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Five Things to do with Brussels Sprouts

Updated on December 9, 2014

Make the Best of Brussels Sprouts

When Brussels Sprouts are in season it's easy to run out of ideas for cooking these little green vegetables.

It seems like every day you're dropping them in boiling water for 3-5 minutes or until just tender, draining the pot and then tossing the sprouts with.butter and chopped fresh dill.

How many times can you stir-fry quartered brussels sprouts with chilli?

Here's 5 more ways to cook them, 5 more things to do with Brussels Sprouts.

Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

  • 400 g brussels sprouts - halved
  • 60 g - 4 slices - pancetta -chopped
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 25 g butter
  • 2 garlic cloves - crushed
  • 1/2 cup fresh white breadcrumbs


  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil over high heat. Cook sprouts for 6 to 7 minutes or until just tender. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
  3. Add pancetta. Cook, stirring, for 4 to 5 minutes or until crisp. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel.
  4. Melt butter in pan. Add garlic and breadcrumbs.
  5. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until golden.
  6. Return pancetta to pan with sprouts. Toss to combine.
  7. Season with salt and pepper. Serve.
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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

For the best result, make this 15 minutes before serving

Braised Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Brussel Sprouts with Bacon
Brussel Sprouts with Bacon


  • 300 g brussels sprouts - trimmed and halved
  • 160 g rindless bacon rashers - coarsely chopped
  • 30 g butter


  1. Cook the brussels sprouts in a steamer basket over a saucepan of boiling water for 5 minutes or until just tender
  2. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes or until golden
  3. Add the brussels sprouts and butter to the bacon, and toss to combine.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.

Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower Gratin

  • 6 brussels sprouts trimmed and quartered
  • 1/2 medium cauliflower cut into small florets
  • 1 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 teaspoons extra-light olive oil
  • 50 g butter
  • 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Lightly grease four 2 cup-capacity, 3cm-deep baking dishes. Place on a baking tray.
  2. Combine breadcrumbs, parsley, oil and 1 tablespoon cheese in a bowl.
  3. Place cauliflower and sprouts in a heatproof, microwave-safe dish. Microwave, covered, on medium-high (75%) for 3 to 4 minutes or until just tender. Divide between prepared dishes.
  4. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add flour. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until bubbling. Gradually stir in milk.
  5. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until mixture has thickened.
  6. Remove from heat. Stir in nutmeg and remaining cheese. Season with pepper.
  7. Pour flour mixture over vegetables. Sprinkle with breadcrumb mixture.
  8. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until breadcrumbs are golden.
  9. Stand for 5 minutes. Serve.

Brussels Sprouts Roasted

  • 500 g Brussels sprouts with the ends trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Roasted Brussels Sprouts


  1. Preheat oven to 200 C.
  2. Place Brussels sprouts, olive oil, salt and pepper in a large resealable plastic bag. Seal tightly, and shake to coat.
  3. Tip out into a baking tray and roast for 30 to 45 minutes, shaking pan every 5 to 7 minutes for even browning.
  4. Reduce heat when necessary to prevent burning. Brussels sprouts should be dark brown when cooked.
  5. Serve immediately.

Brussels Sprout with Mustard

  • 400 g Brussels sprouts
  • 40 g unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard


  1. Steam or boil the Brussels sprouts for 5 minutes or until tender, then refresh under cold water. Set aside.
  2. Place butter and mustard in a medium saucepan over medium heat and stir until the butter has melted.
  3. Add the Brussels sprouts and toss in the mustard butter until heated through.

Brussels sprouts, rich in vitamin C, are a good source of folate, vitamin E and beta-carotene

More ways with Brussels Sprouts on Video

A couple of videos that demonstrate ways of making Brussels Sprouts

From cooking your sprouts simply with cipollini onions, move on to bacon and figs or sprouts in a startling hot orange sauce, to a more advanced Subzi, an Indian curry

Brussels Sprouts roasted with Cipollini Onions

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Fig

Brussels Sprouts with Hot Orange Sauce

Brussels Sprouts Subzi

Everything you wanted to know about the humble Brussels Sprout

How about you?

Do you like Brussel Sprouts?

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© 2012 Susanna Duffy

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    • mariacarbonara profile image


      5 years ago

      Didn't really like tham as a kid, but grew on me as I got older

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      Sara Duggan 

      6 years ago from California

      I've never been a fan of brussel sprouts having had to eat them as a kid - remembering the awful smell each time my mum made them - but some of these recipes sound rather appetizing.

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      6 years ago

      Great lens. Now I can fix my brussel sprouts a different way. Been eating them in a buttery cream sauce or fried up with bacon for years.

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      6 years ago

      I love them just steamed with a dob of sour cream or butter!

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      6 years ago

      looks good

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      6 years ago

      They are my fav. Great lens! I will have to try some of your recipes yummm!

    • victoriuh profile image


      6 years ago

      I love brussel sprouts and they are so beautiful on the stalk! Thanks for the recipes.

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      6 years ago

      I love brussel sprouts! especially with a lil bit of bacon!

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      kateclough lm 

      6 years ago

      I LOVE brussels sprouts! In fact, I bought some today. I plan roast them with lots of other winter veggies! Thanks for sharing!

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      Mickie Goad 

      6 years ago

      As a child, my father tried to get me to eat this vegetable. I really disliked the way they smelled and never gave in to the temptation. I must admit that I now love them--smelly little veggies that they are. I love them roasted, but my husband is a traditionalist and prefers them steamed and tossed with a little butter.

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      Ellen de Casmaker 

      6 years ago from Powell RIver BC

      I love brussels sprouts. The rest of the family tolerates my idiosyncrasies

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      6 years ago

      Nice lens.Welcome to see my menu.

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      6 years ago

      I haven't had a Brussel Sprout for years and I don't miss them at all. However, you have a couple of recipes for sprouts here that look interesting. I may try Brussel Sprouts with bacon and fig

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      6 years ago

      The old brussels sprouts are looking good these days - may try the recipe with the hot orange sauce

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      6 years ago

      Love the recipe with the onion. Yummy!

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      6 years ago

      Both the bacon and the onion recipes look good.

    • mimthemom profile image


      6 years ago

      wow! Im gonna try the brussel sprouts roasted recipe. thanks

    • LouisaDembul profile image


      6 years ago

      I really like brussel sprouts, and these recipes sound good. If I do the pancetta one, even my youngest daughter will eat.

    • LouisaDembul profile image


      6 years ago

      I really like brussel sprouts, and these recipes sound good. If I do the pancetta one, even my youngest daughter will eat.

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      lasertek lm 

      6 years ago

      I will definitely try these recipes.

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      Mary Crowther 

      6 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Love, love, love brussel sprouts! These recipes all look so delicious!

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      6 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

      I'm not a brussel sprout fan, wasn't as a kid either...My husband likes them so think I'll try cooking them with bacon...

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      hirephp lm 

      6 years ago

      nice lens

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      6 years ago from Iowa

      Brussel sprouts and bacon. Let's face it "everything" goes better with bacon. :)

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      6 years ago

      Nice lens

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      6 years ago

      The way that I've been served brussel sprouts (as a kid) I never really liked them. I know they are healthy though and I've been wondering how else I could make them more palatable. Thank you so much for these fabulous ideas . . think I'll try 'em again.

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for the generous servings! Like sprouts fried with onion, red chilies and tomato!

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      Pat Moire 

      6 years ago from West Village, New York City

      Sautéed with butter and shaved almonds. Yum!

    • DuaneJ profile image


      6 years ago

      I enjoy sprouts too!

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      6 years ago

      Love brussel sprouts. I normally roast them, but recently Ive sauteed them with pancetta. YUM! Great Lens!

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      Dianne Loomos 

      6 years ago

      These Brussels sprouts recipes do sound delicious! We like them but they do get boring fixed the same way all the time.

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      6 years ago

      My mother always said to eat my brussel sprouts. I'm glad I have a new way to try them. Thanks!

    • CruiseReady profile image


      6 years ago from East Central Florida

      Interesting looking recipes for Brussels Sprouts.

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      6 years ago

      Now that I know that Brussels sprouts are meant to be roasted/braised, I love them! I'm going to try them with mustard.

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      6 years ago

      great lens i loved it

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      Holysheepskin LM 

      6 years ago

      Great ideas, thanks for the recipes!

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      6 years ago

      I love Brussel Sprouts a much maligned veggie - plenty here for me to try - thanks.

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      6 years ago from Australia

      Nothing can disguise a Brussels Sprout - except salmon

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      Julia M S Pearce 

      6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Some great recipes here to make brussel sprouts even tastier!

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      Lynne Schroeder 

      6 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      No-one in my family likes them but with these ideas I may just be able get some converted.

    • KarenTBTEN profile image


      6 years ago

      I wish I had brussel sprouts. They would hit the spot.

      When I was little, I thought they were adorable because they resembled bitty cabbages.


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