How do you cook brussels sprouts? Simply and quickly is the answer so that you seal in their goodness and maintain their crunchy texture.
450g brussels sprouts
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1. Prepare the sprouts: remove the tough stem and discard any loose or discoloured outer leaves.
2. Bring 500ml water to the boil in a large saucepan. Add 1 teaspoon of salt to the water. Put the sprouts in the water and continue boiling for 4 minutes. You should be able to pierce them with a sharp knife but they should not be soft. Drain.
3. Melt the butter in a large frying pan. Add the sprouts and cook over a medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve.
How to cook brussels sprouts in advance
– You can do everything to the end of step 2, then rinse the sprouts in cold water to stop them cooking. Leave until completely cold and chill them in a covered bowl. When it is time, reheat them in a steamer or microwave, or boil them for a couple of minutes in hot water – finish with a knob of butter, season and serve.
Other ways to cook brussels sprouts
Slice the brussels sprouts finely with a sharp knife. Fry for about two minutes in butter in a frying pan until they wilt. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
You can also pull the leaves of the brussels sprouts apart, blanch them in boiling water for one minute, drain, then fry them in butter and season with salt and black pepper. This makes a lovely presentation on the plate and even those people who hate brussels sprouts usually like them cooked this way.