Smashed Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Tahini Sauce

These Smashed Brussels Sprouts are flattened so that they become extra crispy when roasted in the oven. Drizzled with the most amazing lemon tahini dipping sauce!

I’ve long been obsessed with my crispy smashed potatoes. They remind me a little bit of latkes, without all the work. All you need to do is – boil, smash, bake. Then you’re left with perfectly crispy potatoes that are perfect for topping with your favorite sauce. I love them with my mojo sauce, but they’d also be so great topped with this yumm sauce.

So, today I thought it was time to change things up a bit with these Smashed Brussel Sprouts.

I’m taking that same concept of boiling the brussels sprouts until they’re just tender, then flattening them and baking them in the oven until they’re perfectly golden and crispy. And, just like with my smashed potatoes, I’m making a sauce to drizzle over these roasted brussels sprouts – lemon tahini.

Brussel sprouts being trimmed on cutting board.

Ingredients needed for the brussel sprouts

  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Olive Oil
  • Cumin
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Sesame Seeds – For sprinkling at the end.

How do you smash brussels sprouts?

  • Trim just a little bit off the root end. A few leaves will fall of, but that’s ok. You can save them to make brussels sprouts chips.
  • Boil for 10-15 minutes until tender. This will depend on how big your brussels sprouts are.
  • Drain and cool in an ice bath.
  • Flatten the brussels sprouts to 1/2″ thickness using a clean dish towel.I like to sandwich my sprouts between the towel and press down on the kitchen counter. This helps to ensure that any excess liquid is removed, ensuring that your brussels sprouts will roast up extra crispy and golden.
  • Roast in a 450-degree oven for 30 minutes.
Smashed brussel sprouts arranged on baking sheet ready for oven.

How do you get crispy smashed brussels sprouts?

  • Roasting them at a high temperature ensures that they are crispy. I prefer to roast them at 450-degrees.

These Smashed Brussels Sprouts are delicious served on their own, sprinkled with a bit of flaky sea salt. But, to take things over the top, I like to drizzle on a lemon tahini sauce that’s laced with basil and garlic. So super yummy!

Smashed brussels sprouts dipping sauce ingredients

  • Tahini
  • Basil
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper

The lemon tahini sauce is actually a variation of this basil tahini sauce that I used in this Roasted Broccoli with Garlic & Basil Tahini Sauce recipe. I also used a similar tahini dressing in this Farro Salad. I just can’t get enough of it. I hope you’ll love it too!!!

All you do is add the ingredients to a food processor or blender, and then process until smooth.

What to serve with them

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Smashed brussel sprouts on serving plate drizzled with lemon tahini sauce.

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Overhead shot of smashed brussel sprouts drizzled with lemon tahini dressing.

Smashed Brussel Sprouts Recipe with Dipping Sauce

These Smashed Brussel Sprouts are flattened so that they become extra crispy when roasted in the oven. Drizzled with the most amazing Lemon Tahini Sauce. 
4.93 from 26 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Cooling time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 people


Lemon Tahini Dressing


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees and bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Trim the root ends of the brussels sprouts and discard any loose leaves (or save them to make brussels sprouts chips).
  • Once water is boiling, add brussels sprouts and cook 10-15 minutes, until tender. Drain and add to a bowl of ice water to cool. Drain.
  • Using a clean dish towel, flatten the cooled brussels sprouts to 1/2 inch thickness.
  • Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with cumin. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Roast until crisp and deep brown around the edges, about 30 minutes, flipping over halfway through.
  • Meanwhile, make the lemon tahini sauce.

Lemon Tahini Sauce

  • In a high powered blender, combine all ingredients.
  • Blend on high until you have a smooth, creamy sauce.
  • Add up to ¼ cup more water (blending again to incorporate) until you get the thickness you like. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
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Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 696mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1225IU | Vitamin C: 133.8mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 3.3mg

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This recipe was originally published in 2020. It was updated in 2023 to add new content. The recipe remains the same. Enjoy!

15 thoughts on “Smashed Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Tahini Sauce”

  1. 5 stars
    I love Brussels sprouts when they’re cooked in creative ways! I never thought to put tahini with them, but it’s genius! I’m definitely going to try this recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Yes to all of this. Oven roasted Brussels sprouts are the best and boiling and smashing them first is the best way to take advantage of all of those beautiful crispy edges. This lemon tahini sauce also sound extra scrumptious on top!

  3. 5 stars
    I LOVE this idea! We’re huge brussels sprouts fans in my house, and I can imagine that little char on out outside would be a hit with everyone. And that sauce sounds absolutely delicious!

  4. 5 stars
    Ooh, what a great idea to smash brussels sprouts! And that lemon tahini sauce sounds incredible. Thanks for sharing, Erin. Can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

  5. Terrible recipe. Soggy on the inside and burnt on the outside. Next time I will steam the brussels instead of boiling them and see if that works. Only giving two stars because the tahini sauce is good.

    • I thought it would be soggy as well, I was thinking a better way of doing this is to steam it in the instant pot, but just enough to be smashed and then pop in the air fryer.

  6. 3 stars
    I cooked this tonight and everyone loved it! Delicious dressing and I’d never precooked my Brussel Sprouts before roasting and was a game changer


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