Fried Sesame Brussels Sprouts


Fried Brussels sprouts are totally healthy, right? Well, maybe not so much, but they are incredibly flavorful and delicious. 

Lately, I’ve been trying to incorporate Asian flavors into some of my favorite dishes. Being Italian and Salvadoran, I tend to go for the pasta and Hispanic-inspired foods — cue the fried sesame Brussels sprouts. This dish takes the flavors of the takeout dish we all know and love, sesame chicken, and combines it with the vegetable non-picky eaters know and love, Brussels sprouts. Even my Brussels-sprouts-hating husband LOVED these and ate most before I even had time to rinse the dishes. 

If you’re looking for a side dish or light main dish, look no further than these tasty Brussels sprouts full of flavor. The dish serves two-three, but with the right appetite may be manageable for an appetite of one! 



5 cups Brussels sprouts

Oil, for frying

2 tablespoons sriracha  

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated

salt/pepper, to taste

Toasted sesame seeds, to garnish


Begin by pouring enough oil to cover 1/4 inch of a medium pot. Heat the oil to 315 degrees.  

Prep the Brussels sprouts. Begin by cutting off the stem and placing a small “x” at the top of each Brussels sprout. 

Next, place small batches of Brussels sprouts in the heated oil and fry for 6-7 minutes. Remove from the oil, let the oil drain and season with salt/pepper. 

While the Brussels sprouts cook, prepare the sauce. Add the sriracha, sesame oil, honey, soy sauce, ginger, rice wine vinegar and salt/pepper in a small bowl. Whisk well together.  

Add the sauce to the cooked Brussels sprouts a little at a time to your preferred “sauciness.” Serve the Brussels sprouts in a bowl of your choice and sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds. Serve and enjoy!

Elizabeth Canas