Roasted Brussels sprouts with cranberries are the perfect holiday side dish, bringing out the deliciously nutty, caramelized flavors in the sprouts with bursts of sweetness and vibrancy from the cranberries. Low effort, just 5 ingredients, super adaptable, and ready to become a new favorite!
It’s official; we honestly believe that if you aren’t a fan of Brussels sprouts, it’s just because you haven’t tried them the right way. Who can blame you for turning your nose up at soggy, stinky, mediocre boiled sprouts, after all?! But ditch the boiling for roasting, and dishes like these roasted Brussels sprouts with cranberries will have pride of place on your holiday table!
We’re already pretty sprout-obsessed here. We’ve already shared recipes for sweet and salty Brussels sprouts, simple air fryer brussels sprouts, and ‘cheesy’ tahini sprouts, but cranberry Brussels sprouts are our new holiday favorite. This dish may be basic, combining simple salt and pepper roasted Brussels sprouts with dried cranberries, but still packs in flavor and texture.
How? By roasting the Brussels sprouts, of course. Aside from the brighter color, roasting sprouts leads to a combination of crisp and tender textures, with caramelized, nutty flavor worlds apart from boiled versions. Next thing you know, what was once the most hated dish on the table is now EMPTY!
There are several ways to add to this holiday side, too. Whether to enhance the sweetness with maple roasted Brussels sprouts, add tang with balsamic glazed Brussels sprouts, or add texture by making roasted Brussels sprouts with cranberries and pecans or walnuts. We’ve included our favorite options below.
These Thanksgiving Brussels sprouts are incredibly simple to prepare with minimal fuss and time, too, making them a great addition to your holiday table, alongside vegan stuffing, green beans, and mashed potatoes!
This Brussels sprouts with cranberries recipe requires minimal ingredients, including:
While there are plenty of ways to enjoy roasted brussels sprouts, here are just a few ways to add to the recipe with just 1-2 extra ingredients or minimal tweaks.
You can also add more veggies to this dish (especially for those who still refuse to try the roasted Brussels sprouts). Some of our favorite combinations include:
Prepare these easy and delicious cranberry Brussels sprouts in just a handful of low-effort steps.
For even crispier/more browned roasted Brussels sprouts, use the broiler for a minute or two at the end.
Follow steps 1-3 above, then transfer the seasoned sprouts to the bottom of your air fryer basket, in a single layer, with some space for air to flow between (otherwise, they steam and stay limp).
Air fry the Brussels sprouts for about 13-15 minutes at 375F/190C, shaking the basket at 8 minutes.
Monitor them in the last few minutes to ensure they cook to your desired level of crispiness. Read more about air fryer brussels sprouts here.
Technically yes, though halved sprouts have more surface area to become crispy. Also, slicing them helps to release the compound that can cause bitterness.
Dried figs or raisins could work with roasted Brussels sprouts, too.
You could use fresh or frozen cranberries instead of dried ones. The method remains the same (add them to the oven in the last 10-15 minutes of roasting).
Honestly, these Thanksgiving Brussels sprouts with cranberries are a bit of a nutrition powerhouse (even more so if you add nuts, too). The sprouts alone provide plenty of gut-friendly fiber, antioxidants, and several vitamins and nutrients like vitamin K and vitamin C. The cranberries also contain plenty of antioxidants and several micronutrients.
Allow it to cool, then store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. We don’t recommend freezing them, as they lose the crisp texture, becoming mushy once thawed.
To reheat the sprouts, transfer them to the air fryer for a few minutes or use a skillet with a small amount of oil/cooking spray.
These roasted brussels sprouts with cranberries are perfect for serving at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and weeknight dinners. You can also use the leftovers to make a Brussels sprouts salad with cranberries (or pasta salad). I also use them to make holiday-themed sandwiches and wraps.
You might also enjoy browsing through this list of 45 vegan Thanksgiving recipes.
Photos by Alfonso Revilla
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