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Lemon-Butter Brussels Sprouts

Kick up these stovetop lemon Brussels sprouts with fresh lemon zest. Even my toddler will eat this up! — Jenn Tidwell, Fair Oaks, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound fresh or frozen Brussels sprouts, thawed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional


  • Cut brussels sprouts in half. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add Brussels sprouts and garlic; cook and stir 5 minutes or until sprouts begin to brown.
  • Add wine, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Stir in broth, lemon juice, thyme, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 8-10 minutes or until sprouts are tender.
  • Stir in butter and lemon zest until butter is melted. If desired, sprinkle with parsley.

Lemon Brussels Sprouts Tips

Can I make this recipe using frozen Brussels sprouts?

Yes! Thaw them overnight in the fridge—or cook them straight from the freezer, allowing additional time on the stovetop to make sure they're cooked through before serving.

How do you take the bitterness out of Brussels sprouts?

Banish that bitterness by browning your homemade Brussels sprouts to caramelize their natural sugars and make them sweeter. You can also use certain ingredients, such as fats, salts and juices, to help balance out any bitter flavors.

Can you freeze cooked Brussels sprouts?

Yes—store cooled Brussels sprouts in freezer containers for up to 3 months. To reheat, warm in a skillet over medium heat until heated through, adding butter and lemon juice as necessary.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 207 calories, 16g fat (5g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 340mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 5g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Lois
    Apr 12, 2020

    I have made this recipe a couple of time now and it is the best brussel sprout recipe I have ever tried. It will be a regular at our dinner table because my husband loves brussel sprouts. I will cut back a little on the lemon the next time I make it.

  • barbara
    Nov 17, 2018

    You best have everything ready and nothing else to do, or this can get overdone.

  • lshaw
    Nov 24, 2015

    The three adults at our table had a split decision on this one. Husband (who normally doesn't gravitate toward sprouts) and daughter (who always likes them) thought they were quite good. Husband postulated that the white wine reduced some of the inherent bitterness that comes frequently with brussels sprouts. I, however, thought the lemon was a bit too much and I followed the recipe exactly! Not sure I will make again. If I do, I will simply reduce the lemon for my tastes.

  • lorettalib
    Feb 22, 2015

    As previous reviews noted a very easy recipe and very tasty. I did not change a thing when I made it. No need to make any changes. This a keeper I will make again and again.

  • rinshin
    Jun 22, 2014

    Made as written. Wonderful tasting quick recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  • nkirby
    Mar 27, 2014

    Husband and I love these! Made just as written - very tasty and a welcome change to roasted sprouts.

  • Beema
    Feb 27, 2014

    Brussies have always been one of our favorite veggies, so when I saw this recipe, I just had to give it a whirl. I have made a similar version but this one takes it up a few bumps, especially with the lemon. As a volunteer field editor, I highly recommend this recipe, and it will be a regular on my table.

  • williehart62
    Feb 19, 2014

    I do not really care for brussel sprouts but know that I need to incorporate more "greens" into my diet so I tried this recipe. Surprisingly, it was very good. I loved the zing of the lemon juice. I did add some cayenne pepper to give it some zip. I will definitely make this again and add some crumbled bacon.

  • jpw100
    Feb 10, 2014

    These are the best Brussels sprouts I have ever had