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Amazingly Delicious Steamed Brussel Sprouts

Updated on February 23, 2014
Amazingly Delicious Steam Brussel Sprouts
Amazingly Delicious Steam Brussel Sprouts | Source
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So many people take brussel sprouts for granted and think they're disgusting. I felt the same way for years and years only because I was taught that brussel sprouts were gross.

On all of the TV shows and movies, everyone hated them and didn't want to eat them. They must have been really bad. And then my husband and I moved to Arizona and started getting a basket twice a month from an organization called Bountiful Baskets.

They work with local farmers to provide communities with a variety of different vegetables, that change throughout the year based on what's in season.

Because of our experience with this great program, not only do we get TONS of amazing fruits and vegetables every month for very little money, but we have gotten fruits and vegetables that we've never seen before.

This allows us to experiment with almost every one of our meals and get to know a few new foods. One of those veggies in the beginning was brussel sprouts.

From the moment I first steamed these and dipped them in butter, I was in love! They are amazing!

Now I steam them regularly in the afternoon for lunch or a snack, I use them in salads, soups, stews, and all kinds of other meals. I've even been including them in my Brown Sugar Veggie Meatloaf recipe.

I can't believe how long I allowed television to effect my feelings about this incredible vegetable.

If you've tried brussel sprouts before, especially if you tried them in a restaurant, and didn't like them, let me encourage you try to them again one more time.

It really depends on how they are cooked. Steaming, I think, is definitely the best way to do it! Let me show you how.

Easy Ingredients for Brussel Sprouts
Easy Ingredients for Brussel Sprouts | Source
Step One: Drop a steamer basket into a small soup pot and fill your pot with water to the bottom of the basket
Step One: Drop a steamer basket into a small soup pot and fill your pot with water to the bottom of the basket | Source
Step Two: I only dropped what I could eat for lunch in my basket
Step Two: I only dropped what I could eat for lunch in my basket | Source

Cook Time

Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves about 1 cup of brussel sprouts per person

Ingredients

  • About 1 cup water
  • About 5 brussel sprouts, per person
  • 1 tablespoon butter, if desired

Instructions

  1. Place a steamer basket into a small soup pot.
  2. Fill your pot with water to the bottom of the steamer basket. It will probably be about 1 cup of water or so.
  3. Drop as many brussel sprouts as you choose into your pot. I only used 6 brussel sprouts because that's all I can finish by myself.
  4. Set your pot on the stove and cover it with a lid.
  5. Steam your sprouts on medium high heat for about 25-30 minutes.
  6. You'll know that they are ready when you are able to cut one in half easily with a fork or the back of a knife.
  7. Place about a tablespoon of butter in the bowl you would like to serve it in.
  8. Heat it in the microwave for about 15 seconds to melt your butter.
  9. Pour your brussel sprouts into your bowl with your butter.
  10. I like to cut mine in half to make them easier to eat.
  11. Enjoy!!
  12. Yummy! Yummy!
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Step Three: Set the pot on the stove and cover itStep Four: Cook on medium high heat for about 25-30 minutesStep Five: Check your sprouts; You'll know they're done if they cut through easilyStep Six: This is kind of a bonuses step, but isn't necessary; Drop some butter into a bowlStep Seven: Microwave it to melt it for about 15 secondsStep Eight: Pour your finished brussel sprouts into your bowlStep Nine: I like to cut each of mine in half and enjoy!!
Step Three: Set the pot on the stove and cover it
Step Three: Set the pot on the stove and cover it | Source
Step Four: Cook on medium high heat for about 25-30 minutes
Step Four: Cook on medium high heat for about 25-30 minutes | Source
Step Five: Check your sprouts; You'll know they're done if they cut through easily
Step Five: Check your sprouts; You'll know they're done if they cut through easily | Source
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Step Six: This is kind of a bonuses step, but isn't necessary; Drop some butter into a bowl
Step Six: This is kind of a bonuses step, but isn't necessary; Drop some butter into a bowl | Source
Step Seven: Microwave it to melt it for about 15 seconds
Step Seven: Microwave it to melt it for about 15 seconds | Source
Step Eight: Pour your finished brussel sprouts into your bowl
Step Eight: Pour your finished brussel sprouts into your bowl | Source
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Step Nine: I like to cut each of mine in half and enjoy!!
Step Nine: I like to cut each of mine in half and enjoy!! | Source

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup of brussel sprouts
Calories 38
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 8 g3%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 22 mg1%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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Personal Review

I've never made brussel sprouts and not loved them.

Some people enjoy eating them with butter, as I do, but they are just as good without it (and possibly a little healthier).

If you're nervous about trying them for the first time, consider only buying 3-5 at the grocery store to start off with. Steam them like suggested in the above recipe and see what you think!

You could even serve them with chopped baked or boiled potatoes, and with some cheese. Potatoes and cheese make everything taste better.

My puppies sit right next to me when I'm eating brussel sprouts and eat the leaves as I pull them off of the sprouts. They love brussel sprouts! lol

Give them a try and you will too!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Just love this food. My big problem with them is that they go great with just about anything fattening. I also believe they lend a bit to much help in the flatulence arena. Your suggestions are great.

      Lime juice, salt and pepper and garlic butter.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Lol I'm so glad I don't have to worry about the flatulence. :)

      I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe and thank you so much for the great comments and suggestions!

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      rexy 3 years ago

      steam is best.. l than toast them in butter and a bit of salt, pepper and flakes of red dried chilly ... everyone loved it...

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Yum! It's really interesting to hear all of the unique ways everyone else makes them!

      Thank you for the yummy suggestion!

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      Traci Ruffner 3 years ago from Raleigh, North Carolina

      I made some roasted brussel sprouts and potatoes the other day. I really love brussel sprouts.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Great! It's nice to hear about other fellow brussel sprout lovers out there. :) Thank you for the comment!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      I love brussel sprouts, but did not when I was younger. I think our taste buds mature as we age, thank goodness!

      Thank you for sharing.

      Up and more and sharing.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      I definitely agree. I like many more foods now than I did 20 years ago! Thanks for the thoughtful comment. :)

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      Kalmiya 3 years ago from North America

      I go through phases with brussel sprouts but usually love them steamed with a little salted butter on top. I also like them next day popped into soups. Sounds like they would be good roasted. I think they have excellent nutritional value. Thanks for the photos and tips!

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Absolutely! I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe and pictures! Thank you for the wonderful comments.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I love Brussel sprouts but the smaller the better :-) I also steam them but I like to watch them closely othersise when they cook to long, they are not as good. This is my personnal opinion :-)

      Enjoy your evening!

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      You're absolutely right. Just like any other vegetable, if you let it steam too long, but only will it wilt and become soggy, but it will lose all nutrients as well.

      Thanks for the suggestion!

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      Sammy 3 years ago from Indiana

      Love Brussells Sprouts. Sauteed with garlic, a little onion , butter, and roasted pecans.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Yum! That sounds delicious! Thanks for the delicious suggestion. :)

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