Grilled Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic
Sweet and sour, crispy grilled Brussel Sprouts with delicious balsamic and garlic marinade. You will love the flavor.
Posted By Savita
Did you know you can also grill brussel sprouts? Sharing today, an easy recipe for grilled Brussel Sprouts skewers marinated in balsamic and garlic marinade. Also sharing tips to grill brussel sprouts in foil, or grill basket.
Brussel Sprouts taste extra-delicious when crispy with tender inside. Cooking Brussel sprouts is always associated with roasting in oven. For sure, you can make crispy Brussel Sprouts with oven roast, cast iron skillet roast, or fry. But grilled sprouts are also crispy and have delicious flavor of smokey barbecue.
Why roast when you can grill. I heart sunny summer days!
Today, let's enjoy brussel sprouts without switching on the oven. Let's grill'em!
Last week, I noticed stores packed with brussel sprouts. So could not resist bringing some home to grill. I'm so obsessed with balsamic these days that brussel sprouts and balsamic were the obvious combination.
Grilled Brussel Sprouts Marinade:
You will fall in love with the flavor of these Brussel Sprouts. I grilled brussel sprouts with delicious balsamic and garlic marinade. The sweet and tang of balsamic, sharp garlic, and seasoning get into layers of brussel sprouts making them extra special!
To make the marinade, I mix together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, honey, paprika, chili flakes and salt. If you notice, all ingredients for marinade are pantry ingredients. You will not need to pick extra stuff in grocery to try this recipe.
TIP: To make sprouts absorb more marinade, it is important to slice sprouts in half. Halved sprouts are way more flavorful when grilled than whole.
I used metal skewers to grill brussel sprouts on the barbecue grill. Grilled Brussel Sprouts skewers cook crispy and smokey with tender inside. Not only these look pretty, but skewers are also easier to turn on the grill.
Note: When planning to grill Brussel Sprouts skewers, pick medium size sprouts (not small). Size of spouts should be medium - 2 inch at least to easily thread in skewers. Read Note 1 in Recipe Card to learn how to easily skewer brussel sprouts.
When I'm not in mood to make skewers, I grill brussel sprouts using one of the following alternate cooking method:
Grilling Brussel Sprouts in foil is easy and economical way of cooking sprouts on the grill.
To grill in foil, slice sprouts in half. Toss the Brussels Sprouts in Balsamic marinade listed in Recipe Card. Heat the grill to medium to medium high (between 350 and 425). Make an aluminum foil pouch by folding a piece of foil in half, then seal all ends except the one. Sprinkle the Brussels sprouts with the salt. Add in pouch. Seal the open end. Toss the pouch on the grill. Cook for 15-20 minutes for tender and delicious brussel sprouts.
Can't cook on outdoor barbecue grill? You can still make crispy brussel sprouts just as grill by roasting in the oven. Try my Roasted Brussel Sprouts recipe for making grilled Brussel Sprouts in the oven.
Grilling brussel sprouts in grill basket is easier, needs less prep work just like aluminum foil. Only one difference, in foil pouch sprouts cook in steam. In grill basket, these roast crispy just like when grilled on skewers.
To grill in grill basket, slice sprouts in half. Toss the Brussels Sprouts in Balsamic marinade listed in Recipe Card. Heat the grill to medium to medium high (between 350 and 425). Sprinkle the Brussels sprouts with the salt. Add to grill basket. Grill stirring few times until edges are crisp and sprouts are cooked through.
Fast Cooking Tip: In order to facilitate quick cooking, I cut them in half before microwaving, then grill in grill basket.
What to serve with grilled Brussel Sprouts?
I served brussel sprouts with extra spoon of balsamic marinade mixed with minced shallots, and crumbled feta cheese. SO yumm!
You can also serve skewers with a dipping sauce. Here are few sauce recipes which work perfect as dipping sauce:
Love Brussel Sprouts? Try these delicious recipe ideas to serve this healthy vegetable in dinner:
- Garlic Parmesan Brussel Sprouts
- Skillet Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Orange Glaze
- Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Coconut Curry Dressing
- Shaved Brussel Sprouts Salad
Grilled Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic
- 1 lbs Brussel Sprout (even, medium size)
- 4 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
- 1/2 tbsp Garlic (grated)
- 1/2 tsp Paprika
- 1/4 tsp Chili Flakes
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1 tbsp Honey
- 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
- 1 Shallot Onions (minced)
- 1/4 Cup Feta Cheese (crumbled, for serving)
1. Pre-heat grill on high.
2. Slice each brussels sprout in half, lengthwise. Set aside.
3. Brussel Sprouts Marinade: In a wide bowl, add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, honey, paprika, chili flakes and salt. Whisk to emulsify. Take 2 tbsp out in small bowl. Add brussel sprouts to remaining marinade in wider bowl. Mix to coat all in dressing. Season with generous pinch of salt. Set aside. In remaining marinade in small bowl, add minced shallot and set aside.
4. In remaining marinade in small bowl, add minced shallot and set aside.
5. Skewers: Thread brussel sprouts on metal skewers. (See Note 1) Make sure to keep cut side on same side for all sprouts. This ensures even cooking and better placement on the grill.
6. Grill: Spray the grill with cooking oil spray. Place brussel sprouts skewers cut side down. Grill until sprouts are tender and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Keep an eye to avoid burning.
Additional NotesSee Note 2 for alternate grilling methods.
7. Serve: Plate grilled brussel sprouts with skewers. Or remove from skewers and add to a Serving bowl. Spoon shallot-balsamic mixture on top along with crumbled feta. Enjoy!
Additional NotesSee Note 3 for more serving suggestions.
- Size of Brussel Sprouts: To ensure even cooking on the grill, even size of sprouts is very important. Also, medium to large size sprouts are easier to thread onto skewers. If you find it difficult to skewer brussel sprouts? Try following tips:
a. Cook sprouts in boiling water for 5 minutes. Take out, and let cool down. Or Microwave brussel sprouts for 30 seconds at time (no more than a minute) until they are soft enough to thread in skewers.
b. Only use metal skewers.
c. Instead of lengthwise, skewer sprouts width-wise.
d. For very small brussels sprouts, don't slice in half. Microwave for 30 seconds - 1 min, then thread whole in skewers.
- Alternate Grilling Methods:
a. You can also grill sprouts in grilling basket. These perforated baskets let you roast sprouts without need to thread on skewers.
b. Use an aluminum foil. To grill in foil, slice sprouts in half. Toss the Brussels Sprouts in Balsamic marinade listed in Recipe Card. Heat the grill to medium to medium high (between 350 and 425). Make an aluminum foil pouch by folding a piece of foil in half, then seal all ends except the one. Sprinkle the Brussels sprouts with the salt. Add in pouch. Seal the open end. Toss the pouch on the grill. Cook for 15-20 minutes for tender, and delicious sprouts.
c. Instead of BBQ grill. Spread sprouts on a sheet and roast in oven until skin is crispy and brussel sprouts are tender.
- Serving Suggestions: Serve topped with crumbled blue cheese instead of feta. You can also remove sprouts from skewers, and serve in a bowl with following dipping sauce.
a. Blue Cheese Sauce
b. Ranch Sauce
c. Tahini Sauce
d. Creamy Chipotle Sauce
- For best results, serve right after grilling!
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