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Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts

brussels sprouts

I’m a firm believer in what Alice Waters says about food: “good cooking mean[s] finding the freshest ingredients and then doing as little as possible to them.” It’s absolute magic what a few basic ingredients –  a little butter, olive oil, maple syrup, and coarse sea salt – can do to Brussels sprouts. They take a humble, under-appreciated vegetable and transform it into simple, caramelized gloriousness.

roasted brussels sprouts

brussels sproutsIf you can get Brussels spouts on a stalk, that’s super – you’ll feel really legit. If they’re already removed and loose at your market, that’s fine, too.

You’ll start by removing your sprouts from the stalk and sautéeing them in butter and olive oil.

maple glazed brussels sprouts

Here’s where it gets really good. After you start seeing some brownish bits, add the garlic and maple syrup – it’ll immediately caramelize. Then cover, reduce heat, and steam the sprouts until they’re tender-crisp.

easy brussels sprouts

Add freshly ground pepper and sea salt.brussels sprouts

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: about 20 minutes

Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts

Sea salt, pepper, garlic, Brussels sprouts, and maple syrup for the win!


3 c. Brussels sprouts, trimmed and any wilty outer leaves removed

1 T. butter

1 T. olive oil

1 T. real maple syrup

1 clove garlic, minced

coarse sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


1. Melt the butter and olive oil in a large skillet with a lid over medium high heat.

2. Add the sprouts and sauté until some spots begin to brown and caramelize. Stir infrequently - just enough to keep the sprouts from burning. Also don't crowd the sprouts into a small skillet since they'll steam instead of caramelize.

3. After about 4 minutes, add the garlic and maple syrup, stir, and cover. Immediately reduce the heat to low. Stir occasionally and remove from heat when the sprouts are tender-crisp, about 8-10 minutes, depending on the size of the sprouts.

4. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper to taste.


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