An easy, super-quick and utterly delicious recipe for golden, crusted Brussels sprouts with crisp Parmesan cheese.
If so, Parmesan-Crusted Brussels sprouts is an incredibly easy — and fast — recipe you’re going to love.
Have you ever tasted parmesan crisps? They’re highly tasty (and addictive) snacks made by heaping grated parmesan cheese on a baking sheet and baking until the heaps melt and turn into lacy cracker-like discs.
That’s kind of what happens in this recipe.
First the sprouts are briefly cooked in boiling water before a getting a good dousing of olive oil and grated parmesan.
Then they go under the broiler for a few minutes. The cheese melts into those delectable crisp bits while the Brussels sprouts caramelize and brown.
You get a great mixture of texture with the cheese, whole sprouts and some of the stray leaves that turn extra-dark and crisp. Yum!
You can sometimes find Brussels sprouts on their stalks in some markets, especially in late fall.
I love to buy them this way — since you can pluck them off right before cooking, they couldn’t be any fresher if they were grown in your own garden.
I’ve always been intrigued by the unusual beauty of Brussels sprouts.
Their miniature cabbage-like form and their distinctive taste, a combination of cauliflower and broccoli., really does it for me.
And like cauliflower and broccoli — all siblings in the Brassica family — they take well to roasting and charring. It’s one of my favorite ways to cook them.
More Recipes for Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower:
parmesan-crusted brussels sprouts
Yield 4 servings
If your Brussels sprouts are more than 1-inch in diameter, slice them in half.
Make sure to set your timer for the par-boiling step - overcooking the Brussels sprouts will turn them dark green and mushy.
- 1 pound Brussels sprouts, stem ends trimmed and larger sprouts cut in half
- Kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon
- Bring a medium pot of water to a boil and add 2 teaspoons salt.
- Add the Brussels sprouts and cook for exactly 5 minutes. Drain.
- Heat the broiler to high with a rack placed 6 inches from the heat source.
- Transfer the sprouts to a rimmed baking sheet. Toss with the oil and the parmesan.
- Place under the hot broiler until the sprouts are golden and the cheese is bubbling, about 5 minutes depending on the power of your broiler. Rotate the pan and stir the sprouts around about halfway through.
- Sprinkle with salt and serve.
Hi there! I’m Karen, a mother of two and a professionally trained cook certified in holistic nutrition.
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