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Skillet Gochujang Brussels Sprouts

We take these skillet gochujang brussels sprouts to the grill for that perfectly caramelized, smoke-kissed flavor

Gochujang brussels sprouts in cast iron skillet

Looking for a tasty and unique holiday side dish or meal prep idea? You’re in luck! This recipe for brussels sprouts combines the earthy flavors of gochujang with honey, bacon, with an added touch of smokiness. These skillet gochujang brussels sprouts are always a hit – give this delicious dish a try!

We developed this recipe using a pellet grill. However, you can cook these brussels sprouts over charcoal, gas, or in your oven. 

Gochujang in bowl
Gochujang

All about gochujang

Gochujang is a Korean spice paste with a deeply earthy, spicy, and salty flavor. It is used for stir fry, stew, vegetables, and grilled or baked meats. Because of its rich flavor, it’s best used sparingly. A little goes a long way. Typically, 1-2 tablespoons will suffice but consult your taste buds and recipe suggestions for usage.

Recipe ingredients

  • 1 pound brussels sprouts
  • Cooked Bacon
  • Yellow onion
  • Pure maple syrup (for a touch of sweetness, sub with honey)
  • Gochujang paste
  • Vegetable oil (sub with extra-virgin olive oil, avocado oil, or melted unsalted butter)
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper to taste
  • Optional garnish: sliced green onion, toasted sesame seeds, lemon zest, or a drizzle of sesame oil and soy sauce over top once the brussels sprouts have fully cooked. For gluten-free option, use tamari or coconut aminos.

How much in a serving of brussels sprouts?

Plan on 4 ounces per person. This recipe is enough for 4 people. If you are serving a big group, double or triple the recipe as needed. Keep in mind your guests with big or small appetites and large holiday functions with many sides. In that case, 1 batch might do the trick!

skillet brussels sprouts on the grill

How to make skillet gochujang brussels sprouts

  • Preheat your grill to 375 degrees F. Use apple wood for this recipe for additional smoke flavor.
  • Combine maple syrup with gochujang, oil, and vinegar in a small bowl, to create the Korean gochujang sauce.
  • Toss brussels sprouts, bacon, and onion with the mixture in a large bowl, season with kosher salt and pepper, and arrange them in a seasoned 12″ cast-iron skillet (or aluminum baking pan).
  • Place the skillet on the grill, close the lid and smoked roast for 18-20 minutes, tossing brussels sprouts halfway through the cooking process.
  • Once tender and caramelized, remove them from the grill or oven, and let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Top with optional garnish. See recipe card below for more.
close up shot of gochujang brussels sprouts

Oven version

Follow recipe instructions, but arrange the seasoned brussels sprouts in a single layer onto a parchment lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake in your oven at 375 degrees until tender but not too soft, about 20-22 minutes.

What do I serve with brussels sprouts?

You can serve brussels sprouts with anything from grilled fish to tomahawk steak. However, we save these delicious morsels for holiday events. These are some of our recommended pairings.

Storing Leftovers

Store leftover brussels sprouts in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Rewarm in the microwave for 1 minute. You can also store them in the freezer for up to 1 month. Thaw them in your refrigerator overnight before reheating. You can also reheat them in a 300-degree F oven until warm all the way through.

Gochujang brussels sprouts in cast iron skillet

Skillet Gochujang Brussels Sprout

We take these skillet gochujang brussels sprouts to the grill for that perfectly caramelized, smoke-kissed flavor!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Fusion
Keyword: cast iron skillet brussels sprouts, gochujang brusells sprouts
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 120kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound brussels sprouts washed and trimmed, and halved
  • 1/3 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon gochujang paste
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • optional garnish (see notes section)

Instructions

  • Preheat your grill or oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Combine maple syrup with gochujang, oil, and vinegar.
  • Toss brussels sprouts and onion with the mixture, season with salt and pepper, and place in a 12″ cast-iron skillet.
  • Place skillet in the grill or oven, cook brussels sprouts for 18-20 minutes, and toss them halfway through. Watch for burning and adjust the temperature as needed.
  • Once tender and caramelized, remove them from the grill or oven, and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Store leftover brussels sprouts in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Rewarm in the microwave for 1 minute. You can also store them in the freezer for up to 1 month. Thaw them in your refrigerator overnight before reheating. You can also reheat them in a 300-degree F oven until warm all the way through.

Notes

Optional garnish: sliced green onion, toasted sesame seeds, lemon zest, or a drizzle of sesame oil and soy sauce over top once the brussels sprouts have fully cooked. For gluten-free option, use tamari or coconut aminos.
 
Oven roasted:
Follow the recipe instructions, except bake in a 375 degree oven for 20-22 minutes. Use either a cast-iron skillet or rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Nutrition

Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 177mg | Potassium: 491mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 863IU | Vitamin C: 98mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 2mg

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