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Smashed Brussel Sprouts

11 January 2023 By Aleksandra

These smashed brussel sprouts require just 4 ingredients and come out flavorful and so crispy. It’s hard to stop snacking on them straight from the baking sheet. After trying this recipe, you will never look at the brussel sprouts the same again!

You may also like parmesan roasted brussel sprouts (similar recipe, but not smashed) or brussel sprouts with pineapple and pecans.

Smashed Brussel Sprouts on a white plate.

Smashed brussel sprouts

So what are smashed brussel sprouts? Just like smashed potatoes, brussel sprouts are cooked (in this recipe, I recommend steaming), smashed until flat and then baked until beautifully browned and perfectly crispy.

Ingredients

Below you will find information about the ingredients and how to prepare the recipe. For the measurements and detailed instructions scroll down to the printable recipe card.

Here´s what you need to make this easy recipe:

  • brussel sprouts – fresh, not frozen!
  • olive oil – coats the brussel sprouts and makes them crispy, you don’t have to use good quality olive oil for this recipe
  • parmesan cheese – freshly grated tastes better
  • garlic powder – I prefer using garlic powder and not fresh garlic because fresh garlic can burn in a hot oven and become bitter
  • salt and pepper

What you could also add? cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes for some heat or grated lemon zest. Hot honey would be delicious served with these sprouts.

Labeled ingredients for smashed brussel sprouts.

How to make smashed brussel sprouts step by step

Brussel sprouts are being steamed in a pot. Brussel sprouts wrapped in grey kitchen towel.

STEP 1: Clean the brussel sprouts and remove the discolored outer leaves. Steam brussel sprouts for 15 minutes or until soft (you can also boil them in water for about 15 minutes but I’ve found they are less watery and more crispy when steamed).

STEP 2: Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C), place the rack one shelf above the center of the oven.
Remove them from the water to a clean kitchen towel. Pat them dry.

Brussel sprouts on a baking sheet. Cooked brussel sprouts are being smashed with a glass.

STEP 3: Transfer to a baking sheet (preferably dark-colored when possible), don’t line it with parchment paper.
Toss with olive oil, garlic powder, and half of the parmesan. Season well with salt and pepper.

STEP 4: Smash with a flat glass.

Smashed brussel sprouts ready to be baked. Baked smashed brussel sprouts on a baking tray.

STEP 5: Sprinkle with the remaining parmesan.

STEP 6: Bake for 25 minutes or until browned and crispy. Every oven bakes differently so keep an eye on them after 20 minutes so they don´t get too dark.

Enjoy!

Storage

These smashed brussel sprouts reheat very well but will not be 100% as crispy as freshly baked. If you want to reheat them, bake them at 350°F (180°C) until warm and crispy. Air fryer would be perfect for reheating them (at 325°F/160°C). They taste very good but are not perfectly crispy.

How to make them ahead: you could steam (or boil) brussel sprouts and store them for up to 3 days in the fridge or until ready to bake. Bake them just before serving.

I don’t recommend freezing these brussel sprouts – they will be too soft.

Top Tips

  • don´t overcook brussel sprouts – they should be soft enough to be smashed, not more or they will end up mushy
  • keep an eye on them at the end of the cooking time so they won´t burn
  • steaming is really better than boiling – brussel sprouts come out less watery and get more crispy in the oven
  • you don´t have to have a professional steamer – two pots and a colander or a sieve work just fine, just keep in mind if the lid or the second pot doesn´t fit the first pot very tightly, the cooking time may be longer because the steam will escape
  • why the brussel sprouts are not crispy? possible reasons: lining baking sheet with parchment paper, not draining brussel sprouts well, too short baking time, crowding the pan
Smashed Brussel Sprouts on a white plate.

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Smashed Brussel Sprouts

These smashed brussel sprouts requite just 4 ingredients and come out flavorful and so crispy. It’s hard to stop snacking on them straight from the baking sheet. After trying this recipe, you will never look at the brussel sprouts the same again!
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Smashed brussel sprouts on a white plate.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 93kcal
Author Aleksandra

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (450g) brussel sprouts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup (35g) grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Clean the brussel sprouts and remove the discolored outer leaves. Steam brussel sprouts for 15 minutes or until soft (you can also boil them in water for about 15 minutes but I've found they are less watery and more crispy when steamed).
  • Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C), place the rack one shelf above the center of the oven.
  • Remove them from the water to a clean kitchen towel. Pat them dry really well.
  • Transfer to a baking sheet (preferably dark-colored when possible), don’t line it with parchment paper.
  • Toss with olive oil, garlic powder, and half of the parmesan. Season well with salt and pepper.
  • Smash with a flat glass.
  • Sprinkle with the remaining parmesan.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until browned and crispy. Every oven bakes differently so keep an eye on them after 20 minutes so they don´t get too dark.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Calories = 1 serving (1/6 of the recipe). This is only an estimate!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Diet Vegetarian
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