Hoisin Glazed Brussels Sprouts

Do you ever order mu shu pork at a Chinese restaurant? It’s my favorite, and I think it’s mostly because of the sauce, that thick, dark, gooey, sweet and spicy hoisin sauce. It’s readily available in the Asian section of the grocery aisle, at least around here, and you can use it as a dipping sauce or glaze for practically anything—wings, meatloaf, ribs, salmon, eggplant, meatballs, chicken, and in this case, brussels sprouts.

In this quick and easy stir-fry, we lightly boil the halved sprouts first, so they cook more evenly. We brown sliced onions, stir-fry them with the blanched sprouts, ginger, and garlic, and then sprinkle everything with some rice vinegar, soy sauce, hoisin, and sesame oil. These brussels sprouts are like candy, so good! A pound of brussels sprouts will serve 3 to 4, but if left to my own nefarious ways, I’ll eat the whole batch.

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Hoisin Glazed Brussels Sprouts Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 3-4 as a side dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound brussels sprouts, rinsed, any older outer leaves discarded, stems trimmed slightly, sprouts sliced in half through the stem end
  • 1 Tbsp peanut oil, or other vegetable oil
  • 1/2 large onion, sliced thinly root to tip
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced, about 1 teaspoon
  • 1 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • Salt to taste

Method

Whisk together the seasoned rice vinegar, soy sauce, and hoisin sauce in a small bowl, set aside.

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2 Place a steamer rack in a medium pot, add an inch of water. Heat the water to a boil, then add the brussels sprouts to the pot. Cover the pot and steam the brussels sprouts for 5 minutes. Remove the sprouts from the pot and lay them out on a baking sheet to cool while you cook the onions in the next step.

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3 Heat the peanut oil in a wok or large sauté pan over high heat on your most powerful burner until the surface of the oil shimmers. Add the sliced onions and toss to coat with the oil. Sear over high heat until the edges of the onion slices begin to brown, about 4-5 minutes.

4 Add the ginger, garlic and brussels sprouts to the pan and toss to combine. Stir-fry for 2 minutes, or until the brussels sprouts begin to brown.

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5 Add the rice vinegar, soy sauce and hoisin sauce mixture to the sprouts and toss to combine. Stir-fry for a minute or two (watch the sides of the pan and turn off the heat if you see any of the sauce scorch on the side of the pan). Drizzle with sesame oil and add salt to taste. Serve at once.

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Links:

Golden Crusted Brussels Sprouts, from 101 Cookbooks

Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar and Cranberries, from The Pioneer Woman

Brussels Sprouts with Chinese Sausage, from Steamy Kitchen

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29 Comments

  1. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    Brussels sprouts are one of my very favourite veggies, and I’m always looking for new ways to cook them. Thanks!

  2. Cindy

    Yum, I LOVE Brussels sprouts so I WILL be making them like this. Thanks!!

  3. Jayne

    I’ve never ever thought of glazing brussels sprouts with anything other than balsamic vinegar and bacon fat! Now this will start up a whole host of ideas for me. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. My Kitchen Stories

    I really never thought of adding asian flavours to brussel sprouts. Funny because hoisin would absolutely be perfect, as you have proved.

  5. kate c.

    this might be too basic a question, and not possible, but I noticed frozen brussels sprouts cheap at our grocery store the other day… think there’s anyway they would work here? And if so, how?? thaw first? boil frozen/whole, then slice?? Ideas anyone?

    • Pamela R.

      Kate C. frozen sprouts just won’t do in this recipe. They retain a lot of water, not flavor, and the tend to be mushy.

  6. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    I am all over this recipe! What a fabulous treat!

  7. MikeC

    Brussel sprouts are one of those things I just can’t like, no matter how they are prepared. On the other hand, I do like broccoli and cauliflower, and this seems like a great way to prepare those.. mummm – must get hoisin sauce…

    Funny thing about hoisin sauce, ever notice how it doesn’t have an expiration date on it? I am always a wee bit queasy when I buy it and use it thinking I don’t know how to tell it if has gone bad…

  8. Alfredo

    Must.cook.this!

  9. Julie

    Love this idea. I don’t especially like brussel sprouts, but hoisin sauce would definitely make them tolerable.

    But — hoisin sauce is loaded with high fructose corn-syrup and other additives. Any idea on a recipe to make it at home?

    • Andrea

      Like Julie, I’d love to know if there’s a way to make hoisin at home. This recipe looks delish!

      • mike john hussey

        There is but u need about 6 ingredients. Just seems easier to buy it. Google “hoisin sauce recipe”. I liked the Food.com recipe.

  10. Susan

    When I want a recipie, I google it. The first response I got for homemade hoisin sauce is http://chinese.food.com/recipe/homemade-hoisin-sauce-312992

    I suspect that the amounts of salt and sugar act as preservatives, though I keep my hoisin (purchased) in the refrigerator. Hope this helps.

  11. Michelle

    These brussels sprouts look yummy!
    Recipe for home made Hoisin Sauce:
    http://chinese.food.com/recipe/homemade-hoisin-sauce-312992

  12. Katherine

    Great idea! I’m looking for ways to get more veggies into our meals. We love asian cooking also. So this is a double-win idea for us. Thanks.

  13. Larry Gaian (@BBQGrail)

    I love Brussels Sprouts and the Hoisin glaze will fit many of the dishes I like to make. Great new side dish to add to my recipe collection.

  14. Kay

    I’ve tried to like brussel sprouts, but have yet to find a recipe I like. Since some came in my farm bag today, I may just have to make this. Sorry I used up my Hoisin Sauce last week. May have to run to the store.

  15. Sandy S.

    I like brussel sprouts very much and do wonder about those who don’t care for them. Perhaps bothering to find young tender examples might be worth a 2nd try. I alway prefer the smaller brussel sprouts not only for their tenderness and flavor but also because they tend to cook more quickly. I am a fan of organic vegis (even at the price!) but sadly, they often have not been raised or harvested for their best texture or flavor. I am looking forward to trying this recipe with some nice tender brussel sprouts!

  16. godwinkr

    I love all forms of brussel sprouts, usually roasted or high-heat saute in a similar manner as above (but with bacon…). Roasted is my go-to method though, finished simply with some coarse sea salt and fresh pepper. The hoisin sauce sounds like a winner! Recently made David Lebovitz’s amazing (!) Char Sui BBQ short ribs, these two recipes together and I wouldn’t be able to stop eating the whole pan!

  17. T. Hannibal Gay

    Brussels sprouts are a member of the mustard family and medical science has found that if women eat two servings from the mustard family everyday, you can cut your risk of breast and cervical cancer by a whopping 37% percent. It also protects men from some cancers to a lesser percentage. I have been looking for good recipes to give my young daughters who are now grown and out in the wide world. Thank you for another nice recipe Elise and I urge all of you to eat mustard greens- broccoli, B. sprouts, cauliflower, bok choi, and Napa cabbage.

    • Sandy S.

      Thank you for this info. Often in the past , I would be hungry for something but, couldn’t figure out what it was. It would turn out to be cauliflower. I have always liked vegis, including all of the mustard family but, who get a craving for cauliflower!?! With your informaton, I now wonder if there is any significance to this craving of cauliflower. Especially considering there is a very low incidence of cancer in my family.

  18. AHarris

    I like cooking stir fry. It ‘s quick and easy. I am going to try your recipe on brussels sprouts. It looks delicious and surely would be tasty with hoisin sauce. My kids will gonna love this plus it is healthy. Great recipe.

  19. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)

    This just might be the recipe that turns me into a Brussels sprouts fan. My Asian pantry is always well-stocked. I’ve never thought to use it in a dish like this.

  20. Stacey Booth

    Me too! There’s a local Vietnamese restaurant that keeps it on the table. It adds such a good flavor to so many dishes!

  21. Nancy

    Hi I never cared for brussel sprouts before adding hoisin sauce to them. I simply steam them, including frozen ones until tender, drain. Place them in a skillet with Hoisin sauce, and heat to glaze. My children love them too–previously would not touch brussel sprouts because of the smell and funny after taste. Hoisin sauce solved their concerns.
    You can also roast the brussel sprouts rather than steaming
    Its a fast side dish that tastes like a complicated preparation.. It also works well as an appetizer served with toothpicks.

  22. Oui, Chef

    Always looking for new ways to do sprouts, and this one looks FAB!

  23. Jad @ New South Food Co.

    Love brussel sprouts and always looking for new recipes. Will have to try this one next.

  24. nancy

    My, oh my! I just made these brussel sprouts and let me tell you that they are just about the most delicious thing I have ever had. I just had to comment on this dish. I put a bit of red pepper flakes into the sauce for a bit of heat. Thank you – and my husband thanks you, too.

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