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Ideas for Brussels Sprouts

These mini cabbage look-alikes may have been misunderstood in the past, but nowadays they’re holding court as a top choice for a delectable and satisfying vegetable. 

Brussels sprouts can be boiled, steamed, oven roasted, braised, grilled and even enjoyed raw. Plus, 1 cup of raw Brussels sprouts is high in vitamin C and vitamin K and a good source of vitamin A, dietary fiber, folate, vitamin B6, manganese and potassium.

Selecting and Storing

Choose firm, small, compact Brussels sprouts with a good green color and stem ends that are clean and white. Avoid those with wilted or yellowed leaves or that feel spongy. When possible, select sprouts of uniform size for more even cooking.

Do not wash or trim Brussels sprouts until you are ready to use them. Sprouts purchased on the stem can be kept on the stalk in the refrigerator if you have room. If not, remove them with a sharp knife and store loose sprouts in a perforated plastic bag in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator (discard the stem). Fresh sprouts will keep refrigerated for several days.

Preparing 

Trim any bruised or yellowed leaves if necessary as well as the stem end, being careful not to trim away too much so the outer leaves don't fall off during cooking. Cut an “X” in the stem end of each sprout so the interior cooks as quickly as the outer leaves.

Regardless of cooking method, test for doneness by inserting the tip of a knife into the stem end, which should be barely tender. (Overcooking activates the cabbage-like odor that can be pretty unappealing.)

5 Ways to Make the Most of Brussels Sprouts

Oven-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Oven-Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Roasted. Oven-Roasted Brussels Sprouts is a simple all-purpose recipe with delicious results. Try one of our tasty twists by adding rosemary and Parmesan-Reggiano or follow the recipe for Sweet-and-Sour Brussels Sprouts. Enjoy roasted Brussel sprouts as a side at dinner and use leftovers in a salad the next day or as a pizza topping. 

Warm Millet Salad with Brussels Sprouts, Creamed Mushrooms and Sage

Warm Millet Salad with Brussels Sprouts, Creamed Mushrooms and Sage Recipe

In a salad. Searching for a gluten-free vegetarian side dish or main course? Flavorful and hearty Warm Millet Salad with Brussels Sprouts, Creamed Mushrooms and Sage is a match.  

Brussels Sprout and Apple Salad

Brussels Sprout and Apple Salad Recipe

Raw and shredded. Brussels sprouts belong to the brassica family, along with kale and broccoli, and they’re terrific treated to the same sort of salad preparations. TryBrussels Sprout and Apple Salad, a medley of flavors: salty, sweet, spicy and savory. Tip: Use a mandoline or the shredding blade on your food processor to quickly shave Brussels sprouts.

Beer Braised Beef Stew with Brussels Sprouts

Beer Braised Beef Stew with Brussels Sprouts Recipe

In a stew. Slow cooking makes for soft sprouts that have been infused with flavor. Beer Braised Beef Stew with Brussels Sprouts is a filling and comforting German-inspired dish made with savory beef and winter vegetables.

Steamed Carrots and Brussels Sprouts with Tarragon

Steamed. Gentle cooking methods keep the sprouts extra green. Steamed Carrots and Brussels Sprouts with Tarragon is a colorful and flavorful side that’s easy to prepare.

Leftovers

Have leftover roasted Brussels sprouts? Use them as a pizza topping like in our Brussels Sprout and Chicken Pizza with Parmigiano-Reggiano or add them to a frittata.

Check out our best of Brussels sprouts recipe collection and get cooking! Do you have a favorite Brussels sprouts recipe? Let us know.

Orginally published in 2013. Updated February 2016.

 

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Nichole says …

Place brussel sprouts in a pan or in foil for the bbq, with a little salt, Fry up bacon til crispy, crumble over brussel sprouts and also pour a little of the bacon grease over them. Bake for 30 minutes in oven at 350 or close up foil and cook for 30-40 minutes while you are grilling.. yum.

Greg Jowyk says …

We just made Brussels sprouts last night. We cooked two strips of thick cut bacon in a skillet, removed the bacon, then sauteed the Brussels sprouts in the bacon grease for a few minutes, added one can of chicken broth, the bacon (chopped), brought all to a boil. Then cover and reduce heat to low for 15-20 minutes. Mmmm good!

Greg Jowyk says …

We just made Brussels sprouts last night. We cooked two strips of thick cut bacon in a skillet, removed the bacon, then sauteed the Brussels sprouts in the bacon grease for a few minutes, added one can of chicken broth, the bacon (chopped), brought all to a boil. Then cover and reduce heat to low for 15-20 minutes. Mmmm good!

Mike Harris says …

I Love Brussels Sprouts! My favorite way (to serve two) is to use a six inch cast iron skillet. I pare about a dozen, whole sprouts of dark green leaves and toss them in an olive oil, a splash of red wine vinegar (Not too much!), some blend of Fines Herbes (it changes slightly depending on what I pick up first.), and a piece of apple wood smoked bacon that is cut into 1/2" pieces. Toss all together and bake at 400 degrees F for about ten minutes (or until they start to darken) and toss to brown the other side. When the sprouts are browned and softened toss them, fat and all into a serving dish and stir to coat well. As mentioned above, this recipe is for two. It seems that about six sprouts make a decent serving. This may seem to be a bit of a high fat recipe to some but, the taste is worth it and you can balance it by being conservative with other sides.

Jennifer Letendre says …

Tossed with olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, squeeze lemon juice then cut up lemon and add it. Roast in oven till tender my dog even drools over them. We also sometimes add bacon then toss with pasta with Romano cheese!

Sandra says …

I just made the easiest & yummiest brussel sprouts - got the idea from a woman in line at the grocery! Buy a stalk of brussel sprouts, rub them with olive oil, salt and pepper, then grill. My son who never liked them even loved these!

Jessica says …

I wish I could pin this whole article. Don't see that option. Can't create a new pin from my iPad.

Cheryl says …

I bookmarked this page. I have a fresh stalk and will try it with bacon, sounds wonderful

Eileen Crimmins says …

This recipe for Brussels sprouts was great, enjoyed my favorite vegt.

Joan takas says …

Love rcipes