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Crispy Brussels Sprouts (With Cider Glaze)

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5 from 7 votes

Elevated with a homemade garlic and apple cider vinegar glaze for a tangy, sweet edge, these roasted Brussels sprouts are crispy and caramelized just the way they should be! Talk about a perfect appetizer or side dish!

Toss out your previous memory of soggy, gross Brussels sprouts that you were forced to “try” when you were younger and say hello to crispy, toasty goodness! I get it, it can feel intimidating to give a veggie a second try after a not-so-splendid experience. I promise you though, these crispy Brussels sprouts truly have completed their “glow-up”. 

The homemade garlic and apple cider vinegar glaze is tangy yet sweet from maple syrup, and only takes 10 minutes! It’s absolutely worth the time! The glaze enhances the flavor of the Brussels sprouts and truly transforms these veggies from bland to bold! 

Looking for other roasted veggies that take less than 35 minutes to make? Check out my Roasted Zucchini recipe that is loaded with flavor!

Why You’ll Love These Crispy Brussels Sprouts

  • Bursting with flavor. The secret to preparing perfectly crispy Brussels sprouts is roasting them in very high heat. The oven’s heat helps caramelize the natural sugars found in Brussels sprouts, giving them a slightly sweet taste. 
  • Versatile. This recipe makes the best side dish for so many different meals! Whether it is a casual weeknight dinner or a formal Thanksgiving meal, these Brussels sprouts are good for any occasion. 
  • Quick prep. Preparing these Brussels sprouts only takes 10 minutes or less!

Ingredients For Crispy Brussels Sprouts

  • Brussels sprouts – Brussels sprouts have a mildly nutty and slightly sweet flavor. Roasting can mellow their taste and bring out a caramelized sweetness! 
  • Apple cider vinegar – apple cider vinegar is tart and fruity. 
  • Extra virgin olive oil – extra virgin olive oil helps roast the Brussels sprouts in the oven. 
  • Real maple syrup – real maple syrup adds sweetness and smoky, vanilla-like complexity. 
  • Garlic – garlic…because garlic! With only a few ingredients, garlic brings a savory depth of flavor that complements the natural earthy taste of the Brussels sprouts.

How To Make The BEST Crispy Brussels Sprouts

Learn how to make the best crispy brussels sprouts. Full instructions in the recipe card; this is just an outline!

  1. Arrange.

    Place Brussels sprouts on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss.

  2. Roast.

    Roast in the oven for 20 minutes at 425℉, tossing halfway through.

  3. Reduce.

    Halfway through roasting, add apple cider vinegar and maple syrup to a saucepan over medium heat and let it reduce for 10-15 minutes until it turns to a thicker, nut brown reduction. Stir occasionally. Remove from heat.

  4. Add.

    Add garlic and salt to the glaze. Stir. Then let cool for 5 minutes.

  5. Drizzle.

    Drizzle the glaze over the crispy Brussels sprouts. Serve.

Recipe Variations

These crispy Brussels sprouts are incredibly yummy on their own, however, there are tons of tasty toppings you can add to mix up the flavor! Here are a few ideas: 

  • Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano: to add a touch of sharpness to the dish, top the Brussels sprouts with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano with 1 minute left of roasting. It’ll be the perfect cheesy addition! 
  • Toasted nuts: the nuttiness of chopped pecans, walnuts, or almonds would pair nicely with the tangy glaze. Add Candied Pecans for a sweet touch!
  • Crispy bacon or candied bacon: when has adding bacon ever been a bad idea? Topping with crispy bacon adds savory and salty notes which contrast the sweetness of the glaze really well. If you have more of a sweet and salty craving, try these Crispy Brussels Sprouts
  • Crumbled feta cheese: top with crumbled feta cheese for an added creamy, salty flavor.

Serving Suggestions

Brussels sprouts are a wonderful side dish and appetizer. You can serve them simply with a glaze or even dress them up further with a few additional toppings listed above. Here are a few of my favorite ways to serve them: 

  • Weeknight dinner: Crispy Brussels sprouts pair with so many weeknight dinners. Serve them with a protein of choice.
  • Tapas party: host a fun tapas party and serve alongside plates of garlic shrimp, Marinated Olives, Salmon Croquettes, and mushrooms in garlic sauce. So many flavors and so much fun!
  • Weekly meal prep: make lunches this week simple by preparing these Brussels sprouts ahead of time with Baked Chicken Breasts and quinoa or Spanish Rice. If you choose to prep ahead, I recommend waiting to drizzle the glaze on the Brussels sprouts until reheating to prevent sogginess. 
  • Holiday gathering: Crispy Brussels sprouts are a holiday dinner side dish staple! Elevate your holiday meal and serve with roasted lamb, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and paired with your preferred red wine, such as a Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot.

Recipe Tips

  • Roast at a very high heat. Roasting at high heat (425℉) is key to getting the Brussels sprouts crispy rather than soft and soggy. 
  • Pick Brussels sprouts that are similar sized. When they are close in size, the Brussels sprouts will cook more uniformly, ensuring all of the veggies get nice and crispy. 
  • Storing: once fully cooled, place Brussels sprouts in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 
  • Reheating: Brussels sprouts are best reheated in the oven. Place on a baking sheet and gently warm in a 375℉ oven for 5-10 minutes. If you need to reheat in the microwave, reheat in 30 second intervals.

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Crispy Brussels Sprouts (With Cider Glaze)

Elevated with a homemade garlic and apple cider vinegar glaze for a tangy, sweet edge, these roasted Brussels sprouts are crispy and caramelized just the way they should be! Talk about a perfect appetizer or side dish!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fall, winter
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 128kcal
Author: Tastefully Grace

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts trimmed and halved
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon real maple syrup
  • 1 garlic clove finely minced
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

Crispy Brussels Sprouts

  • Preheat oven to 425℉. Place Brussel sprouts on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss until combined.
  • Roast in the oven for 20 minutes, tossing halfway through. If brussels are extra large, they may require a few more minutes.

Garlic Cider Glaze

  • A few minutes before the halfway mark of roasting, prepare your glaze by adding apple cider vinegar and maple syrup to a saucepan over medium heat. Let mixture reduce by about two-thirds, stirring occasionally. This should take about 10-15 minutes. At 10 minutes, watch the mixture closely. The glaze is ready when the consistency and color is similar to maple syrup (sticky, mahogany and thick enough to leave a film on the back of a spoon).
  • Remove glaze from heat, immediately add garlic and salt, and stir. Let cool for about 5 minutes. The glaze will become thicker as it cools.
  • Drizzle the glaze over the crispy Brussel sprouts. So good!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 466mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 855IU | Vitamin C: 97mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2mg
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