Gochujang Brussels Sprouts

Serves: 4  | 15 Minute Prep Time | 15 Minutes to Cook

Confession: I didn’t like Brussels sprouts until well into my 30s.

My mom never prepared them, and I have vague memories of trying Brussels sprouts at a friend’s house. I thought they were bitter, or in the words of a 10-year old, “gross.”

Super nutritious, Brussels sprouts are a member of the brassica family, along with broccoli, and contain potent cancer-fighting chemicals. Plus, they’re chock-full of fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin K.

And when given a chance and prepared properly, they are what my husband calls “flavor bombs.”

Prepared properly means two things – trimming the stem and outer leaves, which give Brussels sprouts that bitter taste, and not overcooking, which can also make them bitter and all sorts of mushy.

If cooked until tender-crisp, and drizzled with a little love and flavor, Brussels sprouts are simply delicious.

I love Brussels sprouts when they’re sautéed and then steamed a bit by adding water to the pan and covering, or grilled (use similarly-sized sprouts on a skewer), but my favorite way to enjoy them is roasted, so they take on a nice caramelization. Sometimes, I’ll keep it simple – olive oil, garlic and salt, but most of the time, I make what my family now calls my “So, you think you don’t like Brussels sprouts?” recipe.

This dish will turn the most hesitant, the pickiest, the “there’s-no-way-I-am-eating-Brussels-sprouts” eater into someone who asks for seconds.

It’s true. Not that I’m counting, but this recipe has converted our 19 year-old daughter (who incidentally, closed her eyes for her first taste test), my brother, one of my best friends, my best friend’s daughter, and the pickiest person I know, my “I don’t eat green things” niece (full disclosure: I told her they were mini-lettuce heads).

This is one of my go-tos, and as with all of my go-tos, it’s super easy to prepare, requiring only three ingredients: the sprouts, quality olive oil, and a good gochujang sauce (I like version from the brand Mother in Law’s!).

If your sprouts are small, you will want to keep them whole, but still trim the stem and remove the outer leaves.


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. To prep the Brussels sprouts, trim the stem, remove the outer leaves, wash, and slice vertically.
  3. Place on a rimmed sheet pan (use parchment paper for easy cleanup), and toss with the olive oil and gochujang sauce. Mix well. Place the sprouts cut side down.
  4. Roast in the oven for 10-20 minutes (more for larger sprouts), tossing once or twice until they are crisp-tender. Avoid overcooking.
  5. Enjoy, and be ready when they ask for seconds.


  • 1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts, trimmed, sliced vertically, and washed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons gochujang chile sauce

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