How to Cook Brussels Sprouts

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Learning how to cook brussels sprouts can improve the variety and nutritional quality of your entire diet. These small vegetables are so often overlooked, but they can be prepared in quite a few delectable ways, while still providing a healthy boost to your nutrient intake.

How to Cook Brussels Sprouts?

The best ways of how to cook brussels sprouts include sauteeing, roasting, steaming, and braising these leafy green vegetables.

Sautéed

When you sauté brussels sprouts, it can help to bring out both the sweetness of these vegetables, as well as their earthy quality.

Step 1 – Add 2 pounds of brussels sprouts (halved) to a large saucepan with 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil.

Step 2 – Season with salt and pepper as the vegetable cooks.

Step 3 – Heat for 10 minutes or until the brussels sprouts are caramelized.

Step 4 – Add 1/2 cup of water and allow it to boil off, stirring constantly.

Step 5 – Season with lemon juice and serve warm.

Roasted

Similar to the recipe above, the steps to roast brussels sprouts are quite simple.

Step 1 – Preheat oven to 4oo degrees.

Step 2 – Mix 2 pounds of brussels sprouts (halved), 1/2 cup of olive oil, and 1 tablespoon of salt and pepper in a large freezer bag.

Step 3 – Shake bag well, then pour onto a baking sheet with foil.

Step 4 – Roast the brussels sprouts for 30-40 minutes, shaking the pan at the 15-minute mark to ensure even cooking.

Steamed

One of the healthiest ways to eat brussels sprouts is to steam them, which also helps to retain more of the nutritional value. Although do not steam them for a long time, or the vegetables will become soggy and mushy.

Step 1 – Bring 1/2 inch of salted water to a boil in a saucepan.

Step 2 – Add 2 pounds of brussels sprouts (halved) to the water and cover the pan.

Step 3 – Allow the brussels sprouts to steam for 5-8 minutes, depending on how soft you want them.

Step 4 – Top with lemon juice once the water has evaporated.

Braised

The final popular way of cooking brussels sprouts is to braise them, and also add a few more ingredients for extra flavor.

Step 1 – Sauté 1/2 pound of bacon (chopped) and then add some onions and garlic.

Step 2 – Add 2 pounds of brussels sprouts (not halved) to the mixture. Cook for 3-4 minutes.

Step 3 – Add 2 cups of chicken broth and 1 tablespoon of pepper, then cover the saucepan.

Step 4 – Allow the mixture to cook until the brussels sprouts are tender.

Step 5 – Serve hot with soy sauce.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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