Basil Brussels Sprouts Recipe
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Basil Brussels Sprouts Recipe

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Our Test Kitchen created this simple side dish that takes advantage of the microwave, so you can focus on the main course. Brussels sprouts are tossed with melted butter, basil, salt and pepper for mild flavor that complements most any entree.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 2 pounds brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 133 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 312 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. Place the brussels sprouts and water in a 2-qt. microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high for 6-8 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. Combine the butter, salt, basil and pepper; drizzle over brussels sprouts and toss to coat. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Basil Brussels Sprouts in Quick Cooking September/October 2003, p55

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Reviewed Nov. 10, 2015

"Perfect! Quick, simple and goes with just about anything. I have a 700 watt microwave so I went with 8 min. Just right... I think I found my go-to recipe for Brussels sprouts!"

Reviewed Mar. 1, 2014

"Good recipe. The Brussels sprouts I had this time (frozen) were not the best batch, so they did not make for a tasty dish. I'm setting that aside for the review because the creator of this dish has nothing to do with the quality of sprouts you get and the recipe itself is good. I like the idea of using the butter and basil. But I think this dish would benefit from being cooked another way beside microwave cooking. I think with Brussels sprouts, cooking longer and allowing the flavors you put in them to really flavor them helps. They are kind of bland by themselves and cooking by saucepan over low heat would heat the middle well and give a better taste I think."

Reviewed Jul. 8, 2011

"Great recipe!!! Quick and easy. I used fresh basil from my garden, I will be making this again."

Reviewed Aug. 23, 2010

"This was simple and good. Used fresh basil."

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