Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries

BY : PUBLISHED : November 2nd, 2022 UPDATED: November 4th, 2022

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!

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Perfect Holiday Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries

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!

The Ingredients

This Brussels sprouts with cranberries recipe requires minimal ingredients, including:

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  • Brussels sprouts: It’s best to use fresh rather than frozen sprouts for the most caramelized roasted Brussels sprouts (thus, the best flavor). However, you can use frozen sprouts and increase the roasting time by a few minutes.
  • Oil: Use a neutral-tasting cooking oil. We used olive oil.
  • Salt & black pepper: Season to taste. Use soy sauce (or gluten-free tamari) instead of salt for added umami and flavor depth.
  • Dried cranberries: Will add sweet-tart flavor and pops of ruby red to the dish.

What To Add To Roasted Brussel Sprouts

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.

  • Cinnamon: Just a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  • Garlic powder: Add to taste, starting with a subtle sprinkle.
  • Maple-roasted Brussels sprouts: Toss the sprouts in 1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup before roasting them for delicious maple Brussels sprouts.
  • Balsamic-glazed Brussels sprouts: Add 1-2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar for a tangy depth or combine 1:1 balsamic and maple syrup for a sweet and tart glaze. For added zing, stir in some Dijon mustard. Drizzle over when serving.
  • Breadcrumbs: For extra crunchy texture, sprinkle some breadcrumbs (wheat or gluten-free) over the cranberry Brussels sprouts when roasting.
  • Vegan feta: Sprinkle some over the dish when serving for a creamy element.
  • Nuts/seeds: Add crunch by preparing the Brussels sprouts with cranberries and pecans, walnuts, pistachios, or almonds. Use pumpkin seeds or pine nuts as a nut-free option. Add them in the last 8-10 minutes of baking.
  • Vegan butter: Add a pat of vegan butter to the dish when serving for even richer roasted sprouts. Vegan butter makes everything better.
  • Orange juice: To squeeze over the cranberry Brussels sprouts when serving for added brightness.

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:

  • Roasted Brussels sprouts and carrots
  • Brussels sprouts and broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts and butternut squash or pumpkin (perfect for Thanksgiving)
  • Roasted sprouts with sweet potato

How to Make Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries

Prepare these easy and delicious cranberry Brussels sprouts in just a handful of low-effort steps.

  • 1) First, preheat the oven to 375F/190C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone sheet.
  • 2) Meanwhile, rinse and prepare the Brussels sprouts, removing any brown or wilted outer leaves, trimming the long ends, and cutting them in half.
  • 3) Toss the sprouts together with the oil, salt & pepper.
  • 4) Roast them in the oven for about 20 minutes.
  • 5) Mix in the cranberries, then continue to roast the Brussels sprouts and cranberries for 10-15 minutes, until they’re tender in the middle and lightly crisp and browned on the edges. Then, remove them from the oven, serve, and enjoy!

For even crispier/more browned roasted Brussels sprouts, use the broiler for a minute or two at the end.

Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts?

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.

FAQs

Can I roast Brussels sprouts whole?

Technically yes, though halved sprouts have more surface area to become crispy. Also, slicing them helps to release the compound that can cause bitterness.

Can I substitute the cranberries?

Dried figs or raisins could work with roasted Brussels sprouts, too.

Can I use fresh cranberries?

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).

Are roasted Brussels sprouts and cranberries healthy?

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.

Top Recipe Tips and Notes

  • Roasting time varies: Based on the size of the sprouts and your individual oven. So monitor them in the last few minutes.
  • For extra caramelization: Preheat the oven pan, so the sprouts will start to form their crispy crust as soon as they hit the pan.
  • Don’t overcrowd the tray: They need space to become crispy rather than steam and stay tender/soft.
  • For softer cranberries: Soak them for a few minutes in hot water to plump them up. Add flavor by soaking them in juice.
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Storage Recommendations

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.

Serving Suggestions

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.

More Vegetable Side Dishes

You might also enjoy browsing through this list of 45 vegan Thanksgiving recipes.

Photos by Alfonso Revilla

completed Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries on a white dish
completed Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries on a white dish

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries

Zhoro Apostolov
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!
5 from 51 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 137 kcal
METHOD Oven
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups of brussels sprouts halved
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • ½ cup of dried cranberries

Instructions
 

  • Heat up the oven at 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Place the brussels sprouts on the baking sheet and season with oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Cook them for about 20 minutes, then mix in the cranberries, and then cook for another 10 minutes or until they’re tender.

Notes

  • Roasting time varies: Based on the size of the sprouts and your individual oven. So monitor them in the last few minutes.
  • For extra caramelization: Preheat the oven pan, so the sprouts will start to form their crispy crust as soon as they hit the pan.
  • Don’t overcrowd the tray: They need space to become crispy rather than steam and stay tender/soft.
  • For softer cranberries: Soak them for a few minutes in hot water to plump them up. Add flavor by soaking them in juice.

Nutrition

Calories: 137kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 27mgPotassium: 265mgFiber: 3gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 498IUVitamin C: 56mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Beatriz says

    5 stars
    I love brussel sprouts in any shape or form but this recipe is incredible and really brings out their sweetness 🙂

  2. Gina H. says

    5 stars
    These brussel sprouts go so perfectly with cranberries. Yum!

  3. Rachel says

    5 stars
    Brussels sprouts and cranberries are so good together! I love how quick and easy this recipe is!

    • Andrea White says

      Yesss - such a tasty combo and simple recipe!

  4. Erin says

    5 stars
    What a great flavor combo!

    • Andrea White says

      Yessss - a forever classic for Thanksgiving!

  5. Tina says

    5 stars
    Ooo I love the idea of adding cranberries to Brussel Sprouts!

    • Andrea White says

      The combo is the most epic fall combo!

  6. Andrea White says

    5 stars
    Such a delicious and nutritious side dish!

  7. Jacqui says

    5 stars
    This is such an amazing side! Thank you for sharing.

  8. nancy says

    5 stars
    it's my first time making brussel sprouts with cranberries. pinned so i can remake this

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