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Honey Miso Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Need some non-boring veggie side dish ideas for your holiday dinner spread (or just your next weeknight meal)? Look no farther than these sweet, savory, and crispy Honey Miso Roasted Brussels Sprouts!

honey miso roasted brussels sprouts

Like most people who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s, I used to think brussels sprouts were gross, because I’d only had them boiled (and mostly as part of a school lunch – ew). Mushy, flavorless, and a little bitter? No thanks. 

Then, in my mid 20’s, I had my first roasted brussels sprout and everything changed. If you haven’t gotten on board the roasted brussels sprouts train yet – do it. You won’t be sorry. 

miso honey roasted brussels sprouts

There are a couple keys to making brussels sprouts that actually taste good. 

First: start with fresh, not frozen sprouts. The frozen ones just end up mushy/too wet, in my experience.

Second: cut off the hard end/base of the sprout. 

Third: cut the sprouts in half, or if they are large, go for quarters –  you want to maximize the crispy outer sprout to inner sprout ratio. 

Fourth: Add a yummy glaze. This can be as simple as olive oil, salt, and pepper… or you can get creative like with this honey miso glaze. More on that in a minute.

yummy sauce for roasted brussels sprouts

Fifth: Roast, don’t boil!

Once the brussels sprouts have been glazed, place them on a greased sheet pan in a single layer. 

how to roast brussels sprouts

Then roast away!

I suggest roasting 20 to 25 minutes at 450 degrees F, but keep an eye on them to see how they are looking. The outsides and any stray leaves should be crisp and caramelized, but not super burned. 

how to roast brussels sprouts

And that’s that! A crispy and delicious side dish or salad topper (brussels sprouts are great for making a winter-y variation of my grain salad bowls) that’s ready for you to enjoy. 

Now, let’s talk about this miso honey glaze! 

Here’s what you need:

ingredients for honey miso brussels sprouts glaze 

The specifics are in the recipe card at the end of this post, but basically all you need to do is combine the olive oil, honey, miso paste, and red pepper flakes in a microwave-safe bowl, then microwave for about 30 seconds, or until the honey is soft enough to mix easily with the other ingredients. 

Add the mixture over the sliced brussels sprouts and toss to coat. 

honey miso roasted brussels sprouts

And that’s it! They are ready to roast. The lemon juice is to drizzle on the sprouts just after they come out of the oven – it’s optional but a nice addition. 

The best thing about this honey miso glaze, though, is that it’s versatile! Matt and I also used it to marinate some salmon and it ended up being delicious. He added a drizzle of oil and soy sauce to the mix to bulk it up a bit, but that was all. I bet it would be really good on chicken, too. 

honey miso roasted brussels sprouts

I hope you enjoy this easy roasted brussels sprouts recipe – let me know what you end up eating it with by commenting on this post or by tagging me @fANNEtasticfood on social media. 

Here’s the full recipe!

Yield: About 8 side dish servings

Honey Miso Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Honey Miso Roasted Brussels Sprouts

These honey miso roasted brussels sprouts are the perfect balance of sweet, salty, and savory with a kick of spice. Great side dish for holiday dinners or a weeknight meal!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lb brussels sprouts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon miso paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
    2. Trim the bottoms off the brussels sprouts and cut in half. Place in a large bowl.
    3. Combine the olive oil, honey, miso paste, and red pepper flakes in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, just until the honey is softened enough to mix easily with the miso and oil. Whisk to combine.
    4. Add the honey mixture to the brussels sprouts and toss to coat. Arrange in a single layer on a sheet pan.
    5. Roast brussels sprouts for 20-25 minutes, until caramelized and tender. Squeeze lemon half over the sprouts and toss. 

Notes

Tip: try using any leftover honey miso sauce as a marinade for salmon or chicken! Just add a splash of oil and soy sauce to amp it up.

Want more holiday side dish ideas?

Check out my Best Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes post – there are lots of ideas in there that work well for December holiday meals, too, like my Lemon Garlic String Beans or Garlic Herb Roasted Veggies.

Comments

  1. 1

    I’m going to try this with maple syrup instead of honey like the Vermonter I am!

  2. 3

    Can’t get on board the Brussels sprouts train, I’m afraid, but I like the looks of the glaze for other things!

  3. 5

    I still remember your reaction when you saw me trimming the ends!! 🤯😂 These look so good, Anne! 😋

  4. 7

    This looks delish! Quick, potentially silly, question… where do you find miso paste in the grocery store?!

    • 8

      I’m actually not sure because I had the groceries delivered, ha! Sorry :) I’m guessing Asian section?

      • 9

        Whole Foods has it near the tofu and other “fermenty” things in the refrigerated section – I’ve also gotten it at H Mart if you have one of those :)

        Super excited to try this recipe – I LOVE Brussels sprouts and could probably stand to mix it up from
        my standard roasted-with-flaky salt standard :)

  5. 10

    I was always afraid to try them until I was in my twenties and was dating my now husband. He sauteed them on the stove with pancetta and they were delicious. We will also sometimes saute them with coconut oil and it is simple but tasty!

  6. 11

    I have never been a fan of Brussels Sprouts, but these look very tasty!

  7. 12
    Cindy Mitchell says

    Hi Anne,
    As a dietitian, are you concerned about burned food causing cancer? This article doesn’t really answer the question. https://www.sbs.com.au/food/article/2016/08/11/does-burnt-food-give-you-cancer
    And what about grilled meat vs. grilled vegetables? These brussel sprouts sound delicious. Any thoughts?
    Thanks! Love your blog! Ms. Riese especially!

    • 13

      Thanks for reading, Cindy! I personally am not too concerned about the burned food situation because the research isn’t clear on it causing cancer. Also, the amount of burned food you’d have to eat to be concerned about it would be a really large quantity. In my opinion, it’s better to focus on things like limiting pesticide use on your lawn, not using toxic chemicals to clean your house, using natural skincare products on your body, etc. Just my two cents. :)

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