Sprouts. The most hated vegetable on earth. Though, really they’re actually pretty delicious- you just have to know how to cook them.
When I was preparing this recipe my dad was watching in a kind of bemused amazement that you could actually do something other than just boil sprouts (he should’ve checked out my November Seasonal Salad). Thank god I inherited my culinary prowess from my mum, who saw nothing too unusual in this recipe.
Sprouts can be a little bitter if cooked in certain ways, but by tossing them in honey, chilli flakes, and soy sauce you’re guaranteed some great flavour. The method of cooking here means that the sprouts first steam, removing the bitterness, and then the honey caramelises when they’re uncovered. So with only 4 ingredients and a good method you can create a delicious side dish.
You can also use these sprouts in a few different ways:
- Serve with spicy salmon fillets and rice (my choice in the above picture), or you can swap the salmon for tofu or chicken…
- Add to an egg fried rice, or foo yung recipe…
- They would even be wonderful as part of a massive salad…
- Or in a bowl of cous cous with pomegranate seeds and orange chunks…
- Or in a pile of noodles with some ginger and prawns…
- They also taste amazing cold, so throw them into a tub for lunch the next day
Sound good? Thought so. Let’s get going….
Ingredients (makes 2 servings)
- 2 large handful of sprouts, each chopped in half
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp. runny honey
- Chilli flakes, to taste
- OPTIONAL: Sesame seeds to scatter over the sprouts at the end
You can easily double or half the above to serve 4 people, or 1 person respectively!
- Preheat the oven to 180*c, and grab some tin foil and an oven tray
- In a large bowl toss together the sprouts, soy sauce, and runny honey- plus the chilli flakes if you’re adding these.
- Place a large piece of foil onto the oven tray, and empty the sprouts onto this. Fold the foil loosely up over the sprouts, to create a parcel. Whack the tray into the oven for 30 minutes. Once this time is up, uncover the sprouts for 5 minutes, to crisp the edges.
- Once your total 35 minutes are up, serve your sprouts and add sesame seeds if using…