Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Caramelized Lemon Brussel Sprouts

For not having many posts on the blog yet this is already my second one about brussel sprouts :) Some people hate them, some people love them - I love them and am always looking for ways to give them more flavor. This won't be the last time they make an appearance here.

The combination of the intense steam when cooking them this way and the lemon juice added towards the end makes the most perfectly tender and flavorful sprout I've made to date! 

Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens


- Skillet with a lid
- Brussel Sprouts, halved   **I bought a 10oz package of them**
- 1/4 cup of olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of water
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice   **If using fresh, it's the juice of a half a lemon**
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Rinse the brussel sprouts.

Slice off the stem ends and remove any leaves that are browning or torn.

Heat 3 tablespoons of oil over a medium heat. Place the sprouts cut side down and drizzle the remaining olive oil over them. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. 

Cover and cook for 3 minutes.

After 3 minutes remove the lid and add in the 2 tablespoons of water. 

**At this point if you wanted to add another flavor boost toss in 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic, approx. 1 clove**

Your sprouts will be fork tender at this point...don't touch or flip them yet though, we're almost done! Cover again and cook for 2 more minutes.

Increase the heat on the stove slightly, uncover the skillet and toss the brussel sprouts in the pan. Add the lemon juice and more salt and pepper if necessary.

Super fast and guaranteed way to make sure you won't be eating under cooked brussel sprouts ever again!


  1. I have been meaning to try making brussel sprouts and this looks like a great method to try! So glad I found your blog...I'm your newest subscriber!:)

    1. Whoo Hoo!! I am so glad you like the recipe. I've tried making brussel sprouts a few different ways before and this way really makes sure they are tender.

      I follow your blog as well and love all of your hit my weakness on the head - MACARONI :)