How to Clean & Cut Brussels Sprouts

Brussel sprout is a green colored vegetable and is a member of the group of cabbages. Brussel sprout looks like a little cabbage and has an estimated diameter of 3 to 4 cm.

Brussel sprouts are cooked in different ways using different recipes, each dish has its own taste and appearance. Other green vegetables of the same family are also very little and are cooked in different ways too.

Brussel sprouts were not liked by many people years ago, but as new and delicious recipes were introduced of preparing them, people started to eat them more often.

How to prepare Brussel sprouts?

It is important for people to know how to cut and clean Brussel sprouts. First of all you need to chop off all the buds from the stock of Brussel sprouts. The surface leaves that are loose and dirty also need to be chopped off to clean the Brussel sprouts.

The buds you cut earlier need to be of similar sizes if you want to cook them properly. Once you have cut and cleaned the Brussel sprouts you can prepare them by boiling, steaming, frying etc.

Brussel sprouts are mostly roasted because by roasting you get a decent flavor out of it. Also, you can add toppings such as mustard, parmesan cheese, pepper etc.

Growth of Brussel

The growth of Brussel sprouts varies according to the temperature. The temperature at which Brussel sprouts have the highest growth is 15 to 18 degree Celsius. The fields are harvested within 3 to 6 months of planting them.

You can either cut the whole stalk at one time or pick each sprout individually which is time-consuming, or you can use the harvester which is efficient and even faster.

The commercial yield of Brussel sprouts equal nearly nine hundred grams, normally a stalk has around 1.5kgs.

Brussel sprouts are mostly used in winters. It is at the center at the Christmas dinner, this is kind of a tradition to have Brussel sprouts at the Christmas dinner.

How to clean Brussel sprouts?

There are three steps to clean your Brussel sprouts which are as follows;

1. Removing sprouts from the stalk

The first step in cleaning the Brussel sprouts is detaching the sprouts from the stem. Sometimes when you get to see them in the market they are not separated from the stem, looking very bad.

It is just the dirty looking stem and the way sprouts are attached to it that make them look ugly, but there is nothing to worry about, sprouts when cut are very fresh. People usually buy the bigger sprouts and cut them off the stem at home.

Just like the size of sprouts vary, stems also have different sizes and thickness. When you detach the stem to cut sprouts the loose leaves fall off, they are mostly the leaves you yourself have to remove to clean the Brussel sprouts because they are witty and discolored. After this step, you would be left with loose sprouts which you would have to clean further.

2. Cleaning of the loose sprouts

Now that you have separated the sprouts from the stem its time you clean the loose sprouts. For that, you have to take off the upper leaves that are witty and dirty.

Now you have separated the wittiest part of the Brussel sprouts. Next, you need to wash the layers left after removing the upper ones. You should rinse it properly before cutting because if you cut it before washing the inner part will also absorb the dirt. `

If the dirt is absorbed by the inner layers your food will get unhealthy and rather than getting its nutrition you will get sick. It is of sheer importance to take care of such things otherwise it would be of no use.  Your health and safety should always be your first priority.

Also, if you want to make sure that no dirt is left and you have cleaned the Brussel sprouts thoroughly, use cold water and rub each piece individually. Any lingering dirt will also be removed and you can now safely cook and eat without harming your health.

Watch the video below to learn how to clean the Brussel sprouts.


3. Cutting of sprouts

The last step of the three steps to clean Brussel sprouts is the cutting. First think of how you will serve you cooked food, then decide how and in what shape you are going to cut them.

You can peel off their leaves if you want to use them in a salad, or you can boil or roast them without cutting. It depends on how you would like to eat them.

How do people normally cook Brussel sprouts?

You first need to soften the hard leaves of the Brussel sprouts, you can do this in two ways. One way is to rub each leaf softly with a little salt applying on it. Make sure you do not rub it hard, it would tear apart otherwise.

Another way of doing so is chopping off leaves in smaller parts in a form of a shredded slaw. To keep the sprouts from moving around the cutting board, split them the long way and lay them chop side down before meagerly cutting.

Entire sprout can also be thinly chopped which would make more of a slaw but still be very delicious and tasty.

How to serve Brussel sprouts?

A dressing of Brussel sprouts with fatty and self-assured flavors is liked very much. Make sure you have softened the leaves before by massaging each one of them, otherwise the dish would not look presentable. Your food must have lots of olive oil, it makes the dish way better.

Nutritional value of Brussel sprouts

When you roast the Brussel sprouts they become sweet in taste and the roasting makes them crispy and it removes its sulfurous odor which is unpleasant for many. Brussel sprouts have very low levels of saturated fats and low levels of cholesterol. The sprouts included Thiamin and Riboflavin which are important proteins required by the body.

This green vegetable has high contents of proteins and just one meal of Brussel sprouts will provide your body loads of vitamin C and vitamin K.

The green vegetable is a part of the cruciferous family. This family of vegetables also includes broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and collard greens. All the vegetables in this family have very low calories in them. Hence this is the ideal meal for people who are on a diet or who intend to lose weight.

If you eat just one meal of Brussel sprouts your body will get the following minerals and vitamins; manganese, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, choline, copper, vitamin B1, potassium, phosphorus and Omega-3 fatty acids.

Different methods of cooking Brussel sprouts

Roasted Brussel sprouts

Trim the Brussel sprouts. Put the trimmed Brussel sprouts in a plastic bag. Add olive oil, kosher salt, and pepper to the bag. Seal the plastic bag and shake the bag to coat the Brussel sprouts. Place the coated Brussel sprouts on a baking sheet and place the sheet in a preheated oven for about 30 to 45 minutes. Make sure that the Brussel sprouts are evenly browned.

Crispy Brussel sprouts


  • 1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Cut the Brussel sprouts in small pieces. Preheat your oven. The temperature of the oven should be 400 F before you place the Brussel sprouts in it.

Add garlic, salt, and pepper to the Brussel sprouts. Pour olive oil. Toss them to coat. Put the coated Brussel sprouts in the oven and roasted for about 30 minutes. Roast until the sprouts have turned soft and tender. Once the leaves are browned and crispy, take out from the oven and transfer to serving dish.

Sautéed Brussels sprouts


  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 pints Brussel sprouts, trimmed and halved lengthwise
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Put oil in a skillet and heat it. Add Brussel sprouts to the skillet. Add salt, pepper, and cook. Stir the contents of the skillet for about 5 to 6 minute. Add a half cup of water. Cook until the water has evaporated. When all the water has evaporated add lemon juice and coat the Brussel sprouts with it. Cook for a minute and transfer the sprouts to the serving dish.

Grilling Brussel sprouts

  1. Take a pouch of foil big enough to pack the Brussel sprouts you have.
  2. Heat the grill to around 400 degree Celsius.
  3. Apply olive oil all over the Brussel sprouts and place them in the foil pouch you made before.
  4. Also, apply kosher salt all over the Brussel sprouts.
  5. Place the foil on the grill to heat.
  6. Wait for 15 to 20 minutes and your food is ready to be served.

From the text above we know how beneficial a green vegetable could be. There must be a little touch of vegetables in our daily diet if we want to live a healthy life.

People think that a green vegetable cannot be cooked or made like other delicious dishes, but if Brussel sprouts are cleaned and cooked in a way told earlier they will not only be delicious but also better in appearance.

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