Sweet and Spicy, Whole Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Spicy Brussels sprouts

The Spruce / Laurel Randolph

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
139 Calories
4g Fat
23g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 139
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 53mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 7g 27%
Protein 7g
Calcium 95mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Still trying to get your family to eat Brussels sprouts? Roasting is the way to go, since the high, dry heat caramelizes the outside and tenderizes the inside. A simple sweet and spicy glaze of honey, cayenne pepper, cumin, and fresh lemon juice won't hurt either. Added at the end, the simple sauce coats the sprouts and punches up the flavor. The glaze also tastes great on roasted carrots or sweet potatoes.

This recipe works best with small, tender Brussels sprouts. Prepare your sprouts by giving them a good rinse with cold water followed by a good dry with a tea towel. Remove the outermost leaves and trim the brown, tough stem ends.

Serve as a flavorful side with pork chops or a juicy turkey breast.


  • 2 pounds small Brussels sprouts (trimmed)
  • 1 tablespoon canola or grapeseed oil
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 F.

  2. Place the Brussels sprouts on a large, rimmed baking sheet, and toss with the oil. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Roast the sprouts for 18 to 22 minutes, tossing once, or until the outer leaves are caramelized and the centers are tender.

  4. Top the roasted sprouts with the honey, lemon juice, cumin, and cayenne pepper. Toss well on the hot baking sheet until well coated.

  5. Store any leftovers for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

Recipe Variation

  • Swap the cumin for ground ginger, the lemon juice for lime juice, and add a drizzle of sesame oil for an Asian twist.