Cream-Braised Brussels Sprouts Recipe -
Cream-Braised Brussels Sprouts Recipe
  • READY IN 50 mins

Cream-Braised Brussels Sprouts

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"Brussels sprouts tend to turn people off. This way of cooking them brings out their nutty flavor and has made the most passionate haters at my last Thanksgiving say, at the very least, that this is the best brussels sprouts have tasted. The first time I made this, it ended up being dinner - not a side dish!"

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    50 mins


  1. Melt the butter in skillet over medium-high heat. Add the Brussels sprouts and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sprouts are browned in spots, about 5 minutes.
  2. Pour in the cream, and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until the sprouts are tender and easily pierced with a fork, 30 to 35 minutes. The cream will have reduced in volume, and will have taken on a creamy beige color. Remove the lid, and stir in the lemon juice. Allow the sprouts to simmer a few minutes more until the cream thickens and coats the sprouts. Season to taste with additional salt and lemon juice before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 23, 2012

What a delectable dish! I did make a couple of simple additions that I think played a major role in this turning out so outstanding; I sauteed about 1/2 cup of finely chopped onion and a couple cloves of minced garlic in the butter and THEN added the brussels sprouts. I allowed the brussels sprouts to get almost charred on some spots before adding the cream, which ended up giving this dish a caramelized taste. This could not have turned out any better! I will be making it frequently.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 09, 2015

My kids liked it, even the one who doesn't care for veggies, but I thought the sprouts were way overcooked. I made per the recipe and added garlic to the butter. I tasted prior to adding the cream and the additional cook time and thought it tasted fantastic! Next time I'll stop there, or just add a couple tablespoons of cream and give it a quick simmer and serve. 35 minutes of simmering turned the sprouts to mush.

Oct 26, 2010

Oddly, Sprouts and spinach were the only vegetables my mother could get me to eat. Often considered one of the most disliked of vegetables, Sprouts are full of vitamins, inexpensive when bought in season (late Autumn and Winter) and very easy to prepare. I like the way they look when served. Brussels Sprouts add an interesting texture along with a complimentary splash of vibrant green colour to the dinner plate. This would be a unique and attractive side dish to any holiday meal or any meal for that matter. The addition of heavy cream (aka whipping/35% cream) makes for the unexpected; A rich and balanced, smooth, just right sauce. I am always grateful when a recipe's directions are easy to understand and follow, producing results exactly as promised. High marks for this one Pugged.

Dec 29, 2010

I love brussel sprouts and this recipe was wonderful. I would make some adjustments to it next time. Unless your sprouts are the size of baseballs, I would halve them not quarter them. They seemed to cook very quickly when quartered. I used the juice of 1/2 lemon or 1 more tblsp than the recommended 2 as well as 1 addit. tblsp of butter. I used 35% cream which worked out perfectly. Definitely a keeper!

Feb 18, 2009

This recipe was amazing! They were even better as leftovers after they had marinated in the cream over night!!!

Feb 25, 2011

If I could go higher than five stars, I would. I already enjoy brussels sprouts so I was not looking for a recipe that would make me like them, but this one enforced that "aaaaah" feeling. I made these exactly as directed, then stole an idea from another brussels sprouts recipe and laid them on a bed of pine nuts and topped with Amish Bleu cheese. The sweet cream mixed with the tart bleu and nutty flavor is just wonderful. Thanks for this recipe I will definitely use it again!

Oct 19, 2010

This was a terrific side dish with fish. I followed the recipe, but got sidetracked (darn kids) toward the end. I caught these just before the burned. My sauce basically carmelized onto the sprouts, but tasted wonderful. They did reheat well for lunch the following day. Thanks for a tasty recipe!

Oct 08, 2009

This recipe is very rich - to say the least. My husband loved it. I prefer a fresher tasting sprout, not one that tastes like it is clogging my arteries and making my but big. That's what potato chips are for. That said,it was good.


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  • Calories
  • 255 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 11.7 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 75 mg
  • 25%
  • Fat
  • 22.7 g
  • 35%
  • Fiber
  • 4.3 g
  • 17%
  • Protein
  • 4.7 g
  • 9%
  • Sodium
  • 171 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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