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January 21, 2021

Oil-Free Skillet-Fried Brussels Sprouts

Oil-Free Skillet-Fried Brussels Sprouts are sweet and spicy. They make the perfect vegetable side dish and are completely gluten-free, oil-free, and vegan!

Oil-Free Skillet-Fried Brussels Sprouts

Raise your hand if you hated brussels sprouts as a kid...

And now raise your hand if you still hate brussels sprouts...

I think many people have an aversion to brussels sprouts because they were forced to eat an overcooked mush that their parents called brussels sprouts. I don't blame you - I don't want to eat green mush either.

But with proper cooking technique, and the help of some flavorful seasonings, brussels sprouts can not only be delicious, but crave-worthy!

That's these Oil-Free Skillet-Fried Brussels Sprouts. We will pan-fry these sprouts so they are browned on the outside, but still crisp, crunchy, and fresh. Add a sweet & spicy sauce, top with some sesame seeds, and you've got yourself a tasty dish that even the brussels sprouts haters will love!

Let's cook!

Oil-Free Skillet-Fried Brussels Sprouts

Recipe Features

  • Dietary needs – this recipe is plant-based, oil-free, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free
  • Flavor that brussels sprouts haters will love – these sprouts have so much flavor! And they are only just cooked, so they aren't mushy or gross
  • Versatile side – you can serve these brussels sprouts alongside any main dish for extra vegetables

Oil-Free Skillet-Fried Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients

  • Sesame Seeds: These little seeds add a bit of crunch and nuttiness. We'll toast them at the beginning for extra flavor.
  • Brussels Sprouts: The star of the dish. If you're feeling fancy, grab a bag of green brussels sprouts and a bag of purple - then you'll have a beautiful mix of multi-colored sprouts.
  • Vegetable Broth: Since we're not using oil, we'll use a mixture of vegetable broth and maple or date syrup as the cooking liquid. It adds some great flavor!
  • Maple or Date Syrup: In addition to the initial mixture, we'll also use the maple or date syrup for a sweet and spicy sauce. You can use either maple or date syrup for this recipe - if you use date syrup, this recipe will be completely sugar-free.
  • Kosher Salt: To enhance the other flavors in this recipe!
  • Rice Vinegar: Rice vinegar adds a tang that complements the sweetness of the maple or date syrup.
  • Sriracha: For spice!
  • Scallions: If you want, you can chop up a few green onions (aka scallions) to sprinkle on top of the sprouts at the end.

Oil-Free Skillet-Fried Brussels Sprouts

How to make Oil-Free Skillet-Fried Brussels Sprouts

Step 1. In a large non-stick pan, toast the sesame seeds on medium-low heat, until fragrant. Remove the sesame seeds from the pan and turn the heat to medium-high.

Step 2. Mix the trimmed Brussels sprouts with the water or vegetable broth, 1 tablespoon of the maple syrup or date syrup, and salt.

Step 3. Place the brussels sprouts cut-side down on the pan. Cook until deeply browned, adding vegetable broth or water as necessary to avoid sticking.

Step 4. Flip the brussels spouts and cook on the other side until tender.

Step 5. Remove the sprouts from the heat and place them in the bowl. Add the rice vinegar, sriracha, and remaining maple syrup. Stir to combine.

Step 6. To serve, sprinkle with the sesame seeds and chopped scallions. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Enjoy!

Oil-Free Skillet-Fried Brussels Sprouts

Recipe Prayer

Thank you God for healthy foods that are tasty for us to eat. We are grateful for the gift of food. Amen.

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Oil-Free Skillet-Fried Brussels Sprouts

Oil-Free Skillet-Fried Brussels Sprouts are sweet and spicy. They make the perfect vegetable side dish and are completely gluten-free, oil-free, and vegan!

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

4

Prep:

15

min

cook:

30

min

total:

45

min

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons Sesame Seeds
  • 1 Pound Brussels Sprouts, peeled and halved
  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Broth or Water
  • 1 Tablespoon + 2 Teaspoons Maple or Date Syrup, divided
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Rice Vinegar
  • 2 Teaspoons Sriracha
  • Scallions, to serve

Instructions

  1. In a large non-stick pan, toast the sesame seeds on medium-low heat, until fragrant. Remove the sesame seeds from the pan and turn the heat to medium-high.
  2. Mix the trimmed Brussels sprouts with the water or vegetable broth, 1 tablespoon of the maple syrup or date syrup, and salt.
  3. Place the brussels sprouts cut-side down on the pan. Cook until deeply browned, adding vegetable broth or water as necessary to avoid sticking.
  4. Flip the brussels spouts and cook on the other side until tender.
  5. Remove the sprouts from the heat and place them in the bowl. Add the rice vinegar, sriracha, and remaining maple syrup. Stir to combine.
  6. To serve, sprinkle with the sesame seeds and chopped scallions. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Enjoy!

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September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography