Maple Balsamic Brussel Sprouts (Stove-Top)

If you’re a brussels fan, you’re going to love these super easy stove-top maple balsamic brussel sprouts. They’re quicker than the traditional method of making them in the oven and use ingredients that you probably have on hand! Try this one for your next weeknight dinner side.

Plate of maple balsamic brussel sprouts on top of a marble countertop.

What You’ll Need for Maple Balsamic Brussel Sprouts:

  • Shredded or sliced brussel sprouts (I like to buy them pre-shredded to save myself time: these are my favorite from Target)
  • Olive oil
  • Maple syrup
  • Salt

Yep, that’s it! The best part about this dinner side is that it’s so simple and uses minimal ingredients. This maple balsamic flavor combination doesn’t just work for Brussels sprouts either. You can use these same ingredients for roasted or sautéed carrots, broccoli, or cauliflower!

Ingredients for maple balsamic brussel sprouts.

How to Make Maple Balsamic Brussel Sprouts

  1. In a medium sized saute pan, heat oil on medium heat.
  2. Add Brussels to the pan and saute for 4-5 minutes until bright green and softened.
  3. Add maple syrup and balsamic vinegar and saute for 2-3 additional minutes. Add salt to taste. Brussels should be slightly softened with crispy browned edges.

How to Get Extra Crispy Sprouts

The final step is optional, but you can take these brussels to the next level by broiling for a couple of minutes on high heat. This adds even more flavor and a crispy finish. Just make sure to start the recipe with an oven-safe pan, and stick it in the broiler for a few minutes until crispy.

Pan of brussel sprouts cooking.

Variations

  • Add crumbled, crispy bacon pieces
  • Top with toasted chopped walnuts or almonds
  • Use different fun and flavorful balsamic vinegars
  • Swap maple syrup for honey

Recipe FAQ

Can you use frozen brussels sprouts?

You can, but the texture will be much softer. To use frozen brussels sprouts, I recommend preparing them using the package directions first. Then, add them to a hot pan with oil. Saute with balsamic vinegar and maple syrup for 3-4 minutes and serve. Broil to add crispiness!

Can I make these in the oven or air-fryer?

Absolutely! The stove top is just a much quicker method.

  • To make in the oven: Toss brussel sprouts in olive oil and roast at 400 for 25-30 minutes. Add maple syrup, balsamic vinegar and salt and roast for an additional 10-15 minutes.
  • To make in the air-fryer: Toss in oil and air fry at 375 for 5-7 minutes (check them frequently to prevent burning). Toss in maple syrup, balsamic vinegar and salt and air fry for an additional 1-2 minutes.

What should you serve brussels sprouts with?

Here are some dinner ideas to make these brussels a complete and balanced meal:

  • For a super quick dinner add to rotisserie chicken and microwaved frozen rice
  • Serve on the side of baked salmon and roasted potatoes like these
  • Add on the side of roasted pork chops and apples like these

If you try these maple balsamic sprouts, make sure to tag me @the.balanced.nutritionist on Instagram!

Maple Balsamic Brussel Sprouts (Stove-Top)

Sliced brussel sprouts sautéed with maple syrup and balsamic vinegar.
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Course: dinner, Side Dish
Keyword: balsamic, brussel sprouts, maple
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 72kcal
Author: Jamie N, Registered Dietitian

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Brussel sprouts Sliced or Shredded
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil or Avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 1-2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar I love balsamic vinegar so I go with two, but you may want to start with one and do a taste test!
  • 1/2 tsp Salt or to taste

Instructions

  • In a medium sized saute pan, heat oil on medium heat.
  • Add Brussels to the pan and saute for 4-5 minutes until bright green and softened.
  • Add maple syrup and balsamic vinegar and saute for 2-3 additional minutes. Add salt to taste.
  • Optional step: For a crispy finish, broil Brussels for 1-2 minutes on high (you need to make sure you're using an oven-safe pan for this step!)

Nutrition

Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 606mg | Potassium: 374mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 664IU | Vitamin C: 75mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg

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