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He’s a viral cooking phenom and he’s only 20 years old.  

Eitan Bernath  has millions of followers on social media and it’s easy to see why. His enthusiasm for cooking is only matched by his love for the food he makes. Eitan’s debut cookbook, titled ‘Eitan Eats the World,’ is a smash hit. It features 85 recipes that include new twists on comfort foods and classics dishes. Eitan joined New York Living’s Marysol Castro this morning to talk all things food and share one of his delicious recipes. 

Seared Brussels Sprouts with Chili Dijion Pan Sauce 

Courtesy: Eitan Bernath: “Eitan Eats the World” 


4 tablespoons vegetable oil 

2 pounds Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and halved 

Kosher salt 

2 table spoons olive oil 

1 medium shallot, minced  

3 garlic cloves, minced  

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard  

1 teaspoon honey 

4 to 6 jarred Calabrian chilies, sliced  

1 cup vegetable stock 

Juice of ½ lemon 

Lemon zest, for garnish 

Freshly ground black pepper 


1) In a large skillet set over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. When it’s hot and shimmering, add half of the Brussels sprouts, cut-side down. Season with salt and sear for 3 to 4 minutes, flipping halfway through, then cook for an additional 3 to 4 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from the heat and transfer the sprouts to a large heatproof bowl. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons vegetable oil to the skillet and repeat the process with the second batch of Brussels sprouts.  

2) Reduce the heat to medium and, to the same skillet, add the oil oil shallot, and garlic. Season with a pinch of salt and stir to combine. Sweat the shallot and garlic for 2 minutes, or until they become translucent and fragrant. Add the mustard and honey and stir continuously, incorporating the mustard with the shallot and garlic. Cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then add the sliced chilies (4 for less heat, 6 for more heat) and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Pour in the vegetable stock and lemon juice and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the liquid has thickened slightly. 

3) Add the Brussels sprouts back to the pan and toss with tongs to fully combine. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, until the Brussels sprouts have absorbed some of the liquid.  

4) For serving, transfer the Brussels sprouts to a serving platter and garnish with lemon zest and black pepper. Serve immediately.