How to cook Brussels sprouts

Serve the perfect side of sprouts at Christmas with our classic recipe. Plus, read our tips on buying, cooking and freezing this gorgeous green veg, plus recipe variations.

  • Prep:5 mins
    Cook:10 mins
  • Serves 8
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 47
  • fat 1g
  • saturates 0.3g
  • carbs 4g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 4g
  • protein 3g
  • salt 0.02g


  • 750g Brussels sprouts trimmed, any large ones halved or quartered


  1. Tip the sprouts into a pan and add a couple of cm water and a pinch of salt – a large pan works better so they're not piled up too high. Cover and bring the water to the boil, turn down to a simmer and cook with the lid on for 3- 5 mins depending on size.

  2. Test with a sharp knife to see if they are cooked through. If not, cook for a little longer and test again.

  3. Drain and tip the sprouts into a bowl.

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