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Basil Brussels Sprouts

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


  • 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


  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 133 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 312mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 6g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • vinobueno
    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!

  • Blessedtocook
    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.

  • michellek9
    Jul 8, 2011

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

  • RachelE
    Aug 23, 2010

    This was simple and good. Used fresh basil.