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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Honey Balsamic Glaze

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This recipe for Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Honey Balsamic Glaze has a secret to the perfect crispy, roasted leaves. They taste even better, when drizzled with a warm honey balsamic glaze, spiced with red pepper flakes. Better than restaurant style brussels sprouts.

I love brussels sprouts, do you love brussels? Did you know it’s brussels (with an s) sprouts? I actually had to look that up, I assumed the singular was brussel sprout, but actually the proper spelling is, brussels sprouts.

Great veggie side dishes are a must for ever cook and this is one of our favorites! Easy enough for a weeknight dinner, fancy enough for a holiday side dish, try my Tarragon Carrots, or this Cheesy Asparagus Bake for another, taste bud awakening side dish.

Spoonful of crispy brussels with lemon zest, with white bowl full of brussels in background.

The original recipe from Bon Appetit caught my attention after talking about how to achieve the same super, crispy brussels you get from expensive restaurants. I tweaked it a bit as I did not have any red wine vinegar.

Spoonful of roasted crispy brussels sprouts with honey balsamic glaze in a cast iron pan, with zester and lemon in background.

How Do I Get Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts?

Want to know the secret? Well keep reading!

Just kidding, I will tell you! The secret to extra crispy roasted brussels sprouts is preheating the sheet pan in a hot oven, the cold brussels hit that hot pan and immediately get a crisp and char going.

Process shot for roasted brussels sprouts. 1. Adding olive oil, 2. placing cut side down on hot pan 3. crisped brussels on sheet pan. 4. Adding lemon zest to brussels.

Simple Ingredients for Roasted Brussels Sprouts

  • Brussels sprouts, washed, trimmed, halved
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt & fresh ground pepper
  • fresh ground pepper
  • Honey, try a local raw honey
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • Unsalted butter | If using salted butter, reduce salt slightly
  • Lemon zest

How Do you Cut Brussels Sprouts

  • What does it mean to “trim” brussels sprouts?
  • Remove a slice of the woody end and any yellow or brown leaves.
  • Once trimmed, halve the Brussels sprouts from top to bottom, leaving the stem in place helps hold the leaves together. Toss into a bowl.
Small white bowl of roasted crispy brussels sprouts on table with honey, lemon and balsamic vinegar in background.

How to Roast the Perfect Crispy Brussels Sprouts

  • Place oven rack on lowest rack in oven, preheat oven to 450° F.
  • Place a half sheet baking pan on the bottom rack to heat up while you prep the brussels.
  • Rinse, trim and halve brussels placing in large bowl.
  • Drizzle with olive oil, tossing to coat, sprinkle with sea salt and fresh pepper.
  • Carefully remove hot pan from oven and place brussels on pan, cut side down. Meanwhile make Honey Balsamic Glaze.
  • Roast until deeply browned, for smaller brussels about 15 minutes, for larger brussels as long as 20-25 minutes, until some are charred and fork tender.
Process shots of honey boiling in small pan, adding balsamic vinegar, adding butter pats and then pouring onto roasted brussels.

Making the Warm Honey Balsamic Glaze

Bring honey to simmer in a small saucepan, over medium heat. Once simmering, reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring frequently until a deep amber color, careful it will burn quickly. It will take about 3-4 minutes, it will foam up, that’s okay.

Remove from heat, adding red pepper flakes (if desired) and vinegar. Whisk until sauce is smooth. Return to heat, medium to medium-high, adding butter and 1/2 teaspoon salt, whisking constantly, about 3-4 minutes until glaze is glossy and thickened slightly. Set aside until ready to use.

Once brussels are roasted, transfer to large bowl, pour glaze over brussels and toss to a combine, transfer to a platter or heat a cast iron pan or serving dish in oven along with brussels.

Top with fresh lemon zest and serve immediately.

Try other vinegars in place of balsamic, red wine vinegar, white balsamic or white wine vinegar, if you try using apple cider vinegar start with a little bit at first.

Zesting Lemon onto hot cast iron pan of brussels sprouts.

Can you Reheat Brussels Sprouts?

The short answer, yes, you can reheat brussels sprouts, but they are best freshly roasted. If you need to make ahead of time, undercook slightly by a few minutes, then place back on hot sheet pan in 450° F oven for a couple of minutes.

If already glazed, place on sheet pan in a 350° F oven for 3-5 minutes until warmed through.

Spoonful of crispy roasted brussels sprouts with lemon in background and lemon zest on brussels.

Can you Freeze Brussels Sprouts?

I don’t recommend freezing as brussels will become soggy.

Last, but not least, brussels sprouts shrink much more than you would expect, plan for much more than anticipated. Worth ever trim and slice.

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Pin for how to make extra crispy brussels sprouts with image of cut brussels on a baking sheet and bottom image of crispy roasted brussels with balsamic honey glaze.

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  1. 5 stars
    We made these beauties during the Christmas break, and there were NO leftovers! That Honey Balsamic Glaze is something special, and it just elevates the already scrumptious brussels sprouts.

  2. I am a sucker for sprouts now that I don’t eat them boiled like my mom used to make. I have tried them with bacon but this version with the honey and balsamic is outstanding!

  3. 5 stars
    I was never a brussels sprouts fan until I started cooking them the way you do! These are delicious. I haven’t tried the lemon and honey combo until now. Game changer!