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Close up square photo of caramelized Brussels sprouts in a shallow white bowl.

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

Think you don't like Brussels Sprouts?  Think again!  These Caramelized Brussels Sprouts will become a favorite vegetable side dish!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Gluten Free, Healthy
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword stovetop
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 104kcal


  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce gluten-free tamari or coconut aminos
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme chopped
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 16 ounces Brussels sprouts ends trimmed and quartered
  • ½ red onion sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons butter or additional oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic


  • In a small bowl combine lemon juice, maple syrup, soy sauce, and thyme.
  • Heat oil to medium high in a large skillet. Add Brussels sprouts and onion to the pan and cook until they begin to brown, about four minutes.
  • Add butter or oil to the pan and cook for four more minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook for one more minute. Add the lemon juice mixture and cook for 2 - 4 additional minutes.


Serving Suggestions for this Caramelized Brussels Sprouts Recipe

  • Serve as a side with a Tamari Aioli. Mix ½ cup plain yogurt or mayo with 1 tablespoon gluten-free tamari, ½ tablespoon lemon juice, 2 teaspoons Swerve sweetener (or sweetener of choice), and a teaspoon of minced garlic. Add in in pinch of cayenne pepper if desired.
  • Cook 8 ounces of gluten-free spaghetti. While the spaghetti and Brussels are cooking, add a tablespoon of oil to a skillet. Add ½ diced red onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add garlic and reduce the heat to low. Add ½ cup whole milk (or half-and-half) and ¼ cup vegetable broth. Cook until the sauce thickens, about 4 minutes. Stir in the pasta and top with the Brussels sprouts.
  • Serve with a grilled steak.
  • This one sounds a little crazy, but Brussels sprouts are great on white pizza. Brush a prepared gluten-free pizza crust with a tablespoon of garlic oil. Bake at 420 degrees for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with 2 ounces of Manchego cheese and chopped Brussels. Cook for 4 minutes. Sprinkle toasted walnuts over the pizza and serve.


Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 220mg | Potassium: 331mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 700IU | Vitamin C: 69.5mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1.2mg