How to Cook Brussels Sprouts: Some Variations Must Try

Do you know that there are several ways on how to cook Brussels Sprouts? Yes, some people may hate the veggie but there are also some loyal lovers. And there are even more fans in between. There are more than 100 varieties of the sprouts – including the proper ways to cook them.

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So, how to cook Brussels Sprouts, anyway? Well, the basic recipe needs only:

  • 50g of butter
  • 750g sprouts


  1. Boil a pan of water. Add the Brussels Sprouts and let them simmer for around 5 minutes. By using a sharp knife, test them to check if they are thoroughly cooked
  2. Drain them. Place the sprouts back to the pan. Add the butter. Turn them over until they are coated well and thoroughly. Add lots of seasoning (or as you prefer) to the sprouts.
  3. They are ready to serve!

New (and Different Ways) to Cook Brussels Sprouts

Feel free to stay with the basic recipe if you want to. But as it was mentioned before, there are several alternative ways on how to cook Brussels Sprouts. They are:

  • Halve the sprouts and put them in a steamer set over a pan. Use a simmering water. You can also put them in the microwave for around 5 minutes. After they are done, season them and coat them with butter. You can also add a squeeze of orange to make the flavor richer
  • Add a little oil and tip the sprouts to a pan. Add bacon lardons and then roast them for 20 minutes to 30 minutes. Or wait until they are tender. Then you can serve them.
  • Place the sprouts to the pan and then cover everything with chicken stock. Add butter (only a knob) and boil them. Let them simmer for around 8 minutes to 10 minutes. Let them rest within the stock.
  • Simmer the sprouts (you can also steam them) for 3 to 4 minutes until they are tender. Roughly chop them. And then fry onions (finely chopped) with butter. Add the sprouts and stir them. Add some cream and grated nutmeg. Let them heat up together.

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  • When you buy the sprouts, make sure that they are perky, fresh, and also firm. They have dark leaves and pale base. If you find any browning or yellowing, it means you are getting the old ones.
  • Don’t cook the sprouts for more than 5 minutes. Otherwise, the isothiocyanates, the sulphurous compounds, inside the sprouts will break down. It will cause unpleasant smell. The longer it is, the stronger the smell would be.
  • You can cook the sprouts longer (around 7 to 8 minutes) if they are bigger than the regular ones. On the other hand, you can shred, quarter, or halve them if you want to cut the cooking time.
  • Brussels sprouts can be good enough for quite a long time – around 5 to 10 days – if you use a plastic bag to store them. But be sure to keep them in the veggie drawer of your refrigerator. There is no need to wash them first because they will deteriorate quicker.
  • If you have leftover sprouts, freezing them may be the best option. However, the texture may not be as good as the original (or as you expect). Make sure to use a tight container that is compatible with hash-style food. Even better, you can mix them with cream and then bake them.

Now that you know different ways on how to cook Brussels Sprouts, which one you like the most?

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