Fried Brussels Sprouts With Shallots and Chilies Recipe

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Note: Thai bird chilies are very hot. For a milder version, replace 3 to 4 Thai bird chilies with 1 single jalapeño or serrano pepper, or omit entirely.

Recipe Details

Fried Brussels Sprouts With Shallots and Chilies Recipe

Active 20 mins
Total 20 mins
Serves 8 to 10 servings


  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 2 tablespoons fresh juice from 1 to 2 limes

  • 3 to 4 Thai bird chiles, finely chopped (see note)

  • 3 medium cloves garlic, minced on a microplane grater (about 1 tablespoon)

  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro leaves

  • 3 quarts vegetable, canola, or peanut oil

  • 2 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, stems trimmed, outer leaves removed, split in half

  • 3 medium shallots, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)


  1. Combine fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, chiles, garlic, and cilantro in a small bowl. Whisk until sugar is dissolved.

  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a triple layer of paper towels. In a large wok or Dutch oven, heat oil to 400°F. Add half of Brussels sprouts and half of shallots. Oil temperature will drop to around 325°F. Adjust heat to maintain this temperature. Cook, stirring and agitating with a metal spider until Brussels sprouts are deep golden brown, about 4 minutes. Transfer to paper towel-lined baking sheet. Reheat oil to 400°F and repeat with remaining sprouts and shallots.

  3. Transfer sprouts and shallots to a large bowl and add dressing. Toss to combine and serve.

Special equipment

deep fryer, Dutch oven, or wok

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
133 Calories
8g Fat
15g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 10
Amount per serving
Calories 133
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 309mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 74mg 372%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 453mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)