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Longhorn Steakhouse Crispy Brussel Sprouts Even My Kids Love

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Keto Style Longhorn Steakhouse Copycat Brussel Sprouts

I have tried for years to get my kids to eat brussel sprouts, but the only ones they have ever liked came from Longhorn Steakhouse. Since we don’t have this restaurant here in Sweden (and this menu item has been discontinued stateside, so I’ve heard) I’ve come up with my own recipe that can be made kid-friendly AND keto!

kids love longhorn brussel sprouts

My children love vegetables – even this crispy zucchini recipe!

Brussel sprouts are one of those vegetables that you re-introduce to children every few months, hoping their tastebuds will mature or that they have forgotten about trying it.

However, I realized soon enough that these attempts were in vain.

But I have a confession to make: I’m not the biggest fan of brussel sprouts either. I just think they are one of the most elegant-looking side dishes to sit on top of a crisp Lenox serving platter (and I love any excuse to pull out a good serving plate) and I like the idea of serving beautiful food.

Then – one day – I thought back to one of your summer holidays back home in Miami, where we went out for dinner at a Longhorn Steakhouse. And if you have never heard of this place, just know that it is one of the yummiest casual, family-friendly steakhouses (yep, it’s a category).

Out of all of the delicious food that covered our booth table that evening (besides some jalapeno poppers of course), the brussel sprouts were the one item that ALL of us talked about, days, and even months later!

Flash forward a few years, I have been scouring the internet, playing around with a few recipes, and low and behold – I made something delicious – a copycat recipe – and darn close to the Longhorn brussel sprouts recipe!

So now – let’s make what is sure to be your new favorite way to eat brussel sprouts too!

“Disclaimer: this is not the definitive recipe (because no one has been able to produce the actual recipe) but a combination that I like out of MANY that I have tried.”

Nicole, Family And Glamour
brussel sprouts on the vine

What Are Brussel Sprouts?

Brussel sprouts are classified as cruciferous vegetables, part of the Brassica oleracea family that includes broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, and collard greens. They are believed to originate in a region of Belgium – Brussels – and were named by the French in the 18th century. They grow on a stalk that produces 15-20 sprouts and grow to a height of 2-3 feet. They are high in vitamins and minerals like A, C, potassium, and calcium. They are also high in fiber and contain approximately 6 grams of protein per cup (88 grams).

Longhorn Steakhouse Brussel Sprouts: A Cult-Favorite

This brussel sprouts recipe has its own dedicated threads on sites like Quora and Reddit – places you go to do deep searches and reach beyond the likes of Google, Bing, and even Yahoo.

There are people that claim to have either been employed by this restaurant chain, know the management, or have even bribed line cooks with various forms of payment.

One thing is clear: people really, really, REALLY want this recipe!

What Do The Longhorn Brussel Sprouts Taste Like?

longhorn crispy brussel sprouts ready to serve

The three main words that would describe this dish are: sweet, spicy, and crunchy.

In fact, many people recall the official menu name as being “Crispy Brussel Sprouts.”

The vegetables get their extra crispiness from roasting.

What People Have Guessed Is In The Longhorn Steakhouse Crispy Brussel Sprouts Recipe – Make Your Own Combination

I myself have tried multiple combinations of the sweet and spicy ingredients, and they are all pretty good. The key is just to find a good ratio that you and your family like:

  • If you like more heat, use more spice; if you like less heat, use less spice.
  • Do you love sweet? Use more of the sweet ingredient. If you want just a little sweetness, then use less.

Reading online forums and various other copycat Longhorn Steakhouse brussel sprouts recipes, I have compiled a list of what people believe each “sweet” and “spicy” ingredients are:

maple syrupcayenne pepper
honeyblack pepper
brown sugarchili flakes
balsamic vinegarspicy mustard
(*may contain gluten)

Are Crispy Longhorn Brussel Sprouts Vegetarian/Vegan?

Although I am not sure if the original Longhorn Steakhouse recipe is vegan, it is likely vegetarian.

However, this recipe is easily adaptable to a vegan diet – simply choose a plant-based fat to render the brussel sprouts in.

Likewise, to keep this recipe vegetarian just omit any additions like bacon fat, bacon, pancetta, etc.

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Is this Recipe Gluten-Free?

Yes, this recipe is gluten-free as long as:

  • No wheat flour is added as a thickener for a sauce
  • Any seasonings or spice blends used contain gluten (ie., soy sauce, hoisin sauce, chili rubs)

More Saucy Veggie Recipes…

What You Need To Make The Longhorn Brussel Sprouts


  • paring knife or small knife for trimming
  • pot
  • mixing bowl
  • whisk or fork for mixing
  • roasting pan


  • brussel sprouts – choose sprouts that are firm and even-colored
  • Maple syrup – any grade that you enjoy eating: I prefer the standard pancake variety.
  • Sea salt – I enjoy smoked sea salt for a more complex flavor.
  • Paprika paste – similar to a tomato paste, this paste adds another layer of sweetness and smokiness; a smoked paprika powder can also be used.
  • Sambal oelek – I use just enough for the kids to taste: a blend of chilis, vinegar, oil, and spices give the crispy brussel sprouts their heat.

How To Make Longhorn Steakhouse Crispy Brussel Sprouts (Slideshow)

Prepare The Brussel Sprouts

Step 1:

Preheat the oven. Peel away any brown or discolored leaves from the sprouts. Remove the stem with a small knife or paring knife.

Step 2:

Blanch the brussel sprouts in salted and boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Remove the sprouts and allow them to cool in a bowl before slicing them in half lengthwise.

  • blanching longhorn crispy brussel sprouts
  • removing longhorn brussel sprouts from the pot
  • longhorn brussel sprouts blanched
  • longhorn brussel sprouts cut in half

Prepare The Sauce

Whisk all of the sauce ingredients together in a bowl. Set aside.

  • longhorn brussel sprouts sauce ingredients
  • longhorn crispy brussel sprouts sauce ready to mix
  • longhorn crispy brussel sprouts sauce whisked

Roast The Brussels Sprouts

Step 1:

Place brussel sprouts in a roasting tray and drizzle with oil. Roast for 15-20 minutes or until browned and crispy.

  • longhorn brussels sprouts oven ready
  • crispy longhorn brussel sprouts with sauce

Step 2:

Pour the prepared sauce over the warm brussel sprouts and toss to mix. Serve while they are still warm.

Are The Longhorn Crispy Brussel Sprouts Kid-Friendly?

Yes, you can make these brussel sprouts kid-friendly: simply adjust the amount of spice used in the recipe or omit the spice completely and make a sweet-only version of these Longhorn brussel sprouts. Either way, they will be delicious!

Can I Make This Recipe For Longhorn Brussel Sprouts Keto?

Yes, these crispy brussel sprouts can be made keto by selecting a sweetener that is keto-friendly. Some examples of keto sweeteners you can use are:

  • light or golden erythritol
  • honey-flavored fiber syrup
  • maple-flavored fiber syrup

Can The Longhorn Brussel Sprouts Be Cooked In The Air Fryer?

Yes, these crispy brussel sprouts can absolutely be roasted in an air fryer! Here is the easy conversion trick I used for adjusting any recipe from a conventional oven to an air fryer: Reduce the temperature by 25 degrees and cooking time by 20%.

TemperatureCook Time
325 F (170 C)8-12 minutes

The Longhorn Steakhouse Crispy Brussel Sprouts Recipe:

kids love longhorn brussel sprouts

Longhorn Crispy Brussel Sprouts (with Keto Option)

This cult-favorite recipe for Longhorn brussel sprouts has turned even the least favorite vegetable into one of the most loved! You can even adjust the heat level for the kids, or make a keto-friendly option to enjoy on a low-carb diet!
4.74 from 73 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Cooling Time 5 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine International
Servings 4
Calories 143 kcal



Crispy Brussels Sprouts

  • 1 lb brussels sprouts (500 grams)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Sweet and Spicy Sauce



  • Preheat the oven at 350° F (175°C). Begin to boil a large pot of water. Season the water with salt.
  • Peel any loose or discolored leaves from the brussel sprouts and remove the stems.
  • Quickly blanch the cleaned brussel sprouts for 2-3 minutes. Remove the sprouts and place them into a bowl. Cool for 5 minutes.

Make The Sauce

  • Place the maple syrup, paprika paste, sambal, and salt in a bowl and whisk until incorporated. Set it aside.


  • Slice the brussel sprouts in half and place them into a roasting tray. Toss them with olive oil.
  • Roast the brussel sprouts in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  • Remove the tray from the oven and toss the sauce with the brussel sprouts. Serve immediately.



Nutritional Values are for the recipe as written.  A keto option or any variations will yield different values.  You can look up nutrition information on a site like: https://www.nutritionvalue.org/
Recipe Variations:
  • Add chopped walnuts, dried cranberries, or citrus zest for a vegan/vegetarian option. 
  • Add crispy bacon or pancetta to create a more savory side dish or main course.


Sodium: 58mgCalcium: 63mgSugar: 8.8gFiber: 4.8gPotassium: 508mgCalories: 143kcalSaturated Fat: 1.2gFat: 7.4gProtein: 4.2gCarbohydrates: 18gIron: 1.8mg
Keyword brussel sprouts, copycat, kid-friendly, Longhorn
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