Soy Wasabi Brussels Sprouts

Soy Wasabi Brussels Sprouts

Have you ever thought about what an alien would think about your life or world? I realize this is a strange question that closely resembles some sort of high school creative writing prompt, but these are the kinds of thoughts that occupy my mind every now and then. I’m sure a lot of random, bizarre things might answer that question, but one topic I can never let go is Brussels sprouts. Seriously, what the heck is a Brussels sprout? How do you even pronounce the name? Hopefully I’m not alone in completely skipping over the last “S” in Brussels.

Brussels sprouts continue to be a weird food both on earth and one can only assume off it as well. For years, this tiny cabbage head has been in need of a professional marketing team and a complete brand makeover.  Luckily, the new millennium has been filled with all kinds of trendy foods that have transformed many of your childhood nightmares into pricey, sought after dishes. However, Brussels sprouts don’t have to be expensive or under-appreciated, especially considering how easy they are to make.

Like many people, I was deterred from trying these baby cabbages, not because I had eaten them and thought they were gross, but because I had never heard them talked about in a positive way. When my mom told me she was making Brussels sprouts one night for dinner, I was perturbed.

Never one to turn down a meal that was made specifically for me, I took a bite of one sprout and was…in love?  Crunchy, sweet AND spicy? We have a winner!

It wasn’t just my mom’s love that pulled through to make these sprouts spectacular. The soy sauce and wasabi paste are a flavorful pairing that compliment this little leaf bundle well.

There are a thousand ways to make Brussels sprouts taste amazing, but I have decided to share the one recipe that made me want to eat them in the first place. As a little extra hint of flavor I tossed in bits of ginger for a seasonal 5 ingredient dish.

Thanks mom!

Soy Wasabi Brussels Sprouts

(makes 2 servings)

  • 1/2 pound brussels sprouts, sliced into four halves
  • 1 inch of ginger, chopped,
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp wasabi paste 
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat olive oil in a large pan that can be transferred to the oven.
  2. Add ginger and chopped brussels sprouts, allowing to cook for several minutes until slightly soft.
  3. Mix in soy sauce and wasabi paste to coat sprouts. 
  4. Transfer to oven, allowing the sprouts to soften and develop a crunchy exterior. This should take between 10-15 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and serve as a side.

Enjoy!

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