How to Cook the Best Brussels Sprouts

Get basic directions for how to cook Brussels sprouts on the stove, in the oven, in the pressure cooker or in the air fryer, plus some delicious Brussels sprouts recipes.

Related: 5 Health Benefits of Brussels Sprouts

When people tell me they don’t like Brussels sprouts, I’m convinced that it’s because they just haven’t found their favorite preparation methods yet. Brussels sprouts are one of my very favorite vegetables, and I’m so excited to share lots of delicious ways to cook them with you today!

My favoriteway to cook Brussels sprouts is in the oven or the air fryer. I like them best when they’re a little bit crispy, and I think this is the most crowd-pleasing way to serve them. Pan frying gives you that similar crispy-and-tender result.

You can serve your Brussels sproutsas a side dish or pile them into a Buddha bowl. There are some creative Brussels sprouts recipes below these basic instructions, too, if you wanta little bit more guidance.

Yields 4 servings

How to Cook Brussels Sprouts

How to cook Brussels sprouts in the oven, on the stove (two ways!), in the pressure cooker, or in the air fryer. Cooking times vary. The time listed below is for roasting, since that seems to be the most popular method.

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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  • 2 cups Brussels sprouts
  • oil (see below for amounts, if it's needed)
  • salt (see below for amounts, if needed)


  1. In the oven: Preheat the oven to 400F. Slice the Brussels sprouts in half, and toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of sea salt. Bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes during the first half hour of cooking. During the last 10 minutes of baking time, you may want to check in every 5 minutes, to prevent burning. Your Brussels are done when they're fork-tender on the inside and browned on the outside. The final cooking time will depend on the size of your sprouts. The ones in the video are quite large, so they took the full 40 minutes. Smaller sprouts will take closer to 30 minutes.
  2. Braised: Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large frying pan that has a lid. Add 2 cloves of minced garlic and the Brussels sprouts. Saute for a few minutes, until the garlic begins to brown. Add a cup of vegetable broth, cover the pan, and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook another 10-15 minutes, until the Brussels are fork-tender.
  3. Pan-Fried: Slice your brussels sprouts in half, lengthwise. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large frying pan. Add the Brussels sprouts and 2 cloves of garlic. Let the sprouts cook for about 5 minutes, until they're browned. Flip, and cook for another 5 minutes.
  4. In the Pressure Cooker: Add 1/4 cup of water to the pressure cooker basket, then drop in a steamer basket. Add the Brussels sprouts and cook for 2-4 minutes, with a natural release. Larger Brussels will take 4 minutes, smaller ones will take closer to 2. If they're not done when you expected, just put the lid back on and bring to pressure for 1 minute with a natural release to keep cooking.
  5. In the Air Fryer: Slice your Brussels sprouts in half and toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Cook at 400F for 8-10 minutes, until they're browned on the outside and tender on the inside.

Ginger Sesame Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts Recipes

1.Ginger and Sesame Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels sprouts are extra delicious withspicy ginger and toasted sesame oil.

Raw Brussels Sprouts Salad

2.Raw Brussels Sprouts Salad

To make this salad, you toss shredded Brussels sprouts and bok choy in citrusy miso dressing and top with crunchy sesame seeds and plenty of tomatoes for umami power.

Buffalo Ranch Veggie Bowl from Spabettie

3. Buffalo Ranch Veggie Bowl with Brussels Sprouts

Ginger-Lime Brussels Sprouts are the stars of this flavorful Buddha bowl that’s packed with veggies, whole grains and protein.

Roasted Radish and Brussels Sprouts Salad from Veggie Inspired

4. Roasted Radish and Brussels Sprouts Salad

If you’ve never roasted radishes before, you’re in for such a treat! They turn sweet when you roast them, which is perfect paired with the slight bitterness of Brussels sprouts.

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Shallots from Fried Dandelions

5. Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Shallots

Bacon and Brussels are a classic combo, and this recipe lets you choose your vegan bacon of choice for a healthy, vegetable-forward side dish.

Brussels Sprouts Quiche from Vegan Yack Attack

6. Crustless Bacon Brussels Quiche

What can I say? Bacon and Brussels go together like peas and carrots. This recipe uses tempeh bacon and a chickpea-flour quiche batter for a perfect Brussels sprouts brunch recipe.

Asian Baked Tofu with Shaved Brussels Sprouts from V Nutrition

7. Asian Baked Tofu and Shaved Brussels Sprouts

Shaved Brussels sprouts cook upquickly on the stove and are a delicious,healthy bed for Asian-inspired baked tofu.

Brussels Sprouts and Polenta Breakfast from Cadrys Kitchen

8. Polenta Breakfast with Brussels Sprouts and Sausage

I love this hearty, savory breakfast recipe starring sauteed,sliced Brussels sprouts and vegan breakfast sausages over creamy polenta.

Raw Brussels Sprouts Salad with Apples from Veggies Save the Day

9. Raw Brussels Sprouts and Apples Salad

Raw, shaved Brussels sprouts get some balance from sweet apples, cranberries, and a lemony dressing. Add some walnuts for crunch, and you’ve got one mouthwatering salad.

Brussels Sprouts with Grapes from Go Dairy Free

10. Shredded Brussels Sprouts Saute with Grapes

Red grapes add a touch of sweetness to this simple Brussels sprouts recipe. To make this recipe 100% vegan, you can use agave nectar or maple syrup in place of the honey.

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Get basic directions for how to cook Brussels sprouts on the stove, in the oven, and in the pressure cooker, or in the air fryer, plus some delicious Brussels sprouts recipes.


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Jerome S
Jerome S4 months ago

thanks for sharing

Jerome S
Jerome S4 months ago

thanks for sharing

Margie F
Margie FOURIE8 months ago

I prefer them steamed with salt and pepper.

william Miller
william Miller9 months ago


Philippa P
Philippa Powers9 months ago

I love my Brussels relatively plainly cooked so I can enjoy their flavour. One of my absolute favourite veggies!

Janis K
Janis K9 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

Ruth S
Ruth S9 months ago


Glennis W
Glennis W9 months ago

Great information and advice Thank you for caring and sharing