely for them to brown. It usually takes about two minutes. This will crisp the outside layer of your brussels sprouts.

Sweet and Salty Brussels Sprouts - Before Sauce

Pour The Sauce on Just Before Serving

The longer your brussels sprouts sit in the sauce, the more they will absorb. They can sometimes start to get soggy. You can even serve the sauce on the side to add on top of your personal serving so the brussels stay crispy.

Sweet and Salty Brussels Sprouts - Pouring On Sauce

More on The Sauce

This simple sauce is the perfect combination of saltiness from the soy sauce, acid from the lemon juice, and sweetness from the honey. I love the floral flavor honey provides, but you can also use agave or maple syrup to make this recipe vegan.

This simple three-ingredient sauce really works on any vegetables, and is also a delicious marinade for fish!

Green tip: try buying raw, locally sourced honey. Generally, smaller-scale honeybee operations harvest honey in the fall, when the bees produce it in excess.

Why You Should Make these Sweet and Salty Brussels Sprouts

  • They’re crispy. That outer crunch from the roasting lends to the perfect consistency.
  • They’re flavorful. The combination of sweet and salty can’t be beaten.
  • They’re healthful. Brussels sprouts are full of fiber, nutrients, and antioxidants.
  • They’re crowd-pleasers. They’ll satisfy even those self-proclaimed veggie haters!

If you’re looking for other veggie side recipes, check out this Quick Garlic Lemon Asparagus and 4-Ingredient Roasted Potatoes!

Sweet and Salty Brussels Sprouts

5 from 2 votes
Recipe by Marley Goldin Course: SidesCuisine: American


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These Sweet and Salty Brussels Sprouts will turn even the pickiest of eaters into brussels-obsessed veggie lovers with this lick-your-fingers worthy recipe.


  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Prepare the Brussels sprouts by rinsing, cutting off the tips, and then cutting in half longways.Sweet and Salty Brussels Sprouts - Chopped
  • Coat the Brussels sprouts in oil and crack salt and pepper on top. Mince garlic and sprinkle on top as well.Sweet and Salty Brussels Sprouts - Adding Oil
  • Cook Brussels sprouts in the oven for about 20 min at 375 degrees Fahrenheit, then turn oven up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together soy sauce, honey, and lemon juice until combined.
  • Remove Brussels from the oven, and pour the sauce over just before serving.

Pro Tips

  • Sometimes when you cut the Brussels sprouts, some of the outer layers will shed off. Keep them! They get nice and crunchy in the oven and add texture.
  • The longer the Brussels sprouts sit in the sauce, the more you risk them losing their crunch. Pour the sauce over the sprouts immediately before serving.

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5 thoughts on “Sweet and Salty Brussels Sprouts”

  1. Served these sprouts for the first time at Thanksgiving and my “I don’t really like Brussel’s sprouts” uncle had two helpings! Safe so say they’ll be returning again and again! Delicious!

    1. These brussels truly convert veggie haters! Thank you so much for trusting my recipe for your family Thanksgiving, Kim!

  2. I have famously always said that Brussels are the \’ devil\’s work\’ and not even served them on Christmas Day, thereby depriving my children, but this recipe sounds so delicious I think it might convert me! I love the sound of the sauce! Definitely trying this!

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