Crispy Brussels sprouts tossed in an authentic Thai chili fish sauce for a side dish you won’t forget! 

Crispy Brussels sprouts tossed in an authentic Thai chili fish sauce for a side dish you won't forget! | The Foodie Dietitian @karalydon
Have you ever had a meal out at a restaurant that was so delicious you just had to recreate at home? 

Last month, 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.

Crispy Thai Brussels Sprouts | The Foodie Dietitian @karalydon

To be fair to Steve (and mostly to satisfy my craving for crispy deliciousness), I decided to recreate this dish at home and share the recipe with all of you!

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I was just asked this weekend by Holly at GrassRoots Nutrition what my top 5 favorite vegetables are and Brussels sprouts came out at the top of the list (next to kale, of course). I love preparing Brussels different ways – roasting, shredded in a salad, fried, you name it. They’re an excellent source of vitamin C and contain cancer-preventing glucosinolates found in cruciferous vegetables.

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And I feel so sorry for Brussels because they get hated on a lot. But I think the only reason there are Brussels haters out there is because they’re not being prepared right. If you try this recipe and still hate them, then I’ll take it back. Until then, I’m sticking to my word.


Crispy Thai Brussels Sprouts


Crispy Brussels sprouts tossed in an authentic Thai chili fish sauce for a side dish you won’t forget!



For the Brussels Sprouts:

  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts, quartered or halved depending on the size
  • Canola oil
  • Sea Salt

For the Thai Fish Sauce:

  • 12 thai chili peppers, sliced
  • 1/2 clove garlic, sliced
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp lime juice
  • 2 1/2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/3 cup water


For the Thai Fish Sauce:

  1. In a mortar and pestle, pound garlic and thai chili peppers until create a fine paste. Add fish sauce, water, lime juice, and sugar and stir to combine, until sugar is dissolved.

For the Brussels Sprouts:

  1. In a dutch oven, heat about 2 inches of oil over medium heat. Heat until it’s hot enough that a Brussels sprout leaf will start sizzling and crisp up as soon as its submerged in the oil.
  2. 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.
  3. Remove brussels sprouts after about two minutes or until golden brown. Transfer the to a paper towel to absorb any excess oil. Season with salt to taste.
  4. While still hot, drizzle the thai fish sauce over the sprouts to lightly coat. Be careful not to add too much sauce to avoid them getting soggy. Serve immediately while hot.


  • Serving Size: Serves 4
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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 

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  1. Wow! Such a tasty way of cooking brussel sprouts. I’d never thought of cooking them like this before but they sound amazing!

  2. 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!

  3. Shawn Z.

    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!)

  4. Mona

    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!

  5. 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 šŸ™‚

  6. 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 šŸ™‚

  7. Sue whaken

    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!

  8. This looks absolutely delicious. Just in time for my weekend!

  9. 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!

  10. Sexy brussel sprouts! Love! They are one of my favorite vegetables as well!

  11. I love B.Sprouts! This looks like a fabulous way to make them šŸ˜€

  12. 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!

  13. shittttttttt these look gooood

  14. 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 šŸ™‚

    • 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!

  15. Brussels sprouts are one of my favorites too. Making this a must try meal!!

  16. Had brussels sprouts last night for dinner… totally one of our favs too. Love how you serve these with chopsticks!

  17. LOVE brussles! But I really only roast them. I’ll have to try these since I love anything Thai

  18. Simply roasted brussels sprouts are my go-to, but this recipe definitely kicks it up a notch! These sprouts are definitely sexy šŸ˜‰

  19. 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.