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How To Cut Brussels Sprouts in 3 Easy Ways

We love sprouts, any way you slice ‘em.

roasted brussels sprouts with browned butter
Romulo Yanes

Learn how to cut Brussels sprouts, and you’ll be equipped to try so many delicious recipes starring the crunchy green veggie. From Brussels sprouts with bacon to sliced sprouts on pizza, or even raw, lemony Brussels sprouts salads, there’s so much you can do with this little cabbage. So let’s get started, shall we?

How to prepare Brussels sprouts

While there’s no right way to prep Brussels sprouts, there are three methods that we use most often for our favorite holiday side dish or easy weeknight meal: Halved, sliced or cut for blanching. For any of these preparations, first trim the sprout by slicing off the stem end and discarding any tough or discolored outer leaves.

To halve Brussels sprouts, cut the trimmed sprout in half lengthwise.

To slice Brussels sprouts, keep the sprout whole, then thinly slice crosswise.

For blanching, cut an "X" in the bottom of the trimmed sprout before adding to simmering water. This helps the sprout cook more evenly, allowing the center to cook at the same rate as the outer layers. 

How to cook Brussels sprouts

Halved Brussels sprouts are best tossed with oil, salt and pepper and roasted at 400°F for 20 to 25 minutes. Be sure to arrange the cut sides of the sprouts down on the baking sheet so they get extra golden brown and crispy. Then, just toss the cooked sprouts with your favorite add-ins (we love Brussels sprouts with pepitas and figs!) for a healthy, hearty side.

Try sliced Brussels sprouts scattered on top of pizza before baking, sautéed and stirred into pasta, or simply enjoyed raw with your favorite vinaigrette. And for those "X" marked sprouts? Add them to a pot of well-salted, simmering water and cook for 7-10 minutes, until just tender when pierced with the tip of a knife. Drain the sprouts and toss them with any seasonings you like, such as lemon juice or vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. 

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Yields: 8 servings
Total Time: 0 hours 30 mins
2 lb.

Brussels sprouts, halved


red onions, cut into 1/2-in.-thick wedges

2 tbsp.

olive oil

Kosher salt and pepper

4 tbsp.

unsalted butter

1/3 c.

sliced almonds

1/4 c.

golden raisins

2 tbsp.

fresh lemon juice

  1. Heat oven to 400°F. On large rimmed baking sheet, toss Brussels sprouts, onions, oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Turn Brussels sprouts cut side down and roast until golden brown and tender, 20 to 25 minutes; transfer to platter.
  2. Five minutes before Brussels sprouts are finished, melt butter in medium skillet on medium until foaming. Add almonds and cook, stirring, until almonds and butter are golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add raisins, lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon salt and swirl pan to combine. Spoon brown butter mixture over sprouts and onions.

MAKE AHEAD: Refrigerate roasted Brussels sprouts and onions up to 1 day. To serve, bring to room temp, then warm at 375°F for about 10 minutes. Prepare brown butter sauce and spoon over vegetables as directed.

How to cut Brussels sprouts

trimming ends off brussels sprouts
Mike Garten

For all of these methods, first trim ends off Brussels sprouts. Discard any tough or discolored outer leaves.

How to cut Brussels sprouts for roasting or sautéing

halving brussels sprouts
Mike Garten

Halve sprouts lengthwise. Arrange cut side down on the baking sheet or skillet to get them nicely golden-brown and crisp.

How to cut Brussels sprouts for eating raw

thinly slicing brussels sprouts
Mike Garten

Thinly slice whole Brussels sprouts. This can also be done using the slicing attachment of a food processor.

How to cut Brussels sprouts for blanching

cutting an x in the bottom of brussels sprouts
Mike Garten

Cut an "X" in the bottom of the sprout, slicing about 1/2 inch deep.

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