Brussel sprouts might look intimidating, but believe it or not, they are not so difficult to make! Learn how to grill Brussel sprouts and they will be the star of any meal this summer especially with the perfect dressing.
What are Brussel Sprouts? Well, they are part of the cabbage family but not quite as stiff as a full grown cabbage. And, when cooked properly, they taste amazing!
Brussel Sprouts are loaded with vitamins and minerals such as vitamins K, C, and A, Folate and lots of fiber. If you have digestive issues, you should probably avoid them if you bloat easily.
Brussel sprouts can be boiled, cooked on the stovetop, roasted, or you can grill brussel sprouts. You can season them with salt and pepper or toss them in a dressing.
Tips and Tricks
If not cooked properly or seasoned well, brussel sprouts can taste bitter. They are the perfect side dish for these grilled shrimp.
You will find them in the produce section of your local supermarket sold loose or in a bag. Keep in mind that if you are picking them from loose, you want to select ones that are similar sizes for uniform cooking.
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How to Prepare to Grill Brussel Sprouts
Brussel sprouts can be intimidating if you are not used to cooking them. But, they are really not that difficult to prepare.
Prepare them for cooking by:
- Start off by cutting trimming the base of the brussels sprouts just to clean the base up and pluck and discard any loose leaves.
- Cut the brussel sprouts in half lengthwise, if they are larger than a cherry.
- Place them in a bowl, submerged in water.
- While in the water rub any dirt off, drain the water.
- Repeat the water bath as needed until the brussel sprouts are cleaned per your liking.
How do You Know When Brussel Sprouts are Cooked?
Warm up your barbecue and place it on medium heat. Put your cut brussel sprouts in a bowl and lightly coat them with olive oil. Bring the bowl and the grilling basket out to your barbecue. Place your grilling basket on the grill and toss your brussel sprouts in the grill being careful not to touch the hot grill or hot grilling basket.
Close the barbecue cover and let the brussel sprouts grill for 5 to 7 minutes. Open grill and flip the brussel sprouts using grilling tongs. It's ok if some have a char on them but you don't want all of them to be charred.
If you find that the grill is too hot, turn down to low or continue cooking on indirect heat. (Indirect heat means that you have part of the barbecue on, but you are cooking on the side where the grill turned off).
Cook the other side for another 5-7 minutes. Once cooked to your liking, use the grilling tongs and oven mitts to move the grill basket off the barbecue.
Let the brussel sprouts cool down slightly, then dress and serve. If you don't serve these immediately, that's ok, they will taste good just the same.
Season Brussel Sprouts
Don't season your brussel sprouts before you grill them. Once grilled, you can make a dressing with the following ingredients:
Different Ways to Make Brussel Sprouts
You don't need to stop at oil, vinegar and parsley when making these grilled brussel sprouts.
Consider changing it up by adding any one of these ingredients:
- bacon (it makes everything better)
- nuts (almonds, walnuts, etc.)
- cherry tomatoes
- bocconcini (cheese morsels, on the grill or after grilled)
You can store leftovers in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. You can also freeze leftovers if you have a lot of left that you know you will not consume within the week. Just thaw them out over night and re-heat them in a microwave safe dish.
Note that the storage guidelines provided on this page and site are estimates from personal experiences. We are all adults and as an adult you are responsible to ensure that the food you eat is safe to eat. Since, I'm not a food safety expert, you are responsible to review your local guidelines on food storage prior to storing any food left-overs.
For Canadian Guidelines check Government of Canada's Food and Safety Guidelines for further information and resources.
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Grilled Brussel Sprouts
- 1 lb of brussel sprouts
- 1 tbsp olive oil to coat brussel sprouts for grilling
- ¼ cup of olive oil
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar or any vinegar of your choice
- 1 clove garlic minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 to 3 stalks fresh parsley chopped
- Warm up your barbecue and set it at medium.
- Wash and cut your brussel sprouts in half. Place them in a bowl
- Lightly coat them with olive oil
- Place a grilling pan on your barbecue and place the brussel sprouts in the grill pan.
- Cook for 5 - 7 minutes on each side and use a grilling tongue to flip them.
- Combine garlic, seasoning, oil and vinegar in a bowl and mix
- Pour over grilled brussel sprouts
- Sprinkle chopped parsley over the brussel sprouts and toss
Pair it with a popular Main Dish