The Best Hot Honey Brussels Sprouts
These hot honey Brussels sprouts are about to be your new favorite side dish! With crispy roasted sprouts, warm honey glaze, garlic, and hazelnuts, they are spicy, simple, and super flavorful. Make them for your next dinner party or as an elevated weeknight side dish!
I truly love an elevated veggie dish. My pecorino charred broccoli and carrot salad with shallot dressing are some of my go-to recipes. But Brussels sprouts specifically are having a glow-up right now and I’m really into it.
I mean, $14 for gastropub Brussels sprouts served in a mini cast iron skillet? Immediate yes, take my money, I don’t even care. But also, let’s just make them at home and save a few bucks, yes? With just a regular sheet pan, a few little tricks I learned in culinary school, and some kitchen staples, you can get the same charred crispiness and crazy flavorful sauce that you’d find at any restaurant.
These sprouts are the best!
Never in my life have I eaten a plate of veggies as quickly as I ate these honey glazed Brussels sprouts. I know that Brussels sprouts with honey might seem a little odd, but I promise, they’re ridiculously good! The sprouts are sweet, spicy, salty, rich, and have a good dose of garlic for good measure. They’re also:
- Super easy to make – the most difficult part is getting all of the honey out of the measuring cup haha.
- Perfectly crisp – we’re going to use a secret trick to get uber crispy roasted Brussels!
- Full of flavor – spicy, garlicky hot honey glaze? Say no more.
- Perfect for any occasion – I’ve made these for dinner parties, holidays, or just a chill meal at home and they’re always a hit.
What is hot honey and how to use it?
Hot honey is honey that has been infused with dried or fresh peppers. Mike’s Hot Honey is the most popular brand, and it’s definitely my favorite store-bought option as well! Hot honey, depending on the brand, isn’t crazy spicy. It just has a nice kick of heat! But, some brands have a ‘spicier’ version if that’s your thing. I also like to make my own hot honey and keep it in the pantry to pair with fried chicken, pizza, and now, these honey garlic Brussels sprouts.
The ingredient list
- Brussels sprouts – personally, I like the smaller ones. They crisp up nicer than the large sprouts!
- Hot honey – store-bought works, or you can make hot honey at home! Either will be delicious.
- Dijon mustard – I like coarse but any Dijon will work in this recipe.
- Apple cider vinegar – we’ll use the ACV to offset the sweetness of the honey.
- Garlic – fresh always! This will give us a nice flavor boost.
- Rosemary – again, fresh is highly recommended. It adds so much lovely herb flavor to these sprouts.
- Red pepper flakes – for extra heat. Totally optional.
- Hazelnuts – I like adding some toasted hazelnuts for crunch. So good!
- Kitchen basics – olive oil, Kosher salt, black pepper, and unsalted butter.
To make this recipe, you’ll need:
How to make this recipe
Roast the veggies
- First, preheat the oven to 450°F. Place a sheet pan in the oven while it’s heating so that it gets screaming hot.
- While the oven is heating, trim and halve the Brussels sprouts. Add them to a large mixing bowl.
- Then, add the olive oil and a generous amount of salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
- Carefully spoon the Brussels sprouts on the hot sheet pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, tossing halfway through, until the sprouts are tender and charred on the edges.
Make the glaze
- While the Brussels roast, make the glaze. Add the hot honey, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, garlic, rosemary, butter, and red pepper flakes to a pan.
- Cook on the stovetop over medium heat, stirring often, until the butter is melted and the everything is mixed together.
- Bring to a simmer, and cook for 5-6 minutes until the glaze is slightly thickened. Then, immediately pour the glaze into a bowl. It will thicken slightly as it cools. (Watch the video in the recipe card below to see the perfect glaze texture!)
Assemble & garnish
- Once the sprouts are roasted, transfer them to a dish or platter.
- Then, drizzle the glaze over the Brussels sprouts and toss to coat.
- Lastly, sprinkle the toasted hazelnuts over the sprouts. Enjoy!
Storing & reheating
To store leftovers, spoon the spicy honey Brussels sprouts in an airtight container. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3-4 days. So perfect for meal prep!
To reheat the leftovers, spoon the Brussels on a greased baking sheet. Then, bake at 350°F for 5-8 minutes until they’re warmed through. You can also heat them in the microwave for 30-60 seconds until they’re hot. They will lose some of their crispness in the microwave, so I recommend reheating in the oven when possible!
This recipe is pretty versatile if you want to change out some ingredients or switch things up! Here are just a few ideas:
- Apple cider vinegar – try using balsamic vinegar for a richer glaze.
- Hot honey – you can use regular honey or even pure maple syrup for maple glazed Brussels sprouts. If you want the added heat (but just don’t have hot honey), you can use extra red pepper flakes.
- Hazelnuts – you can also use pecans, walnuts, or even smoked almonds.
- Cheese – if you want to add a bit of cheese, a sprinkle of Parmesan, feta, or goat cheese would all be delicious.
- Bacon – Brussels sprouts with bacon are a match made in heaven. Try adding a few pieces of cooked, chopped bacon.
- Nut-free – the nuts are just a garnish, so you can always leave them out. Or, try a sprinkle of toasted breadcrumbs or sunflower seeds.
These honey glazed Brussels sprouts are so delicious with:
- Chicken – sheet pan chicken cordon bleu, creamy Tuscan chicken thighs, or even pot pie!
- Pork – apple pork chops, loin roast, or ribs.
- Beef – red wine pot roast, steak with peppercorn sauce, or brandy beef stroganoff.
- Vegetarian – creamy lemon pasta, halloumi sandwiches, or mac and cheese!
Tips & tricks
- Roast the Brussels sprouts on a hot sheet pan for maximum crispiness. I like to just throw a sheet pan in the oven while it’s preheating.
- Bake the sprouts at a high temperature. I roast them at 450°F but 425°F will work too! But, you may need to roast them for a little longer.
- Don’t overcrowd the sheet pan. Otherwise, the sprouts will steam instead of crisping up.
- Let the glaze cool for a few minutes to thicken. The thicker glaze will coat the sprouts more easily.
Should I soak the Brussels before cooking?
Some recipes call for soaking the sprouts before roasting, but I don’t find it necessary. Just make sure to give them a good wash and dry them thoroughly so they crisp up instead of steam.
Do I have to blanch the sprouts?
Nope! When you roast the sprouts in a hot oven, they will get nice and tender. But, they’ll still have those nice, crisp edges!
Why aren’t my sprouts crispy?
If the Brussels sprouts aren’t crispy, it’s probably because the pan was too crowded. When the pan is overcrowded, the sprouts will steam instead of roast. You can always use two sheet pans if necessary. Also, the oven needs to be super hot so they crisp up ok! Make sure you’re baking them at 450°F.
What if I can’t find hot honey?
You can just use regular honey! For spice, add a little cayenne or extra red pepper flakes.
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The Best Hot Honey Brussels Sprouts
- 1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed & halved
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Kosher salt & black pepper, to taste
- 1/4 cup hot honey, store-bought or homemade
- 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, more or less, to taste
- 3 Tablespoons finely chopped hazelnuts, toasted
- 1 large mixing bowl
- 1-2 metal sheet pans
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Place a greased sheet pan in the oven, and heat to 450°F.
- Place the Brussels sprouts in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle the olive oil over the Brussels sprouts and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Toss to coat.
- Carefully spoon the Brussels sprouts onto the hot sheet pan and quickly spread them out so they have some space to crisp up. Bake for 20-25 minutes, tossing halfway through, until the sprouts are tender and crisp on the edges.
Hot Honey Glaze
- While the sprouts are roasting, make the glaze. In a small saucepan, combine the hot honey, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, garlic, rosemary, butter, and red pepper flakes.
- Cook the glaze on the stovetop over medium heat, stirring often, until the butter is melted and the glaze is combined. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5-6 minutes until the glaze is slightly thickened.
- Immediately pour the glaze into a bowl and let it cool for a few minutes to thicken slightly.
Assemble & garnish
- Once the sprouts are roasted, spoon them onto a serving dish. Toss with about half of the hot honey glaze. Taste, and add more glaze if desired. Garnish with the toasted hazelnuts and serve immediately.
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