Crispy Smashed Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic & Parmesan


Topped with Parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar, these flavorful Brussels sprouts will be the star on any table. Smashing the sprouts creates a wide surface area that gets mouthwateringly crispy in the oven.

Crispy Smashed Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic & Parmesan
Photo: Photography / Brie Passano, Styling / Sammy Mila / Holly Raibikis
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 1 ½ pounds medium Brussels sprouts, trimmed

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Fill a large bowl with ice water.

  2. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add Brussels sprouts, reduce heat to maintain a lively simmer and cook until just tender when pierced with a paring knife, about 8 minutes. Drain the sprouts and plunge them into the ice bath. Let stand until cool enough to handle, then transfer to a clean dish towel and pat dry.

  3. Spread the sprouts on a large rimmed baking sheet. Flatten them with the bottom of a mason jar or sturdy glass. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Gently toss to coat. Sprinkle Parmesan evenly over the sprouts. Roast until the Parmesan has melted and started to brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from oven and drizzle with vinegar.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

151 Calories
8g Fat
16g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 5 sprouts
Calories 151
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 7g 14%
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Vitamin A 1308IU 26%
Sodium 234mg 10%
Potassium 673mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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