Are you looking for a fun new way to prepare Brussels sprouts? Well look no further because these honey dijon Brussels sprouts are loaded with flavor! These crispy Brussels sprouts are cooked to perfection then topped with pickled red onions and a sweet honey dijon sauce.
This recipe for honey dijon Brussels sprouts is gluten free, vegetarian, and nut free. It can also easily be made egg free and dairy free friendly by using vegan mayo.
What is in these honey dijon Brussels sprouts?
What is in this recipe for honey dijon Brussels sprouts? Here are the main ingredients in this recipe for honey dijon Brussels sprouts.
- Brussels sprouts. Unsurprisingly, Brussels sprouts are the main ingredient in this recipe for honey dijon Brussels sprouts. We recommend using small Brussels sprouts over large Brussels sprouts if you have a choice. It is generally easier to get small Brussels sprouts to crisp up.
- Honey. Honey is used to make the honey dijon sauce that coats these Brussels sprouts. We use this raw honey from Nature Nate’s and it is our absolute favorite.
- Dijon mustard. Dijon mustard is also used to make the honey dijon sauce for these honey dijon Brussels sprouts. If you do not have dijon mustard then you can substitute another kind of mustard in. Inglehoffer is our absolute favorite brand when it comes to mustard, so we use their traditional dijon mustard.
- Mayo. Some mayo is also used in the honey mustard sauce. If you want to make your honey mustard Brussels sprouts dairy free and egg free then you can use vegan mayo in place of regular mayo. We love this vegan mayo by Chosen Foods. It is even smoother and creamier than regular mayo.
- Garlic powder. Some garlic powder is also added to the honey mustard sauce. The subtle flavor of the garlic powder adds a little extra dimension to the sauce. We always use Spicely Organics garlic powder because it is certified gluten free.
- Pickled onions. These honey dijon Brussels sprouts are finished off with the addition of some tangy pickled red onions. We provide instructions for how to pickle onions later in this article for those who need them.
How to make honey dijon Brussels sprouts
How do you make honey dijon Brussels sprouts? Here are all of the steps you need to take in order to make these honey dijon Brussels sprouts.
- Pickle the onions (optional). If you do not have any pickled onions, then you should start out by making pickled onions. You should make the pickled onions at least a few hours prior to making the Brussels sprouts. You can make them up to a few days ahead of time for best flavor. Keep reading if you need instructions on how to make pickled onions.
- Wash & dry the Brussels sprouts. The first step in making these honey mustard Brussels sprouts is washing the Brussels sprouts. Make sure to dry the Brussels sprouts thoroughly after you wash them. Otherwise, the Brussels sprouts might not crisp up enough.
- Cut the Brussels sprouts. After you dry the Brussels sprouts, then you should chop off the nubby ends of the Brussels sprouts and cut the Brussels sprouts in half. If your Brussels sprouts are particularly large, then you should quarter the Brussels sprouts rather than halving them. This process can be time consuming, so we recommend using a high quality chef’s knife to make this process go by quickly. We use this chef’s knife by Victorinox and it cuts through both leafy and fibrous vegetables like butter.
- Cook the Brussels sprouts on the stove. After you chop the Brussels sprouts, it is time to cook them on the stove in some vegetable oil. Keep reading to learn how to make Brussels sprouts that are crispy and not soggy. The main tricks are to use a cast iron skillet that maintains heat well and make sure to spread the Brussels sprouts out.
- Mix the ingredients for the honey dijon sauce. While the Brussels sprouts are cooking, you can mix the ingredients for the honey dijon sauce.
- Coat the Brussels sprouts in honey dijon and add the pickled onions. When the Brussels sprouts are done cooking, wait for them to cook a little then coat them in the honey dijon sauce. Add some pickled onions on top of the Brussels sprouts and serve them.
How to make extra crispy Brussels sprouts
Are you wondering how to make your Brussels sprouts extra crispy? Here are some tips for making extra crispy Brussels sprouts.
- Thoroughly dry the Brussels sprouts. If you wash your Brussels sprouts right before you cook them, you should make sure to thoroughly dry the Brussels sprouts before cooking them.
- Make sure to halve the Brussels sprouts. Make sure to cut all of your Brussels sprouts in half or quarters before cooking them. This will allow any water that is trapped inside of the Brussels sprouts to escape.
- Spread the Brussels sprouts out when cooking. This is the most important tip for ensuring that your Brussels sprouts turn out nice and crispy – spread your Brussels sprouts out when they are cooking. If your Brussels sprouts are too close together, they will steam each other and prevent each other from crisping up.
- Increase the temperature on your pan. If your Brussels sprouts are not crisping up enough, try increasing the heat on your pan. We highly recommend using a cast iron pan any time that you are trying to get veggies to crisp up because cast iron pans tolerate high temperatures and maintain heat well. If you are on the market for a cast Iron pan, then we highly recommend this cast iron skillet by Victoria cast iron. It is more lightweight and less unwieldy than similar cast iron pans.
- Do not flip the Brussels sprouts until they have browned. As a final note, you should make sure not to flip your Brussels sprouts too frequently. Make sure sure that you let the Brussels sprouts crisp up on each side before flipping them.
How to reheat honey dijon Brussels sprouts
Are you looking for tips on how to reheat these honey dijon Brussels sprouts? We recommend heating these honey dijon Brussels sprouts on the stove to keep them crispy. You should heat the Brussels sprouts over medium heat until they are warmed throughout.
If you plan to make a large batch of leftovers, we recommend storing the honey dijon sauce and the Brussels sprouts separately and waiting to add the honey dijon sauce until the Brussels sprouts have been reheated. If you reheat the Brussels sprouts with the sauce on them, some of the liquid from the sauce will absorb into the leaves of the Brussels sprouts and the leaves will not be as crispy.
How to make pickled onions
Do you want to make pickled onions from scratch? Here is how to make pickled onions from scratch.
- Slice a red onion. First, take about half a red onion and slice the red onion into thin strips. It is easiest to do this if you use a high quality chef’s knife.
- Put the onions in a glass jar. Put the onion slices in the bottom of a jar or a glass food storage container that can tolerate high temperatures. The container should have a lid that creates an airtight seal.
- Heat water, vinegar, sugar, and salt. Next combine 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp sugar, and 1 tsp salt in a small pot. Heat the mixture over medium high heat until it boils then take it off of the stove.
- Pour the heated mixture over the onions. Pour the heated vinegar mixture over the onions and put a lid on the container that the onions are stored in.
- Refrigerate the onions. Refrigerate the onions for a few hours to a few days before using them. The onions will taste best if they are refrigerated for a few days before being used.
Honey dijon Brussels sprouts
- 2 lbs Brussels sprouts
- 1/4 cup pickled onions
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- vegetable oil
Honey dijon sauce
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp dijon
- 1/4 cup mayo
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Wash the Brussels sprouts and dry them thoroughly.
- Cut the nubby ends off of the Brussels sprouts and halve them. If your Brussels sprouts are particularly large, you can quarter them instead.
- Heat a pan over medium to medium high heat and add some vegetable oil. Add the Brussels sprouts to the pan and cook them for 20 minutes until they are browned and crispy throughout. Stir occasionally. You should try not to overcrowd the pan if you want the Brussels sprouts to be nice and crispy. We generally cook the Brussels sprouts in batches or use multiple pans.
- Mix the ingredients for the honey mustard sauce and set the sauce to the side.
- When the Brussels sprouts are done cooking, let them cool for a few minutes then coat them in the honey mustard sauce. Top the Brussels sprouts with pickled onions and serve.
Substitutions for honey dijon Brussels sprouts
- Mayo. If you want to make these honey dijon Brussels sprouts dairy free and egg free then you should use vegan mayo in place of the mayo.
- Pickled onions. Don’t have enough time to make pickled onions? Cotija cheese and green onions are a few other examples of toppings that go great on these honey mustard Brussels sprouts.
- Mustard. If you cannot find dijon mustard, then you can make the honey mustard sauce with another type of mustard. We recommend using a grainy brown mustard rather than a yellow mustard.
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