This Pomegranate Molasses Roasted Brussels Sprouts dish impresses at every Thanksgiving. They embody sweet, tangy, delicious perfection. It’s an amazing vegetable side to serve all season, and these always get zillions of compliments!

Sauce-covered brussels sprouts in a patterned bowl.

There are only a few ingredients, and these take only 30 minutes in the oven, so they’re super quick and easy.

Why this Recipe Works

I have a theory that anyone who doesn’t like Brussels sprouts has never had them cooked well! Brussels sprouts are naturally quite bitter which can turn some people off them, but when roasted the right amount of time and combined with the right ingredients, this bitterness is reduced and produces a more all-round appealing taste.

This recipe combines the Brussels with a sweet and tangy pomegranate molasses sauce, and they are simply seasoned with garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper, all of which work to counteract the bitterness transforming them into a delicious vegetable. These ingredients elevate the Brussels to more than just a side dish!

Ingredients You Need

Brussel sprouts and other ingredients on a marble countertop.

pomegranate molasses – you get this ingredient by cooking down pomegranate juice until it is syrupy. If you can’t find it at the grocery store, can find it at middle-eastern grocery stores or shop pomegranate molasses online. It also makes a great pomegranate molasses vinaigrette.

garlic – fresh, minced garlic works best in this recipe. If you don’t have any, you can substitute with 3/4 teaspoon of garlic powder or 2 teaspoons of garlic salt. If you are using garlic salt, do not add any additional salt to the recipe.

How to Make this Recipe

Preheat the oven to 400F. Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 3 tablespoons of pomegranate molasses, and 5 minced cloves of garlic to a medium to large bowl.

Add in the pound of Brussels sprouts, making sure to halve or quarter the large ones, and toss to coat well in the sauce.

Side by side photos of a brown marinade and green Brussels sprouts coated in the marinade.

Roast for 20 minutes, toss them around again, and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes until the edges begin to brown.

Side by side photos of Brussel sprouts on a baking sheet and in a bowl.

More Fall & Winter Sides

If you love this recipe, you’ll love these other Fall & Winter sides:

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Pomegranate Molasses Roasted Brussel Sprouts

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This Pomegranate Molasses Roasted Brussels Sprouts dish impresses at every Thanksgiving. They embody sweet, tangy, delicious perfection. It's an amazing vegetable side to serve all season, and these always get zillions of compliments! One of the best Thanksgiving side dishes you’ll find.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Persian
Diet: Kosher, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 246kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. brussels sprouts
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoon pomegranate molasses see notes for store-bought
  • 1 pomegranate seeded, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400.
  • Trim the ends of the brussel sprouts and cut them in half lengthwise.
  • Whisk the olive oil, garlic, and pomegranate molasses in a medium to large bowl.
  • Add the brussel sprouts into the dressing and toss to coat.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Cook in the oven 20 minutes and toss, then cook until they start browning, 5-10 more minutes.
  • Optional: garnish with pomegranate seeds.

Notes

Buying store-bought pomegranate molasses is usually less expensive than making your own.

Nutrition

Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 623mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 855IU | Vitamin C: 105mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 2mg
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27 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These are incredible. I love that it uses pomegranate molasses that is actually super easy to make myself (didn’t know until you told me) instead of tons of sugar like most recipes. Definitely a winner and so great for the holiday season!

  2. 5 stars
    I always wanted to give Brussels sprouts a second chance but they never look appealing to me
    This is a side dish that I would definitely again! My parents in law love them so I can cook it for them next time!

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