Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts are lightly braised and then steamed giving them a crisp, dense texture and a slightly sweet fresh taste.
Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts
This recipe first appeared on the blog in November 2013. This post has since been updated with a new photos and updated content!
I’ve found that people either love or loath Brussels sprouts. I’m in the L-O-V-E camp. Adorable mini cabbage look-alikes, what’s not to like?? They’re so darn cute!
Ok, I know cuteness only gets you so far; the real test is determined by how flavorful a dish is.
How to cook maple glazed brussels sprouts
I’m certain if you aren’t a fan of Brussels sprouts it’s because your brussels sprouts suffered a slow death by being boiled. Please don’t cook them that way.
Not only does that method destroy all the good nutrients in this veggie, but you are left with mushy, kind of icky gray looking sprouts that taste bitter! Not to mention the really-really stinky sulfur smell that is bound to penetrate through your house!
These Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts recipe is going to convert you to the I LOVE Brussels sprouts group!
As long as you cook these babies up the way I share in this recipe, I’m certain you’ll be in the sprout loving camp!
First, caramelize these itty-bitty cuties in a couple of tablespoons of butter, and then steam them in some chicken broth, maple syrup (get the real stuff, not pancake flavoring!), and add a pinch of cayenne pepper to mellow all the flavors.
Finally, top with a couple of tablespoons of dried cherries or Craisins for another layer of delicious flavor!
What to serve brussels sprouts with
Brussels sprouts are a great addition to any main protein. Here are some recipes to try:
- Grilled Rib-Eye Steak
- Simple Skillet Pork Chops
- Lemon Mayonaise Chicken
- Crispy Baked Catfish Fingers
Add this veggie side dish to your menu today! The added Craisins, raisins or cherries add a festive touch to a holiday meal!
Maple Glazed Brussel Sprouts
Lightly braised brussels sprouts and then steamed giving them a crisp, dense texture and a slightly sweet fresh taste.
- 4 Tablespoons butter, unsalted
- 2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed of loose leaves and halved through core
- 1/2 cup chicken broth, low-sodium
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 4 teaspoons cider vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 Tablespoons Craisins
Craisins are dried cranberries.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 116Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 67mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 3g
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Karen (Back Road Journal)
My husband is one of those who didn’t like Brussels sprouts but now loves them. It is recipes like this that did the trick.
I love the addition of the dried cranberries! I love sprouts but this brings them to a whole other level!!
This sounds like such an incredible side dish! I can’t wait to make it for Thanksgiving!
I must admit Im a hater….but they are my husbands favorite veggie. He saw me reading this and asked I could make this for dinner this week…. I’m even going to give them a try because the maple sounds pretty good… — anything maple is a win in my book!
I SO agree with you about boiled brussels sprouts being a bad decision and the reason why so many people say they don’t like brussels sprouts. These sound delicious and I love how you play on their subtle sweetness with the maple glaze.
Brussels are my favorite side dish! I love the sweet glaze this will take it right over the top!
debi at Life Currents
I love that the maple glaze will add some sweetness to these. Brussels sprouts can be too bitter for some of my family. Thanks!
I always have a hard time convincing family members to eat Brussels Sprouts. Your Brussels sprouts with maple syrup are going to make them lick their plates. Looks really delicious.
I love brussels sprouts and the sweet/spicy profile you’ve put on them sounds delicious!
These look great! I love maple and cayenne with veggies, and in this case the slight bitterness of the brussels would be a perfect complement. I have a bag of brussels in my fridge right now – I think I’ll try these tomorrow!
Hi Laura! I sure hope you do try this recipe! It’s a hit at our house!
CCU, thank you! Cheers back and a hug 🙂
Yes! This is a good one to add to your feast 🙂
Ohhhh yum! I adore Brussels sprouts and can’t wait to try this :). Your talent leaves me jaw-dropped (just had to say it) 🙂
Thanks so much for the sweet comment 🙂 XOXO ~Sandra
Adrian (Food Rehab)
Oh how I love maple. It makes anything taste good! I’ll definitely give this a go – I can use more maple recipes!
Maple is becoming a favorite of mine too! I getting more creative with it! Thanks for the nice comment, Adrian!