BRUSSELS SPROUTS

There are many ways to cook Brussels sprouts. It could be as simple as roasting in a hot oven, or as creative as adding bacon, apple or tart cranberries to the mix. This versatile veggie will soon become one of your favorite go-to side dishes.

Beyond their taste, they pack a big-health punch. Rich in many nutrients like folate, manganese, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, choline, copper, vitamin B1, potassium, phosphorus, and omega-3 fatty acids, these cruciferous vegetables are also excellent sources of vitamins C and K. 

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SAUTÉED

If you enjoy a little “singe” on your sprouts, you’ll love the taste of fresh Brussels sprouts sautéed to perfection! Add a little olive oil and a few other seasonings of your choice, and you can turn ordinary Brussels sprouts into something extraordinary.

Thanks to the naturally flavorful taste of sprouts, all you need to compliment the existing flavor is a touch of oil, salt, pepper and a small amount of lemon juice. Sautéing food on high heat will lightly brown the outside, while still keeping the inside moist, firm, and you guessed it, absolutely delicious!

Serves: 4

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 12 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, cleaned, ends trimmed, and halved
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Juice of 1 lemon

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed frying pan (like a cast iron pan) over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, just until fragrant.
  3. Cook the Brussels sprouts for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned on the outside and tender on the inside.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and squeeze lemon over the sprouts.
  5. Stir gently to combine.
  6. Serve hot.

MORE RECIPES

Check out this other great Brussels Sprout recipe from Country Living, featuring beautifully sautéed Brussels Sprouts. This is a great first-time recipe to try, because the decadent flavors compliment the sprouts, and it is also an easy-to-prepare recipe that will be ready in no time.

Just melt the butter in a large skillet, add in thinly sliced Brussels Sprouts, salt, pepper and red onion. Cook until the Brussels Sprouts are slightly tender, approximately 10 minutes.  Add the chicken broth, cover and let steam until fully cooked. Add in lemon zest, lemon juice, and hazelnuts at the end, just before serving. Can we say yum?

Expert Tip: Chiffonade the Brussels Sprouts into shreds before sautéing them to bring out the natural bittersweet, caramelized flavor. You can slice the Brussels Sprouts really thin using your knife, or try a mandolin to shave them. Or, you could take the easy route and purchase our Supershreds Superfood Brussels Sprouts Shreds.

ROASTED

When you’re looking for sprouts that have good moisture and satisfying crunch, roasting is the best cooking method to use! As with all roasted veggies, look for an evenly cooked consistency both on the inside and outside of the sprouts.

Lightly season the Brussels sprouts to help bring out the natural flavors. Pre-heat the oven, and you’ll have great tasting, extremely firm and incredibly tasty Brussels Sprouts in no time.

Serves: 4

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 17 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, cleaned, ends trimmed, and halved
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Juice of 1 lemon

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, toss well to combine the olive oil, garlic, Brussels sprouts, salt, pepper, and lemon juice.
  3. Spread on an ungreased baking sheet.
  4. Roast for 15-17 minutes, until the sprouts are browned and tender on the inside.
  5. Serve hot.

MORE RECIPES

We love this garlic roasted Brussels sprouts recipe from The Food Network. Roasting Brussels sprouts in a hot oven is a great way to bring out their naturally sweet and nutty flavors.

In this recipe, cut the Brussels sprouts in half before roasting, so the garlic sauce will cover more of the sprouts. Start with a small skillet and add the garlic, cumin seeds, and kosher salt; then stir in the brown sugar. Pour this mixture over a sheet pan of Brussels sprouts and put in oven at 450° until Brussels sprouts are tender and crisp. Add some chopped cilantro before serving, if desired.

STEAMED

Steaming Brussels sprouts is one of the most traditional ways to prepare this popular veggie. 

Not only is steaming the healthiest cooking method used for sprouts, but it’s also the quickest. If you’re short on time, but big on hunger, 8 minutes is all you need to get your sprouts fully cooked, tender, moist and onto your plate.

Serves: 4

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 8 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter (optional)
  • Juice of ½ fresh lemon

DIRECTIONS

  1. Fit a large pot with a steamer insert.
  2. Fill with water to bottom of insert.
  3. Cover the pot and bring to a boil.
  4. Add the Brussels sprouts and steam, tossing halfway through, until bright green and tender, 6 to 8 minutes.
  5. Transfer the sprouts to a bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Toss with butter (if using) and lemon juice.
  7. Serve immediately.

MORE RECIPES

We enjoy this Brussels sprouts recipe from Food.com. The secret to this recipe is definitely the lemon, brown-butter sauce. Watch the pan carefully – you’ll want to brown the butter, not burn it.

Expert tip: When butter becomes slightly brown, quickly remove the pan from the heat and add acid to stop the cooking process. This recipe calls for lemon juice. We agree that lemon will add a lot of flavor to these buttery Brussels sprouts.

BRAISED

If you’re looking to flex your home-chef muscles, braising your Brussels sprouts is a delicious preparation method; it’s also a good way to hone your at-home cooking skills! What is braising? Braising is cooking in a flavorful liquid.

This two-step process requires good timing. Master the braising process and you’ll be taken to Brussels sprout heaven with each and every bite.

Serves: 4

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, cleaned, ends trimmed, and halved
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed frying pan (make sure it has a fitted lid) over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, just until fragrant.
  3. Add the Brussels sprouts and cook for 2-3 minutes, until hot.
  4. Add the chicken broth, stir well, and cover.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook for 18-20 minutes, until the sprouts are tender.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve immediately.

MORE RECIPES

With additions like tart cranberries, white wine, and crispy bacon, this Brussels sprout dish from Carnal Dish will be a beautiful culinary addition to your table. Braising Brussels sprouts make them tender, yet still slightly crisp with added intense flavor from the white wine and bacon sauce. Don’t forget to drizzle honey on top of the braised Brussels sprouts to finish the dish while increasing the sweetness.

Expert tip: Pick only the brightest green, evenly shaped and firm bulbs that feel heavy for their size. Avoid puffy sprouts with black spotting or yellow leaves. Choosing similar-sized sprouts will help in cooking them evenly.