Burnt sprouts with pomegranate & sesame

Add a deliciously different side dish to your Christmas dinner spread with these pan-fried Brussels sprouts and juicy pomegranate seeds, drizzled with pomegranate molasses

  • Prep:10 mins
    Cook:20 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 205
  • fat 16g
  • saturates 4g
  • carbs 8g
  • sugars 7g
  • fibre 6g
  • protein 4g
  • salt 0.2g


  • 3 tbsp rapeseed or sunflower oil
  • 400g Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 25g cold butter, diced
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 100g pomegranate seeds
  • drizzle of pomegranate molasses


'Burnt' greens

'Burning' your greens sounds like something to avoid, but it can give them a whole new depth of flavour that's like the addictive crispy seaweed (basically cabbage) you get in Chinese restaurants. The art to burning sprouts or cabbage is to sizzle them gently so by the time the cut side is deep brown, the rest of the vegetable has wilted in the heat.



  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Put the sprouts in the pan, cut-side down, and leave them to sizzle away happily for 10 mins without disturbing them.

  2. Halfway through cooking, dot over the butter and leave it to sizzle and brown – the sprouts need to be really crispy and dark brown. If they are just lightly brown, carry on cooking for another 5-10 mins.

  3. Scatter over the sesame seeds and stir-fry everything until the seeds are toasted. Off the heat, toss through the pomegranate seeds, then season the sprouts with salt and tip into a serving dish. Drizzle with the pomegranate molasses before serving.

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