Sauteed Brussels sprouts are dressed with a toast, sweet dressing in this Brussels Sprouts Goma-ae recipe. It’s a delightful side dish.
Side dishes should never be an afterthought. Quite the opposite, actually — a well-crafted side dish can make a meal feel complete and special.
In my house, we’re big on good side dishes. A few of our favorites include Baked Green Bean Fries, Pickled Red Cabbage and Garlic Parsley Carrots. But even something simple but stepped up like roasted cauliflower with just olive oil, salt and pepper can elevate a meal.
This dish, Brussels Sprouts Goma-ae, is a Japanese-style side dish that’s full of big flavors. This is delightful to serve alongside rice, gyoza and perhaps even a miso-marinated salmon or a chicken stirfry.
Goma-ae is a Japanese side dish that’s made with veggies (often green beans) and a sesame dressing. Sauteed Brussels sprouts make a fantastic vegetable for this dish, pairing wonderfully with the dressing.
The sesame dressing is made with lightly ground sesame seeds (I make it in my mortar and pestle). Just use the pestle to grind the toasted sesame seeds until they are broken and a little powdery. Then add sugar and grind that together. Then, soy sauce, sake and sesame oil are added as well and ground it.
This makes a toasty, sweet dressing that pairs so well with the sautéed Brussels sprouts.
Dig in right away.
And don’t let your side dishes be an afterthought. They deserve so much more than that. Try this Brussels Sprouts Goma-ae and see where it takes you.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 10 oz Brussels sprouts, shredded
- 1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp sake
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp dark sesame oil
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the Brussels sprouts and sauté, covered, for 8-10 minutes until crisp-tender. Remove from the burner and transfer the Brussels sprouts into a large mixing bowl.
- Using a mortar and pestle, grind the toasted sesame seeds until slightly crushed. Add the sugar and grind together with the sesame seeds. Add the sake, soy sauce and dark sesame oil and grind together with the sesame mixture. Pour over the Brussels sprouts and toss well to coat.
- Enjoy immediately.