Candied Pecan Brussels Sprouts

  • By KJ

Candied Pecan Brussels Sprouts are a fun and festive “green” side dish for your holiday table. Brussels Sprouts are roasted in olive oil and garlic, then tossed with brown sugar, pecans, and dried cranberries. They’re cooked until caramelized and crispy…and so tasty you won’t believe they’re vegetables.

Candied Pecan Brussel Sprouts in a serving dish.

Candied Pecan Brussels Sprouts

Candied Pecan Brussels Sprouts are a fun and festive “green” side dish for your holiday table. Brussels Sprouts are roasted in olive oil and garlic, then tossed with brown sugar, pecans, and dried cranberries. They’re cooked until caramelized and crispy…and so tasty you won’t believe they’re vegetables.  

Candied Pecan Brussel Sprouts in a serving dish.

Why KJ Loves

Candied Pecan Brussels Sprouts

Candied Pecan Brussels Sprouts

I love how this is such a fun and flavorful spin on roasted brussels sprouts! The addition of cranberries and pecans that get roasted and candied along with the sprouts takes this recipe to the next level. Don’t let this side dish fool you – it can easily become the star of the show!

Trimmed and cut brussels sprouts in a bowl.

How To Prepare Brussels Sprouts

Wash the brussels sprouts. Then, pull off any leaves that look wilted or damaged. Slice off the bottom end of each brussels sprout and cut them in half. If your brussels sprouts are particularly large, you can even cut them into quarters. 

If you want to save time the day you’re serving the roasted brussels sprouts, you can chop the veggies a day in advance and keep them refrigerated. This is especially helpful for Thanksgiving and Christmas when you are preparing a bunch of other dishes. 

Brussels sprouts on a sheet pan with cranberries, pecans and brown sugar.

Dress Up Your Veggies

The holidays call for festive flavors and splashes of bright red color. Here are some delicious ingredients to dress up your brussels sprouts. 

Olive oil & salt

These two ingredients help to tone down the slightly bitter flavor of the brussels sprouts. 

Garlic

Freshly chopped or pre-minced 

Pecans

Pecans or walnuts add a delightful crunch. I personally prefer pecans!

Brown sugar

The sugar adds a hint of sweetness and a smooth glaze to the brussels sprouts. 

Dried Cranberries

Bright, dried cranberries add bursts of flavor and complement the brussels sprouts and nuts.

A sheet pan of roasted Candied Pecan Brussels Sprouts.

Roasting Your Candied Pecan Brussels Sprouts

Roasting brussels sprouts is another way to mellow out the bitterness of the vegetable and leave you with a delicious, caramelized flavor. 

Here’s how to do it. 

01) Arrange the brussels sprouts on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and cover with seasoned salt and garlic. Toss to combine. 

02) Roast for 20 minutes, remove from the oven, and toss with brown sugar, pecans, and cranberries. 

03) Bake your candied pecan brussels sprouts for another 25-30 minutes, or until the brussels sprouts are caramelized, avoiding any burning. 

A close-up photo of Candied Pecan Brussels Sprouts.

Serving Candied Pecan Brussels Sprouts

One of the challenges on Thanksgiving day is timing—so many of the classic dishes need time in the oven. It’s normal to get overambitious with your schedule and struggle to fit everything in.

Candied pecan brussels sprouts are a perfect dish for this holiday because they still taste delicious at room temperature. So if you need to use that last 45 minutes for another dish, go for it!

But don’t wait too long to serve these perfectly glazed brussels sprouts. If you cool them and then reheat them, they’ll lose their crispiness.

These candied roasted brussels sprouts also would taste amazing with some cooked bacon bits sprinkled on top right before serving. 

Dig in and enjoy this savory and sweet “green” side.

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Candied Pecan Brussels Sprouts


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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Description

Candied Pecan Brussels Sprouts are a fun and festive “green” side dish for your holiday table. Brussels Sprouts are roasted in olive oil and garlic, then tossed with brown sugar, pecans, and dried cranberries. They’re cooked until caramelized and crispy…and so tasty you won’t believe they’re vegetables.


Ingredients

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  • 2 lb brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved or quartered depending on size
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup pecans 
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar 
  • ½ cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange the brussels sprouts on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, seasoned salt and garlic and toss to combine. 
  2. Roast for 20 minutes, remove from the oven, add on the brown sugar, pecans and cranberries and gently toss to coat. 
  3. Bake for another 25-30 minutes, or until the brussels sprouts are caramelized, avoiding any burning. 
  4. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Notes

  • Pecans or walnuts can be used for this recipe.
  • Nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Roasting

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 321
  • Sugar: 16.3g
  • Sodium: 295mg
  • Fat: 21.9g
  • Carbohydrates: 30.4g
  • Fiber: 8.5g
  • Protein: 7.8g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
Candied Pecan Brussels Sprouts in a serving dish.

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