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Brussel Sprouts always seem to be up for debate. Some people run away from them and others embrace them tenderly. If you’re one of the first, then we promise you haven’t found the best way to cook them yet and we have just the right recipe for you! Spicy Mint Brussels Sprouts to the rescue!

What are Brussels Sprouts?

A member of the Brassicaceae cabbage family, these perky sprouts are not only well-loved by the place their name indicates, Brussels, Belgium. It seems like people were already obsessed with these during Roman times and they only arrived in the United States in the 17th century. They have since become a staple in our fall dishes and a big part of the end of year holiday celebrations.

Mighty Little Cabbages

Did you know these little cabbages have mighty powers? They are not only packed with fiber but also Vitamin K and Vitamin C. Did you know that Brussels Sprouts are one the best plant sources of Omega 3 fatty acids and have loads of antioxidants? Think about all this next time you eat some! They might be small but their benefits are huge!

A serving of spicy mint brussels sprouts in a white bowl.

What to Eat Them With

Which kind of dishes can you prepare with Brussels sprouts? The answer is: so many, and so many good ones! From some simple roasted Brussels’ sprouts with olive oil to a shaved Brussels sprouts salad to this juicy and Spicy Mint Brussels Sprouts. The possibilities are endless!

This recipe would go so well with some cauliflower mash or some veggie patties! Get creative and find ways to incorporate these delicious mini cabbages into your weekly meals, you’ll be happy you did!

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Spicy Mint Brussels Sprouts

4.67 from 3 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Dare to try something different! This Spicy Mint Brussels Sprouts are packed with flavor, fiber and antioxidants! A total dream team!


  • 2 Tablespoon of vegetable oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup of rice krispies cereal
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • Salt, to taste
  • 4 cups of halved Brussels sprouts
  • 3 Tablespoons of water
  • 2 Tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of rice vinegar
  • Juice of 2 small limes
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of mint, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 small chile pepper, minced deseed if you don’t like spice


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


Even if you haven't enjoyed Brussels sprouts in the past, give this one a try. Each different preparation method means a different end result, and you maybe just haven't found your favorite method yet!


Calories: 75kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 22mgPotassium: 213mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 624IUVitamin C: 49mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 1mg

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Additional Info

Author: Jake
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Method: Stove
Diet: Vegan
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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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