Our Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Onions uses just a few simple ingredients and quick, easy-to-follow directions. This modest recipe will demonstrate how lovely plant-based ingredients are when they are prepared in a straightforward and pure manner.
3 cups fresh Brussels sprouts, washed and sliced in half
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
Pecans for garnish (optional)
Place a heavy skillet on the stove top and adjust to medium-high heat. When skillet is hot, add sesame seeds and toast until they are golden brown, about 3 to 5 minutes. Then remove them from the pan and set them aside.
Next, add 1 tablespoon of water and the onions to the hot skillet. Cook until the onions are caramelized (browned around the edges and soft), then remove them from the pan and set them aside.
Next, add 1 tablespoon water to the hot skillet and place the Brussels sprouts face down, cooking until caramelized, about 7 to 9 minutes. Adding a splash of water at the very end will help the caramelizing process.
Remove the Brussels sprouts from the heat. Place in a large bowl and combine with the onions and toasted sesame seeds.
Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD
Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD is Founding Director of UC Davis Integrative Medicine and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Health Sciences at the School of Medicine at the University of California Davis. Blending a life-long passion for food and nutrition with over 20 years of scientific experience in genetic research, Dr. Oliveira is devoted to educating people about how food and lifestyle choices can affect genetic expression–i.e. how genes are turned on and off and either cause disease or promote health. She is a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has lived in the US since 2003.