Beyond Roasting: New Ideas for Cooking with Brussels Sprouts

Last Updated November 09, 2015

The possibilities are endless for this cool-weather vegetable.  

Mushy, bitter, over-boiled, bland—Brussels sprouts just never seemed to inspire cooks.  But thankfully, that has changed: Brussels sprouts are now ubiquitous on restaurant menus, and chefs’ enthusiasm for the cruciferous vegetable has trickled down to the home cook. The key is in the preparation: Roasting, of course, yields tender sprouts with caramelized edges, but pickling, parboiling and pan steaming are also tasty options. Or forget cooking them altogether and simply shred, marinate and serve ‘em raw in a salad. 

Sprouts still on the stalk, typically found at farmers’ markets in fall and early winter, are a treat and are healthful too: A relative of cabbage, broccoli, kale and cauliflower, Brussels are packed with Vitamins C and K, beta carotene, folic acid, iron, magnesium and fiber. Fortunately, winning over even the most ardent denouncers of Brussels sprouts is easy with one of these expert recipes from the Edible community. 

Sliced Brussels Sprouts Salad With Dill

brussel sprouts salad
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Brussels Sprouts Chips

Brussels Sprouts Chips
Crispy Brussels Sprouts Chips are delicious fun to cook with your kids.

Sausage & Brussels Sprout Flatbread

Sausage & Brussels Sprout Flatbread
A flatbread that melts in your mouth as a full meal or to impress the taste buds of your holiday party guests.

Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Warm Cider Vinaigrette

Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Warm Cider Vinaigrette
Crisp bacon pairs beautifully with pan-roasted Brussels sprouts in this recipe.

Bacon Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

Quick sautéed for a toasty brown on the outside, and a crunch on the inside, this is one of Union Common's most popular dish.

Hearty Beef Soup with Brussels Sprouts

This recipe is a perfect one-pot meal. It is also quite simple to prepare – and did I mention gluten-free? In fact, the only grain in this soup is corn, whose omission would not compromise the...

Squash and Walnut Gnocchi with Sage Butter and Brussels Sprouts

Rich, nutty walnuts give a nice texture to the smooth, buttery squash and add a subtle twist to the Cusinato family’s classic recipe. “Leafing” the Brussels sprouts imparts a delicate texture to...

Mustard-Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Mustard-Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Greg Hardesty, the man behind the innovative set menus of Recess, offers a recipe for mustard-glazed Brussels sprouts with bacon that he promises will convert sprout-haters. "This dish is guaranteed...

Brussels Sprout Crunch

Easy and delicious way to use Brussels sprouts as a kick to salads or just as a snack - both kids and adults will love it!

Kale, Cabbage, and Brussels Sprout Chopped Salad

If you're like us, you look to the seasons for what to cook. Get to the market, and we'll show you what to do with your haul. Today: A salad you can eat with a spoon -- and a reason to get back on...

Brussels Sprouts & Bacon

This three-ingredient recipe is quick and easy.