• Brussel Sprouts Sauteed in Garlic & Olive Oil

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    Brussel Sprouts Sauteed in Garlic & Olive Oil
    Prep: 15 min Cook: 10 min Servings: 6
    by John Spottiswood
    300 recipes
    This is a simple, tasty side dish to add to your menu. I've adapted it from Marcella Hazan's recipes for other vegetables. It tastes GREAT with Brussel Sprouts. Broccoli is good too.


    • 2 lbs Brussel Sprouts
    • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
    • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • Salt & Pepper to taste


    1. Boil Brussel Sprouts for 10-15 minutes depending on desired crunchiness.
    2. While boiling, chop garlic
    3. Put olive oil and chopped garlic into a large saute pan
    4. Remove sprouts and put into large bowl, cover with cool water
    5. On a large cutting board, cut sprouts in half once cool
    6. Saute garlic over medium heat until it is golden brown (~1 min)
    7. Put sprouts in pan an saute approximately 2 min, then turn sides an saute for another 2 min
    8. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.
    9. Add grated parmesan cheese if desired.
    10. Let them sit for a little bit after they are finished cooking to maximize the flavor. Yummy cold as leftovers too!

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    • Lyndsey
      I love this dish! I like to saute shallots in the olive oil, then add garlic and brussel sprouts. Occasionally I'll also add chopped, toasted walnuts.
      • Mihir Shah
        Mihir Shah
        If you like Brussel Sprouts, you'll love this dish. I cooked it in a wok, which was a poor choice. Should have fried the sprouts in a wide pan to really get them all crispy. Will do it next time.
        • Avanti Ketkar
          Avanti Ketkar
          Made this one last night for dinner. It was the first time I worked with Brussel Sprouts and I am glad I did. Delicious Recipe!

          I also added some lemon juice, breadcrumbs and roasted almond powder for some texture. Really good...
          • gourmetgrannie
            This sounds delicious john, I am going to have to try this recipe,
            • Karen Chow
              I just made this the other night...sauteing with oil, chopped garlic, salt & pepper is my standard way of cooking many green (and often leafy) vegetables, including brussel sprouts, broccoli, asparagus, & most Chinese/Asian green leafy vegetables. I've even done this with salad/iceberg lettuce that is starting to get a little wilted. If you want an Asian flavor, add a dash of oyster sauce or soy sauce and sesame oil at the very end.

              I usually DON'T blanch/boil the brussel sprouts--just clean (the water clinging to it helps it cook), cut each sprout in 1/2, and toss into the hot oil/garlic in the pan. Add liquid (water or broth or even white wine) a little at a time until sprouts are soft enough and have browned a bit. Cooking it this way ensures more caramelized/crisp sprouts.
              • trisha brooke
                trisha brooke
                I love sauteed brussel sprouts! They are a requested dish at every Thanksgiving meal at my house. The main difference in yours and mine is that I simply shred raw sprouts, sautee them in olive oil and garlic and add roasted pignoli nuts to finish them (along with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.) Everyone who tries them becomes a convert, even those who say they hate brussel sprouts! They are so sweet and yummy!
                • Grandad
                  Added celery and onion. A day or so later made a delicious omelette with the leftovers!
                  • kate
                    Have been looking for a simple brussel sprouts recipe & this knocks it outta the ballpark. Thanks!!!
                    • John Spottiswood
                      John Spottiswood
                      Thanks for the glowing review, Kate! Glad you enjoyed it.
                    • dawn

                      I just used the sprouts, wish I had made more, kids ate them all.
                      • Smokinhotchef
                        Hey John, Love the simplicity and flavor profile of this recipe. It's good to see a mix of hearty members of the brassicae family together in one dish! Yum


                        • ShaleeDP
                          I am always curious about brussel sprouts. I think this recipe is a good first to try.
                          • Veronica Gantley
                            Veronica Gantley
                            I think Brussel Sprouts get a bad rap. I love the addition of the garlic. I think simple is better. I cant wait to try this with broccoli.
                            • John Spottiswood
                              John Spottiswood
                              I hope you enjoy them Veronica. I LOVE brussels sprouts.
                            • Les
                              I love vegetables and this one looks easy and delicious!
                              Added to my "must try" list. Thanks John!
                              • John Spottiswood
                                John Spottiswood
                                Sometimes simple is the best! I hope you enjoy them Les.
                              • Michele Sloan
                                Michele Sloan
                                Hey John! Thanks to this recipe (with shallots added) my kids ate brussel sprouts for the first time. Jordyn said, "Wow, these are actually really good."
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                                  • Mihir Shah
                                    Mihir Shah
                                    Have you tried making this recipe with other vegetables? What do you think would work?

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