Roasted Asian Brussel Sprouts Recipe with Peanut Sauce
These Roasted Asian Brussel Sprouts are packed with flavor and highly addictive! Tender, crisp roasted brussels sprouts dusted with sesame seeds, sprinkled with fresh herbs and drizzled with a silky, sweet peanut based sauce, these sprouts are savory, sweet and spicy. They make an insanely delicious side, or can be served as the ultimate vegetarian appetizer!Recipe can be scaled up or down by using the slider if you hover your mouse over the number of Servings.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, or aluminum foil, for easy clean up.
Season brussels sprouts: Add the brussels sprouts to the prepared baking sheet and toss them with olive oil. Season generously with salt and pepper. Arrange the sprouts in an even layer, with the flat sides down.
Roast the brussels sprouts in the oven, tossing them halfway through cooking, for about 30-40 minutes, or until they are tender and caramelized.
Meanwhile, make the sauce: Add all the ingredients, except the water, in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Process until smooth. If the sauce is too thick, slowly add in 1 tablespoon of water at a time, with the machine running, until desired consistency is achieved. Taste and adjust for seasoning. (SEE NOTES)
Toss sprouts (optional - see notes): Transfer the roasted brussels sprouts to a serving bowl. Pour on ½ of the sauce and toss well to coat.
Serve: Garnish the sprouts with green onions, cilantro, peanuts, red pepper flakes and sesame seeds. Drizzle with the remaining sauce and serve. Enjoy!
Purchasing Brussels Sprouts: When purchasing your brussels sprouts, look for sprouts that are close in size. If you have to purchase brussels sprouts that greatly vary in size, make sure you halve or quarter them depending on how large they are. You want to prep them to be roughly the same size for even roasting.
Peanut Sauce: If you don't have a small food processor, you can easily make the peanut sauce by whisking the ingredients together in a small bowl. Just make sure to mince the garlic and whisk everything together well! If you are having a tough time whisking it by hand, microwave the sauce for 15-20 seconds to make it easier to mix together. To make the sauce in advance: Store sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The cold temperature will cause the sauce to thicken, so simply whisk in a bit of water to loosen it up when ready to use.
Season to Taste: Always taste and adjust recipes to your own liking! This definitely applies to the peanut sauce. Make sure you taste it and adjust it for seasoning and consistency. Add more honey for sweetness, more lime juice for sourness, and more sriracha for spice! If you want a thinner sauce, add in more water, one tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is achieved.
Crispy Sprouts: If you like your brussels sprouts crispy, do no toss them with the peanut sauce! Either serve the sauce on the side, or lightly drizzle the sauce over the sprouts right before serving.
Nutritional information is an approximation based upon 4 servings. Exact information will depend upon the brands of ingredients and precise measurements used.