Lemon Brussels sprouts recipe

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Sauteed lemon brussels sprouts are perfect for Christmas dinner. The whole family are going to love tucking into these tasty veggies

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Serves4
SkillEasy
Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Five A DayOne
Cost RangeCheap

This lemon Brussels sprouts recipe is a fresh take on sprouts, sautéed for a crisp coating and enriched with lemon juice.

Lemon is a surprising partner for sprouts but it’s worth trying because it really works. It changes the flavour and adds a zingy freshness to the green of the sprouts. We would never recommend overboiling your sprouts because it leads to greying, mushy veg that smells awful. However, sautéeing is a different beast. We recommend frying these for a little longer than you would normally think because that blackened char brings a gorgeous smoky flavour to the Brussels which, again, works so well with the lemon. Add some pancetta to the mix, just like our popular Brussels sprouts recipe (opens in new tab) for a salty twist.

Ingredients

  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 450g Brussels sprouts
  • 2 large pinches of coarse sea salt
  • 1 lemon, juice only

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Method

  1. Trim the spouts and cut each in half.
  2. Steam over a pan of boiling water for 6 minutes and remove from the heat.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan on a medium-high heat and add the Brussels sprouts ensuring they are in an even layer across the pan.
  4. Allow to fry on one side for 3-4 minutes before turning them over. Fry for a further 3 minutes until they are just turning crispy.
  5. Remove from the pan, sprinkle with salt and a really good squeeze of lemon juice. Serve immediately.

Top tips for making lemon Brussels sprouts

For extra decadence, chop a clove of garlic and add to the pan just before the halved sprouts, along with a pinch of dried chilli flakes. Sprinkle with some freshly grated parmesan cheese before serving, too.

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Octavia Lillywhite
Octavia Lillywhite

Octavia Lillywhite is an award-winning food and lifestyle journalist with over 15 years of experience. With a passion for creating beautiful, tasty family meals that don’t use hundreds of ingredients or anything you have to source from obscure websites, she’s a champion of local and seasonal foods, using up leftovers and composting, which, she maintains, is probably the most important thing we all can do to protect the environment.