Saturday, December 3, 2011

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Yes, you read that right, Mom. I made brussels sprouts and I LIKED them. I actually liked them so much; I found myself eating a crazy amount of these just as soon as I finished taking a picture of them. They tasted incredible. Lightly sweetened with brown sugar and still crisply warm from the stove, these are addictive. (They really must be, because I'm still shocked that I enjoyed them!)

I have been on a mission to like brussels sprouts for a while now. I've made them a couple times recently and been unimpressed. The turning point for me, was the shredding. In this recipe, the brussels sprouts are finely sliced and basically shredded into ribbons. This eliminated any of the bitterness that I usually associate with brussels sprouts. I can hardly wait to make these again.

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts
recipe adapted from Eat Live Run
(printable recipe)

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large clove garlic, minced
20 small brussels sprouts, sliced as thinly as possible
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons brown sugar, I used dark brown, but light or dark should work

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet, over medium high heat. Add the garlic and saute just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the brussels sprouts and stir gently to coat with oil. Continue sauteing until the brussels sprouts are bright green and tender, about 5-6 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add the salt and brown sugar and toss to combine. Enjoy!


  1. Hello, I never cook brussels sprouts becouse my husband doesn't it them, but i really like it.
    Maybe if I try your recipe my housband will like it.
    Have a nice week-end

  2. I don't think there is a vegetable that I don't like. Brussel Sprouts are one of my favorite and this recipe would only make them better.

  3. I'll eat Brussels Sprouts any old way, I just love them. I've never tried shredding them, though, sounds interesting. I did read once that different people inherit varying tolerance for bitterness which explains why some people can't stand foods like Brussels Sprouts and other like them.

  4. This is a definite try - can't wait!

  5. That looks so yum. I thinks I'm gonna try this in a quinoa salad. I've been working on some different versions and this would be really good.

  6. Love brussel sprouts - next time try it with bacon :)

  7. We love brussel sprouts and always looking for a new way to prepare them. Thanks for the caramelized idea! If you haven't already, Alton Brown has a good recipe with cranberries and pecans.

    1. I make Alton's brussel sprout recipe all the time, except I started adding parmesan cheese to them which makes them even better jn my opinion. They are soooo good! It's another sprouts recipe everyone should try!

  8. I love the idea of slicing them really thinly since I never love the big bites of brussels sprouts...and if I add someone's bacon suggestion my hubby might be convinced too :)

  9. I haven't eaten brussels sprouts in years, I am not a big fan of brussels sprouts. So I should try this recipe and maybe I would find out that I like them. I have to admit they really tasty in the picture that you took.

  10. Hmmm... that's a very interesting idea. I absolutely LOVE brussel sprouts... wait... my spell checker says brussel isn't a word... I'm having another horrible speller moment... wait... Brussels Sprouts?!? as in the city in Belgium? Holy Moly... that's going right up there with the cantelope.

    ANYHOW... what I started to say before my inability to spell so rudely interrupted me, was that I love all cabbage like leafy green veggies, but CanMan HATES them. He always says they taste bitter, which totally baffles me. So, one day we saw something on the TV about how some people have more taste buds than others:

    So we did the test and it turns out that CatMan is a classic supertaster... meaning he has WAY more taste buds than average, and I am a nontaster, meaning I've got WAY fewer. Which explains why I gravitate towards anything with a strong flavor, and why he likes things that taste like Styrofoam.

    SOOOO... maybe if I use this recipe I can get him to eat Brussles Sprouts and we'll both be happy!

    Whew! That took more effort to get out than it should have!

  11. I am definitely going to try these. I had brussels sprouts for the first time last summer at a restaurant, and loved them. I promptly came home and found a Dr. Weil recipe called "Brussels sprouts for people who don't like brussels sprouts" and made it right away. YUM!

  12. I am going to buy Brussel sprouts tomorrow to make this. I am a huge serious fan of Brussel sprouts and I just made it for the party's side dish last Sunday. And I'm already craving for this. Very easy with brown sugar - I've never make this recipe so I'm very excited! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  13. I love them roasted like this. Way to go Mary and congrats on being a sprout lover :)

  14. hi,
    I tried the recipe a few days ago and it was great. I used about 700g sprouts and my husband and I ate it all in one go. I didn't increase the sugar and oil quantity and it was perfect just as it was.
    thank you,

  15. I tried these caramelized Brussels sprouts! YUMMY!!!

  16. I love my version of this recipe because it calls for orange flavor from the spice rack. It is just a subtle flavor that can hardly be tasted . This cake is a great breakfast cake any time of year. It is sooo yummy!!!