The Healthiest (and most delicious) Way To Cook Brussels Sprouts


Vegetables often get a bad rap. People tend to cook the hell out of them and then when the texture and flavour disappear, people grumble that they taste like nothing, and that kids don’t like them. Duh! So I thought I will share with you how I got my kids to love brussels sprouts. My easy – ‘cuz that’s how I roll – and by far the healthiest way to cook brussels sprouts. This dish will inspire your kids to try this humble vegetable….and LOVE it. Mine do!

Healthiest (and most dleicious) way to cook brussels sprouts | Eat your vegetables | Half your plate | Maple and Marigold

Brussels sprouts is one of those vegetables that has over the years got a reputation of being an “obligatory” side.

“It’s so soggy, Mom.”

“It’s smelly.”

“Why is it so green.” 

I’ve heard it all, and I agree. Food should never be soggy or smelly not if we want someone to like what they are eating. While I can’t do anything about the green colour I can do something about the texture and flavour. So here it is!

Healthiest Way To Cook Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts and cabbage are from the same family and look very similar – leaves on a base that are tightly wrapped along with the occasional green worm. These fall in the group of cruciferous vegetables along with broccoli and cauliflower, all of which are known to protect against cancer. Studies have found a link between eating cruciferous vegetables and a lower risk of different intestinal cancers. Convinced yet?

Buying and Preparing Brussels Sprouts

Buy brussels sprouts with tight leaves. You find fewer worms that way. The colour should be bright and green.

Peel off the outermost often loose layer of leaves and give them a good wash. Let them stand in a colander while you putter around in the kitchen and get everything else ready. At this point, you can even store the buds in the fridge in a ziplock bag for another couple of days. Just add a paper towel into the bag to soak up the moisture. Leave a little hole for the air to escape.

When you are ready to cook them, slice vertically into 1 cm thick slices. You will get about 3-4 slices from each bud.

Cooking Brussels Sprouts

2 lb of trimmed and sliced brussels sprouts

1 tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Time: 20 mins

  1. Heat oil in a pan and bring it to hot. Turn heat to medium and let the stove stay at this temperature.
  2. Add the sliced vegetables to the pan.
  3. Sprinkle salt and pepper. Toss to coat evenly.
  4. Toss and move them every couple of minutes. You want the brussels sprouts to get caramelized and a little brown but not burnt.
  5. Do not cover.
  6. Do not add water or any other liquid to deglaze. I am tempted to every time. Deglazing make cleaning the pan easier. But don’t. The vegetables will leach a lot of liquid and that’s enough to caramelize and cook.
  7. Serve on it’s own or topped with cheese or roasted nuts and sriracha chilli sauce. We like these plain – can you believe it?!
  8. Serve as the star of dinner with a vegetable pulao (recipe here).

You can also read about my favourite and – dare I say it – healthiest way to cook broccoli here!

Healthiest (and most delicious) way to cook brussels sprouts | Eat your vegetables | Half your plate | Maple and Marigold

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6 years ago

This is how we cook our brussels sprouts too! So yummy!

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