This combination is kind of a no-brainer. If you put thai food in front of me, I’ll eat it. If you put brussels sprouts in front of me, I’ll eat them. I have no idea what has taken me so long to put the two together.

I know, I know, it isn’t really the season for brussels sprouts but I can’t help but buy them all year-round. I love them too much to not eat them all spring and summer!

The traditional thai flavors shine through and there is a hint of spice from the chiles. They would be perfect with grilled chicken or tossed with chilled udon noodles – and they are always good straight from the bowl, which is how we ate them. :)

Thai Glazed Brussels Sprouts

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes



  • 1 lb. brussels sprouts
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp honey or agave
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red chile or jalapeno, thinly sliced


Wash, trim and halve the brussels sprouts.

Place brussels sprouts on a plate, sprinkle with water and microwave for about 2 minutes until lightly steamed.

Meanwhile, combine soy, fish sauce and honey in a small bowl.

Heat oil in large pan.

When hot, add brussels sprouts and let cook, undisturbed for about 2 minutes, to brown a bit.

Add garlic and chiles and toss for about 2 minutes.

Add sauce and let cook until sauce has mostly evaporated.

Serve hot or at room temperature.

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19 Comments (Reply )

  1. Mellissa
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 8:20 am

    These look so good! I love them and we probably eat them about once a week.


  2. sarah k @ the pajama chef
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    yum! i haven’t had brussels sprouts in forever.


  3. erin
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    What?! Brussels sprouts season isn’t yearround?! ;) This combo sounds SO tasty!


  4. Alysha @Shesontherun
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

    I’ve actually never eaten brussel sprouts, let alone made them! These actually look really good and we have all the ingredients at home (minus the actual brussels :)


  5. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

    Yum, awesome idea and they look fantastic! Yet again, I have to believe we’re culinary twins. I don’t think I’ve said no to Thai food or brussels sprouts in my entire life. My roommate makes fun of me because I make them so often. :)


  6. Jonathan
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

    Perhaps this is a silly question, but…..

    how much can you taste the brussel sprouts in this recipe?

    I know they’re good for you, but I HATE their taste. Completely. 100%.

    I’ve never been able to bring myself to be able to eat them.

    Would this recipe work? Thanks so much!


    • emily (a nutritionist eats)
      Jun 18, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

      Hmmm, that is a tough question…
      In my opinion, if you really hate them, I would just eat a different veggie! :)
      I love brussels sprouts, so it is hard for me to say how much you can taste them….


  7. Anna Johnson
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 6:38 pm

    Brilliant! We LOVE brussel sprouts and eat them weekly. This will be a fun twist on them, thanks Emily!


  8. Baking Serendipity
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 8:21 pm

    Brussels sprouts are one of those things that I know if I make right, I’ll love. This could definitely be the right recipe…I love the thai flavor!


  9. theresa @ aspoonfulofsunshine
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 12:28 am

    I’m with you! I eat brussel sprouts year round because I just can’t seem to get enough, but then I feel weird that the are considered “unseasonal”. Oh well. But I’m must try to make this recipe, the thai spin on it gives it a kinda summery feel!


  10. lynn @ the actor's diet
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

    YES! by the way, have you hit thai town yet?


  11. Lisa Eirene
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

    What a delicious idea! I never thought about making my brussels sprouts “thai”. YUM


  12. Lori
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 7:13 pm

    Oh wow, I’ve never thought of a Thai combination with my Brussels sprouts! I’m always turning to parm and bacon. This sounds amazing! Definitely trying it on the next round. Considering how much I now love them, it will be very, very soon!


  13. luv what you do
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 8:52 pm

    I just discovered grilled brussel sprouts and i am a big fan. These look delish and we will definitely try marinated them!


  14. stephanie @cookinfanatic
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 9:27 pm

    I adore brussels sprouts!!! I usually dip them in ketchup – so normal right lol? This recipe looks wayyyyyyyyyyyy better though – no doubt ;) yum!


  15. Dana
    Jun 21, 2012 @ 11:12 am

    If you put these in front of me I would definitely eat them, too! They look delicious!


  16. Christine
    Jun 21, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

    I could be wrong, but I think this would be wicked good with green beans or fiddleheads, both of which take over for me when brussels drop off. YUM.


  17. Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth
    Jun 21, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

    Yes, why haven’t I seen this combination before?? Delish!


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