Copycat Longhorn Brussels Sprouts


Longhorn Brussels Sprouts

Our copycat Longhorn Brussel Sprouts are so crispy and delicious do you have got to try making them for yourself. This recipe and surprisingly easy, and you are rewarded with nice crispy Brussels sprouts to enjoy eating. 

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Longhorn Crispy Brussels Sprouts

Making a copycat recipe for Longhorn Steakhouse crispy Brussels sprouts is surprisingly easy to do at home.

But we are going to walk you through the step-by-step process of how are you too can enjoy our copycat version of these delicious crispy Brussels sprouts.

This recipe makes a delicious side dish for any main meal. 

Longhorn Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Copycat Longhorn Brussels Sprouts Ingredients

Brussels sprouts. For this recipe, you can use fresh or frozen Brussels sprouts, either way will work. 

Water. Water is used to cover the Brussels sprouts while they are blanched. You need enough water to cover them as they boil. 

Salt. We recommend including some salt in the water as you blanch your Brussels sprouts. This will help to flavor the Brussels sprouts. You can use any type of salt, but we like to use iodized salt. 

Oil. You will need some oil for frying. Simply make sure that your oil has a high smoke point before using it to deep fry your Brussels sprouts. Oils like sunflower oil, peanut oil, or canola oil work well for deep frying.

Butter. We like to use a bit of butter that has melted to make the base for your sauce. We recommend using salted butter, also unsalted can also be used if you prefer. 

Spices. There are several different spices that you will want to have on hand for the sauce for this recipe. Those include; chili powder, paprika, sea salt, red pepper flakes, and pepper. 

Honey. We recommend using a bit of honey to offset the spice in the sauce. You can substitute the honey for maple syrup or do a half-and-half combination if you prefer.  

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How do you make Crispy Brussels Sprouts

Step 1: Prepare the Brussels Sprouts

Before you begin, start by preparing the Brussels sprouts. Make sure that you remove any brown from the Brussels sprouts and they are good to go. 

Step 2: Blanch the Brussels Sprouts

Now take a large pot of water and place it over high heat. Bring the water to a boil. While you are waiting for the water to boil, fill a large bowl with ice cubes and cold water.

When it is boiling, add your salt, and Brussels sprouts. Boil for 4 minutes. 

Remove the Brussels sprouts from the boiling water, and place them into the ice bath. 

Let them remain in the ice bath for 30 seconds to 1 minute before removing them. Drain the water and allow the Brussels sprouts to dry. 

Step 3: Make the Seasoning

While your Brussels sprouts are resting, make your seasoning. In a small saucepan melt your butter. 

When the butter is melted, add chili powder, paprika, sea salt, red pepper flakes, pepper, and honey. Stir to combine. Remove from the burner. 

Step 4: Fry and Season the Sprouts

Now, take your frying oil and place it over medium heat, with a thermometer in it to monitor the heat. 

While your oil is heating, we recommend cutting your Brussels sprouts in half for better flavor. 

When your oil reaches 350°F (177°C), add the blanched Brussels sprouts to the oil. Fry them only for a couple of minutes just until the Brussels sprouts get crispy. 

Remove the Brussels sprouts from the oil and remove the oil from the burner to cool. 

Place the Brussels sprouts on a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess grease. Once the grease is drained, add to a mixing bowl, and drizzle with your butter and seasoning mixture. Toss to combine. Once seasoned, serve right away, and enjoy. 

Why should you blanch Brussels Sprouts before cooking?

With strongly recommend that you blanch your Brussels sprouts before frying them so that you get a nice crispy texture, and the Brussels sprouts are cooked.

When you blanch the Brussels sprouts it will allow you to enjoy the best overall flavor and texture of these copycat Longhorn Brussels sprouts. 

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Blanching Brussels Sprouts

How to Blanch Brussels Sprouts

Blanching Brussels sprouts is simply the process of adding your prepared Brussels sprouts to boiling salt water for a few minutes just until they are cooked. 

Once they are boiled for approximately four minutes you want to remove them from the boiling water and transfer them into ice water to stop the cooking process. 

When you put them into ice water the stops the cooking process so that the Brussels sprouts do not become overcooked. 

You will want to allow the Brussels sprouts to remain in the cold ice water for just a few seconds to one minute. 

Then remove them from the water and allow them to drain. You do not want to let them remain in the ice water for an extended amount of time as they could become mushy. 

How Long to Blanch Brussels Sprouts

We recommend that you allow the Brussels sprouts to remain in boiling water for approximately four minutes, then let them rest in ice water for 30 seconds to one minute before draining. 

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How do you store and reheat leftovers?


Room temperature. We recommend that you do not allow this copycat Longhorn Brussels sprouts recipe to remain at room temperature for any longer than two hours before they go bad. 

In the refrigerator. These copycat Longhorn Brussels sprouts are best when enjoyed fresh, you can store them in an airtight container, or seal them in a plastic storage bag and place them in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days. 


How to reheat Longhorn Steakhouse Brussels sprouts in the oven

To reheat the leftover Brussels sprouts in the oven, preheat the oven to 400°F.

Place the Brussels sprouts on a lightly greased cookie sheet, then place them into your preheated oven for approximately 10 minutes or until the Brussels sprouts are crispy once more. 

How to reheat Longhorn Steakhouse Brussels sprouts in an air fryer

To reheat the Brussels sprouts in the air fryer, preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Once preheated add the Brussels sprouts to the air fryer basket and air fry for approximately 5 to 10 minutes or until the Brussels sprouts are reheated and crispy. 

How to reheat Longhorn Steakhouse Brussels sprouts in the microwave

Although this is not one of our preferred methods, you can use the microwave to reheat your leftover Brussels sprouts if desired.

To reheat in the microwave, place on a microwave-safe plate, and microwave for one to two minutes or until the Brussels sprouts are warmed through. 

How to reheat Longhorn Steakhouse Brussels sprouts on the stovetop

You can also reheat leftover Brussels sprouts on the stove top if desired. To do this, add oil to your pan, and allow it to warm over medium high heat.

Add your Brussels sprouts and cook on medium heat until the Brussels sprouts are warmed once more. Serve and enjoy. 

Tips and Tricks

When blanching. When you’re blanching your Brussels sprouts, allow the water to come to a rolling boil before adding the Brussels sprouts.

Then set your timer so that they do not remain in the boiling water any longer than four minutes.

Drain the water, and allow them to rest and ice water for 30 seconds to one minute before removing and allowing them to completely dry. 

Deep frying. If you have a deep fryer, you can most certainly use this, however, if you do not you can use a deep pan over your burner.

Be sure to use a thermometer to monitor the temperature of your oil when deep frying. Once your oil is heated you can then add your Brussels sprouts and fry them in the oil until crispy.

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Recipe Variations

Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts

In addition to the above recipe, you can feel free to mix things up and add ingredients if desired.

One version of the recipe is to add chestnuts to the prepared Brussels sprouts if desired. You can simply tap the chestnuts and add them before serving. 

Roast Brussels Sprouts with Garlic

Adding garlic to the copycat recipe is also a favorite. You can simply add your favorite kind of garlic, whether minced, sliced, or garlic powder to the seasoning and butter mixture.

Then pour it over the top of your prepared Brussels sprouts before enjoying. 


Can you cook Brussels sprouts in advance?

We do not recommend that you cook Brussels sprouts in advance. For the best results, they are going to taste and get the best results when they are prepared shortly before you want to serve them.

If needed you can blanch the Brussels sprouts in advance, but you are going to want to deep fry the Brussels sprouts right before serving them. 

Why won’t my Brussels sprouts get crispy?

There are a few different reasons why you might be struggling to get your Brussels sprouts crispy. First of all, make sure that your oil is warm enough. Second, make sure that your Brussels sprouts have been blanched, and have had time to fully dry. 

How to prevent soggy Brussels sprouts?

The best way to prevent soggy Brussels sprouts is the first blanch them and allow them to fully dry. Then make sure your oil is warm enough to fry them before adding the Brussels sprouts into the oil. Finally, make sure to drain the oil from the Brussels sprouts before serving. 

Is it necessary to blanch Brussels sprouts before cooking?

Yes, we would strongly encourage you to blanch your Brussels sprouts before they are cooked. This will allow them to become much more crispy. 

What to serve with Longhorn Steakhouse Brussels sprouts

Longhorn Steakhouse Brussels Sprouts

Making copycat Longhorn Steakhouse Brussels sprouts are surprisingly easy, and they taste fabulous.

There’s nothing quite like these deliciously crispy Brussels sprouts. If you’re looking for a fun recipe to make at home, give this one a try and let us know what you think! 

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