I did something fabulous with Brussels sprouts.

Fried Brussels Sprouts with Smoky Honey Aioli I howsweeteats.com

Or something sacrilegious, depending how you feel about it. But we’re BFFs. So you’ll probably be into it. Or get into it.

So we have a new restaurant here and it’s owned by the same people as one of my all-time favorite restaurants. When we were there for the first time a few weeks ago, one of the specials happened to be fried Brussels sprouts and I didn’t even hesitate before practically shouting YES WE WANT THEM! to the server. Shocking. I know. You know me and Brussels sprouts right now.

Obviously our affair was only going to ramp up if the little things were freaking fried.

I’ve been craving them ever since. I mean… who wouldn’t?

Fried Brussels Sprouts with Smoky Honey Aioli I howsweeteats.com

This reminded me of the time that I decided that we needed to eat more vegetables, so I battered and fried broccoli and cauliflower florets after seeing Giada do it on the food network. This was, like, waaaaaay back in the day (we weren’t even married yet) and we ate them for about a week straight before deciding that we felt like garbage. They were super delicious though and for awhile, we can say that I consumed broccoli on a daily basis.

Because, hey, I did. Not a lie.

Things are different on this side of the fence now though. We know that I’m flipping my lid over Brussels sprouts in all of their plain glory. I won’t go as far to eat them simply steamed, but I also don’t need bacon or cheese to consume them. And that is a huge feat. Something to brag about. Something very adult-like and very not me. Nevertheless… it thrills me. For real.

Fried Brussels Sprouts with Smoky Honey Aioli I howsweeteats.com

I have to say though that the star of this show is this little makeshift aioli. I sort of knew that would happen given that I’d adore the sprouts either way, but this stuff is nuts. I have eaten a few other roasted veggies with it since and it’s my new favorite dipping sauce. It is making almost everything in my life better.

Almost. Like what if I added bacon to it?

Fried Brussels Sprouts with Smoky Honey Aioli I howsweeteats.com


Fried Brussels Sprouts with Smoky Honey Aioli

Yield: serves 2 to 4

Total Time: 35 minutes


1 pound brussels sprouts, stems removed and cut in half
3 to 4 tablespoons flour
vegetable oil for frying
salt + pepper

smoky honey aioli
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon bourbon smoked paprika
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper


If the sprouts are large, cut them into quarters. You don't want the pieces to be too big and flakey because they will just hold oil. Toss them with the flour.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. When it reaches 375 degrees F, add the brussels sprouts to the oil in small batches. Fry until golden and crispy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the sprouts with a slotted spoon and let them drain on a paper towel. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Repeat with remaining batches. Serve immediately with the dipping sauce.

smoky honey aioli
Whisk all ingredients together in a large bowl until combined. Serve immediately.

Fried Brussels Sprouts with Smoky Honey Aioli I howsweeteats.com

I really don’t know what’s better than crispy sprouts. Really.

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81 Responses to “Fried Brussels Sprouts with Smoky Honey Aioli.”

  1. #
    Tara — December 12, 2013 @ 8:04 am

    My boyfriend told me on Thanksgiving how much he liked Brussels sprouts, which means I’ve been making them as often as possible. Can’t wait to try this (and I am determined to get to Butcher and Rya ASAP)!


  2. #
    Tina Muir — December 12, 2013 @ 8:08 am

    Those may be the best look brussel sprouts I have ever seen! They actually look really tasty……I have not managed to convert my loved ones to brussel sprout eaters yet….but maybe this is the recipe! However…..my sister does not like the mix of sweet and savory…..what is your opinion on this? Maybe I will just have to make it when she is out :)


  3. #
    Emily — December 12, 2013 @ 8:16 am

    I went to Butcher and the Rye on Tuesday. Obsessed with it (m&p will always still remain a favorite)- the brussels sprouts are a must have. to. die. for.


  4. #
    Aggie — December 12, 2013 @ 8:33 am

    Oh my I really want some of this!! Like really want!


  5. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — December 12, 2013 @ 8:46 am

    You know you have my heart with any sort of Brussels sprout related recipe, right? Keep em coming! :)


  6. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — December 12, 2013 @ 8:48 am

    I love Brussels sprouts any which way (except boiled…that would be evil), but fried just opened up a whole new avenue for devotion. Making Brussels tonight–don’t know if I’ll have the courage to put on the fry oil, but the aioli is happening.


  7. #
    Belinda@themoonblushbaker — December 12, 2013 @ 8:48 am

    Who can not loved fried veggies? seriously with that Smoky Honey Aioli, it call me to go for a beer and a good television show.


  8. #
    Nora&Laura — December 12, 2013 @ 8:58 am

    this looks so delicious! now i know what we will have for dinner tonight :)


  9. #
    Brie @ Entrée the Giant — December 12, 2013 @ 9:10 am

    Mind BLOWN by the bourbon smoked paprika.


  10. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — December 12, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    Im obsessed with brus sprouts, too! I love those little things so much! Can only imagine how good they are fried. I’ve only ever steamed or roasted them, but there was a stretch in Oct/Nov where I think I eat them every single day for like 40 days in a row :) I want that smoky honey aioli, too. pinned


  11. #
    Tieghan — December 12, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    Just like Averie, I am obsessed with Brussels too! But now that you just wen above and beyond and fried them, I might really have a problem! And my gosh, the smoky honey aioli! Yeah, I think I want that on everything!


  12. #
    Amelia — December 12, 2013 @ 9:56 am

    I think we should all come to your house and eat. I’m on board with these…. I can’t get enough brussels sprouts lately! My favorite so far has been shaved brussels sprouts, chantrelles, with pancetta & cream, then topped with black truffle gouda cheese (damn you Whole Foods!).


  13. #
    Katie — December 12, 2013 @ 10:19 am

    Oh heavens, yes.


  14. #
    Sarah — December 12, 2013 @ 10:38 am

    You should know, Rebecca Minkoff Handbags are on sale on Gilt! I instantly thought of you when i saw them :) That is all.


    • Jessica — December 16th, 2013 @ 10:32 pm

      haha you are a baaaaaad influence!


  15. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 12, 2013 @ 10:53 am

    I want these every day. All day.


  16. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — December 12, 2013 @ 11:01 am

    Gahhhhhh, I need these!!!!!! They look SO delicious. That fry shot is perfection too. I need to go out a buy a gallon of oil immediately.


  17. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — December 12, 2013 @ 11:01 am

    girrrl ive had brussels sprouts tempura, so I am ALL over this. fry on sista, fry on.


  18. #
    Jordan Lynn // Life Between Lattes — December 12, 2013 @ 11:29 am

    Fried brussels sprouts! Drooling!


  19. #
    jennifer — December 12, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

    Um. Where do I get bourbon smoked paprika? Have you covered this somewhere else. Silly me. The inter webs of course.
    And, heresy though it may be, what does this make the house smell like??? I can get the man to eat the sprouts, but he always complains about the odor in the house. sigh.


  20. #
    Kara — December 12, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

    Ooohhh! I’ve been wanting to fry brussel sprouts!


  21. #
    pinkelephantbloggin.com (alex) — December 12, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

    That looks amazing!!! Need to try frying brussels sprouts sometime!



  22. #
    Layla @ Brunch TIme Baker — December 12, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    Looks amazing! I just want to dive right into the screen and take a bite!


  23. #
    Heather — December 12, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

    The restaurant I work in does this too…. BUT they separate the leaves and fry it in bacon fat. You’re welcome.

    Either way these looks incredible and that aioli… mmmm!


  24. #
    Ashley — December 12, 2013 @ 1:07 pm

    Bourbon smoked paprika? Say whaaaa? I’d probably dip everything I could into that aioli.


  25. #
    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance — December 12, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

    I need that bourbon smoked paprika in my life!! Seriously, I find excuses to put smoked paprika on everything!


  26. #
    Liz {What Dress Code?} — December 12, 2013 @ 4:52 pm

    We had fried brussels for our Friendsgiving get-together, and they were so. thinkin. good. Of course, not for every day, but DEFINITELY for sometimes :)


  27. #
    Ashley Bee @ Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine — December 12, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

    I’ve never fried them myself but always wanted to, and I DEVOUR them at restaurants. So tasty!


  28. #
    Ruthy @ Omeletta — December 12, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

    Wow. I kind of hate you and love you all at the same time for this. /dead


  29. #
    Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche — December 12, 2013 @ 6:24 pm

    Oh my word. I think I’d eat ANYTHING if it was fried and served with aioli ;)


  30. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — December 12, 2013 @ 6:50 pm

    Oh geeeeeeeeeez. My eyeballs are having the best time.


  31. #
    Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs — December 12, 2013 @ 8:12 pm

    These sound amazing! Although I guess it doesn’t really count as “eating your vegetables” if you fry them and smother them in aioli, does it? Darn. :)


  32. #
    Casey D. Sibley — December 12, 2013 @ 8:33 pm

    OMG…yes. Love brussels sprouts and these photos just made my mouth water. Like a lot.


  33. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — December 12, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

    Bourbon smoked paprika!!! I need that in my life!


  34. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — December 12, 2013 @ 10:21 pm

    Come to mama. I want these everyday, forever.


  35. #
    Vicki @ WITK — December 12, 2013 @ 10:49 pm

    Ooo, will you be my best friend and come over and make me some of these? They look sooooo goooood!


  36. #
    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — December 13, 2013 @ 12:02 am

    I love anything dipped in aioli. And bourbon smoked paprika?? I want it.


  37. #
    Emma — December 13, 2013 @ 5:47 am

    I love brussel sprouts, but only if they’re given some love like these!! Yum!


  38. #
    Liz S. — December 13, 2013 @ 7:13 am

    BEYOND fabulous.


  39. #
    ana — December 13, 2013 @ 7:22 am

    That looks so amazing! We don’t eat much of these beauties in Brazil, but I buy them as often as I find them. I’ll have to try this!
    Thank you so much for sharing!


  40. #
    Rebecca — December 13, 2013 @ 9:58 am

    This looks amazing! I loathe mayo, though. Can greek yogurt or sour cream be substituted and still work as well? Or can anything else be substituted?


    • Jessica — December 16th, 2013 @ 10:30 pm

      either should work!


  41. #
    Katie @ Veggie and the Beast — December 13, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    Amazing idea! I’m afraid if I try this at home I’ll never eat a plain old roasted brussels sprout again…


  42. #
    Hilliary@Brunch&Cupcakes — December 13, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

    This sounds like a fabulous recipe! I must try!


  43. #
    Larry — December 13, 2013 @ 6:04 pm



  44. #
    Sam — December 13, 2013 @ 10:06 pm

    I made this yesterday, and it was a hit! My boyfriend, who doesn’t eat anything green even ate them and he wanted to save the aioli to put on fries. I put a little bacon grease in the vegetable oil for a little more flavor, but I don’t think it needed it.


    • Jessica — December 16th, 2013 @ 10:29 pm

      i’m so glad!


  45. #
    Elisabeth — December 14, 2013 @ 2:34 am

    My jaw literally dropped when I saw the pictur of them in the oil! Holy cow!! These are on the menu for Christmas! Fried Brussels sprout should make my souther husband proud!


  46. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — December 15, 2013 @ 1:47 pm

    Brussels sprouts are my fav winter veggie. Cannot get enough!


  47. #
    Mackenzie — December 16, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    My husband and I went Ashville NC in 2011 and at the Visitor’s Center a local restaurant was sampling some of their fare. They had made Browned Butter Brussel Sprouts and they were absolutely DELISH!!! You should try them that way.


  48. #
    Kristin — December 16, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

    I have yet to find Brussel’s sprouts that I love but, I’m willing to try them again w/your great recipe.
    Thank you for all that you do!
    Beautiful images.


  49. #
    Kate — December 19, 2013 @ 12:44 am

    FRIED brussels sprouts?! I’d like an enormous plateful of these for dinner, please.


  50. #
    amber — January 6, 2014 @ 5:39 am

    OMG! Never had deep fried Brussels sprouts. Must try. Although my father has done a nice fried Brussels sprouts, bacon and ginger yummo creation



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