Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Spicy Charred Corn

4.43 from 7 votes

A match made in flavor heaven!

These two main ingredients compliment each other to create a seriously delicious side dish.

Imagine this: You have a great entree planned for dinner, but your typical potato and rice side dishes are getting really old. Breathe new life into dinner with this Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Spicy Charred Corn skillet. It’s a fresh take on a classic Maque Choux recipe. If you’ve never had Maque Choux, you’re in for a treat! This Cajun corn dish usually features sweet red and green bell peppers, onion, cream, and butter, but we swapped in Brussels sprouts to create a fun new dish.

Three Easy Steps to Create this Cajun-Inspired Side

If you've never had Maque Choux, it's quite a treat! It is a Cajun corn dish, cooked with sweet red and green bell peppers, onion, cream and butter.

First, we’ll start with fresh Brussels sprouts. Roast them in olive oil and salt until they’re tender, golden brown, and full of nutty toasted goodness.

Next, take sweet frozen corn kernels (or fresh corn, removed from the cob) and saute them in a skillet over medium-high heat with olive oil and Cajun spices. If you prefer the flavor of charred roasted corn, you could roast the corn in the oven for 20 minutes while you’re roasting the Brussels sprouts. To amp up the charred vibe, allow the corn to roast for an additional ten minutes or so.

Finally, bring it all together by tossing the ingredients together and finishing the cooking process on the stovetop. You’ll end up with crunchy, toasty corn and tender, roasted Brussels sprouts with a spicy kick.

What to Pair with this Spicy Skillet

Roast your Brussel sprouts in olive oil and salt until they are tender, golden brown and full of nutty toasted goodness.

I love making this dish to compliment blackened fish or shrimp, but it also pairs well with several other entrees. You could definitely serve this spicy Cajun side with a simple grilled chicken. Better yet, try layering this Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Spicy Charred Corn side dish on top of salad greens. Serve it with tomatoes and top the salad with sliced grilled chicken to create a complete meal.

If you’re having a BBQ, you could add heat to your table with this yummy side. You can’t go wrong by pairing this recipe with ribs, pulled pork, BBQ chicken, brisket, or sausage, either! You’ll be the talk of the neighborhood (in a good way) if you serve this at your next casual dinner party.

Are you ready to get cooking? Laissez le bon temps rouler!

4.43 from 7 votes

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Spicy Charred Corn

This cajun-inspired recipe is an excellent way to "spice" up your side dish game!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 6 people
Serving Size 0.5 cup
Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts stems removed, cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups corn kernels
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning


  • Preheat the oven to 400. Place the Brussels sprouts on a baking sheet and drizzle them with half the olive oil. Season with the kosher salt and lightly toss. Spread them in a single layer and roast for 20-25 minutes, or until softened and beginning to char.
  • While the Brussels sprouts are roasting, heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the remaining olive oil and onion. Saute for 2-3 minutes, until the onion is softened and fragrant. Add the corn kernels and Cajun seasoning, to taste. Saute for another 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the roasted brussels sprouts and saute another 5-6 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 315mg | Potassium: 383mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 677IU | Vitamin C: 65mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 4
Keywords Vegan, Vegetarian

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Chef Sallie is a personal chef, recipe developer, cookbook author, and culinary instructor. She specializes in providing healthy meals for athletes, designed to prevent injury, promote healing and provide fuel for peak athletic performance. Her recipes are designed to use seasonal, whole ingredients. Her in-home and virtual cooking classes show her clients which ingredients can be used to help treat specific health issues and improve their quality of life. She is dedicated to the idea that delicious, healthy meals can be easily prepared and accessible regardless of budget.

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