Japanese brussel sprouts, or okonimyaki brussel sprouts, consists of deliciously seasoned roasted brussel sprouts topped with the umami okonimiyaki toppings. This is a healthy spin on the popular okonimiyaki recipe, with the delicious okinomiyaki flavor paired with delicious crunch brussel sprouts, making it a low calorie way to enjoy the okonimiyaki flavor!
This dish would be a great side to some Teriyaki chicken or some beef sukiyaki.
For more of my favorite Japanese food recipes, check out my 30 Healthy Japanese Recipes article for more low calorie and high protein Japanese recipe ideas
🍎 Calories and Nutrition Facts – How To Make It Healthy
Brussel sprouts are naturally very low in calories – 1 cup is only 38 calories. The key to making this dish low calorie and healthy is to portion the toppings mindfully. In this recipe, I portioned the seasonings to be 115 calories.
While most toppings are relatively low calorie, be mindful of the amount of Kewpie Mayo that is used given it is a more calorie dense ingredient. For more details, check out the nutrition breakdown in the table below:
📋 Ingredient Notes
Brussel Sprouts – Cut them into halves or quarters for more even cooking
Dry Marinade – I seasoned the sprouts with salt, pepper, and paprika
Okonomiyaki Sauces and Toppings – Okonomi sauce and kewpie mayo are often drizzled on top of an okonomiyaki. These sauces are essential to achieve the okonomiyaki taste – I would not recommend omitting them. They can be found at your local Asian or Japanese grocery store.
Garnishes – Furikake, bonito flakes, togarashi and scallions are additional toppings that are often used to garnish okonimiyaki.
🔪 Step by Step Instructions
Preheat the oven – Start by preheating the oven to 375 degrees.
Prepare the brussel sprouts – Cut the brussel sprouts into halves or quarters.
Season the sprouts – Spray the brussel sprouts with cooking spray and season with salt, pepper, paprika. Mix the ketchup and soy sauce together and mix the brussel sprouts in the sauce thoroughly.
Roast the sprouts – Place the brussel sprouts in a single layer on a cast iron or roasting pan. Put in the oven and let roast for about 15-20 minutes.
Add the okonomiyaki toppings – Once the brussel sprouts have softened, remove from heat and drizzle on the okonomiyaki sauce and kewpie mayo. Then garnish with furikake, bonito flakes, togarashi, and scallions. Enjoy your delicious okonomiyaki brussel sprouts!
Kewpie mayo is a Japanese style mayo that is richer and has a delicious umami flavor. Check out this Kewpie Mayo article to learn more.
This would be a great side to any entree, including Teriyaki Chicken, Sukiyaki, and wagyu to name a few.
Cut Larger Brussel Sprouts into Quarters – This will ensure that the sprouts cook evenly
Cook the Sprouts in a Single Layer – This will also make sure that the sprout are cooked evenly
Add Egg for Extra Creaminess – Add an egg as a topping to achieve a delicious eggy and creamy texture while adding some protein to the dish.
📖 Substitutions and Variations
Teriyaki brussel sprouts – Create a teriyaki marinade and glaze the brussel sprouts with it. Use the teriyaki marinade from my teriyaki chicken recipe.
Make spicy – Add a drizzle of chili oil or chili flakes as a topping.
Make in air fryer – Roast it at 370 degrees F for about 15 minutes.
Make them Thai Style – Switch up the toppings and make them Thai style.
Okonomiyaki Brussel Sprouts
- Cast Iron
- 1 cup Brussel Sprouts
- 1 tablespoon Ketchup
- 1 tablespoon Soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon Okonomiyaki sauce
- 1 teaspoon Kewpie Mayo
- Togarashi, Furikake and Bonito Flakes (For garnish)
- Salt, pepper, paprika, and cooking spray (For seasoning brussel sprouts)
- Start by preheating the oven to 375 degrees.
- Cut the brussel sprouts into halves or quarters.
- Spray the brussel sprouts with cooking spray and season with salt, pepper, paprika. Mix the ketchup and soy sauce together and mix the brussel sprouts in the sauce thoroughly.
- Place the brussel sprouts in a single layer on a cast iron or roasting pan. Put in the oven and let roast for about 15-20 minutes.
- Once the brussel sprouts have softened, remove from heat and drizzle on the okonomiyaki sauce and kewpie mayo. Then garnish with furikake, bonito flakes, togarashi, and scallions. Enjoy your delicious okonomiyaki brussel sprouts!
Wow this is such a creative way to eat brussel sprouts!