7 Best Brussels Sprouts Recipes

Brussels sometimes get a bad rap. These tiny, bitter bulbs may not impress many if simply steamed or sauteed, but once you kick up the creativity and the flavor, brussels can really shine.

Cooked to perfection, these cruciferous wonders can transform into roasty, sweet and caramelized dishes that would give any main course a run for its money. Consider picking some up at the store if you’re a Brussels newbie and try out these imaginative recipes at your next family gathering.

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1. Brussels Sprout Slaw with Coconut Bacon

Cabbage doesn’t always have to steal the show when it comes to a nice slaw—Brussels are a delicious alternative! This recipe features a sweet and tangy dressing, smokey coconut bacon and some healthy fats and crunch in the form of pecans.

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2. Cider-Braised Brussels Sprouts

If your family has never tried these sprouts before, this recipe is a great introduction. The sweetness of the cider helps cut the bitterness, and the garlic adds an extra zing. Even the youngsters will eat their veggies if this is what’s for dinner.

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3. Brussels, Bok Choy, and Avocado Salad

Yes, you read that correctly—Brussels sprouts make great salads! They are a healthy green, after all. This super-healthy dish features a depth of flavors and textures: cilantro, lemon juice and sunflower seeds as toppings.

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4. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Hazelnuts and Brown Butter

Pairing sprouts with nuts is a popular choice—and for a good reason! The crunch adds texture and the fat content makes for a smooth and savory side. Plant-based eaters can easily substitute vegan butter for this recipe.

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5. Brussels Sprouts with Chili, Black Beans and Lime

Looking for some spice? This recipe delivers the heartiness of black beans, the kick of fresno chili peppers and the tang of fresh lime zest.

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6. Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with Toasted Almonds

Double the cruciferous veggie means double the health bang for your buck! This salad includes both shredded brussels and lacinato kale, topped with a simple and savory dressing that allows the flavors to shine. Vegan parmesan can also be substituted here.

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7. Mustard-Maple Glazed Roasted Brussels Sprouts

This is my personal favorite method of preparing sprouts: Cut off the ends, remove extra leaves and cut in half. Mix together a marinade of 2 tbsp dijon mustard, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp maple syrup and 2 cloves of garlic (minced). Mix everything around, throw onto a baking dish, and roast at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-40 minutes, turning halfway through. Enjoy!

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67 comments

Tanya W
Tanya W10 days ago

Thank you for sharing

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Tanya W
Tanya W10 days ago

I have never actually tried Brussels sprouts...

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Carole R
Carole R14 days ago

Thanks for the recipes.

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heather g
heather g15 days ago

I enjoy all cruciferous veggies.... even when Care2 removes my comments

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heather g
heather g15 days ago

I enjoy all cruciferous veggies...

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Anne F
Anne F16 days ago

new ideas for me

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Georgina M
Georgina M18 days ago

noted thank you

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Clare O
Clare O20 days ago

Not caramel or maple syrup. No. Butter alone is fine.

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M Q
M Q21 days ago

Yummy recipes I’m saving these. Thank you very much.

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Ulane V
Ulane V21 days ago

Have to try these. Fresh Brussels Sprouts was an unknown vegetable in this part of the world when I grew up, so I am still learning new ways to use these. The time when these are affordable in shops here is quite short.

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