Brussels Sprouts Asian is a sweet and savory side dish. This is specially great when you want to try something new by using a traditional ingredient with new flavor.
Total Time: 45 - 50 Minutes
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Inactive Cook Time: 35 - 40 Minutes
Bruseels sprouts are from the family of cabbages. They are one of my favorite vegetables and packed with tons of fiber. Serving these cutties during the holidays is almost like a must. But I also enjoy to serve it at any time as a side dish for dinner. The adventurous me loves to try out different version. As a Chinese, it is like an easy route to go by adding in some Asian flare in this special ingredient. That is how this recipe was born.
In this recipe, we use maple flavored BBQ seasoning, Korean chili flakes and maple syrup for flavoring. What if you don't have any of them? Do you want to buy them all? Well, as you know, I always like to suggest some alternatives. Certain items may not be used often. So, it will take up a lot of your space. The worst of all is to see the unused portion going into waste. That's always the last thing I want to see. Therefore, here are some suggested alternatives:
1) Instead of maple flavored BBQ seasoning, use other BBQ seasoning on hand. If it's possible, use something very mild. Otherwise, cut down the amount used on the vegetables. Depending on the blend you use, it may need to add about a teaspoon of brown sugar to add a little bit of sweetness into the flavor.
Always remember, your BBQ seasonings will never go to waste. You may use a little bit here in this recipe. There are plenty of other delicious recipes waiting for you to make with the rest of the BBQ seasonings. You may end up buying more just because those dishes are too good that you need to make them again and again. Refer to the bottom of the page in the section of "You May Also Interested In" to get inspired using up the rest of the BBQ seasonings.
2) Chili powder is a great way to replace Korean chili flakes. The fragrance and flavor is much milder.
3) Maybe you are not a fan of maple syrup. Believe me, I got it. My hubby is not big on maple syrup, but my son. Honey will be the best substitute here. Otherwise, a regular sugary pancake syrup would work. But the fragrance may be absent.
1-1.5 lbs Brussels Sprouts (trimmed ends and cut into halves or quarters depending on the original size of each brussels sprout)
1.5 tbsp Mild BBQ Seasonings (I used maple flavored one)
1 tsp Korean Chili Flakes (aka "Gochugaru")
1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Toasted Sesame Seeds (optional)
No-stick Cooking Spray
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp Korean Chili Flakes (aka "Gochugaru")
2 tbsp Maple Syrup
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