Roasted Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts

Crispy brussels sprouts, caramelized onion, and spicy sweet sauce come together to make this irresistible vegan dish.

Side dish | Chinese Food | Vegan | Vegetarian

Roasted Brussels sprouts is one of my family’s favorite dinner dishes. Crispy on the surface and tender inside, the sprouts have a mild flavor and are ever so slightly sweet. Somehow they give me the same sensation as eating chips, but in a much healthier way. As a quick dinner for two, I’d roast one pound of brussels sprouts, then cook some lean protein (fish fillet or chicken) on the stove top — the whole dinner comes together in 20 minutes or so.

Roasted Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts Cooking Process

Roasted Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts Cooking Process

This recipe is part of my mini-blog series on homemade Kung Pao Sauce. Just as a quick recap, I show you how to make genuine Sichuan Kung Pao Sauce in advance, so you can store it and use it to cook various types of quick and easy dishes, such as Kung Pao Chicken and Kung Pao Shrimp.

In this post, I want to share a special way to use homemade Kung Pao Sauce to create scrumptious roasted Brussels sprouts, which can be served as a side dish. If you prefer a lighter dinner, you can simply serve them on the rice to make a quick buddha bowl.

The recipe requires merely 5 minutes of active cooking time if you’ve already made the sauce. If you haven’t, no worries! I’ve included footnotes on how to make a small batch of sauce just for this recipe.

Side dish | Chinese Food | Vegan | Vegetarian

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Roasted Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts

Learn how to make juicy and tender shrimp with the most scrumptious sauce. Crispy brussel sprouts, caramelized onion, and spicy sweet sauce come together to make this irresistible vegan dish.
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Course: Main
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: takeout
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 to 4
Author: Maggie Zhu


  • 450 grams (1 pound) Brussels sprouts
  • 1 purple onion , sliced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup roasted cashews (or peanuts)

Sauce (or 1/4 to 1/3 cup homemade Kung Pao Sauce)


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 C).
  • Remove tough ends of the Brussels sprouts and halve them. Try to keep them evenly sized; quarter very large ones if necessary.
  • Place Brussels sprouts and onion onto a baking sheet. Add olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss to mix well. Arrange the Brussels sprouts so the flat sides face down. Arrange larger pieces on the edge of the baking sheet because they’ll cook faster.
  • Bake on the middle rack for 15 minutes. Flip and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes, until the sprouts turn crispy and cooked through.
  • (Skip this step if using pre-made homemade Kung Pao Sauce) While baking the Brussels sprouts, prep and cook the Kung Pao sauce. Mix Chinkiang vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, cornstarch and salt in a small bowl. Add oil and Sichuan peppercorns in a big pan, and cook until hot. When the peppercorns turn dark brown, scoop out and discard. Add dried red chili pepper. Stir until the peppers turn dark brown. Add minced garlic and ginger. Stir a few times. Stir the vinegar based sauce to dissolve the cornstarch completely; add to the pan. Cook until the sauce thickens and remove from the stove immediately.
  • Once the Brussel sprouts are cooked, add the roasted cashew and Kung Pao sauce (or pre-made Kung Pao Sauce). Gently toss a few times and serve immediately as an appetizer, or as a main dish over steamed rice.



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Hi I'm Maggie Zhu! Welcome to my site about modern Chinese cooking - including street food, family recipes, and restaurant dishes. I take a less labor-intensive approach while maintaining the taste and look of the dish. I am originally from Beijing, and now cook from my New York kitchen.

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9 thoughts on “Roasted Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts

  1. Holly

    5 stars
    I made this for a small dinner party and everyone loved it, and now they think I should do ALL the cooking around here. I had only pale rice vinegar, and other ingredients in my house, like dried red pepper flakes. I l

    1. Maggie Post author

      Hi Holly, I’m so glad to hear the recipe worked for you 🙂 Hope the added cooking responsibility won’t be too stressful!
      Thanks for taking time to leave a comment. Have a great day!

  2. Judy Lang

    5 stars
    I love brussel sprouts but this takes it to another level. Made the sauce from scratch, love the Sichuan peppercorns, feeling very proud to have created such a lovely sauce.. THank you for sharing this recipe. By the way my fussy husband turns his nose up at brussel sprouts but loves this dish and asked if we can have it again.

    1. Thomas

      Hi Lamount! Thanks for your question. You can sub sugar alternatives for sugar, though the dish will taste slightly different and the consistency may be off (sugar caramelizes and has a thickening effect). Good luck, and let us know how it goes!

  3. mari

    5 stars
    these were great! i used store-bought kung pao sc b/c i was pressed for time, but will make it next time