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I was craving for Brussels sprouts recently and I saw it on the menu of three restaurants, all of which made them fried with honey and chili. Brussel sprouts is already a warming ingredient and this kind of cooking adds more heat to the dish and more importantly I can’t deal with chili.... so here’s my sweet-savory-nutty version with sesame oil and seeds.
Brussels sprouts are warming, sweet, and aromatic in the perspective of TCM nutrition. It regulates Qi and disperse Cold. It is also an excellent ingredient for liver, as part of the cruciferous vegetable family. It’s full of antioxidants, vitamin C and K, as well as fiber.
With the addition of sesame, this recipe is the most suitable for late winter and early spring to benefit our liver and kidneys. It is a very flavorful side dish to have with your multigrain rice or porridge.
Pan Fried Brussels Sprouts with Black Sesame | 黑芝麻香炒孢子甘蓝
1lb Brussels Sprouts
1 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp white sesame seeds
2 tsp maple syrup or agave
1-2 tsp soy sauce
2 tbsp black sesame powder
Separate the leaves of brussel sprouts. Discard the stems.
In a hot pan, add sesame oil, brussel sprouts, sesame seeds. Sauté for 1 minute. Keep the pan hot at high heat.
Add soy sauce, black sesame powder, maple syrup and sauté until brussel sprouts are soft. Taste to adjust seasoning.