Maple Gochujang Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Maple Gochujang Roasted Brussels Sprouts - Dark roasted Brussels sprouts topped with sesame seeds, peanuts, and green onions on a black platter.

Maple Gochujang Roasted Brussels Sprouts are a delicious side dish featuring tender Brussels Sprouts tossed with sweet and spicy maple gochujang sauce then caramelized to perfection. 

Maple Gochujang Roasted Brussels Sprouts

In this recipe, Brussels Sprouts magically transform into sweet and spicy little flavour bombs. On the outside, they’re sweet and caramelized but so soft and tender on the inside. Roasting them on high heat with maple syrup gives them a kick of extra sweetness to go with the spicy gochujang. They are amazing straight out of the oven and everyone will be snacking on them as you’re trying to plate them up!

Maple Gochujang Roasted Brussels Sprouts - Dark roasted Brussels sprouts topped with sesame seeds, peanuts, and green onions on a black platter.

How to Choose the Best Brussels Sprouts

As always, the quality of the produce used really has an effect on the final dish. Try to find firm sprouts with bright green unmarked exteriors and tight green leaves. They can be large, or small as long as they are all of uniform size. This will help them roast evenly together in the oven. 

Maple Gochujang Roasted Brussels Sprouts - Freshly washed baby Brussels sprouts in a colander on a wooden background.

Not Everyone Loves Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts, along with many other cruciferous vegetables sometimes have a bad reputation. So many people (myself included) avoid these misunderstood veggies because they’ve only ever eaten them boiled. Over the years, I’ve learned how to overcome this culinary tragedy; the secret to great cruciferous veggies is oven roasting

Maple Gochujang Roasted Brussels Sprouts - Freshly cut Brussels sprouts arranged on a wooden background.

Why You Should Roast Cruciferous Vegetables

Roasting does something magical to cruciferous vegetables. Direct and prolonged contact with a hot dark surface caramelizes their sugars and mellows their entire flavour. I can’t even begin to explain how roasting has changed my attitude towards these vegetables. My hope is that you give this method a try because it opens up a whole new world of amazing flavours!

Maple Gochujang Roasted Brussels Sprouts - Close up of gochujang and garlic coated Brussels Sprouts.

For example (and you have to trust me on this), cut up a whole cabbage into wedges, toss them with a bit of oil, season and roast them at 400 F for just over an hour. Don’t worry if the cabbage looks like unrecognizable charred blobs, just give it a try. The three of us will eat an entire cabbage at one sitting this way. 

Maple Gochujang Roasted Brussels Sprouts - Gochujang coated Brussels Sprouts arranged on a baking tray.

How to Roast Brussels Sprouts

Let’s get back to the sprouts. For the best roasting results, the oven must be hot. Pre-heat it to 400 F before you begin trimming and halving the sprouts. If there are any outer leaves that have fallen off, save them to add midway during the roasting. Finally, toss the halves in a bowl with the maple syrup, gochujang, garlic, oil, salt and pepper.

Maple Gochujang Roasted Brussels Sprouts - Dark roasted Brussels sprouts topped with sesame seeds, peanuts, and green onions on a black platter.

Place the coated sprouts cut side down on a dark baking sheet. Give them lots of space to ‘breathe’.  The dark pan is key here. Plain parchment won’t result in caramelized bottoms.

Maple Gochujang Roasted Brussels Sprouts - Dark roasted Brussels sprouts topped with sesame seeds, peanuts, and green onions on a black platter.

Roasting Brussels Sprouts takes far less time than cabbage or a whole head of cauliflower. In 20-25 minutes of cooking time you should have perfectly caramelized little globes of yum. Check out how caramelized they are in the photos. 

Maple Gochujang Roasted Brussels Sprouts - Dark roasted Brussels sprouts topped with sesame seeds, peanuts, and green onions on a black platter.

How to Finish the Dish

These roasted Brussels Sprouts are absolutely delicious ‘as is’ but finishing the dish with a some fresh roasted peanuts, sesame seeds and sliced green onion really completes the dish. All three are a great addition because they go well with the sweet and spicy sprouts.  

A few words about gochujang: Gochujang is a fermented chili paste found in many Korean dishes. It consists of chili powder, glutinous rice, fermented soy bean powder (meju), barley malt powder (yeotgireum), and salt. These ingredients give it a wonderful savoury, sweet and spicy flavour profile. Gochujang comes in a little red tub and can be found at many Asian supermarkets.

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Yield: 4 servings

Maple Gochujang Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Maple Gochujang Roasted Brussels Sprouts - Dark roasted Brussels sprouts topped with sesame seeds, peanuts, and green onions on a black platter.

Maple Gochujang Roasted Brussels Sprouts are a delicious side dish featuring tender Brussels Sprouts tossed with sweet and spicy maple gochujang sauce then caramelized to perfection. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb small Brussels Sprouts
  • 1 tbsp Korean gochujang (fermented chili paste)
  • 1/2 tbsp sweet black vinegar (or balsamic vinegar)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tbsp oil (avocado, canola, olive)
  • 2 garlic cloves; minced 
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds (optional)
  • 1 green onion; sliced (optional)
  • handful roasted peanuts (optional)

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
    2. Wash, trim, then slice the Brussels Sprouts lengthwise.
    3. Place Brussels Sprouts in a bowl. Pick out the loose outer leaves and set aside.
    4. Mix remaining ingredients together in a small bowl then pour over Brussels Sprouts. Toss to coat.
    5. Arrange sprouts cut side down on a dark sheet pan. Try not to over crowd them.
    6. Roast the Brussels sprouts for ten minutes, then scatter loose leaves over top.
    7. Roast another 10 minutes for slightly charred and 15 minutes for a good char. I like mine nice and dark! Cooking time may vary according to size of the Brussels Sprouts and how dark you like them.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 182Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 307mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 5gSugar: 8gProtein: 7g

Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

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32 comments

  1. Aline

    These Brussels sprouts were awesome!!! We served them with chicken and it was a huge hit! Thank you!!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Great to hear Aline, so glad everyone enjoyed them as much as we did. Thanks for letting me know.

  2. Claire | The Simple, Sweet Life

    What a fun twist on brussel sprouts! I love a good brussel sprout side dish so I can’t wait to add this to our menu for the coming week.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      We’ve had them twice again since I’ve posted the recipe! I do hope you enjoy them.

  3. Terri

    What a wonderful things to do to brussels sprouts! I hated them when I was young because I only ever had frozen, not fresh – big difference. I am so glad I gave them a 2nd chance because fresh is amazing. I can only imagine how fabulous these would be!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Yes, now that I think about it I probably only ever had frozen as well. It’s taken me a long time to even attempt to enjoy them!

  4. Cindy

    This looks delicious! We are always hunting for new recipes! Adding this to the menu plan this week! I cannot wait for my family to try it! YUM!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Love it, hope they enjoy it! I’m always pretty low on veggie sides too…can never have enough!

  5. Danielle

    This looks like the perfect way to make brussels sprouts. I have a similar recipe, so really excited to try yours! The gochujang sauce that you used here looks incredible!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Great minds think alike! I made some with some umami mushroom seasoning and Parmesan today…they were yum too. TBH I think that roasting is the way to go!

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