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5-Minute Steamed Brussels Sprouts with Parsley Butter

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Cook perfectly steamed Brussels sprouts in just 5 minutes. Simply steaming Brussels sprouts in the microwave or on the stovetop is really the BEST way to preserve their sweet, nutty flavor and crisp-tender texture. Toss them with a rich-tasting garlic parsley butter for the best quick vegetable side dish!

A platter of steamed Brussels sprouts tossed with melted butter and herbs.
Perfectly sweet and tender steamed Brussels sprouts with garlic butter and parsley.

If you’ve only tried making roasted Brussels sprouts (which are fantastic, btw), preparing them steamed is a game-changer!

Steaming Brussels sprouts preserves more of the nutrients and antioxidants than any other cooking method. And they turn out tasting like crisp-tender, sweet little nuggets. Plus they’re just about the quickest veggie side dish you can cook.

To cook Brussels sprouts perfectly without overcooking, the goal is to preserve their bright green color while keeping the texture tender, not too soft or mushy. Keep reading to learn how to make them!


about Brussels sprouts

  • Brussels sprouts are members of the Brassica family, specifically brassica oleracea. They’re closely related to cabbage, mustard greens, cauliflower and broccoli. And they look just like little baby cabbages!
  • They were grown in the 13th century in Belgium (hence their name), but are said to have originated in Rome, Italy.
  • Brussels sprouts are versatile to eat. Eat them raw, shaved into a Brussels sprouts slaw; roast them on a sheet pan with Parmesan cheese until sweet and caramelized or enjoy them simply steamed.
Fresh Brussels sprouts in a colander, surrounded by dishes of butter, garlic cloves and parsley.

About the ingredients

  • Brussels sprouts: Look for fresh Brussels sprouts year-round in grocery stores or in late summer and early fall in farmer’s markets. You can sometimes find them still on their stalks, but most likely they’ll be picked and bagged for convenience. Choose firm sprouts with green leaves (yellowing leaves means they’ve been hanging around a while).
  • Butter: Salted or unsalted butter works deliciously in this recipe. Or splurge on a good, European-style butter for amazing flavor.
  • Garlic: Use one clove of fresh garlic. I prefer to use a rasp grater to make a quick paste, but you can also chop it finely.
  • Parsley: Fresh chopped parsley adds a bright flavor and color to the garlic butter. You can blend in other fresh herb you like, such as basil, chives, tarragon or thyme.

How to prep Brussels sprouts:

Make the herbed garlic butter

Techniques for steaming Brussels sprouts

  • Microwave the Brussels sprouts on high heat 4 minutes. They should look bright green and and feel fork tender.

To steam Brussels sprouts on the stovetop: Place the seasoned Brussels sprouts in a colander or steamer basket that fits into large saucepan with a cover. Bring two inches of water to a boil in the pan, then add the colander to the pan and cover. Cook about 5 minutes, until they’re bright green and a small knife can be inserted easily, with a little resistance. Try not to overcook them. Drain the water from the pan, add the Brussels sprouts and herb butter and toss until the butter is melted.

Different ways to season Brussels sprouts

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Buttered brussels sprouts on a platter with a serving spoon.

5-Minute Steamed Brussels Sprouts with Parsley Butter

Karen Tedesco
Make perfectly steamed Brussels sprouts in just 5 minutes! Simply steaming Brussels sprouts in the microwave or on the stovetop is really the BEST way to preserve their sweet, nutty flavor and texture. Toss them with a rich-tasting garlic parsley butter for the best quick vegetable side dish.
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5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Vegetables
Cuisine Vegetarian
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

Parsley Garlic Butter

  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) butter, salted or unsalted, softened at room temperature
  • 1 clove garlic, grated or finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley

Brussels sprouts

  • 1 pound (450 g) brussels sprouts
  • 1 tablespoon (30 ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions 

Mix the parsley butter

  • Blend the butter with the garlic and 1 tablespoon of the parsley in a small bowl.

Prepare the Brussels sprouts

  • Trim the stem ends off the Brussels sprouts. Halve any that are larger than 1 ½-inches in diameter — this ensures they cook evenly and quickly. Put them in a microwave safe bowl and toss with the olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt and ground black pepper to taste.
  • Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Poke 3-4 holes in the top of the plastic with the tip of a knife. Microwave on high heat for 4 minutes — they should be bright green and fork-tender.
  • Use a pair of oven mits to remove the Brussels sprouts from the microwave (the bowl will be very hot). Carefully remove the plastic wrap and discard. Add the parsley butter to the bowl. Cook one more minute in the microwave.
  • Transfer the Brussels sprouts to a serving bowl or platter, scraping out all the butter sauce. Top with the remaining chopped parsley and serve.

Karen’s Notes and Tips

  • Variations: Garnish the dish with grated Parmesan cheese, chopped nuts (such as almonds, pine nuts, hazelnuts), or toasted fresh breadcrumbs for crunchy texture.
  • Add in about 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest and lemon juice to the parsley butter.
  • To double or triple the recipe for a larger crowd, cook the Brussels sprouts in separate batches in the microwave.
  • To steam Brussels sprouts on the stovetop: Place the seasoned Brussels sprouts in a colander or steamer basket that fits into large saucepan with a cover. Bring two inches of water to a boil in the pan, then add the colander to the pan and cover. Cook about 5 minutes, until they’re bright green and a small knife can be inserted easily, with a little resistance. Try not to overcook them. Drain the water from the pan, add the Brussels sprouts and herb butter and toss until the butter is melted.

Nutrition

Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 465mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1036IU | Vitamin C: 99mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 2mg
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7 Comments

  1. Wow, I made this recipie yesterday and it was so good and also so easy!

  2. Wow, this looks delicious! I will try this for our Christmas dinner. Thanks!!!

  3. i love catching up on your blog. so many recipes that I want to try. i just made your pancakes this past weekend – they are still the best thing ever! hope you are well.. hugs

  4. I am so pleased to see a post from you. I have grown to adore brussels sprouts. When I was younger I never cared for them, but over the last few years I have come to really enjoy them. This recipe sound wonderful, and as always looks beautiful. Thanks!

    1. Marta, how funny! Mine did it to me with rapini, and I love it now too.