Just like many people use Salt & Pepper to season a variety of food, we Japanese use Sugar & Soy Sauce very often, and most Vegetables are delicious in this flavour. I often add Mirin as well because Mirin adds sweetness and also Umami to the dishes. Today I seasoned Brussels Sprouts with these three seasonings. I enjoyed it with freshly cooked Rice.


4 Servings


12 Brussels Sprouts *trimmed and cut in half
1 to 2 teaspoons Sesame Oil OR Oil of your choice
4 tablespoons Water
1 clove Garlic *finely chopped
1 pinch Salt
Toasted Sesame Seeds
Shichimi (Japanese Chilli Spice Mix) *optional

Teriyaki Sauce
1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
1 tablespoon Mirin
1 teaspoon Sugar

  1. Sprinkle Sesame Oil (OR Oil of your choice) over a frying pan, pack with Brussels Sprouts with cut side down, sprinkle with chopped Garlic, Salt and Water, cover with a lid, and steam-cook for a few minutes over medium heat.
  2. In a small bowl, combine all the Sauce ingredients.
  3. When the water in the pan is evaporated, remove the lid, pour over the sauce, and keep cooking until the sauce is gone and Brussels Sprouts are nicely browned.
  4. Sprinkle with some Toasted Sesame Seeds and serve. *Note: Shichimi (Japanese Chilli Spice Mix) can be a good addition, too.