Smashed Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are probably the most misunderstood vegetable. It's because many people are not aware of how to cook them properly. This recipe will give you a glimpse of how to prepare brussels sprouts the proper way.
And yes, it's also the perfect side dish that's vegan, delicious and easy to make!
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Course Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 2 lbs Brussels sprouts
  • 1 1/2 cups Gluten-free Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp ¬†olive oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup


  • Add the Brussels sprouts to a large saucepan of lightly salted water. Bring to a simmer and cook for around 10 minutes, until fully softened.
  • Prepare an ice bath. When they are ready, transfer the Brussels sprouts to the ice bath for a couple of minutes, then drain and rinse them.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F/180 degrees C.
  • Transfer the Brussels sprouts to a flat surface, such as a chopping board or a baking tray. Smash them using the bottom of a glass.
  • Mix together the breadcrumbs, paprika, cumin, turmeric and salt.
  • Add the Brussels sprouts to a mixing bowl and mix together with the olive oil and maple syrup. Then, add the breading and mix once more.
  • Spread out the sprouts on a large baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, until crispy and the breadcrumbs are golden brown. Serve immediately.


  • These smashed Brussels sprouts are best eaten immediately, as otherwise they lose their crispiness.
  • To make cheesy Brussels sprouts, add either nutritional yeast or dairy-free cheese to the breadcrumb mixture.
  • To make this recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free breadcrumbs of your choice.
  • Credits to Earth of Maria for sharing their recipe!
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