Super quick and easy pan fried brussels sprouts tossed in a sweet honey soy sauce glaze! No need for ovens or a roasting pan for this one!

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All my life, I had no idea what brussels sprouts tasted liked – I barely knew what they looked like. One thing I did know was that everyone I ever spoke to always seemed to hate them. They were apparently always vile things that are not meant to be eaten. I saw that as a challenge and I took my chances with it and have not regretted it since.

 

Honey Glazed Pan Fried Brussels Sprouts

 

Brussels sprouts are definitely not your average looking veggie. To me they looked like a mini cabbage but tasted like a very common Chinese veggie I grew up eating – Gai Lan choy. I could see why people didn’t like the flavour – it was slightly bitter but it was a good bitter, a flavourful bitter but to be honest I thought it tasted fantastic (and I don’t normally like vegetables!), you just had to make sure it was never overcooked or boiled. πŸ™‚

 

Honey Glazed Pan Fried Brussels Sprouts

 

For this pan fried brussels sprouts recipe, I caramelized the onions, garlic and brussels sprouts, I found the caramelization toned the bitter flavour down a bit because it gave it a nutty flavour that almost hid the bitterness. Brussels sprouts alsoΒ doesn’t need to be cooked for a long time, I find they taste best when they still have a bit of a chew to them. Lastly, I tossed it with a soy sauce honey glaze which worked quite well with the caramelization flavours.

 

 

INGREDIENTS

For this honey glazed pan fried brussels sprouts recipe, all ingredients can be found at a local grocery store.

 

Honey Glazed Pan Fried Brussels Sprouts

 

It’s a bit counter intuitive but when you are shopping for brussels sprouts, try to look for the smaller ones. They have less of that ‘bitter’ flavour and tend to be more tender as well. πŸ™‚

 

 

PUTTING IT TOGETHER

Brussels sprouts are pretty easy to work with, peel off any yellow outer leaves and cut off the ends if they look super dirty. A few leaves may come off, you can keep them or discard them – I don’t like to waste food so I usually just keep them.

 

Honey Glazed Pan Fried Brussels Sprouts

 

Generally, brussels sprouts are usually very clean, but I have found a few in the past with sand or grit stuck in between the leaves, so when you wash these, throw them in a bowl of water and dunk them up and down a few times for good measure πŸ™‚

 

 

GARLIC SMASH!Β 

Whenever I cook with garlic, I tend to smash them instead of finely mincing it – I find they stay intact more and have a bigger surface area so they burn less.

 

Honey Glazed Pan Fried Brussels Sprouts

 

 

FLAT SIDE DOWN MAXIMIZES THE YUMMINESS!

When you are browning the brussels sprouts, try to keep them flat side down as much as you can to maximize the caramelization. That’s were all the flavours come from! πŸ™‚ It also cooks them more evenly when the water is added because they essentially become their own little individual mini steamers! The grooves trap all the steam in and cook them at a more quick and even pace.

 

Honey Glazed Pan Fried Brussels Sprouts

Honey Glazed Pan Fried Brussels Sprouts

 

I converted a brussels sprouts hater with this honey glazed pan fried brussels sprouts recipe – now it’s your turn! πŸ˜›

 

Honey Glazed Pan Fried Brussels Sprouts
A bit of sriracha or any type of hot sauce for a bit of a kick? Yes please!

Tooty, toot toot! Why didn’t anyone tell me the side effects of eating too much of these things? Sheesh! πŸ˜‰

Pan Fried Honey Glazed Brussel Sprouts

 

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Honey Glazed Pan Fried Brussels Sprouts

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3 Servings
  • Category: Side
  • Cuisine: Asian, American

Description

Super quick and easy pan fried brussels sprouts tossed in a sweet honey soy sauce glaze! No need for ovens or a roasting pan for this one!


Ingredients

  • 1 lb brussels sprouts (approximatelyΒ  25 small ones – raw)
  • small onion (half)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoons butter

Honey Soy Sauce Glaze

  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the Honey Soy Sauce Glaze ingredients and set aside.
  2. Remove any yellowed outer leaves from the brussels sprouts and slice off the dark ends.
  3. Cut them in half length wise.
  4. Give them a good soak in water and dunk it a few times to remove any dirty or soil from between the leaves. Drain them once they are clean.
  5. Slice the onion up and set aside
  6. Smash the garlic to flatten it with the side of your knife and set aside.
  7. In a skillet or frying pan, set the heat to medium heat and add a little oil and the butter
  8. Once the pan is hot, and the butter has melted, add in the onions and cook them for approximately 1 minute
  9. Add in the brussels sprouts and garlic and try to keep the brussel sprouts flat side down to brown them (this will take approximately 5 minutes depending on how hot your stove is)
  10. Once the brussels sprouts are brown, keep them flat side down and add 5 tablespoons of water. Keeping them flat side down will allow the water to be trapped within the leaves so they can “steam”
  11. Wait until the water evaporates, and stir them around for a few more seconds. Transfer everything off the frying pan onto a plate
  12. With the same pan, set the heat to medium low and add the sauce to cook it. We want to reduce it about so it thickens and gets sticky. If the sauce boils too violently, turn down the heat very slightly. You still want the sauce to bubble but on a mild level. Depending on how hot your stove is, this should take about 5 minutes. You will know the sauce is done when it has thickened.
  13. Drizzle the sauce over the brussels sprouts, or put all the brussels sprouts back into the pan and toss it with all the sauce.
  14. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Serving
  • Calories: 205 kcal
  • Sugar: 27 g
  • Sodium: 781 mg
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 40 g
  • Fiber: 6 g
  • Protein: 6 g

 

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12 thoughts on “Honey Glazed Pan Fried Brussels Sprouts”

  1. I am a huge Brussels sprout lover…unfortunately my family is not. Maybe this recipe will convince them to try again.

    1. I had this problem too haha πŸ™‚ I think the sweetness combined with the less ‘brussel sprouty’ flavours by picking out the smaller ones helped in the convincing of eating them in this house. haha

  2. I’m obsessed with brussel sprouts these days. Honey glaze sounds so perfect πŸ‘Œ

  3. There are right and wrong ways to eat Brussel Sprouts, and this is certainly one of the right ways. Sounds utterly delicious and the perfact way to take away any bitterness. A great idea for a Christmas side dish.

    1. It’s actually kind of funny how we should be getting the smaller ones right? Seems so backwards but it makes sense you want the less stronger flavored ones! πŸ™‚

  4. Like you, I’ve learned to love brussel sprouts later in life. What a lovely surprise to find out how delicious they are, and your recipe sounds divine! I can’t wait to try it.

    1. It’s funny how our taste buds change as we grow up, I wondered sometimes if I started eating them when I was younger if I would feel the same about them now…haha πŸ™‚ Definitely surprised me how much I enjoyed them.

  5. I am literally salivating over these gorgeous photos – who knew brussels sprouts could be so pretty? πŸ˜› And that honey soy sauce glaze sounds to die for delicious! I’ve never tried doing anything with brussels sprouts other than roasting them with some olive oil, S&P, so this sounds like an exciting new twist I absolutely MUST try! Love that you caramelize them too, along with the onions. Bookmarking this recipe for sure, cannot wait to try it out!

    1. Aww thanks Shannon, you’re too kind. The sweet definitely gives this a interesting flavour and I love caramelized onions in everything haha πŸ™‚ So much flavour! Hope you enjoy this!

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