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Best Brussels Sprouts

The best way to make Brussels sprouts, caramelized with honey and Dijon mustard on the stovetop.  Super easy and guaranteed to turn a Brussels sprouts hater into a fan.

Cooked honey mustard sprouts in white bowl.

I had Brussels sprouts for the very first time in my 30's.  My parents never made them when I was growing up.  Then I got married.  Oh boy.  Lots of things my husband liked I had never had before.

Early in our married life he said he had a hankering for Brussels sprouts.  Yes, he said hankering, or maybe our friend Jim said that.  Can't remember.  So the good wife that I was (and sometimes still am) bought some fresh Brussels sprouts to make for my husband.

Trimmed and cleaned sprouts in colander.

Yuck.  Have no idea how I made them, probably boiled or steamed the heck out of them and then put some butter on them.  Hated them and the smell.

Fast forward several years and I tried again.  This time I hit the jackpot.  Fresh Brussels sprouts, sautéed in olive oil and butter until caramelized and crisp-tender.  Then, the secret -- honey and dijon mustard.

Finished sprouts in serving bowl with spoon.

HOW TO CLEAN AND PREPARE BRUSSELS SPROUTS

Brussels sprouts trimmed and cleaned in colander.

It's easy to prepare fresh sprouts.  With a sharp paring knife, trim off the ends.  Remove any outer leaves that are discolored, yellowed or brown.  Then rinse under cold water.  Cut sprouts in half, through the stem, and keep any leaves that fall off in the process.  They make the best little crispy pieces.  They're ready to go now.

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

Process photo collage, sautéing Brussels sprouts.

  • Heat some butter and olive oil in a skillet, add the prepared sprouts and a sprinkle of salt.
  • Sauté and stir until nicely browned and crisp tender.

Process photo collage, adding mustard and honey.

  • Plop in some Dijon and a swirl or two of honey.
  • Stir to combine and continue caramelizing a few minutes, season with salt and pepper.

Closeup of caramelized Brussels sprouts.

And sometimes I cook and caramelize the sprouts in bacon drippings, because ~ yum ~ and because I almost always save my bacon grease (drippings sounds better) and keep in the fridge.  Really, really good in bacon fat.  Just sayin'

RECIPE NOTES AND TIPS

  • Look for smaller Brussels sprouts that are hard and compact.  The smaller ones are usually sweeter and just the right size.
  • Keep any of the good outer leaves that fall off and toss in the pan, too.  They make the best crispy bits!
  • Use a good quality Dijon mustard, like Maille.  It has a really good flavor and bite to it.
  • I just eyeball everything, which is to say that the following "recipe" is open to interpretation.  I plop in some mustard and drizzle some honey.  I did my best to pay attention to measurements on how I make this.  You should start here and then adjust to your tastes.
  • Try bacon drippings instead of butter and olive oil.  Bacon and Brussels sprouts are a match made in heaven.

Caramelized stovetop Brussels sprouts in white serving bowl.

Not too long ago my husband texted from work asking me how I make my Brussels sprouts.  I asked why and he said he was telling a couple of women he worked with about them and they wanted the "recipe"... weird.

This is the way we all (yes, the kids too) love Brussels sprouts.  Next time you have a hankering for Brussels sprouts, try these.  You won't be disappointed.  Best, Kelly🍴🐦

Caramelized Brussels in serving bowl.

Two other vegetable side dishes my family loves, and you might, too, are Glazed Carrots and Spinach Rockefeller, both perfect for the holiday table.

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UPDATED: Originally posted in June, 2015, when I first started this blog.  Recently updated in November, 2019, with spruced up copy and photos.  No changes to original recipe.

Closeup of caramelized Brussels sprouts.

Best Brussels Sprouts

The best way to make Brussels sprouts, caramelized with Dijon and honey on the stovetop. Super easy and guaranteed to turn a Brussels sprouts hater into a fan.
4.94 from 30 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 123kcal
Author: Kelly

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil ~ or about 2 tablespoon or more of bacon drippings, instead of butter and oil
  • 1 tablespoon good quality Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey ~ I really do just eyeball the amounts of mustard and honey
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper

Instructions

  • Over medium high heat, melt butter and olive oil in large nonstick pan.
  • Add brussels sprouts, toss to mix and add a sprinkle of kosher salt. Cook and stir until brown and crisp-tender
  • Stir in mustard and honey until well combined and caramelized, a minute or two. Season with salt and pepper. Enjoy.

Recipe Notes

  • Look for smaller Brussels sprouts that are hard and compact.
  • Keep any of the good outer leaves that fall off and toss in the pan, too.  They make the best crispy bits!
  • Try bacon drippings instead of butter and olive oil.  Bacon and Brussels sprouts are a match made in heaven.

Nutrition

Calories: 123kcal Carbohydrates: 15g Protein: 4g Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 2g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 8mg Sodium: 70mg Potassium: 450mg Fiber: 4g Sugar: 7g Vitamin A: 945IU Vitamin C: 96mg Calcium: 51mg Iron: 2mg
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Recipe Rating




Valia

Wednesday 9th of February 2022

The best recipe for Brussels sprouts I have ever tried. The taste is wonderful. I mixed a little feta cheese as well. Amazing!

Kimberly reed

Thursday 28th of October 2021

this is seriously the best Brussel sprouts recipe I've ever tried. ever. thank you!!!

Tina

Monday 16th of August 2021

The brussels spouts are so good this way. It is the only way I make them since trying this recipe.

Kelly

Saturday 21st of August 2021

Thank you, Tina! This is our all-time favorite way to make them. I fact, my husband is making them tonight!

Cathy

Sunday 25th of April 2021

These were really good. I have always roasted mine, but this was an easy way to prepare them as well. Mine were certainly tasty, and my husband (not a lover of Brussels sprouts) enjoyed them. But can you give me any tips on how to make them crispier? I cooked them for the amount of time suggested, and they browned nicely. I just would've liked them to be crispy. I only used 1/2 lb. of Brussels sprouts for the two of us, which was plenty because they were the larger ones. Perhaps I should've cooked them longer...?

Kelly

Wednesday 19th of May 2021

They don't really get crispy, just the leaves that separate get a little crispy.

Suzanne

Sunday 21st of March 2021

Great flavor!