This is hands down the BEST Asian Brussel Sprouts recipe ever! Crispy and tender sprouts covered in sticky maple “soy” glaze. Ready in 15 minutes and golden crispy! Perfect for a weeknight meal and gorgeous-looking for holiday feasting.

Love more unique brussel sprout recipe ideas? I’ve got you covered; try my paleo brussel sprouts or my maple brussels sprouts air fryer recipe.

A close shot shows crispy brussels sprouts served on a big white plate with spoon on the side with Asian soy maple glaze
Crispy brussels sprouts with sweet “soy” glaze…simple and yummy!

Why this recipe is the best

These Asian style brussels sprouts are perfect for an Asian-inspired Thanksgiving or a weeknight dinner.

  • Tender and delicious: Sweet and savory sticky brussel sprouts, crisped to perfection.
  • Fast and easy: You can whip up these maple and soy glazed brussel sprouts in no time.
  • Simple Ingredients: Only calls for 9 ingredients you likely already have on hand.
  • Air-fried or oven-baked: I’ll show you both ways to make these sticky bites of deliciousness.

Ingredients

You can have the best brussel sprouts at home without having to travel to Uchi brussels sprouts in Austin, TX. My vegan brussel sprout recipe is quick, easy, and only needs a few simple ingredients.

Ingredients needed to make this dish
  • Fresh brussels sprouts: olive oil, salt, garlic powder, ground ginger, maple syrup (or honey), coconut aminos, and toasted white sesame seeds.
  • Seasoning sauce: Maple syrup (or honey), coconut aminos, and balsamic vinegar.

Ingredient substitutions

Asian brussels sprouts are beyond delicious, and go well with everything! You can change out ingredients to suit your tastes or add extra flavor; check out some of my excellent suggestions below.

  • Brussel sprouts with soy sauce: Rather than coconut aminos sprouts, you can make soy sauce brussel sprouts instead.
  • Honey: an excellent substitute for maple syrup. Honey soy sauce brussel sprouts are fantastic though this makes the brussel sprout recipes vegetarian friendly, but not vegan.
  • Toasted sesame oil: To add a rich nutty flavor to brussel sprouts, sesame oil is a great option. Perfect for cooking, you can use it in place of olive oil.
  • Fresh garlic cloves: Use finely minced fresh garlic instead of powdered for a robust garlic flavor.

How to make the dish

Asian style brussel sprouts are so delicious you will be amazed at how fast they come together. Follow my simple step-by-step directions for Asian roasted brussel sprouts 2 ways, air-fried and oven-baked.

Preparation (for both methods)

Photo shows steps on how to prepare the brussels sprouts before cooking
  1. Trim the bottoms off sprouts and slice them in half.
  2. Rinse and soak in cold water for 10 minutes
  3. Drain and pat dry

Air Fryer Method

For Asian brussel sprouts in the air fryer, preheat to 400°

Photo shows the steps for seasoning the sprouts and air fry or bake
  1. Coat and cover: In a large bowl, toss the sprouts with olive oil, coconut aminos, and the rest of the seasonings. Coat well.
  2. Air Fry: Add sprouts in an even layer to your air fryer basket. Cook for 10 minutes. Give the basket a quick toss and cook for 5 additional minutes until golden brown.

Oven Baked Method

Crispy Asian brussel sprouts can also be oven roasted; preheat the oven temperature to 400°F.

Follow the steps above to mix your sprouts with seasoning. Arrange in a single layer on a large rimmed baking sheet and bake for 35-40 minutes.

Photo shows tossing the roasted sprouts with Asian soy glaze before serving
  1. Make the sauce: Whisk sauce ingredients in a small bowl until combined.
  2. Sauce, serve, and enjoy: Toss cooked brussels sprouts with asian sauce and garnish with toasted sesame seeds.

Pro-tip for brussels sprouts that are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside

The secret to Chinese brussels sprouts that are tender on the inside and crisp on the outside is to soak them. Presoak them in a bowl of water to rehydrate them for perfect sprouts every time. See this article.

Variations

Want to spruce up your brussel sprouts dinner recipes collection? These will put pf Chang’s brussel sprout recipe to shame. I’m talking tender crisp brussel sprout perfection. To make it more exciting (is that even possible), I’ve added some fun twists and variations for you to try.

  • Spicy flavor: For spicy Asian brussel sprouts, add red pepper flakes, sriracha sauce, or my garlic chili sauce.
  • Thai style: Try my Thai dipping sauce for that authentic Thai taste you are craving.
  • Vietnamese brussel sprouts: Serve with my Vietnamese dipping sauce for a perfect side dish.
  • Japanese: Try Asian brussel sprouts with fish sauce or ponzu brussels sprouts for a Japanese-inspired flavor. Serve the spouts with keto teriyaki sauce for an even more amazing dish.
  • Chinese: Soy glaze brussels sprouts, kung pao brussel sprouts, and general tso brussel are some of the popular choices.

Serving suggestions

Sesame brussel sprouts elevate any meal to the next level. Below are some of my favorite pairing ideas for your next dinner party or weeknight meal.

Pair my Asian fried brussel sprouts recipe with paleo kung pao chicken, baked sesame chicken, and paleo orange chicken. Want a little spice? I suggest trying it with my honey sriracha chicken air fryer recipe.

For seafood lovers, pair Asian baked brussels sprouts with keto kung pao shrimp or my teriyaki salmon air fryer recipe.
If you prefer lighter, quicker meals, a great way is to pair Chinese cucumber salad on the side.

Storage and reheat

To keep your Asian inspired brussels sprouts fresh and tasty for days, see my suggestions below.

  • Storage: Store crispy brussels sprouts in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Reheat: Pan roast on the stovetop on medium-high heat until heated through or microwave on high for 1 minute.

Common FAQs

Brussel sprouts in Chinese?

抱子甘蓝 [Bào zǐ gānlán] or 球芽甘蓝 [Qiú yá gānlán]

How to make brussels sprouts crispy?

For crispy sprouts, be sure to pat dry after soaking and use the correct heat when cooking. Do not overcrowd the sprouts to ensure even browning.

Why do my brussels sprouts turn out mushy?

You are likely overcrowding the pan; this will cause the sprouts to be steamed rather than achieving the caramelization of roasting.

Can I use frozen brussels sprouts?

I don’t recommend it. The sprouts may become soggy and won’t crisp up properly

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Umami Tips

  • Presoak brussels sprouts: Rehydrate in water for tender and crisp sprouts.
  • Trim sprouts based on size: Quarter larger brussels sprouts and halve smaller sprouts.
  • Pat dry: Make sure sprouts are dry prior to cooking.
  • Use proper heat: If you Pan-roasted brussels sprouts, it should start in a cold pan to ensure perfect taste and texture.
  • Give them space: Do not overcrowd sprouts in the fryer basket or sheet pan. Leave room for hot air to circulate.
A side close shot shows crispy texture of the Asian brussels sprouts served over a big white plate
A feature image shows Asian roasted brussels sprouts served over a big white plate
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Asian brussel sprouts recipe

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
soaking time: 10 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Servings: 6 people
Author: ChihYu
Asian brussel sprouts are roasted or air fried to crispy perfection! Toss with maple soy sauce glaze, this healthy side dish is also vegan-friendly!
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Ingredients 

  • 1.5 lb Brussels sprouts, 24 oz bags of Brussels sprouts
  • 2.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup, or honey
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos
  • Sprinkle toasted white sesame seeds

For the sauce:

Instructions 

To prep:

  • Trim the bottom end off of brussels sprouts and slice them in half. For extra large ones, quarter them.
  • Rinse and soak them in cold water for 10 minutes. This will help the sprouts taste tender in the center. Make sure you drain and pat them dry with a clean kitchen towel.

To air-fry:

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400F for 5 minutes. In the meantime, toss the sprouts with ingredients from olive oil to coconut aminos in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the sprouts to the fryer basket and spread them to an even layer. Some overlap is okay. Air fryer for 10 minutes. Toss the basket after 5 minutes to ensure even cooking on all sides.

To bake:

  • Preheat your oven to 400F. After you soak, pat dry, and season the sprouts, pour them on a sheet pan and rearrange them into a single layer. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until crisp outside and tender inside. Shake the pan from time to time to brown the sprouts evenly.

For the sauce:

  • In a separate small bowl, combine the sauce ingredients from maple syrup to vinegar.
  • Transfer the brussels sprouts to a serving bowl and toss them with the sauce. Taste and adjust with more salt or vinegar, if needed. Serve warm.

Notes

  • For keto, use keto-friendly maple syrup. 
  • You can also use soy sauce and honey for this recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 114kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Sodium: 491mg, Potassium: 448mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 855IU, Vitamin C: 96mg, Calcium: 49mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, American Chinese
Keyword: asian brussel sprouts, asian brussel sprouts recipe, asian brussels sprouts
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