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Honey Glazed Brussels Sprouts

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Honey-Dijon Brussels Sprouts, a festive sweet Brussels sprouts side dish in a slow cooker (crockpot), is a gorgeous sweet vegetable side dish perfect for holidays. You will love how the honey and Dijon combine to make this one of the season’s delicious ways to enjoy this underrated green veggie. 

Sweetened with honey, heightened with garlic, and pretty dried cranberries made them full of Thanksgiving day side dish compliments. 

When it comes to Brussels sprouts, you either love them or you hate them. I think a lot of people grow up not love them. I have heard anything from bitter tasting to tasting like feet. I didn’t even try brussels sprouts till I was well into adulthood (like LAST YEAR) and could not believe I was missing out!

There are so many ways and so many recipes you can use to serve up amazing tasting brussels sprouts, so if you tried them as a kid, make sure you try them now as an adult, and you might be surprised. 

spoon in crock pot brussels sprouts

Why you will love this Brussels Sprouts Recipe

In the past week, I have been experimenting with different ways to cook up Brussels sprouts, and we have had some wins.

I think maple bacon Brussels sprouts is a pretty obvious way to cook them, but I also crusted them with buffalo breading  (Buffalo Brussel sprouts recipe – which is fun as a snack to dip). Another totally festive Brussels Sprouts recipe that is new for 2021 is these Sautéed Brussels sprouts with Glazed Pecans.

However, this sweet Honey Dijon sauce poured over the Brussels sprouts, combined with the tasty bites of cranberries, makes a festive and delicious way to serve a vegetable side dish this holiday season. 

That, combined with the EASE of a slow cooker, makes honey dijon Brussels sprouts a great choice all fall.

Ingredients

Here is a shortlist of ingredients; scroll to the bottom for step-by-step measurements and instructions.

  • 2 pounds Brussels Sprouts, halved
  • Dijon Mustard – There really are a variety of Dijon Mustard bases. I use generic store-value Dijon to combine with fresh honey, but it’s also fine to use Honey Dijon.
  • Local Honey – Again, tons of honey choices. I always try to use local honey that has wildflowers in it for that sweet taste.
  • Dried Cranberries – Dried cranberries are the best choice, specifically if you are making them for Thanksgiving or Christmas, but other dried fruits like dried cherries or dried blueberries can also work fine.
  • Kosher Salt & Black Pepper

How to Slow Cook Brussels Sprouts

  1. To prep for the slow cooker, cut brussels sprouts in half. If there are a few tiny brussels sprouts in the bag, its fine to leave those whole. Add halved Brussel sprouts into crockpot.
  2. Take out a mixing bowl and combine Honey Dijon Mustard, Minced Garlic, Salt and Pepper, and honey.
  3. Whisk together until combined. 
  4. Pour honey mixture into slow cooker over Brussels sprouts.
how to make honey sauce for brussels sprouts in slow cooker.
  1. Add dried cranberries, and use a spatula to making sure vegetables are all covered. Season well with salt and pepper.
  2. Add pats of butter around the crockpot and place the lid on top.
  3. Slow cook Brussels Sprouts on high 1-2 hours or low 3-4 hours. Depending on the size of your brussels sprouts, it could change the time needed in the crockpot. I would test at the 2-hour mark and move to warm if Brussels sprouts are cooked through and still slightly crispy.
brussels sprouts crock pot.

FAQ’s

Can you cook Honey Dijon Brussel Sprouts over the stove? 

If you prefer to cook your Brussels sprouts in the oven so they get a slightly charred crisp, that is no problem. Just cook them up, make the sauce on the stove, and combine them before serving. Just follow my Roasted Brussel Sprouts Recipe here and then make the sauce separately. 

Can frozen Brussels Sprouts be used over fresh ones? 

I do not recommend using anything but FRESH Brussels sprouts in this dish. The watery base of frozen vegetables going from the freezer to the slow cooker has more of a chance of a soggy Brussels sprout. 

More Brussels Sprouts Side Dishes

Along with the recipes listed above, here are some additional Brussels Sprouts recipes to mix it up in the kitchen.

spoon of honey Dijon slow cooked brussels sprouts with cranberries.
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Slow Cooker Brussel Sprouts with Sweet Honey Dijon


Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
The sweet Honey Dijon sauce poured over crock pot brussels sprouts, combined with tasty bites of dried cranberries, make a festive and delicious way to serve a vegetable side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas and any holiday season. A slow cooker is so easy to set and forget!

Ingredients
 

  • 1-2 pounds Brussels Sprouts halved
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup Honey Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter Cut Into 1 tablespoon pieces
  • 1/2 cup Dried Cranberries
  • salt & black pepper

Instructions

  • To prep, cut brussels sprouts in half and place in slow cooker.
  • Take out a mixing bowl and combine Honey Dijon Mustard, Minced Garlic, Salt and Pepper, and honey. Whisk together until combined.
  • Pour honey mixture in the slow cooker right over Brussels sprouts, add 1/2 cup of dried cranberries, and use a spatula to make sure vegetables are stirred and covered.
  • Season entire dish generously with salt and black pepper.
  • Slice 6 tablespoons of butter into pats and place around the Brussels Sprouts.
  • Add lid onto crock pot.
  • Cook High 1-2 hours or Low 3-4 hours until desired texture (from super soft to slightly firm).

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Notes

  • NOTE: Depending on the size of your brussels sprouts, it could change the time needed in crock pot. I would test at the 2 hour mark and move to warm if Brussel sprouts are cooked through and still slightly crispy.
  • As the recipe states, add 1-2 pounds of Brussels Sprouts depending on need. This recipe sauce goes up to 2 pounds so if you only use 1 pound, you will have left over Honey Dijon Sauce in cooker (as shown in images).

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 762mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 36g

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11 Comments

  1. These were a last minute addition to our thanksgiving menu…they ended up stealing the show!! Thank you for a wonderful recipe that flipped some lifelong Brussels Sprout haters!

    1. Karen, thats amazing! I am so glad you flipped a few brussels sprouts haters. You know I never ate them growing at all and then as an adult, I am like…….why did no one feed me these? I also have a recipe where I tried some buffalo crumbs on them, SO GOOD. Like addicting good. Try those next time!

    2. What are Buffalo crumbs?

    3. You can find them usually in the spices or around the boxes where shake and bake are

  2. Made these for dinner tonight to go along with pork chops. Oh my goodness were they ever good! My husband immediately said, “please put this in our favorite recipes file!” I honestly could have eaten the whole bowl. I didn’t end up putting them in the slow cooker because I didn’t have enough time so I roasted the Brussel sprouts in avocado oil and seasoned with salt and pepper. Near the end of the roasting time I poured about 3/4 of the sauce over them along with some cranberries and roasted for about 5 more minutes at 400 degrees. Delicious!

    1. I am so glad you enjoyed my brussel sprouts recipe!!

  3. Mandy L Pena says:

    What size of crock pot did you use for 2 pounds of brussel sprouts. I only have a 4 quart crock pot

    1. Trisha Haas says:

      The crockpot in this article is 8 quarts, but a 6 quart would be fine. A 4 quart might be too small so I would just cut down how many Brussels Sprouts go into the dish.

  4. Can you use frozen or is fresh better for the crockpot?

    1. Trisha Haas says:

      I havent tested this recipe out with frozen but I don’t suspect it would be TOO much of an issue.

  5. These were such a big hit at Thanksgiving dinner they were requested for Christmas dinner and I’m making them for Easter dinner. Even the kids, (over 10), liked them! Dee-licious!! 😋😋

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