Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts
A vegetarian twist on a Chinese take-out standard, these sprouts deliver crunch, spice, and zing.
- 2 pounds Brussels sprouts, halved
- 5 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped peeled ginger
- 2 tablespoons hot chili paste (sambal oelek)
- 6 dried chiles de árbol, lightly crushed
- ½ cup soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons unseasoned rice vinegar
- ⅓ cup unsalted, roasted peanuts
Preheat oven to 425°. Toss brussels sprouts and 4 Tbsp. oil on a rimmed baking sheet; season with salt and pepper. Roast, tossing once, until softened (but not soft) and browned, 20–25 minutes. Set aside.
Meanwhile, mix cornstarch and 1 Tbsp. water in a small bowl until smooth.
Heat remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring often, until garlic is golden brown, about 2 minutes. Add chili paste and cook, stirring, until darkened, about 2 minutes. Add chiles, soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, and ½ cup water and bring to a boil; stir in cornstarch slurry. Simmer, stirring, until sauce coats spoon, about 2 minutes. Let cool slightly.
Toss brussels sprouts with sauce and serve topped with peanuts.