Made To Order: Cooking Methods For Brussels Sprouts

How you cook brussels sprouts can make or break them. Arguably more delicate than other vegetables, brussels sprouts change in flavor quickly if overcooked. However, that shouldn’t keep you away from this nutty, savory green. Follow along as we discuss a few of our favorite methods to cook the underrated green.


A good option for first timers or those who need to be focused on other things in the kitchen, roasting brussels sprouts is one of our favorite methods. Crunchy without being dry, roasting works best with larger sprouts, as they tend to be more bitter. Create a simple, yet rewarding side dish by coating the sprouts in olive oil and a mixture of salt, pepper, and garlic beforehand.


For those looking to bring a light crisp to their brussels sprouts, sautéing is the way to go. This method works best over medium high heat, but consider halving your sprouts beforehand. This encourages an equal cooking ratio throughout. Shredding your sprouts is a great technique for this method, and will help caramelize the green.


This method is time-honored for a reason. Steaming helps the sprouts to maintain their nutritional content better than other methods. When steaming, be aware of the smell of the sprouts. If the smell starts to change, it’s time to turn off the heat.


Though slightly more work intensive, this method does an excellent job of cooking the sprouts throughout. When grilling, wrap the sprouts in foil and set to medium-high heat. Unlike other methods, your sprouts may appear to be undercooked, as they will stay green. Always trust your instincts. If you cook longer than 15-20 minutes, you’ll run the risk of overcooking.