February 18, 2008

Brussel Sprouts: The Vegan French Fry

by IsaChandra

Sure, maybe the french fry is the vegan french fry, but roasted brussel sprouts are a near second. And Brussels is really close to France, so it makes sense. I know I don’t shut up about roasted brussels, I’ve blogged about them and they are in VwaV as well as Veganomicon, but they deserve it. They smell like popcorn while they’re roasting and you can kind of mindlessly eat them while watching TV or studying – they are the perfect snack food.

To roast them, preheat the oven to 400 F. Slice off the knobby bottoms and peel off any out of shape leaves. Slice in half, place on a rimmed baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and toss to coat. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, flipping once. Easy as pie. Actually, much much much easier than pie.

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  • February 18, 2008 at 5:20 pm: Zac

    Do you think these will go well with apple and cinnamon?

  • February 18, 2008 at 5:24 pm: Agathe

    I don’t know if we can consider this as a french fry, but as a french girl I think that it should be delicious !

  • February 18, 2008 at 5:29 pm: Auntie X

    I’ve heard that the french fry was actually invented in Belgium. I don’t know if that’s true, but those are great photos. Brussels are my favorite veg.

  • February 18, 2008 at 5:32 pm: ICEQUEEN26

    Someone out there who’s a fan of this veg! It rocks.

    P.S. Just read the VwaV and It was cool toatlly changed my veiw piont on a few things.

  • February 18, 2008 at 5:33 pm: hatorisblindeye

    I made the roasted brussels sprouts for thanksgiving. They were a huge hit. You and Terry are the reason for my love affair with roasted vegetables.

  • February 18, 2008 at 5:35 pm: John

    Isa – I LOVE these! You converted me to brussel sprouts with VWaV!

  • February 18, 2008 at 5:54 pm: Shauna

    My mom finally tried these and had to call me to tell me how much she likes them! Mmm.



  • February 18, 2008 at 6:20 pm: Jenn

    This the only way I make them. Thanks for sharing – hopefully you can convert more to try them

  • February 18, 2008 at 7:19 pm: Michelle

    You can’t NOT roast brussels sprouts. it would be a sin.
    I toss them with olive oil, salt, and black pepper before putting them on the baking sheet.
    These melt in your mouth! YUM!

  • February 18, 2008 at 8:09 pm: Heather

    I just had to comment on this posting! My fiance and I have been CHOWING brussel sprouts like they are going out of style! I read up on how to roast them in Veganomicon and we have been going nuts for them. I had to laugh when I saw this because I just came from the kitchen trying to decide if I wanted to make them or not with our veggie burgers for dinner. Now it’s a definite go!

  • February 18, 2008 at 10:51 pm: Liz

    I adore roasted brussels sprouts, but I’ve been “cut off,” so to speak — well, at the very least I have to be closely monitored. Last time I made roasted brussels sprouts I did indeed “mindlessly eat them” while watching t.v., managed to consume oh, about a pound, and wound up with some rather unfortunate gassiness. I’m just saying … eat your leafy greens in moderation.

  • February 18, 2008 at 10:55 pm: IsaChandra

    re: farting. Yeah, that’s true. It’s the curse of the cruciferous.

  • February 18, 2008 at 11:14 pm: Chocolatecoveredvegan

    Yummy; you’ve inspired me to make some vegan “fries” of my own… they are so much tastier than those greasy McDonald’s things.

    *Goes off to buy some Brussels sprouts*

  • February 19, 2008 at 2:33 am: Melisser

    love love LOVE! I had them 4 times in one week & I’m having them for dinner tomorrow! I tend to roast mine longer though.

  • February 19, 2008 at 2:53 am: M.W.O.A.I.

    SH*T, I keep forgetting to get these.

    *runs off to put on grocery list*

  • February 19, 2008 at 3:56 am: Coppe

    I quickly became a follower of the way of the roasted brussels sprout after trying them. It is the best way to preparing them.

  • February 19, 2008 at 12:04 pm: stephanie

    veganomicon rocks my world. just wanted to share.

  • February 19, 2008 at 12:36 pm: Bonnie

    They DO smell like popcorn!

  • February 19, 2008 at 4:47 pm: mel

    My taste buds would agree. I just with my GI tract could get on board.

  • February 20, 2008 at 6:46 pm: yuelan

    I have also heard french fries come from Belgium…also, they put french fries on everything in Belgium! When I was there they even put them on falafel! It was kind of weird but actually really good.

  • February 26, 2008 at 12:53 am: The Jew & The Carrot

    There’s no vegetable that I crave more than a roasted brussel sprout, except perhaps sauteed kale. I eat them first out of a dish of roasted vegetables like I used to (USED TO) eat the marshmallows first in Lucky Charms cereal.

    Editor, The Jew & The Carrot blog

  • February 27, 2008 at 12:47 pm: zuzucooks

    I know this recipe is for fresh brussels sprouts, but I have most of a bag of frozen kicking around–do you think that would work?

  • March 13, 2008 at 12:46 pm: Nicoleliza

    I want to know if frozen brussels would work, too!??

  • March 14, 2008 at 5:59 pm: midwestern transport

    my partner bought me VWaV when i first started eating vegan, and this is one of my favorite recipes from it. i LOVE these. i make them all the time.

  • March 24, 2008 at 11:53 pm: Carol

    Yesterday for our Easter lunch Suzy Spoon, the Iron Deficient Chef, made your roasted brussell sprouts. My 91 year old mother, who hates vegetables, just kept eating them, the 2 year old gourmet liked them and the rest of us had to wrestle to get our share. What a brilliant recipe. Thanks from Sydney, Australia, where we are having a hot and steamy March.

  • April 12, 2008 at 1:27 am: Kimocean

    Hmmm…I’m wondering if I didn’t cook these for long enough. I made them for the first time tonight and they were OK but definitely not remarkable. I put them in for 20 minutes but I think my oven’s been running a little cool. Are they supposed to be fairly crispy? I had a few crispy bits but in general they were pretty soft.

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  • October 8, 2008 at 7:19 pm: chani

    Amazingly I’ve NEVER had them before…I think I’ll have to try them this weekend!

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  • March 14, 2009 at 10:59 pm: debra

    I had previously frozen some fresh brussels sprouts and defrosted them for 2 minutes then followed the recipe. They were delicious and roasted beautifully. They were not soggy. Yummy recipe, thanks!

  • March 14, 2009 at 11:42 pm: debra

    I used frozen fresh sprouts and they roasted beautifully and were crispy! Yummy!

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  • December 30, 2010 at 6:26 pm: Vic

    My older daughter asked me to buy brussels sprouts the other day at the supermarket and i bought them without having a clue with what to do with them. I am SO trying this tonight. thank you!!

  • April 22, 2011 at 6:39 pm: Martha

    dip em in dijon mustard. you wont be disappointed.

  • March 2, 2012 at 12:01 am: Kate

    I’m about to try Brussel sprouts for the first time in my adult life. I’m kinda excited!

  • August 17, 2012 at 3:46 pm: Ellie

    This makes me wish for fall and in-season Brussels Sprouts. Love them roasted or carmalized in a skillet.

  • October 3, 2012 at 10:06 pm: Brenda

    So good!! I just started eating vegan, um, 4 days ago and have been trying new recipes and I’m sure I’ll be making these a ton.

  • December 1, 2012 at 1:25 am: Bill

    Been roasting B-Sprouts for years, Love em.
    Love this site..keep the recipes coming.

  • December 11, 2012 at 3:27 am: Radhika Sarohia

    Looks good! Going to try a stovetop version of this

  • December 19, 2012 at 2:57 am: SR

    While these don’t taste like French fries, I did eat these sprouts as fast as I eat French fries! I’ve never eaten this many sprouts in my life! They were sooo good!

  • December 24, 2012 at 12:10 am: kkdion

    OBSESSED with roasting veggies right now!! roasting up some broc and sprouts for the main course, with roasted beets and ‘shake n bake’ mushrooms for the side dishes! i always save the sprouts for last…totally the best part!

  • April 10, 2013 at 5:01 pm: Dawn

    as I write you you, I am munching on Roasted BS with a touch of white balsamic. I have cut added salt and oil out of my diet. My BS are a bit dry on top. Suggestions? Maybe put in a small Pyrex with lid, add broth? The dried leaves could be the new Potato Chip?

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  • December 27, 2013 at 2:19 pm: Imogen Michel

    I made these for Christmas dinner this year and they were delicious! Thanks so much for the recipe :)

  • November 21, 2014 at 7:48 pm: Ju

    These were fab, and tasted a bit like mature cheese? WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!

  • December 23, 2014 at 4:25 am: Erika

    Not only are they delicious but they are also a great cancer preventing and cancer fighting veggie.

  • January 8, 2015 at 2:21 pm: Vegan Donkey

    mmmm I love Brussels sprouts! I made these as a snack for traveling, when I moved recently. They were good even cold. I love the subtle taste, especially with a bit of garlic and some good-quality olive oil!! It snowed here this morning and I think this is a perfect mid-morning treat! I haven’t started working yet, so I have some time in the kitchen.