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balsamic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Goat Cheese

May 12, 2020 (Last updated November 26, 2023) · Nicole Triebe

Delicious roasted brussels sprouts with goat cheese and drizzled with a balsamic reduction! This is a side dish you’ll be asking for every week!

Brussels sprouts: the vegetable you loved to hate as a kid. Since becoming a chef, this green vegetable side dish has become one of my favorites to make and eat! They’re perfect as a side dish for holiday dinners or weeknight meals at home!

What you need for this recipe

How to prepare Brussels for roasting

The best way to cook Brussels

How to make balsamic glaze

How to get crispy brussels

Why we love these roasted Brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts have a deliciously nutty flavor, and when they’re roasted with olive oil, their flavor is enhanced! Those irresistible crispy leaves are created, and you have a healthy side dish everyone loves! The sweet addition of balsamic glaze and crumble of creamy goat cheese is the best flavor combination! These air fryer brussels sprouts are one of my favorite side dish recipes, and takes less than 30 minutes to make!

What you need for this Recipe

A casserole dish or rimmed baking sheet

Brussels sprouts — when choosing Brussels sprouts at the grocery store, choose ones with bright green heads that are firm and heavy for their size. The leaves should be tightly packed. Avoid Brussels sprouts with yellow outer leaves, a sign of age, or black spots, which could indicate fungus. Smaller Brussels sprouts are usually sweeter and more tender than larger ones.

3 cloves garlic chopped

1 ½ tablespoons good olive oil

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Grated parmesan cheese

Balsamic vinegar – in this recipe, we’re reducing the balsamic to create a sweet balsamic glaze, which will be drizzled over the Brussels sprouts, really elevating the dish!

1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese

How to prepare brussels sprouts for roasting

Trim off the ends of the Brussels sprouts.

Then cut them depending on the size of your brussels sprouts. Smaller sprouts in half, larger brussels cut in quarters. Each piece should be a similar size, so they roast evenly. 

Place brussels sprouts in a large bowl. Toss with olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and parmesan until evenly coated.

Place brussels sprouts in a baking dish or sheet pan and roast for 20-25 minutes or until golden and tender.

raw brussels sprouts halved and trimmed in baking dish

Does roasting brussels sprouts destroy the nutritional value?

When you look at the big picture, all forms of cooking can destroy some of the nutrients, like vitamin C and B vitamins, in vegetables, but that doesn’t mean you need to cut out cooking altogether. Some nutrients are actually enhanced when vegetables are cooked! Cooking helps release the nutrients from the cell walls of the plant, so these crispy Brussels sprouts are the perfect side dish for your main course!

What’s the Best Way to Cook Brussels Sprouts?

Because I love them so much, I’ve tried cooking brussels sprouts many different ways. Crockpot, pan-searing, air fryer, and of course oven roasting. Cooking Brussels in the oven is my favorite way to cook them. It’s by far the best, crispiest, and most tender result. Cooking them in the pan takes a lot of work and there’s a chance they won’t be as tender. A crockpot will tenderize but you’ll miss those crispy leaves that everyone loves. The air fryer is a close second, but air frying is intended to be a healthier way of cooking. And when I cook Brussels, I like to load up on the oil so that the leaves get extra crispy, so the oven wins!

Can you roast frozen brussels sprouts?

Yes, you can! Start by either thaw them first OR bake them frozen following the recipe as is. Just take note, you have to add extra time in the oven for the brussels to cook through and crisp up if making them from frozen.

overhead shot of balsamic-roasted brussels sprouts in baking dish

How do I make balsamic glaze?

I’m taking these roasted brussels sprouts to the next level by drizzling them with a delicious balsamic reduction and adding my favorite: crumbled goat cheese! Adding a balsamic reduction is such a simple touch that can completely elevate your dish, and it’s so easy to make at home!

To make it, simply heat balsamic vinegar in a saucepan over medium heat until it’s bubbling. Reduce heat to low and continue to simmer until reduced by about half and coats the back of a spoon. Stir it occasionally but keep it at a low simmer. Drizzle that magic over the brussels after they come out of the oven, and you’ll have a delicious side dish! You can keep the balsamic reduction in a jar in your fridge for up to three months!

Tips for making the best roasted brussels sprouts

Set the oven temperature high.

If you want your roasted Brussels sprouts to be seriously crispy, you need to roast them on high heat. Roasting at a low temperature will result in mushy sprouts, so you need a hot oven ready before tossing in your baking sheet.

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close up of balsamic-roasted brussels sprouts in baking dish sprinkled with goat cheese and balsamic glaze

How to store roasted brussels sprouts

Store balsamic-roasted brussels sprouts in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Goat Cheese

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  • Author: Nicole Triebe
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Roast
  • Cuisine: American


These balsamic-roasted brussels sprouts are perfectly crispy, and topped with crumbled goat cheese.  They’re the perfect green veggie side dish. 



1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts — trimmed and halved

3 cloves garlic — roughly chopped

1 ½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

2 tablespoons grated parmesan

1 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese


Preheat oven to 400° F.

Thank Trim the brussels sprout stems and remove any yellow leaves, cut lengthwise into halves or quarters depending on the size.  Try to maintain the same brussels sprouts size for even cooking.

Place brussels sprouts in a mixing bowl. Toss with olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and parmesan until evenly coated.

Place brussels sprouts in a baking dish and roast for 20-25 minutes or until golden and tender.

While the brussels are roasting, add the balsamic vinegar to a saucepan.  Cook over medium heat until it’s bubbling. Reduce heat to low and continue to simmer until reduced by about half and coats the back of a spoon. Stir it occasionally but keep it at a low simmer.

Just before serving, sprinkle brussels sprouts with goat cheese and drizzle with balsamic reduction.


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 651
  • Sugar: 19g
  • Sodium: 176.1mg
  • Fat: 58.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.4g
  • Trans Fat: 47.8g
  • Carbohydrates: 29.2g
  • Fiber: 4.5g
  • Protein: 7.2g
  • Cholesterol: 0

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  • Reply SHANIKA May 13, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    These Roasted Brussels Sprouts look phenomenal! I’m loving the addition of goat cheese! Definitely a dish that I need to try soon!

  • Reply Lisa | Garlic & Zest May 13, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    I’ve got a whole package of brussels sprouts in the fridge right now — and I know what to do with them. That balsamic reduction sounds like it will really add to the flavors and pair well with the goat cheese. Love the char you got on the sprouts too!

  • Reply Noelle May 13, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    I love love love this recipe!! The goat cheese adds a perfect flavor, thank you!

  • Reply Courtney | Love & Good Stuff May 13, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    I hated brussels sprouts until I discovered roasted them. Easily the tastiest way to serve them – and goat cheese sounds like a way to really add to that great flavour! Yum!

  • Reply Tracy May 13, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    How gorgeous and amazing flavors – LOVE seeing a brussels sprouts recipe without bacon!

  • Reply Amy August 10, 2020 at 1:21 am

    We love Brussels sprouts and I’m always looking for new ways to prepare them! These were so amazing I skipped eating the protein I served them with! The salt on the sprouts combined with the sweetness of the reduction was incredible! And the fact that they’re so easy to make is a total bonus!

  • Reply Nicole Triebe December 19, 2021 at 2:34 am

    This is my favorite way to prepare and eat brussels sprouts! Love this recipe!

  • Reply Laura April 30, 2022 at 3:08 pm

    Anything with goat cheese is worth trying in my book! These were fantastic. I’ve made them on their own and added them to a salad for more flavors.

  • Reply Melissa Estapa November 4, 2023 at 4:30 pm

    I made these after having this at a restaurant and found your recipe. In the last couple months I’ve made them several times as a meal and also as a side. They are super delish! Have some in the oven now to pair with spinach tortellini!

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