Green beans and Brussels sprouts recipe

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Brussels sprouts and beans with mint butter is a lovely way to spruce up a tired sprouts recipe. This simple recipe is ready in under 25 minutes

  • Vegetarian
  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Five A DayOne
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories62 Kcal3%
Fat4 g6%
Saturated Fat2 g10%

Minted butter is a great fresh way to spruce up this festive green beans and Brussels sprouts recipe.

At a Thanksgiving Dinner you would rarely see a sprout in attendance. Green beans are the order of the day, so this recipe combines British festive traditions with American ones, to give you the best of both worlds. Unlike Gordon Ramsay's Brussels sprouts recipe, this dish is suitable for vegetarians. Fresh mint, not dried, is essential to get the best flavour. You can do a lot of this recipe in advance, keeping the veg and the butter in the fridge until the last stage, but the whole recipe is very quick anyway.


  • 500g (1lb) Brussels sprouts, trimmed
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 250g (8oz) Helda, runner or French beans, trimmed and cut on the diagonal
  • 30g (1oz) butter
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint




  1. Bring a large pan of water to the boil, add the sprouts and some salt. Bring back to the boil and simmer for 3 minutes. Add the beans, bring back to the boil and cook for another 2 minutes.
  2. Drain the vegetables well and run them under cold running water to refresh them. Drain well again. Set aside in bowl until ready to serve.
  3. Soften the butter and mix in the mint.
  4. Just before serving, put the sprouts and beans in a large bowl. Cover and microwave on high for 3-4 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking, until piping hot. Tip into a serving dish and top with the mint-flavoured butter and plenty of seasoning.

Top tips for making green beans and Brussels sprouts

The best Brussels for a clean and simple recipe like this are small, firm and compact. Later in the season they can get larger, which makes them taste more like cabbage and really large ones can even get a bit bitter. With those we think it’s best to mix them with strong flavoured additions like bacon or chorizo.

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Octavia Lillywhite
Food and Lifestyle Writer

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.