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Sweet Chili-Ginger Brussels Sprouts

Nisha Vora
These Chinese-inspired Sweet Chili-Ginger Brussels Sprouts get roasted until browned, then doused in a sticky, spicy and slightly sweet sauce with fresh ginger and garlic.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese-Inspired
Servings 6 people


  • 1 1/2 pounds (680g) Brussels sprouts
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons avocado oil, or neutral cooking oil of choice

Sweet Chili Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha, or other sweet-chili sauce
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar, aka rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch + 2 tablespoons water


  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil or neutral cooking oil of choice
  • 3 scallions sliced at a bias (white and light green parts only; reserve the dark green pieces for garnish)
  • 1-inch (2.5 cm) piece fresh ginger, grated
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced


  • 1/4 cup roasted cashews, chopped (optional; omit for nut-free)
  • 1 tablespoon toasted white sesame seeds or black sesame seeds


  • Prep the sprouts. Preheat the oven to 425°F (218°C). Wash the sprouts and remove any browned or tough outer layers. Cut the sprouts in half (if any sprouts are large, cut into quarters).
  • Roast the sprouts. Spread the sprouts out on a baking sheet and drizzle with the oil. Season generously with salt and pepper and toss to coat with your hands. Roast for 30 to 35 minutes, tossing after 20 minutes, until the sprouts are nicely browned. If your sprouts are quite small, flip after 15 minutes and roast for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile make the Sweet Chili sauce. Whisk together the tamari or soy sauce, agave, water, sriracha, sesame oil, and rice vinegar in a small bowl until well combined.
  • Sauté the aromatics. Just before the sprouts are done roasting (or after they’re done roasting), heat the 2 teaspoons oil in a medium frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the scallions, garlic, and ginger and cook, stirring often until golden, about 2 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make cornstarch slurry: whisk together the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water until smooth and. no longer clumpy.
  • Add the Sweet Chili Sauce to the frying pan and bring to a simmer. Then add the cornstarch slurry, stir well, and simmer until the sauce has thickened, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Toss in the roasted sprouts and coat in the sauce. Sprinkle with sliced green scallion tops, roasted cashews (if using), and sesame seeds.
Keyword gluten-free, nut-free, vegan
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