The New Chip on the Block: Brussels Sprout Chips

Dorothy Reinhold is the publisher, food writer, photographer and recipe developer at Shockingly Delicious, where she posts terrific, tried-and-true, scrumptious, “scary good” recipes with big flavors. She has been named one of the Top 50 Mom Food Bloggers by, a Top 100 Food Blog by, and PBS’s NextAvenue declared her one of the 25 best food blogs for baby boomers. She’s been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Sunset Magazine, Taste of Home magazine, on Yahoo Shine and has written for Huffington Post, America Online, Foothills Magazine, and has had a 20-plus-year food column in Southern California newspapers. You can connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Brussels Sprout Chips

We’ve been chipifying everything from the produce department since that first brave soul decided to see what roasting would do to kale leaves a decade or so ago.

The kale chip has been joined, over time, by the carrot chip, parsnip chip, zucchini chip, butternut chip, beet chip, turnip chip and anything else creative home cooks could get their hands on.

Whether in home or commercial kitchens, roasting and toasting thin vegetables to crispy perfection is a certifiable thing.

Last year for October Unprocessed, I showed you how to make baby bok choy chips. If you haven’t tried that yet, I encourage you to break free of your kale chip obsession and give bok choy a whirl.

And if you’re ready to move on to the next chip today, let’s make Brussels sprout chips.

Brussels Sprout Chips

Yeah, America’s most hated vegetable — the one people despise before they even try it — is actually GREAT when you chipify it.

Sure, this vegetable villain can be bitter or sulfurous when cooked too long, but it’s a nutritional powerhouse, which trumps its stinky reputation. Cruciferous Brussels sprouts support the body’s detox, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory systems — three systems closely associated with cancer prevention.

Pros: Nutrient-dense, high-fiber, low-calorie, gluten-free, Paleo, vegan, very low on the Glycemic Index, no saturated fat or cholesterol. And did I mention delicious?

Con: Bad word-of-mouth. You’ll have to convince the sprout haters to try them.

Let’s see if we can turn around Brussels sprouts’ image using this one chip-making technique, without using a fancy PR firm to do it.

(And if you are already a B.S. fan or want another way to use them, also try this magnificent Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Parmesan and Dates, which will make your eyes roll back in your head when you taste it.)

Finished Brussels Sprout Chips

Brussels Sprout Chips
Recipe Type: Snack
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Serves/Yield: 4 servings
Move over kale, there's a new chip in town! Crispy Brussels sprouts chips will convert even sprout haters.
  • 15 Brussels sprouts
  • 1½ teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • A few grains of salt
  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. With a small paring knife, cut off the bottom tip of each sprout. This will release the outermost leaves; put leaves in a large mixing bowl. Continue to trim a thin slice more off the bottom stem, teasing each layer of leaves off, and adding them to the bowl. Stop when you have removed all the leaves and you are left with the heart or core of the sprout. (Save cores to roast later if you like.)
  3. When you have removed all leaves you can, toss the leaves gently with the oil, sprinkle ever so lightly with salt. (Really, do NOT have a heavy hand with the salt because the salty flavor intensifies with roasting. Just sift a few grains between your thumb and forefinger.) Lay leaves in one layer on a rimmed baking sheet. The leaves, during tossing, will want to cup together, so take care to remove them from nesting together as you arrange them on the baking sheet. They need to toast in one layer for best results.
  4. Roast for 10-15 minutes, until leaves are lightly browned and crisp. The wide variation in time is because of the differences between home ovens. Check at 10 minutes, and remove any that you think are done, putting the rest back in for another minute or 2; check again and remove those that are done. You don't want the entire leaf to be fully toasted or it will be too bitter. You'll get the hang of it and your oven's peculiarities after the first batch.


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Susan Pridmore
October 21, 2015 6:51 am

This is one of my favorite snacks I started making last year! Great recipe to share!!

Letty Flatt
October 21, 2015 8:15 am

We don’t go for the BS much around here–but I have them on my shopping list to buy today! Whenever I do cook with them I love them. New habits need to be formed in the cruciferous department. I think I’ll get more than I was planning and try these.

Patricia K. Rose
October 21, 2015 12:11 pm

Dorothy, great idea. We love Brussels Sprouts around here, so gotta try this!

Sandy D
Sandy D
October 21, 2015 3:19 pm

They are also great (and don’t take as much watching-so-they-don’t-burn) roasted. Trim, cut the larger ones in half, toss with a little olive oil, minced onion, and orange juice or peel; bake for 45 min to an hour at 350 deg. F., or 20 min to 1/2 hour at 450 deg., depending on what the rest of your meal takes. Yum.

October 22, 2015 4:54 am

What a great idea, I absolutely LOVE brussels sprouts!

October 22, 2015 8:08 am

This is a great idea, I always love to eat the little pieces that fall off halved brussels sprouts when I roast them so I definitely will try this soon!

Lauren @ Wicked Spatula
October 22, 2015 8:59 am

YUM! I adore brussles sprouts so this will be the perfect snack!

jenna @ just j.faye
October 22, 2015 10:51 am

I LOVE Brussels srpouts. These look like such a delicious snack!!

Jennifer Stewart
October 22, 2015 12:16 pm

I would eat these like I do a regular bag of chips. Non-stop until the whole bag was gone! How yummy and I wouldn’t feel guilty for one second!

Manila Spoon
October 22, 2015 4:13 pm

I have made kale chips but not the one using brussels sprouts! What a delicious and must-try idea for me! Love it!

October 22, 2015 4:46 pm

I love these. I always eat the crispy leaves from my roasted brussels sprouts before serving, now I can have a whole plate of them. Lovely recipe.

Heidy L McCallum
October 22, 2015 5:08 pm

What a super healthy idea using Brussel sprouts for chips, I love it. A must make recipe for sure.

October 22, 2015 9:53 pm

What a fantastic idea, but I’m firmly in the Brussels Sprouts fan camp 😀 I might have to try this for my kids and see what they think though!

October 23, 2015 12:51 am

I must do them ASAP. They look super healthy and must be so delicious!