Our 9 Best Brussels Sprouts Recipes for Any Occasion

Slice them, spice them, shave them...you'll be surprised by all the ways to prepare this underrated veggie.

Top View of Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Pancetta Served in a White Bowl on Top of Blue Fabric, with Metal Spoon and Small Metal Bowl of Peppered Oil to the Left
Photo: Anna Williams

Think you don't like Brussels sprouts? We promise that these tempting, easy-to-make recipes for sides and mains will change your mind. Whether you prefer them roasted with pieces of pancetta, sautéed in sesame oil with ginger and soy sauce, tossed into pasta with Pecorino, or shaved and sprinkled over pizza, there's a Brussels sprouts recipe here for every flavor palette.

Remember: When shopping, look for Brussels sprouts that feel firm to the touch. Skip over sprouts that have leaves with holes or appear wrinkly or shriveled. If you spot a few yellowish or dry-looking outer leaves, that's fine, but make sure the leaves look like they're tightly layered.

The best tool for prepping your Brussels sprouts is a paring knife—the small blade and lightweight handle give you full control and make removing the stem a breeze. Store them in the crisper drawer of your fridge in an airtight bag and (ideally) consume them within three days of purchasing for optimal flavor.

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Crispy Brussels Sprouts With Pancetta and Lemon

Top View of Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Pancetta Served in a White Bowl on Top of Blue Fabric, with Metal Spoon and Small Metal Bowl of Peppered Oil to the Left
Anna Williams

A crispy Brussels sprouts dish is delicious, but a crispy Brussels sprouts with pancetta? That's heaven. The bacon-like cubes of ham release mouthwatering, umami-flavored fat onto the pan, which gets soaked up by the sprouts as they roast. Usually you'd have to fry Brussels sprouts to get them adequately caramelized, but the pancetta boosts crispiness (and plenty of deliciously rich and salty flavor).

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Spicy Asian Chicken With Brussels Sprouts

Spicy Asian Chicken With Brussels Sprouts
Con Poulos

Pro tip: Make quick work of preparing the sprouts in this recipe by slicing them in a food processor. Once they're sliced, saute them in sesame oil with soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and rice vinegar for a deliciously salty-savory companion to chicken and rice. Top with plenty of chopped peanuts.

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Brussels Sprout Pizza With Lemon and Pecorino

Brussels Sprouts Flatbread
Brie Passano

This seasonal flatbread feeds a crowd, which makes it just as suitable an idea for a family-friendly weeknight main as it is as a starter at your next dinner party. It comes together quickly, but if you'd like to speed up the prep work even more, you can shave Brussels sprouts in your food processor or buy pre-packed shredded sprouts.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Pecans

Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Pecans
John Kernick

Chopped pecans add a nutty crunch to the tender sprouts.

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05 of 09

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Grapes

Roasted Brussel Sprouts Recipe and Grapes
Gentl & Hyers

Give this side dish an unexpected sweet spin with roasted grapes.

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Sautéed Brussels Sprouts With Bacon and Raisins

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts With Bacon and Golden Raisins
Justin Bernhaut

Sweet meets savory in this delicious side dish that can be made up to one day ahead.

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Rigatoni With Roasted Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts

Rigatoni With Roasted Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts
José Picayo

Roast the vegetables separately, then toss with the cooked pasta along with grated pecorino and olive oil.

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Maple-Glazed Salmon With Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Maple-Glazed Salmon With Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Jonny Valiant

A mixture of maple syrup and mustard dresses up salmon fillets.

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Ravioli With Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

Ravioli With Brussels Sprouts and Bacon
Christopher Baker

You can also serve the easy Brussels sprout sauté as a side dish for chicken or pork.

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