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5 from 11 votes

Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts

These spicy Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts are a tasty, vegetarian twist on a classic Chinese take-out dish. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: kung pao brussels sprouts
Servings: 6
Calories: 325kcal
Author: Jennifer Farley


  • 2 pounds brussels sprouts, halved
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 medium or 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sambal oelek, see notes
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 6 dried chiles de árbol, lightly crushed (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted roasted peanuts


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil. In a large bowl, toss the brussels sprouts with 3 tablespoons of the oil and then spread in a single layer on the baking sheet. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Roast for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through, until the brussels’ are caramelized and tender but toothsome.
  • While the sprouts are roasting, prepare the sauce. Whisk the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water to create a slurry; set aside. In a medium saucepan, heat the remaining tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook until golden and fragrant, 2-3 minutes. Add the sambal and cook, stirring, for an additional 2 minutes. Whisk in the soy sauce, water, vinegar, and sugar. Add the chiles and turn the heat to high. Once the sauce reaches a boil, whisk in the cornstarch slurry and continue cooking, whisking frequently, until the sauce has thickened and coats the back of a spoon.
  • Toss the sauce with the roasted brussels sprouts and peanuts.
  • Serve hot.


Sambal oelek can be found in the international aisle of many grocery stores. Dried chiles de árbol can be found in the spice section of grocery stores, spice shops, and are also available online (I purchased them through Amazon).
Recipe lightly adapted from Bon Appetit


Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 1122mg | Potassium: 648mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1625IU | Vitamin C: 129.4mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 2.7mg