How to Make Brussels Sprouts That Don’t Suck

I never liked Brussels sprouts as a kid, because they are disgusting. Then I discovered that Brussels sprouts are not disgusting (except for the ones that have an unhealthy attraction to balloons).

If you’ve eaten Brussels sprouts, then you’ve probably had them undercooked, under-seasoned, and absolutely “vegetable-y”. Try this recipe to make some Brussels sprouts that don’t suck!

I really don’t feel like spelling out “Brussels sprouts” every time, because by God, I’m going to use it a lot. I’m going to abbreviate. BS? No, that could be easily misinterpreted. Bru-spros? Sounds like a sports injury. Maybe I’ll just say “sprouts”. You’ll know what I mean.

-16 ounces of sprouts
-Butter (from grass-fed cows preferred)/Olive oil (extra virgin)
-Sea Salt
-Garlic Powder

I used a bag of Trader Joes steam-in-bag sprouts ($2.49 for 16 ounces), but you can use the same tip from this post to steam fresh sprouts (can be less expensive).


1) Steam 16-oz of sprouts on High for 3 minutes in microwave (times may vary, based on your microwave’s wattage and inherent hatred for green vegetables) until they are to desired tenderness.

2) Put 2 Tbsp butter OR 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet and bring to medium heat – very hot, but not smoking (or “poppling”, if you are 5 years old).

3) Toss steamed sprouts in salt, garlic, and cumin. Add sprouts to pan and sauté. Cook 3-5 minutes, or until the outsides are starting to brown.

4) Enjoy, and share with people who didn’t like bru-spros before!



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