Spicy Mint Brussels Sprouts

  • Servings : 8
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 10m
  • Ready In : 25m

Total Cost (minus sundries): $5

Let’s be honest, no one likes brussels sprouts.  They are super healthy and taste weird.  But I think these are a game changer.  It’s sort of an odd recipe that I modified from its original state, but try it out, seriously.  And don’t forget the Rice Krispies part – its weird but really a great addition to the dish.


  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Rice Krispies
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 Tablespoons Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Rice Vinegar
  • Juice of 2 Small Limes
  • 2 Small Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 1 Small Chili Pepper, Minced
  • 1/4 Cup Cilantro, Chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Mint, Chopped
  • 4 Cups Brussels Sprouts, Halved Length-wise


Step 1

In a frying pan, add 1 tablespoon of oil and heat on high. Add the rice krispies and cayenne pepper and stir until they are brown and crispy, about 60 seconds. Add salt to taste, transfer to a bowl and set aside.

Step 2

Steam the brussels sprouts until green and crunchy. The trick to brussels sprouts is to not over cook them. If you do, it ruins the whole dish and they retain their 'nasty' status.

Step 3

In a small bowl, combine the water, sugar, vinegar, and lime juice and mix until sugar dissolves. Add the cilantro and mint and mix again. Set aside.

Step 4

Add the rest of the oil to a frying pan and heat on high. Make sure the oil and pan is nice and hot before dumping in the sprouts. You want to cook these until they start to char. This brings out an awesome flavor. It should take about 5 minutes.

Step 5

Dump the sprouts in a big bowl, add the vinaigrette mixture to the bowl and mix. After scooping up a serving, sprinkle on some of the rice krispies and serve right away.

Step 6

Never think about brussels sprouts the same ever again. Thank me later.

Jake switched to a plant based diet in 1996 and quickly realized he had no idea how to cook. All these years later and he's still trying to figure it out...

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