An easy recipe for oven roasted Brussels sprouts. The Brussels sprouts are seasoned with butter, garlic and Parmesan, and baked in a 425 F oven until beautifully caramelized.
Roasted Brussels sprouts are a delicacy. It’s difficult to believe it when you look at – and smell – the raw vegetable, but when baked and caramelized, it transforms into something amazing.
My late grandma, Miep, was Dutch. Like most Dutch grandmas, her baking was amazing – she baked with lots of butter. However, like most Dutch grandmas, her method of cooking vegetables was to boil them, sprinkle with salt, and serve. Like other northern cuisines, traditional Dutch cuisine is very skimpy on seasonings – salt and pepper is usually all you get.
Boiled and salted vegetables can be delicious, of course, especially when not overcooked (these simple boiled green beans are a good example). Grandma’s Brussels sprouts were wonderful – she used fresh, young sprouts, boiled them until just tender and salted liberally. I loved them as a kid.
A few years ago, at a dinner party, I tried maple roasted Brussels sprouts. It was my first time trying oven roasted Brussels sprouts, and I was amazed at how delicious they turn out when roasted.
Needless to say, maple roasted Brussels sprouts became a staple in our household. But something was nagging at me. As much as I loved the maple sprouts, I did not love adding maple syrup to them. As a matter of principle, I try not to use sweet ingredients in savory dishes, or at least limit them as much as I can. The less added sugar we consume (even natural forms of sugar), the better off we are.
So tonight I tried roasting the Brussels sprouts in the oven without adding any maple syrup. They were wonderful! The secret is to use plenty of butter, mix everything so that the sprouts are well coated, then bake in a hot oven until the Brussels sprouts are very crispy and caramelized.
It’s interesting to see that even without a sweetener, the baked Brussels sprouts contain enough natural sugar that they become beautifully caramelized.
I still like simply boiled Brussels sprouts, and I do love maple roasted Brussels sprouts (who wouldn’t?). But these baked Brussels sprouts are now my favorite way to prepare this vegetable, combining taste AND health in one dish.
To make life easier, I usually buy pre-washed, pre-sliced Brussels sprouts, but honestly, even with prepping the vegetable, this is a very easy recipe.
Preheating the oven and roasting at a high temperature are key to getting the roasted Brussels sprouts crispy and caramelized. If you don’t buy them pre-washed, you should make sure to dry them well prior to tossing with the butter and seasonings. The last thing you want is to steam them!
An easy recipe for oven roasted Brussels sprouts.
- 1 lb. Brussels sprouts
- 4 tablespoons melted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Rinse the Brussels sprouts and dry well. Remove the outer leaves as needed, cut off the stems and cut each sprout in half.
- In a large bowl, mix the Brussels sprouts with melted butter, salt and pepper. Transfer to a 9 X 13-inch baking dish. Roast for 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven. Sprinkle with garlic and Parmesan, mix, and roast 10 more minutes, until caramelized and tender.