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How to Cook Brussels Sprouts

Kissing cousin to the cabbage, loaded with detoxifying enzymes and antioxidants and simple to prepare, Brussels sprouts may be destined for a new role on America's dinner tables that you can tap into today.


  • Step 1: Obtain sprouts Use firm, bright green sprouts, either on the stalk or separated, making sure they are uniform in size to ensure even cooking.
  • Step 2: Prepare sprouts Remove any yellowed outer leaves. Rinse the sprouts in cold water to wash, and then drain them.
  • Step 3: Trim Trim stems at the base of the heads and slice a tiny cross at the bottom of each sprout with a sharp knife to allow for thorough cooking, or slice the sprouts in half to create bite-sized pieces.
  • Step 4: Microwave Microwave your sprouts in a covered bowl filled with 1 to 2 inches of water, cooking 12 ounces of sprouts for five minutes or longer, depending on sprout sizes.
  • TIP: Sprouts should retain their bright green appearance regardless of the cooking method.
  • Step 5: Steam Steam sprouts by bringing a pan of 1 to 2 inches of water to a boil on a stove top, and then setting the sprouts in a steamer basket inside the pan, and covering it for 10 to 20 minutes or until tender.
  • Step 6: Boil Boil your sprouts using 1 cup of water for every cup of sprouts, bringing the water to boil in a pan, and then dropping them into the pan for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • TIP: Brussels sprouts compliment a menu of beef, sharp cheeses, and heavily seasoned dishes.
  • Step 7: Saute Saute your sprouts for 10 minutes in a pan coated with olive oil as another cooking method to feed your need for the Brussels sprout's important nutrients, and to power up your diet.
  • FACT: Brussels sprouts were named for the capital of Belgium, where they were thought to have first been harvested.

You Will Need

  • Brussels sprouts
  • Olive oil
  • Equipment:
  • Steamer basket
  • Beef (optional)
  • Sharp cheeses (optional)
  • Heavily seasoned dishes (optional)

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