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Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts in Soy Sauce

Recipe for vegan Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts in soy sauce – the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas Dinner! Easy to make and absolutely delicious!

Brussels sprouts in pan

Whenever I post a food photo on Instagram where I made Brussels sprouts as a side dish, people ask me how I make them.

And with the upcoming holidays, it’s the perfect time to show you how I make Brussels Sprouts, that are soft, yet crispy. And all of this, without an oven.

I just love making Brussels Sprouts in a pan because you have more control over the browning process.

But first, a little fun fact about me: I didn’t eat any veggies until I was like 17. I just didn’t like them. I mean, I ate potatoes and tomato sauce. But no real veggies. And the worst of the worst were Brussels sprouts. I couldn’t even stand the smell. Weird, ha? Now I can’t get enough of them. And my former worst enemies, spinach and Brussels sprouts are my best friends. Yeay, veggies!

How to make Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

The ingredients

These Brussels sprouts are really simple to make. You’ll only need 4 ingredients:

  • Brussels sprouts
  • water
  • soy sauce
  • canola oil or any plant-based oil

The Basic Steps

Halved Brussels Sprouts
Step 1: Prepping the Brussels sprouts for pan-roasting: First, remove loose outer leaves, then trim the stem, give them a wash, and cut them in half.
Brussels sprouts in pan with water and soy sauce
Step 2: My magic trick to perfectly-soft and flavorful, but not mushy Brussels sprouts is to cook them in a pan (lid on!) with water and soy sauce to make them soft.
Brussels sprouts in pan
Step 3: Then pan-roast them in the same pan (once the water is gone) with canola oil for a golden color and crispy edges. Perfect. Brussels. Sprouts. Every. Time.
Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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Brussels sprouts in pan

Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts in Soy Sauce

Bianca / Elephantastic Vegan
Recipe for vegan Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts in soy sauce – the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas Dinner! Easy to make and absolutely delicious.
4.15 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Vegan
Servings 2 people
Calories 80 kcal


  • 3 cups brussels sprouts
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil


  • Remove loose outer leaves of the brussels sprouts, trim the stem and wash them. Cut them in halves. 
  • Bring a large pan to medium heat, add the brussels sprouts, water and soy sauce. Cover with a lid and let them cook for about 15 minutes until softened. 
  • Then take the lid off, add canola oil and let them roast for another 3-4 minutes on high heat until they are nicely browned. Then they are good to go! Enjoy! 


Calories: 80kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 5gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gSodium: 538mgPotassium: 533mgFiber: 5gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 995IUVitamin C: 112mgCalcium: 58mgIron: 2mg
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Recipe Rating


Saturday 22nd of February 2020

This is a good recipe but it doesn't taste anything like the ones I ate at The Green Elephant in Portsmouth. Is it really theirs?There seems to be something missing.


Thursday 27th of February 2020

how...why...what? this is my recipe :D I've never been to Portsmouth.


Monday 20th of November 2017

I made the Brussels sprouts for dinner tonight. They were so easy and delicious! Definitely a keeper. Thank you! :)


Tuesday 21st of November 2017

Yeay! So glad you like them! :) Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback, Aimee!