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How to Cook Regular Brussels Sprouts on the Stove

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author image Erica Roth
Erica Roth has been a writer since 2007. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and was a college reference librarian for eight years. Roth earned a Bachelor of Arts in French literature from Brandeis University and Master of Library Science from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Her articles appear on various websites.
How to Cook Regular Brussels Sprouts on the Stove
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Regular, nutritious Brussels sprouts are visually appealing little vegetables; the small green rounds look like tiny cabbages. The slightly bitter flavor of Brussels sprouts, however, is often an acquired taste. Choosing smaller heads of the vegetable, no bigger than 2 inches in diameter, may increase the sweetness and appeal of the sprouts. Cooking regular Brussels sprouts on the stove is easy and a healthy way to get your daily iron, fiber and vitamin C needs.

Boiling or Steaming

Step 1

How to Cook Regular Brussels Sprouts on the Stove
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Wash the regular Brussels sprouts with water and remove any discolored or wilted leaves before cooking.

Step 2

How to Cook Regular Brussels Sprouts on the Stove
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Cut the Brussels sprouts in half to minimize the bitter taste of the vegetable. If you prefer the look of the whole vegetable, leave them intact but cut an X shape at the base of the stem end. The incision helps regulate the vegetable's cooking time so that both the inside and outside of the sprout will cook evenly.

Step 3

How to Cook Regular Brussels Sprouts on the Stove
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Pour water into a cold cooking pot. If boiling, add 1 cup water for each cup of vegetables. If steaming, place a steamer basket into the pot and add 1 to 2 inches of water. Boiling and steaming are similar cooking methods; however, steaming retains more of the nutritional value of the Brussels sprouts than boiling.

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Step 4

How to Cook Regular Brussels Sprouts on the Stove
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Set the cooking pot on the stove on high heat and bring the water to a rolling boil. Add the sprouts to the pot or steamer basket and return the water to a boil. Cook the Brussels sprouts for eight to 10 minutes.

Step 5

How to Cook Regular Brussels Sprouts on the Stove
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Drain the cooked Brussels sprouts or remove them from the steamer basket and run cold water over the vegetables to stop them from cooking further. Serve immediately.

Sauteeing

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How to Cook Regular Brussels Sprouts on the Stove
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Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.

Step 2

How to Cook Regular Brussels Sprouts on the Stove
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Place the washed and prepared Brussels sprouts into the skillet.

Step 3

How to Cook Regular Brussels Sprouts on the Stove
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Add spices or accompaniments as desired, such as onion, garlic, lemon zest or brown sugar.

Step 4

How to Cook Regular Brussels Sprouts on the Stove
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Stir the Brussels sprouts occasionally to prevent the vegetables from sticking to the pan and to encourage even cooking.

Step 5

How to Cook Regular Brussels Sprouts on the Stove
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Poke a knife or fork into a sprout to test for tenderness. Remove the sprouts from the heat once your vegetables are to your desired taste. Sauteeing medium-sized Brussels sprouts may take between five and 15 minutes.

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