The Perfect Pair: Fried Brussels Sprouts from Martha Restaurant in Brooklyn

Every ingredient has a perfect pair and for owners of the restaurant Martha in Brooklyn they are a perfect pair, too. Recreate their signature fried brussels sprouts without leaving home.
By Michelle Tchea

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Image: Martha, Brooklyn

Cheese and wine, ice-cream and apple crumble, vegemite and avocado. There really is a perfect pair to every ingredient.

Martha, in Fort Greene Brooklyn plays to the same tune with The Perfect Pair, Husband and wife duo – Andres Valbuena (chef) and beautiful partner in life and business, Melissa Gorman the inspiration.

Starting as a pop-up kitchen and now as a full-blown restaurant, I have luckily gained an exclusive recipe that many locals crave.

Eat your greens and make your mum happy with this delicious, slightly up-market take on Brussels Sprouts. The best thing is: no annoying measuring cups – just play it by ear! Love honey? Add more. Love zingy lime juice? Squeeze a bunch. It doesn’t matter, just release the inner chef in you!

If you don’t want to deep-fry these suckers, try roasting them at a high temperature to get that charred yumm-iness

The Perfect Pair: Fried Brussels Sprouts from Martha Restaurant in Brooklyn
 
Every ingredient has a perfect pair and owners of restaurant Martha in Brooklyn are a perfect pair, too. Recreate their signature fried brussels sprouts.
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Recipe Type: Side
Ingredients
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Fish Sauce
  • Honey
  • Lime Juice
  • Chile Paste (Sambal or Sriracha will work in a pinch)
  • Crushed Peanuts
  • Pickled Jalapenos
  • Canola or other Vegetable Oil for frying
Instructions
  1. Cut Brussels Sprouts in half, lengthwise.
  2. Heat oil in deep-sided skillet or pot (enough to cover your Sprouts).
  3. When oil is hot, carefully add Sprouts and deep-fry for 3-4 minutes, or until slightly charred and browned.
  4. While Sprouts are frying, mix Fish Sauce, Lime Juice, Honey and a touch of Chile Paste into a dressing. Taste as you go to see what ratio of ingredients you like best.
  5. When Sprouts are ready, drain in a colander to get rid of excess oil, then place in a bowl and toss with dressing.
  6. Garnish with Crushed Peanuts and Pickled Jalapenos.
 

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