Easy Brussel Sprouts Recipe seasoned simply with salt and pepper. Pan-fried in butter and olive oil, they are easy to make and delicious! It is the perfect simple side dish. This festive dish is finished with a sprinkle of pomegranate arils to brighten the flavors!
Sautéed Brussels Sprouts
Did you guys know I'm the (self-proclaimed) Queen of Brussels Sprouts? Tis true! If you look up How to Steam Brussels sprouts in google, little ole' Bowl Me Over is on the first page in google, something I'm really proud of.
I do like Brussels sprouts - pan-fried, steamed or roasted - never met one I didn't like.
And oooh! Don't forget about pickled. Topping off a Whiskey Old Fashioned (sour of course) with a spear of pickled Brussels? YUM!!!
How about you? Sautéed Brussel sprouts - love 'em or hate? Your choice and there's no wrong answer!
Pan-fried Brussels Sprouts are an easy way to enjoy a great side dish. It only takes 10 minutes to cook. This is a quick and easy dish made with simple ingredients.
- brussels sprouts - choose bright green, firm sprouts.
- butter and olive oil - to caramelize the vegetables
- salt and pepper - for seasoning
- pomegranate seeds - to brighten the flavor of this dish
This sautéed brussel sprout recipe is very simple. You'll start by cleaning them. I have step-by-step directions here to store and clean them, but let me walk through the basics with you.
- Rinse well under cool water. Dry completely.
- Trim the end of the sprouts and remove any brown leaves.
- Slice in half.
Pretty simple, huh?!!
Now they are ready to cook!
- Clean the sprouts, trim ends and slice in half.
- Place a cast-iron skillet over medium heat on the stovetop.
- Add butter and olive oil.
- Next, add the sliced brussel sprouts, cut side down.
- Saute uncovered. Do not stir, allow to cook for five minutes.
- Give a good stir, allow to cook for another 2-3 minutes.
- Using a fork, check to see if they are tender. If not, cook for another couple of minutes.
The key to caramelizing Brussels sprouts in butter and olive is allowing them to cook and sauté undisturbed. Don't stir or push them around the pan. Allow them to roast. If you stir them around too much, they will steam as opposed to caramelizing.
When you choose Brussels at the grocery store, look for bright green colors, including the stem. If the stem is brown or dark, discard it.
They are best if used within the first couple of days of bringing them home. You'll know brussel sprouts are bad if they have a strong odor. They shouldn't smell that way! If that's the case just discard them.
Seasoning the sprouts simply with salt and pepper enhances their flavor. See that dark brown caramelization and how the edges are brown and crispy?
That's what gives them flavor!
When it comes to sautéing, brown food tastes good and the best way to get that is patience. Allow your pan and the ingredients to do the work for you.
Dry the sprouts off completely before sautéing - if they aren't dry they will steam, rather than crisp up.
No pomegranate seeds? Use dried cranberries. They are super festive as well!
If the cranberries are dried out and gummy rehydrate them by soaking in ginger ale - that will plump them right up!
Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad - This easy to make salad is delicious, healthy and full of crunch! Topped with a tangy dressing and fresh fruit, it's a great side salad!
Butternut Squash Pasta Recipe - with a creamy butternut squash sauce, Brussels sprouts and mushrooms. This is excellent!
Classic Steamed Brussels Sprouts - a wonderful healthy side dish that only takes minutes to make. Steaming them keeps them bright, green and fresh!
Still hungry for great side dishes? I gotcha covered - be sure to check out Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes. Now it's not just for T-Day but for holidays, Sunday dinners and every day of the week.
Need another reason to eat your veggies? Give this Braised Swiss Chard Recipe a try next!
More delicious vegetable side dishes
I'm a veggie gal, what can I say? A great side dish is often overlooked, but let's change all that! Be sure and try this recipe for Pan-Roasted Vegetables, they make their own sauce while cooking, YUM!
Another favorite of mine is Buttered Rutabagas - so delicious! Here are a few more I think you'll really enjoy!
Chard may be something you've passed by in the store, but I'm telling. you once you learn how to cook Swiss chard, you'll be making it often!
This simple side is perfect with so many meals!
Serve it with this bone-in prime rib recipe - perfect with a rich meal.
It's traditional to serve it with your holiday meal, so if you're making this easy turkey recipe it would be yummy there too!
If you are expecting a small crowd for the holidays, make this crockpot pot turkey and stuffing and serve the sautéed Brussels sprouts also - delicious!
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Sautéed Brussel Sprouts
- 1 ½ pounds Brussels sprouts
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ cup pomegranate arils optional
- Run the Brussels sprouts under cold water to clean them well. Trim the ends and remove any brown leaves and discard. Slice them in half.
- Place a cast iron skillet over medium heat on the stovetop. Add the butter and olive oil, heat until hot and bubbly.
- Next add the sliced brussel sprouts. Flip them over so the cut side is flat on the bottom of the pan.Saute uncovered and undisturbed for 5 minutes. Do not stir, allow to cook and caramelize.
- Give a good stir, allow to cook for another 2-3 minutes, again let it cook and caramelize.
- Using a fork, check to see if they are tender. If not cook for another couple of minutes. When tender remove and spoon into a serving dish. Top with pomegranate arils.