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Easy Sautéed Brussels Sprouts

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Easy Sautéed Brussels Sprouts | A simple autumnal side dish that's tasty enough for the holidays!

Easy Sautéed Brussels Sprouts

When your dad asks for a bowl of leftover Brussels sprouts for breakfast, you know they were cooked to perfection. The first time I made these easy sautéed brussels sprouts, I left out the pecans, thinking my kids and the persnickety spouse might actually take a courtesy bite and change their mind about this much-maligned vegetable. Sigh. No way. The pecans added a fabulous crunch, so don’t leave those out unless you have actually Brussels sprouts eaters that don’t like nuts.

These sprouts were cooked with garlic and onions in a mixture of butter and olive oil. Yes, all those flavors penetrated during the cooking process. Last but not least, chopped pecans another wonderful texture. The perfect finishing touch!

I loved getting a little color on the cut side of these sprouts. That caramelization is another flavor enhancement. Just make sure to poke the biggest sprouts with the tip of a sharp knife or a fork to make sure they’re tender. You definitely don’t want to overcook and have mushy veggies either, but that’s harder to do while frying.

Easy Sautéed Brussels Sprouts | A simple autumnal side dish that's tasty enough for the holidays!

Perfect Fall or Thanksgiving Side Dish

So, alas, these easy sautéed Brussels sprouts ended up being a treat for myself, and my dad, that Thanksgiving years ago. The picky ones didn’t care to have even one measly bite. This simple Brussels sprouts recipe is a wonderful side dish whether for a casual weeknight meal or for special company!  I have a feeling your family will be an easier sell than mine!!

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Easy Sautéed Brussels Sprouts

Easy Sautéed Brussels Sprouts

A simple autumnal side dish that's tasty enough for the holidays!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 6


  • 1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup roasted pecans, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


Cook the Brussels sprouts in boiling, salted water until just tender, 3-5 minutes.  Drain and allow to cool slightly.  When cool enough to handle, cut each sprout in half.

Heat butter and oil in a large skillet.  Add onions and cook till golden.  Add minced garlic and Brussels sprouts and saute till sprouts are lightly browned.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Add pecans if using.


Recipe adapted from Saveur magazine.

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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 71 Total Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 74mg Carbohydrates: 10g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 3g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g
 Easy Sautéed Brussels Sprouts | A simple autumnal side dish that's tasty enough for the holidays!

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59 comments on “Easy Sautéed Brussels Sprouts”

  1. Totally the opposite of Christmas cookies, Lizzy! But when cooked well, just as delicious. If your dad asked for these for breakfast, then I’m sure they must have been heavenly!

  2. Yay… two savory posts in a row Liz:)! Everyone in my house adores Brussels Sprouts and would be thrilled to have them served for breakfast too! What a lovely recipe, thanks for sharing.

  3. I love anything with brussels sprouts, and I love Saveur. I’m glad you’re getting the word out about how delicious the sprouts are. Great post!

  4. I like the sound of your Dad, brussell sprouts for breakfast. Yeah! I just bought some brussel sprouts and this sounds like a tasty way to make them. Thanks and have a great day.

  5. oh Liz, I love brussel sprouts. There is not much success here with my kids eating them though. 🙂 These look great!

  6. Heres one for me… noone else will eat them hear but i love them yours look like they are calling me!

  7. Brussels sprout for breakfast…I’ll stick with cheerios.

  8. 1/2 stick butter! Now we’re talking! Love buttery sprouts! 🙂

  9. I am not big on this veggie, but your picture does tempt. Perhaps this recipe is just what I need to make these sprouts a little bit more popular around here! Have a great day Lizzie.

  10. I am not big on this veggie, but your picture does tempt. Perhaps this recipe is just what I need to make these sprouts a little bit more popular around here! Have a great day Lizzie.

  11. My family never was crazy about brussels sprouts until we started sauteeing them too, with some bacon.

  12. Ha! Even though my husband and son like them, I usually finish off the leftovers myself, as a side to eggs for breakfast, side to sandwich at lunch, or just a snack themselves – Yum! I agree, adding nuts gives a nice crunch and go really well with brussels sprouts. Nice try, through, Lizzy!!!

  13. Oh I love that beautifully browned brussels sprouts! I cooked it twice with Nami’s recipe: Brussels Spouts with Bacon and Thyme and I love it! It’s the very first time I tried brussels sprouts and I like its unique nice taste. 😉
    Shall try your recipe the next time. 😉

  14. As much as I love sweet stuff, this time of year really has me craving good wholesome food to counter balance all the goodies!

  15. I’m a big fan of brussels sprouts and probably just make them for myself every year for Thanksgiving. These do look perfectly cooked!

  16. I want these for breakfast too 🙂 They look so perfect and mouthwatering. Yum!

  17. I have recently had my first successful I-like-Brussel-sprouts-moment, and now I want more! This looks gorgeous, and hey, I don’t discriminate against any food at any time of the day 😉

  18. Nice, simple and perfect for us Lizzy, you know we need at least one veg to go with our rice and this sprout recipe of yours fits well.

  19. This reminds me – must pick some up when next at the market. I so enjoy this vegetable;-)

  20. Haha, yes, this is quite a change from the cookies! These look good and I’ve never seen them on the stalks like that before!

  21. Perfect side dish, I love Brussels sprouts! And I love veggies in the midst of so many holiday sweet treats!

  22. Like many people, I don’t usually go for these…but you are a trusted source…so….

  23. I did brussels sprouts too for Thanksgiving.
    I like that you saute them so that add a nice crunch.
    Love it with roasted pecans. Delicious!!!

  24. I adore brussels sprout and my husband abhors them. What is a woman to do? Make these for herself, of course. Thanks for sharing this.

  25. I love them !

  26. I love the simplicity of sauteed brussels sprouts…with chopped pecans, it would be like heaven for me! YUM!

  27. The trick to making brussels sprouts good…when they aren’t roasted… fry them in butter. NOM NOM.

  28. I can never ever get enough of Brussel sprouts!!! One of my top 5 veggies for sure. I’ll have to try your recipe one day – I probably leave the pecans out too. Can’t wait to try this out!

  29. No fair… where in the world did you find that gorgeous bunch of Brussels sprouts?

    I love them too. I have 2 pounds in the fridge – will give this recipe a try this week.


  30. Brussels Sprouts? They seem to be all over the place lately. I have never tried them – they scare me!! This sounds like a great recipe though, might have to give it a try!

  31. Brussels Sprouts? They seem to be all over the place lately. I have never tried them – they scare me!! This sounds like a great recipe though, might have to give it a try!

  32. Nice to see a brussel sprouts recipe. It seems like not that many people seem to like them, but I happen to love them. They are so delicious (and healthy!) stir fried or just plain boiled!

  33. One of the things I miss about living in California is having the ability to to get brussel sprouts direct from the farms attached to the stalk like you have pictured. Oh so good.

    My “Liz” would love this recipe, because for once she wouldn’t have me putting bacon in with the sprouts. 😉

  34. Don’t you just love to buy brussel sprouts on the stalk? It feels like you are “harvesting” your crop, and they seem so much fresher. I love them.


  35. My husband loves this vegetable and I think this version is super! Thanks for sharing.

  36. Your brussel spout on the stalk looks so cool. It never comes like that at my stores. I love brussel sprouts and your dish looks like a winner. Love the addition of pecans. 🙂 PS.. Good to hear that was your Thanksgiving turkey yesterday, I did a lot of cooking from Thanksgiving too and it gave me over a week of posts. I posted my first “curry” recipe in a while today.:)

  37. Anch’io cucino i cavolini di Bruxelles così!!! A mio marito e a mia figlia non piacciono molto.. invece io li adoro, come tutta la verdura!!!
    E’ sempre un piacere passare a trovarti!!!
    Un bacio!!!!

  38. Add me as yet another lover of the sprouts. I swear I could happily eat them daily. And sauteing them is my favorite way to make them. Yum!!

  39. I love getting the brussels sprouts that come on the stalk–they are so cool-looking! I’ll have to try sauteeing them–I’m always partial to roasting them.

  40. The Peppermint Bark Snowflakes are still fresh in my memory and seeing brussel sprouts is a bit of a shock to the system:) I only made this once, now tempted to have another go

  41. Cooking Brussels Sprouts tonight – very similar. Toying with adding bacon – I guess that’s cheating.

  42. mmmm I love sprouts! I love making cream soup with them during winter or baking them in the oven with some onions and cheese 🙂 And they also go great with some red pepper 🙂

  43. Your dad had them for breakfast…too funny 🙂 They do look amazing!
    Hope you are having a great week

  44. I am making myself like this veggie more with the years…all that butter and pecans would help a lot 🙂

  45. any veggie paired with nuts is a winner in my book 🙂 these look fab!

  46. Brussel sprouts for Breakfast, not sure. But yours look good.

  47. This is just about the same way that my husband makes his. Nice, simple, and delicious!

  48. sauteed brussels sprouts? yes is for me too!

  49. A great preparations for brussels sprouts, I like the idea of adding pecans.

  50. I havent’t eaten brussel sprouts in years, I am not a big fan. But I have to say this recipe sound good, maybe I will have to try it.

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