Pan-Roasted Miso Brussels Sprouts and Shiitake Mushrooms recipe first, personal notes and shopping resources follow.

Pan-Roasted Miso Brussels Sprouts and Shiitake Mushrooms {recipe}

serves 6


2 pounds Brussels sprouts
1 pound shiitake mushrooms
2 tablespoons grapeseed oil or other neutral flavored oil for high-heat cooking, you may need more
¼ cup shiro (white) miso
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 small garlic clove, very finely minced,
salt to taste
optional: crushed red pepper or togarashi (Japanese chili spice)


Wash Brussels sprouts and peel off any wilted or browned outer leaves. Trim the base of each Brussels sprout, then cut into quarters length-wise. Wash shiitake mushrooms, trim off stems (save stems for vegetable stock or other use later). Cut shiitake mushrooms into roughly the same size as the Brussels sprouts quarters. For small/baby shiitakes, cut caps into halves; for larger shiitake mushrooms, cut caps like you would a pizza, into quarters.

Heat grapeseed oil in large pan over medium heat. When hot, add the Brussels sprouts, turning the quarters so one of the cut sides faces down. Allow to cook until starting to brown, about 3 minutes, then turn each Brussels sprout so the other cut side is down. Allow to cook for another 3 minutes.

While the Brussels sprouts are cooking on their first side, whisk together the miso, rice vinegar, maple syrup, and minced garlic in a small bowl. Set aside.

Turn the heat under the pan to medium-high. Add the shiitake mushrooms to the pan with the Brussels sprouts. Cook while stirring so the shiitake mushrooms do not stick to the pan. Once the shiitake mushrooms are browned and the Brussels sprouts are just starting to char, remove the pan from the heat. Pour in about half the miso mixture and stir to coat the Brussels sprouts and shiitake mushrooms. Taste a Brussels sprout. Add more miso mixture if necessary. Season with salt to taste. Miso is salty so you may not need any salt.

Transfer Brussels sprouts and shiitake mushrooms to large shallow serving bowl (or serve straight from skillet). If you are using chili pepper or togarashi for heat, sprinkle over Brussels sprouts and shiitake mushrooms.

Serve immediately. Leftovers will keep in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for about 2 days.


  1. On pan-roasting versus oven-roasting: I chose to pan-roast this dish for Thanksgiving because the oven is likely going to be occupied first by a turkey, then by any number of side dishes that need quick re-heating in the oven once the turkey comes out to rest. This dish is easily adaptable to an oven-roast. Toss the Brussels sprouts and shiitake mushrooms with about 3 tablespoons grapeseed oil, spread out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and roast in a 400ºF oven for about 25 minutes. Give the pan a shake or stir the sprouts and shiitake once about halfway through roasting. Toss the roasted sprouts and shiitakes with the miso mixture and serve.
  2. Shiitake mushrooms: There is a mushroom farmer at the farmers markets here in Los Angeles who sells baby shiitake mushrooms, which are not actually babies, they are just really small. If you can find these, they work great because they are about the same size as the Brussels sprouts and baby vegetables are just so fucking cute. Otherwise, any size shiitake mushrooms cut to the same size as the Brussels sprouts works.
  3. I use whatever organic miso I can find at the grocery store. I used to go to the Asian market for it, but here in Los Angeles, even a regular grocery store carries miso in the refrigerated section where tofu and cheese are.
  4. I toss the Brussels sprouts and shiitake mushrooms with the miso mixture after they are roasted, rather than before they cook. For some reason that has nothing to do with actual science, it seems like “cooking” the miso would kill any of the probiotic benefit of the miso. Even for soup, miso is whisked into hot liquid after it has been removed from the cooking heat, so I figure there must be a reason.
  5. All fresh herbs and produce from either the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market on Wednesday, or Whole Foods Market when I can’t find it at the farmers’ market.
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