Crispy Brussels sprouts tossed in an authentic flavor-packed Thai sauce for an appetizer or side dish you won’t forget!
Have you ever had a meal out at a restaurant that was so delicious you just had to recreate at home?
A few years back, I went to the Cape for vacay not to find the best chowdah or lobstah, but the best Brussels sprouts. That’s right. Brussels are the new seafood, apparently.
They were perfectly crispy and tossed in a delicious, authentic Thai fish sauce. My family and I devoured these babies – they were that good! When I was talking to Steve about them a couple weeks later, trying to justify my obsession with them, he admitted he never tried them. Shocked, I demanded “what do you mean you didn’t try them? why didn’t you try them?!?!” He responded, “because your family ate them all before I had a chance to.” Oh. My bad.
To be fair to Steve (and mostly to satisfy my craving for this crispy deliciousness), I decided to recreate this dish at home and share the recipe with all of you!I was just talking to my intern April about how Brussels sprouts are experiencing a resurgence. It’s true though – long gone are the days of scoffing at boiled Brussels. Today, Brussels are seen on every restaurant menu and are prepared so many different ways – roasted, fried, shredded in a salad, you name it. And it’s awesome they’re popping up everywhere because not only are they delicious, they also happen to be an excellent source of vitamin C and contain cancer-preventing glucosinolates (found in all cruciferous vegetables).
You will love this recipe if you like foods that are:
- crispy AF
- packed with umami flavor (lookin’ at you fish sauce)
- Asian fusion-inspired
- packed with nutrients
- an easy appetizer or side dish
Crispy Thai Brussels Sprouts
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: Serves 2-4 1x
Crispy Brussels sprouts tossed in an authentic Thai chili fish sauce for a side dish you won’t forget!
For the Thai Sauce:
- 1 teaspoon minced Thai chili pepper (about 1 small pepper)*
- 1 clove garlic, minced or grated
- 1/4 cup lime juice (about 2 limes)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon water
For the Brussels Sprouts:
- 1 lb Brussels sprouts, quartered or halved depending on the size
- Canola oil, about 2 cups
- Salt, to taste
For the Thai Fish Sauce:
- In a mortar and pestle, pound garlic and pepper to a fine paste. Transfer paste to small bowl.
- Add lime juice, sugar, fish sauce, rice vinegar, and water, and whisk to combine, until sugar is dissolved.
- Spoon over hot Brussels sprouts.
For the Brussels Sprouts:
- In a dutch oven, heat about 2 inches of oil over medium heat. Bring oil to temperature of 360 degrees F, or until it’s hot enough that a Brussels sprout leaf will start sizzling and crisp up as soon as it’s submerged.
- Cook Brussels sprouts in batches, adding about 1/4 of the Brussels sprouts at a time. Be careful of hot oil sputtering and try to use a screen for protection of your face, if possible.
- Remove Brussels sprouts once golden brown, about two minutes. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to absorb any excess oil. Season with salt, to taste.
- While still hot, drizzle a few spoonfuls of the Thai sauce over the sprouts and toss to lightly coat. Be careful not to add too much sauce to avoid them getting soggy. Serve immediately while hot.
- If Thai chili peppers are unavailable, substitute with serrano peppers
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Vegetable
- Method: Frying
- Cuisine: Thai
Keywords: Brussels sprouts, Asian, Thai, fried, crispy
In case ya’ll were wondering, Steve now understands my Brussels infatuation and made up for any lack of devouring that night on the Cape.
Are you a Brussels hater or a lover? What’s your favorite way to prepare them? Tell me in the comments!
Hey thanks for this amazing recipe. I tried this in the air fryer and it came out just like our fav appetizer at Thai takeout. 🙂 The sauce is delicious. 🙂 it’s perfect with pad Thai. I will be recommending this recipe to friends!!! Thank you!!
Thank you, Sherry! I love it too 🙂
Is there a sugar free version? Or a good substitute for the sugar?
The sugar-free version would just be omitting the sugar or you could try adding agave or honey! Enjoy!
Wow! Such a tasty way of cooking brussel sprouts. I’d never thought of cooking them like this before but they sound amazing!
Thanks, Corina! They were dangerously delicious.
Oh my gosh I love these photos and how crispy you got the brussels sprouts. I literally just bought fish sauce to make a very similar dish. The best!
Thanks so much, Katie! Yum!
What is the spice level of these bad boys…?! I have such a low threshold for heat.
You can alter the spice level and bring down the heat by reducing the amount of thai chiles used. I’d say they’re medium heat (although it’s been a while now since I’ve had them!)
Tried to replicate Canteen brussels sprouts tonight – came out really good (roasted with olive oil, kosher salt, pepper, fish sauce, and red pepper flakes) – but I can’t wait to try your version!
Yum! Doesn’t sound too far off from my recipe! Aren’t they addicting?? I would eat those every day if I could.
I was just scrolling through Pinterest, and saw a photo for these. It stopped me in my tracks because the pic reminded me of the MOST delicious brussel sprouts I’d had at a place in Provincetown. The thai sprouts at Canteen were so good, I’d considered writing in to Bon Apetit for their restaurant recipe request column. Looks like I don’t have to now. So funny. And so excited to try these.
Oh my gosh. Small world, Cate! I love that you recognized them from The Canteen! Awesome! Hope they stack up to The Canteen’s 🙂
I was a sprouts hater for years until I finally had them roasted and then I “got it”. I dig all things Thai so digging this recipe 🙂
Same! I need to start making more Thai-inspired dishes at home. Thai take-out just isn’t the same since Thailand (sighs).
Looks wonderful but is there a non-fried way to do this? Would the sauce lend itself to other cooking methods? I’m a reforming sprout hater, moving away from all things fried, but looking for exciting flavours, like this. Thanks!
Of course, Sue! You could absolutely roast these in the oven (400 degrees for about 35 minutes or so) until extra crispy. The sauce would work just fine with roasted B. sprouts. Let me know how it turns out!
This looks absolutely delicious. Just in time for my weekend!
Thanks, James! Enjoy and happy almost weekend!
I love the taste of brussels sprouts.. glad i’m not the only one! I’m always looking for new ways to jazz the flavours up so this recipe is perfect for me..I definitely will be recreating the recipe, thanks for sharing it!
Thanks, Thalia! Hope you enjoy – keep me posted on how it turns out!
Sexy brussel sprouts! Love! They are one of my favorite vegetables as well!
The only way B.sprouts should be!
I love B.Sprouts! This looks like a fabulous way to make them 😀
Thanks, Rebecca! I had fun putting a new twist on an old favorite 🙂
YES! I am totally digging the Thai spices in these brussels sprouts! I always go the maple syrup route, but I definitely need to try this version, too!
Thanks, Lisa! I LOVE maple syrup on Brussels too.
shittttttttt these look gooood
haha thanksss. they tasted pretty goooood toooooo. 🙂
OK. You achieved “sexy Brussels sprouts” with this recipe! Amazing. Loving the photos and this recipe and will definitely try it with my Brussels-sprouts-loving family 🙂
Haha well life is pretty much complete now that I’ve achieved #sexybrusselssprouts status. Thanks, Liz! Love that your whole fam is on-board with Brussels!
Brussels sprouts are one of my favorites too. Making this a must try meal!!
Thanks, Sam! Let me know how they turn out for you! Enjoy 🙂
Had brussels sprouts last night for dinner… totally one of our favs too. Love how you serve these with chopsticks!
Thanks! I only ate with chopsticks in Thailand so I thought I’d embrace the authenticity of the dish 🙂
LOVE brussles! But I really only roast them. I’ll have to try these since I love anything Thai
Roasting is definitely my standard go-to. But if you love Thai and Brussels, you can’t go wrong with this recipe! Enjoy 🙂
Simply roasted brussels sprouts are my go-to, but this recipe definitely kicks it up a notch! These sprouts are definitely sexy 😉
Simply roasted are my go-to as well! But this recipe definitely takes them to another level of sexiness 😉
Brussels sprouts lover! I just like simply roasted them with a little olive oil and salt and pepper, but lately loving them simply shredding in a salad.
Woohooo! Brussels sprouts lovers unite! I love them simply roasted as well – that’s my go-to!