Crispy Sesame Brussels Sprouts with Creamy Curry Dipping Sauce

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You know what may be the best feeling in the entire world? When you’re stuck in traffic, gripping your steering wheel so you don’t scream, then once it finally opens up and you slam on the gas petal because it’s the only way to release that built up stress in your body. Yep. That’s the best feeling in the world. I hate traffic.

Have you tried my Coffee Cake Banana Bread yet? It’s my favorite afternoon snack. And favorite banana bread I’ve made so far. Just thought I should voice that thought.

Yesterday was really overwhelming in my comments about finding a dog.  People pretty much demanded that I adopt a dog. People, if there is a puppy French Bulldog out there to adopt, hells yeah I’m going to adopt it. But just like how some parents want to birth their own child and raise it, I feel the same way about a dog. Minus the birthing part. Obviously it’s way harder to find an adoption shelter that just has frenchie puppies running around everywhere. But if that occurs, I promise you that I will adopt that frenchie puppy. Ok? Ok.

And I’m not changing my mind about getting a frenchie, so please feel free to stop telling me about their health issues and looking into different dogs. You don’t see me telling people to think twice about having children since I don’t like them. Just sayin.

So I’m totally obsessed with leaving Yelp reviews. I like people knowing my opinion. Obviously. But I look to Yelp all the time for other people’s reviews about restaurants and different companies I want go to, so I feel that it is my civil duty to leave my opinion for others to see. I don’t write the long reviews that you get overwhelmed with as soon as you see it, just something simple and to the point. If the place is so-so, I tend to not write a review because I don’t really care. But if it’s awesome or awful, I’m writing something. I wrote a few just yesterday. One was real bad. I think I need to get a life. Whatever.

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Crispy Sesame Brussels Sprouts with Creamy Curry Dipping Sauce

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups of brussels sprouts, cut in half
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil (I used toasted sesame oil)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

For the dipping sauce

  • ½ cup 30 second mayo or Primal Kitchen
  • handful of cilantro, minced
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder (add teaspoon by teaspoon and taste it to make it to preference)
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients and coat brussels sprouts on all sides.
  3. Place brussels sprouts on a parchment paper or silpat lined baking sheet. Spread out so the brussels sprouts aren’t overlapping and can cook evenly.
  4. Place in oven and bake for 35 minutes.
  5. Once brussels sprouts are in the oven, mix together all the ingredients for the dipping sauce and place in fridge to cool.
  6. Serve crispy brussels sprouts with dipping sauce.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.

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89 thoughts on “Crispy Sesame Brussels Sprouts with Creamy Curry Dipping Sauce”

  1. Re the dog, you should check out breed-specific rescue organizations (they exist!). I looked here and didn’t see any in CO, but rescue orgs will sometimes work to bring the dog to you since they just want to get good homes for their pups. And they’re constantly getting new dogs for adoption: http://www.frenchbulldogrescue.org/adoption-info/available-dogs2/

    My friend drove from VA to AR to adopt her two dogs. I’m not sure I would have gone that far, but it’s possible!

  2. Regarding the dog: I hear you! I got a lot of grief when I purchased my german shepherd from a breeder instead of adopting. I’m all for pet adoption but I knew exactly what I wanted and what would fit in my life and I didn’t find it in a shelter. Besides… the pups at breeders need good homes too! Getting my pup is one of the best decisions I ever made! If you know what you want then stick to your guns!

    P.S. I love your blog and recipes. I’ve been eating the Coconut Chia pudding with leftover apple tartlets for breakfast all week! So delicious!!! Thank you!

  3. These look amazing, I never would have thought to use sesame oil. Going to make these tonight! Thanks for your great recipes.

  4. Good for you … you should get the dog you want. I have an English Bulldog. She is smaller, only 37 lbs. She is the best dog ever. yes i have spent alot of money on her issues, but she 100% worth it. I’m so excited for you. Can’t wait to see pics.

    P.S. I recently found your blog a couple of months ago and have been obsessed ever since.
    Love your recipes!

  5. “You don’t see me telling people to think twice about having children since I don’t like them. Just sayin.” THIS!!!! Although once in a while when a drinking buddy says they’re going to start trying I may or may not say “are you sure you want to do that?” for my own selfish reasons of course.

  6. Everybody just had a lot of opinions yesterday. And every day. You should have seen the comments on Anthropologie’s Instagram about a picture of shoes on bananas. CRAZY.

    I bought a Frenchie from a breeder on New Year’s Day and I am absolutely in love with her. She is by far the best dog we’ve ever had and makes us laugh every day. Yup, she snores because of her smushed face and her farts will knock you out, but she’s amazing and I’m glad we’re getting to raise her from puppyhood. We had a TERRIBLE experience trying to adopt a dog prior to that but you don’t see me trying to make sure everybody buys their dogs. Everybody needs to do what’s best for them.

    P.S. You’re my favorite. 🙂

  7. I haven’t even tried this and I’m giving it 5 stars. It can’t lose. Curry. Brussels. Mayo. UGH! YES! Trying this ASAP!

    Best wishes on finding a puppy!! Love that you know what you want and aren’t letting others get you in a funk … don’t let ’em! <3

  8. Your dog, your decision. Both have their advantages. But getting a puppy, well you won’t have to try to fix issues that are there from other human’s lack of training or even abuse. We bought a Great Dane puppy, I did a lot of research on the breed and despite the health issues that may come with him, we got him anyway. Best. decision. ever. Being it is your first dog, (I’m assuming from reading your blog over the years, that it is) just get the puppy you want! Any holes that seem to not be filled in your life will be completed by that sweet little smushed face. Happy puppy hunting!

  9. Can’t wait to see pictures of the puppy you pick out. My sister has a frenchie, and she is the funniest most expressive dog! I swear the dog thinks she is a human. It is such a great breed, don’t let the haters knock it!!

  10. I love brussel sprouts! I eat them several times a week. They taste like candy to me. Pairing them with a dipping sauce is an awesome idea! I don’t know how you create such amazing food pictures. They make the food look even tastier.

  11. Can’t wait to try this recipe! Brussel sprouts have got to be my fave veggie and I’m totally new to it (year or less). I’ve been trying to incorporate more curry dishes into our weekly menu as well and boom! here you are. Thanks for ALL the awesome recipes!

  12. Just get one from a responsible breeder and do your research. Get a pup from someone who does health testing for all possible health issues that the breed faces. Don’t buy from a pet store and be wary, some ‘rescues’ are puppy mills in disguise.
    I have a rescue now but my next dog will be from a breeder due to health concerns and temperment.
    I fees my dog raw and highly recommend that too- prey model raw because its what dogs are designed to eat. Dogs are carnivores and have no nutritional requirement for carbohydrates!

  13. 100% agree with you on the dog situation. It annoys me to no end how many people try to push thier opinions on you, and make you seem like the bad guy because you know what you’re looking for. I prefer to know where my puppy came from, who it’s parents are and have an expectation of how things are going to go. You don’t typically, -rarely, get that from a shelter.

    Besides that, your blog is awesome and inspiring. Love your recipes and your musings!

  14. Holy Bleep! I wanna be just like you when I grow up! Way to shut up the haters! ha!

    You are killing it with the recipes these days! Can’t wait to get my hands on that new cookbook….update, please!?!? no pressure, though…; )

  15. This looks fantastic! But Juli, any chance you could suggest anything besides curry to add to the dipping sauce? Not that curry isn’t wonderful for everyone else but I can’t bring myself to like the smell, let alone the taste.

    RE: Dog; I just bought a Pug puppy from a breeder. I have always done rescue and have never had a really nicely bred Pug. This pup has some big issues from being kept as breeding stock, especially separation issues. But nonetheless, I wanted a really nicely bred Pug for the first time in my life and I LOVE her to pieces! It’s your choice- your dog, your breed of choice and totally up to you. Get what you want! I sure did and I am happy with my choice!!!

  16. These were AWESOME!!! So glad I picked up some brussels sprouts yesterday. 6 tablespoons of oil seemed like a lot for just 2c of sprouts, so I cut it down and only used 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of sesame oil. Loved them!! And the dipping sauce was perfect. I can use that stuff on everything….and just may.

  17. Could not agree with you more about the dog situation, I am wanting a Westie and my boyfriend thinks I should adopt a random from the shelter. I think he should shut his pie hole. Your pet is supposed to make you happy and if a Frenchie makes you happy, you go girl!!

    I also left a negative Yelp review yesterday, somehow, I feel closer to you!!

  18. Frenchies are the cutest! If I ever get another dog that is what I want it to be. You should follow manny_the_frenchie on instagram. He is one of the cutest Frenchies ever.

  19. This ain’t about food… I have 4 labradors. All 4 came from breeders as puppies. Yes, I could have rescued a dog, there are a gazillion lab rescues out there, but it also really wonderful to find a great breeder and picking a puppy from a litter. (All 4 times!) I’m with ya sister! Dogs are an investment in time, love & money. Be sure to get the lil’ rascal YOU want.

  20. I am so glad you stuck to your guns. I am a mutt and pitbull lover so I would go instantly to a shelter since my only requirements are black and tan or brindle coloring and I like the calmer older dogs, but that is just who I am. Everyone is different and everyone wants something different.

    I was a veterinary assistant for a few years and frenchies were the best fun to work with. Yet we did see them often, so I suggest once you get your Frenchie, take it to the vet often for just fun visits which are visits with treats, loves, and getting on the scale. This also helps you get to know the Veterinarian and staff and usually doesn’t have a copay or anything.

    I can’t wait to hear the mischief of your pup. Take lots of pictures too!

  21. Keep yelping! I’m one of those people that rely on Yelp big time. It’s usually spot on.

    As for the dog… get what you want! Don’t let all those crazy animal adoption people get to you. Why would you want to own someone else’s rejected pet? Those animals will always have to be reprogrammed in some way.

    1. “Why would you want to own someone else’s rejected pet?” Are you serious with that comment? Would you say the same thing about people wanting to adopt a child?

      Personally, I would still go for a rescue, but I totally understand your desire to get a cute lil frenchie. They truly are the coolest looking dogs with the greatest personalities.

    2. I’m sorry this is not true at all. I adopted the sweetest dog from the shelter, no behaviour issues, house trained, and he loves me like crazy. I’ve known people who have taken strays in who have absolutely blossomed under them. There are so many wonderful, loving dogs in rescues and shelters waiting for homes, they’re not all broken and even the ones that are just need some love.

  22. If you still don’t like House of Cards… on Netflix, there’s a show called United States of Tara. It’s about a woman with dissociative identity disorder and it is HILARIOUS… and dramatic and addicting. You would like it. I hope you do if you watch it.

  23. Hey Juli!
    Love everything you do. 🙂 So the dog thing.. It’s something I happen to feel very strongly about. You should do whatever it is that YOU want to do. As someone who works in the veterinary industry I got my fair share of very ugly looks & whispers because I chose to purchase a puppy. I chose it because it was right for me. I wanted a puppy from a REPUTABLE breeder and I sought one out asked TONS of questions and have given the most loving home to my Newfoundland, Puck. (He’s the Sh*t!). I’m all for adoption/rescue whatever but I wanted something specific and had done a balls ton of research on the breed & the people who breed them. The key, find a reputable breeder. I can’t stress that part enough. Ask lots of questions and then ask more. Trust your gut.. if something seems shady it probably is. We have a lot of puppy mills out here don’t know about you, and a lot of people purchase dogs from them thinking they are “rescuing” them. True they need to be saved but sadly purchasing a puppy from one of these places just perpetuates the problem. Breed rescues are definitely a great way to go as someone mentioned before. They do get young dogs or even puppies you just have to check in often. Good luck in finding your baby! 🙂

  24. I used to petsit a ton, and the whole “breeder versus rescue” with regards to health and behavior is BS. Buy a dog from a good breeder or a rescue, then train it properly and you will be fine.
    I used to be a “rescue snob” and rolled my eyes at purebreds, but some of the most wonderful dogs I watched were very expensive purebreds. Good luck with your search.

  25. I (SORT OF) understand wanting to stick to your guns on the puppy thing, but I think there was a much more graceful way to handle it. There are miles between ‘wanting to birth your own child’ and potentially supporting puppy mills. But I will pre-emptively take the advice I imagine is coming, and stop reading here. Best of luck, Juli.

  26. Everyone’s a hater when it comes to things you “should” or “shouldn’t” do. Especially when it comes to getting a dog. WHY ALL THE DAMN DISCOURAGEMENT? It makes me think that there are a lot of people out there who resent their dogs and wish they’d never gotten them. Is having a dog difficult? Yeah, sometimes it’s a bit of a pain in the ass. Is having a dog emotional? Yeah, sometimes I feel real bad when I leave Charlie for 16 hour work days. But it’s certainly none of my business, or anyone else’s for that matter, to be like “NO JULI, DON’T DO ITTTTT!!!!’ Or, “THIS IS HOW YOU SHOULD DO ITTT!!!!”

    YOLO, girl. Get that Frenchie and love it to pieces. All that matters is you take good care of the dog and treat him/her well.

    Sorry…just hate when people discourage others like that 🙁

  27. Loved your comment about kids! Drives your point home! I’m a huge pug lover and have had one my entire life, so I understand about wanting a specific breed. I’ve been lucky that I’ve been able to rescue a couple after they were done breeding but that was bc I didn’t want a puppy. Good luck finding a cutie!

  28. As a breeder-purchased-dog-owner (that was lengthy), I support getting the dog you want. I wanted a miniature schnauzer because I have dog allergies and schnauzers don’t shed, and couldn’t find a rescue that would let me adopt bc I was young, so I found a reputable breeder, met the breeder and the mama dog, and bought the dog I wanted. That was almost 5 years ago and despite her coming from a breeder, my schnauzie is seriously the best dog in the world! Just do what’s best for you, and as long as you’re a good dog mom, the rest doesn’t matter 🙂

    Also, I have a bag of brussels in my fridge and I am totally making this recipe tonight… can’t wait!!

  29. We are the proud parents of a 4 month old pup after having to put down our 17 1/2 year old border the week before Christmas. I’ve been so far out of the puppy loop for so long – I’d forgotten how much work they are – but well worth it. Between telling the poor little guy “no” every other word because everything goes in the mouth, to trying to get him outside for potty training in the Wisconsin winter – these memories are precious. Good luck on your search – and when you find him/her, he/she will be lucky to have you as a doggie mom.

    Mo

  30. I’m not sure if this was answered above and I’m too lazy to look. What if I have frozen brussel sprouts? (Hence, laziness). Should I cook them first and then throw them in with all the deliciousness or would frozen work? Stupid question?

  31. So is it the parchment paper that makes them crispy? I’ve never been able to get my brussels sprouts as crispy as I would like them.

  32. We bought our papillion from a pet store (gasp). Best decison ever! Awesome dog,super smart and we were able to train her ourselves. Fastforward 3 years and we took in a friends dog who could no longer keep her. She was over a year and not house trained… huge issues unlearning all her bad habits. She has learned most of her manners now at the expense of my carpet… adoption isnt all happy puppies and roses.

  33. Hey, question – Your mayo… Is there any way I could make a mayo without eggs? I highly doubt this is possible, but I know you’re KIND OF A GENIUS when it comes to making deliciousness, so I thought I would ask 🙂

  34. About the dog. I would highly recommend finding a female of whatever breed you want. Far easier to deal with. As an example, I’m on my fifth Airedale Terrorist. This one year old is the first male. Holy cow is he ever a hand full!

  35. I am not going to tell you not to get a Frenchie. I have two and they are the joys of my life! I highly recommend it and no health issues here. My brother in law has their sister also completely healthy, happy and wonderfully adorable and cute!

  36. Juli – I’m not sure if someone has mentioned this already, but we adopted our Frenchie from the French Bulldog Rescue Network. They have dogs that need homes in almost every state, so if you are serious about adoption, it might be worth taking a peak at their website. I would also recommend pet insurance, especially for FB’s!!

  37. Frenchies are very fun dogs! I normally don’t comment but dogs are my area of expertise (I am a trainer) so I thought I would share this great resource. Dr. Ian Dunbar makes his “Before You Get Your Puppy” book available FREE on his Dog Star Daily site. Also, I believe his “After You Get Your Puppy” book is free as well. There are so many great resources available today for dog owners – much different than 20 years ago.

    Here is the link to the “Before” book: http://www.dogstardaily.com/training/you-get-your-puppy

    Also, finding a good puppy class can be hugely helpful – I’m sure you can find a good one in your area. If you don’t know of a trainer you can find one on this trainer search: http://www.apdt.com/petowners/ts/default.aspx

    We got pet insurance on our younger 3 dogs and so far I have been *very* pleased – I’m glad we did it. Highly recommend it.

    Have fun! And thanks for all the great recipes :).

  38. Would you believe I came here looking for a brussels sprouts recipe AND a banana bread recipe and found them both in this one post? Yay! Anyway, I’ve just made the brussels sprouts, and they are delicious!!! My husband loved them, too. Can’t wait to make the coffee cake banana bread — sounds yummy.

    Good luck finding your dog — he/she will be one lucky pup!

  39. I just made these as a snack today with the homemade mayo + herbs and spices. Amazing! My husband and I are less than 1 week into trying the Paleo dishes we’ve found online, and your blog is – by far – our favorite. Thank you so much for being a great resource as we start this new adventure! We’re trying to get our 7 year old on board, too. He didn’t try the brussels sprouts, but he helped to make them! Maybe next time he’ll take the next step. 😉

  40. I may have to try this this week. Brussels sprouts are one of my favorite vegetables, but I think I’ve only tried them one way (coconut oil + balsamic vinegar.) This looks like I good way to mix things up. Thanks!

  41. I bought our puppy from a pet store *GASP!*. Guess what? Those dogs need homes, too. People freak our more about animals than they do people and it’s annoying. Get the dog you want however you choose to do it, and let the haters hate. It’s what they do best, lol.

    Can’t wait to make these!!! Brussels sprouts are divine, and they get such a bad rap. Kind of like people who buy dogs instead of adopting…. 😉

  42. I made these yesterday, and they were delicious! Now I have another go-to flavor, besides my usual balsamic lol. I also used the curry mayo baked on top of some cod to go with the brussels. Thank you for another great recipe!

  43. I made these last night to rave reviews! My husband said they were better than in a restaurant and didn’t even need the dipping sauce. I didn’t think I liked brussels sprouts, but I’m now a convert!

  44. My whole family said these Brussel sprouts were “off the chain.” Thought I was going to have them all to myself but that’s not what happened.

  45. I made these last night, and OMG they are fabulous! They were so good I contemplated going back to the store for 2 more pounds of brussels sprouts just so I could make and eat another entire match. Amazing!

  46. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think I’m gonna have a bowl of the curry dipping sauce for dinner! Seriously! I had a piece of roasted rosemary-lemon chicken in the refrigerator and super starving decided to make it my appetizer. And why not try a dollop of the curry dipping sauce (while the Brussels sprouts are roasting) on my chicken?! Holy shi*balls! The best piece of food I’ve ever put in my mouth.

    1. Oh, Steph! You gotta spring for the immersion blender! Got mine on Amazon – Cuisinart, $35 – and it makes me ridiculously happy.

    2. I don’t have an immersion blender so when I first made this, I tried it in a food processor. FAIL! I then did some research and perfected it! I used my Vitamix, but I’m sure any normal blender will do. Put everything into the blender EXCEPT THE OIL. Mix everything up and then turn the blender to high while VERY SLOWLY adding the oil. This allows the oil to emulsify and you are left with perfect mayo.

  47. These were straight-up fabulous … and I didn’t even bother with the dipping sauce. But you know all the little leaves that flake off when you cut the sprouts? Well, I tossed most of them out. Big mistake. The ones that did end up in the oven with the sprouts came out like charred chips … amazingly good. Next time I’ll just toss all the fallen leaves into the oil mix with the sprouts and throw them all onto the cookie sheet.

  48. Holy crap. How did I not see this when you first posted it?! I am not a huge mayo fan, but I love your recipe for it – I make the buffalo chicken pasta ALL the time. And I already know I love crispy brussels sprouts. Making this. ASAP.

  49. WOW … i’ve always hated brussel sprouts. But now I realize it’s because they were always steamed and had no flavor.

    Made this tonight with some chicken.

    Polished off the whole batch between my wife and I

    Def makin this again

  50. Like someone else said, these are a great alternative to the balsamic ones I usually make. Might add a little bit of honey to the mix next time for a little more sweetness. Thanks! Skipped the mayo bc I’m lazy, the sprouts were awesome as is. 🙂 Oh I also used half of the oils and it still came out great!

  51. This is one of the most delicious recipes I have ever made. I already love brussels sprouts but this is a whole new level of amazing. Especially with the curry mayo. Thank you so much for posting & sharing, Juli!

  52. Hey Juli! Would this recipe work with frozen brussel sprouts? I always eat ’em fresh, but I somehow have a bag in my freezer… What do you think? Just gently dethaw them, pat them dry, use them as the recipe instructs?

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