Roasted Brussels Sprouts are an easy and flavorful side dish that pairs great with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and just about any meal of the year. If you can’t find fresh Brussels Sprouts, look for frozen Brussels Sprouts in your grocery store’s produce aisle. They come in plastic bags, and will have the same dark green color and slightly wilted appearance as fresh Brussels Sprouts.

When I was a kid, I loved brussel sprouts and loved them for good reason. They might sound like an oddly specific food for a child, but I was never a fan of any dish that didn’t taste great—and these little green green beauties were always a hit. If you don’t believe me, just check out any recipe book you have lying around, and you’ll find a version of ’em.

When it comes to healthy foods, Brussels sprouts are pretty well-known and we’ve been eating them for a long time. However, we’ve never seen anything quite like this. Roasting them with maple syrup and cranberries gives them the perfect sweet and savory flavor combo.

Crispy, sweet, and just 4 ingredients for a delicious meal, these Brussel Sprouts are a must-try!

If you’re not a lover of brussel sprouts, I strongly advise you to give this dish a try.

I’ve never been a fan, and I blame it on the fact that I’ve only ever eaten them boiled, which is disgusting! I was hooked after I began roasting vegetables instead of steaming or boiling them. Roasting veggies adds a lot of flavor and helps spices and seasonings stick better.

Ingredients needed, maple syrup, cranberries, spices, and fried onions.

What You’ll Require

Brussel sprouts should be cleaned, trimmed, and sliced in half before serving.

I used orange-flavored dried cranberries, which added even more flavor.

The canned onions are fried onions. I bought mine at Trader Joe’s, but they should be available at any supermarket shop around the holidays.

The genuine deal in maple syrup.

Salt, pepper, and smoked paprika

Roasted Brussel Sprouts in a white serving dish

Brussel Sprouts Roasting Instructions

Pre-heat your oven before roasting the Brussel Sprouts, or any other vegetable for that matter.

Ensure that the oil and spices are equally spread. Tossing things together with my hands is all I do.

Bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden and crispy.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts on a baking sheet

Place the roasted brussel sprouts in an oven-safe dish and sprinkle with maple syrup, cranberries, and fried onions.

Return to the oven for another 10 minutes. The maple syrup caramelizes onto the brussel sprouts at this point, and magic occurs. This is not a step to be skipped!

Up close view of roasted brussel sprouts in a white serving dish

Tips for Planning Ahead

Keep the brussel sprouts warm in the oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

You may roast the brussel sprouts and combine them with the maple syrup and cranberries in a dish, then cover and chill. Place the fried onions on top when ready to serve and bake for approximately 15 minutes, or until warmed through.

Here are a few more holiday-themed recipes:

Squash Delicata Roasted

Chocolate Pecan Pie from Abuelita

Leftover turkey?? Perfect for filling a turkey enchilada

Roasted Brussel Sprouts in a white serving dish

Brussel Sprouts with Maple and Cranberry

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Crispy, sweet Brussel Sprouts using just 4 ingredients for a delicious meal! A hint of sweetness and acidity comes from the maple and cranberries.

Time to Prepare: 10 minutes

30 minutes to prepare

Side Dish for the Course

American cuisine


  • Brussel Sprouts should be washed and rinsed. Drizzle with olive oil after slicing in half lengthwise. Salt, pepper, and smoked paprika to taste.

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and place in an oven-safe dish. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Toss brussel sprouts with maple syrup and cranberries, then top with canned fried onions. Bake for another 10 minutes to caramelize the maple syrup on the brussel sprouts.

  • Serve warm, or keep warm in a 200°F oven until ready to serve.


Make Ahead Tip: Roast the brussel sprouts and combine with the maple syrup and cranberries in a dish, cover, and chill. Place the fried onions on top when ready to serve and bake for approximately 15 minutes, or until warmed through.


Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, but I can’t wait until after the big day is over to indulge in all the sweet treats that make up the entire holiday. This year I wanted to bring something a little different to the table. I had been craving Brussels sprouts for weeks and they are one of my favorites.. Read more about brussel sprouts with cranberries and let us know what you think.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you roast Brussel sprouts so they are not soggy?

You can cook them in the oven for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Why are my roasted brussel sprouts not crispy?

You may need to use a lower heat setting.

What takes the bitterness out of brussel sprouts?

Brussel sprouts are bitter because they contain a chemical called saponin. This is the same chemical that makes soap, so when you eat it, your body thinks youre eating soap and sends out an alarm to get rid of it.