Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Almonds

Simple and delicious Brussels sprouts recipe! Lightly steamed or boiled Brussels sprouts, mixed with sautéed onions, butter, and toasted almonds. It's how to cook Brussels sprouts to bring out their best flavor!

Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Almonds
Elise Bauer

Easy Brussels Sprouts

Here is one of the easiest ways to prepare brussels sprouts—parboiled for a few minutes, and then sautéed in butter with onions, and tossed with lemon juice and toasted almonds. So good!

The trick to delicious brussels sprouts is to not overcook them. The minute they are overcooked they turn bitter. Cooked just right brussels sprouts are still a little crunchy and have a wonderful nutty flavor to them.

Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Almonds
Elise Bauer

Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Almonds

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 6 to 8 servings


  • 1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts, outer leaves removed

  • 4 to 6 tablespoons butter

  • 1/2 onion, chopped

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice or 1 tablespoon Meyer lemon juice, fresh squeezed

  • 1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds


  1. Parboil the brussels sprouts:

    Bring 2 quarts of salted water (1 Tbsp of salt) to a rolling boil. Add the brussels sprouts and parboil them for 3 minutes or until just tender. (You could also steam them if you prefer.) They should be almost cooked all the way through (split one in half to test).

    Remove the sprouts with a slotted spoon to a bowl of ice water for a minute to shock the brussels sprouts and help them retain their bright green color.

    Remove them from the ice water and cut the sprouts into halves.

  2. Sauté onions, then brussels sprouts:

    Heat 2-3 Tbsp of butter in a large sauté pan on medium heat. Add the chopped onions and cook until translucent, about 4-5 minutes.

    Add 2-3 Tbsp more of butter and the brussels sprouts halves. Increase the heat to medium high and cook for several more minutes. Salt and pepper to taste, while the brussels sprouts are cooking.

    Do not overcook! Overcooked brussels sprouts are bitter and are the main reason why some people don't like them.

  3. Stir in lemon juice, add toasted almonds:

    Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the lemon juice and half of the toasted almonds. Add salt and pepper to taste. Place in serving dish and garnish with the rest of the toasted almonds.


Golden-crusted Brussels sprouts from Heidi of 101 Cookbooks

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
92 Calories
8g Fat
5g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 92
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 95mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 36mg 178%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 214mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.