crispy brussels sprouts with apples + walnuts

Brussels sprouts have made quite the comeback in the past couple of years. I’ve enjoyed some fantastic preparations at several restaurants in New York like Alta, ilili and Lighthouse and make them at home at least once a week. There is something so hearty and satisfying about their texture and green flavor. Most people tend to roast them in the oven to achieve that perfectly charred look, but I much rather cook them on the stove. It’s quicker,  you still get that crispy texture and you don’t have to worry about overcooking them like you do in the oven. I like my sprouts to retain a good, solid texture instead of that soft boiled feeling.

For a simple weekday meal, I make my sprouts savory with lemon, crushed red pepper and a flurry of parmesan cheese but for the holidays I love a sweet fruity twist like in this recipe. I only had walnuts on hand but this would be lovely with some pistachios and grapes.

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crispy brussels sprouts with apples + walnuts


  • 4 cups halved Brussels sprouts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar glaze
  • 2 cups thinly sliced gala apples
  • 1/4 cup walnut pieces
  • Greek yogurt or creme fraiche (optional)


In a large bowl, combine Brussels sprouts, oil and salt. Toss until sprouts are all coated with oil. Heat skillet over high heat, when hot, add sprouts. Try to make sure that all halves touch the pan. If they are all crowding on top of each other, cook in batches. Allow sprouts to cook without stirring until sprouts begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir sprouts, cover and allow to steam until cooked through, about 5 more minutes. Remove sprouts to the large bowl. Add balsamic glaze, apples and walnuts; toss until combined. Serve warm with a dollop of Greek yogurt, if desired.


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