Spicy Brussel Sprouts

When I was a kid I remember Brussel Sprouts as just a Christmas thing but recently I’ve noticed that they are in the shops most of the year around. This could be because I am hanging around in the higher latitudes where normal summer vegetables don’t grow!

Anyway they’re out there and I love them but Neil is not so keen. On a scale of 1-10 he rates Brussel Sprouts at about 2 but above ocra! So I needed to find a way of making my lovely sprouts more interesting. I thought sautéing (is that a word?) them with garlic and chilli might help . . .

Spicy Brussel Sprouts


  • 20 brussel sprouts, quartered
  • 1 dollop Olive oil
  • 2 knobs butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ½ tspn chilli flakes
  • 2 tbspn mirin
  • 3 tbspn water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds


  1. Fry the almonds in one knob of butter until golden and set aside
  2. Warm the olive oil and second knob of butter and sauté the brussel sprouts until slightly browned
  3. Add the garlic and chilli and fry for another minute
  4. Then add the mirin and water, salt and pepper, cover and braise until sprouts are tender
  5. Transfer to a serving plate and sprinkle almonds over the top


  1. HL Hartford’s avatar

    Truly a fun read of your Blog Post and this wonderful dish of Spicy Brussel Sprouts which I have shared with my Facebook Group called “LiveAboards and Aquatics” Hope you came and visit us and share MORE. Take care be safe, I can see this all made into a wonderful Book at some point. Take Care.



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