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The Gardener's Kitchen: Brussels Sprouts

Updated on March 14, 2012

The Brussels sprout


Brussels sprouts or Brussel sprouts, it does not matter which spelling you use all that matters is that you give them a try.

I have found that this cruciferous, cold loving vegetable is one the most controversial foods around. Not the carnivore versus vegetarian or vegetarian, vegan controversy, but one based upon choice. Now I understand people not liking parsnips or possibly squash but the Brussels sprout that is entirely a different matter. 

When it comes to the sprouts that have been grown near Brussels for over 400 years, people either hate them or like them. 

The Brussels sprout is a relative of, for example, cauliflower, broccoli and kale; all of which are tasty in their own right. I am most pleased to say that I can count myself among those who understand, appreciates and finds delicious the Brussels sprout.


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My mother also loved Brussels sprouts and she would occasionally have a plate full of spouts, just spouts, with a dab or two of butter and some salt and black pepper, for supper.

I do something similar but rather than butter and salt, I use a tomato sauce, the same sauce that I would pour over pasta and eat my fill. One upside of this is that my wife will also eat a few spouts this way as long as there is some asparagus to accompany the sprouts or green beans which are another of her favourites. I like green beans, well I eat them, fresh they are tasty, crisp, frozen, bearable, but out of a can no way.

When cooking your sprouts do not, I repeat, do not overcook them. They need to be firm, not raw, but firm.

Brussels Sprouts Stir Fry:




1- 25 Brussels sprouts

2- 1 tbsp sesame oil

3- 1 tbsp tamari

4- 1 tbsp sesame seeds




1- Be gentle, snap spouts off stem

2- Wash and remove yellow leaves

3- If you have just picked them you can soak the spouts in lightly salted warm water for ten minutes. This will remove any unwanted visitors.

4- Cut sprouts in half

5- Add sesame oil to wok or frying pan, heat

6- Add sprouts, be sure to cover them.

7- Turn sprouts every four minutes

8- Add tamari and sesame seeds

9- Serve and enjoy



You can use soy sauce if you do not want to use tamari.

This dish goes great with noodles or rice.

When I eat my sprouts with leftover tomato sauce, I cut the larger ones in half but leave the smaller ones whole. I find that steaming is the best way to prepare them when eating them this way.

If you slice the spouts thinly you can also use them as a pizza topping on your homemade pizza but I have found that even some sprouts lovers have difficulty adding them to a pizza.

It does not matter how you eat them or how you spell them, just give them a try, you may find that the stir fry recipe above will change your mind about this reliable and most delicious vegetable.




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  • Bob Ewing profile image

    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    good one, enjoy.

  • Granny's House profile image

    Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

    Bob, thank you so much. I needed this. LOL. I just wrote a hub on please help me with my brussel sprouts.

  • Arava7 profile image

    Arava7 9 years ago from Sunny Southern Cal

    The Brussel sprout is my favorite vege- with okra being a close second. Thanks for honoring this wonderful but mostly misunderstood gift from the earth!

  • Bob Ewing profile image

    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    They are indeed a win-win food.Thanks for visiting.

  • Katherine Baldwin profile image

    Katherine Baldwin 9 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Bob, Brussel Sprouts are definately a favorite in our house. They are a great source of vitamins and minerals. One cup has twice the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C. They taste great and are good for you at the same time.


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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    laringo, , the stir fry is a goodway for non-sprouters to approach brussesls sprouts.

    Butter and salt, I use sa salt, do add flavour. Thank both of you for visiting.

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    Clara Ghomes 9 years ago

    yum yum.. I love them too.. and yes.... little salt and little butter add a flavor..

  • laringo profile image

    laringo 9 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

    Bob, I like most vegetables, but brussel sprouts are not my favorite. I will eat them but there is just something to me in the taste that is overpowering; to what I don't know. Now the stir fry recipe is something I never heard of but I think I will try this. My husband loves brussel sprouts I feel guilty sometimes by not cooking them enough for him. Thanks for sharing the recipes.

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    I will have to try them with lemon-butter sauce,thanks. B.T. Broccoli, brussels sprouts and butter tarts, I sense a pattern forming here.

    Sea salt and butter, yum



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    B.T. Evilpants 9 years ago from Hell, MI

    I have to tell you, Bob, the only veggie i like better than Brussels sprouts, is broccoli. What? You thought I only ate butter tarts?

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    Donna Campbell Smith 9 years ago from Central North Carolina

    I tasted brussel sprouts for the first time in my home economic class (1965) We had them with a lemon-butter sauce. I have been a fan ever since.

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    Susan Keeping 9 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    I love Brussels Sprouts...with lots of salt and butter...