Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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Roasted Brussels sprouts with garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese. Learn how to roast Brussels sprouts even the pickiest eater will love!

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Roasted Brussels Sprouts even My Dad Can Love

If you show up at my father’s house with a bagful of fresh brussels sprouts to be cooked, he will howl and complain like a 3-year old confronted with liver and onions.

Such then, is the sweet satisfaction of seeing this dyed-in-the-wool brussels sprouts avoider pick these roasted emerald jewels out of the pan and munch on them like candy.

How to Roast Brussels Sprouts – An Important Tip

Roasted brussels sprouts are my sister Karen’s contribution to our holiday dinners. Ridiculously easy to make, there’s not much to how to make brussels sprouts. You can roast them right in a cast iron frying pan in the oven.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

The key to success with roasted or baked brussels sprouts(according to my sister and I agree with her completely on this) is salt. Salt the sprouts generously as they are going into the oven, more than you might normally salt vegetables. Once out of the oven, taste and salt again if need be.

The recipe calls for a pound of brussels sprouts. We’ll usually make a little more, just so we have more to snack on. We can eat them like popcorn!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

You can easily vary the recipe by sprinkling the sprouts with cider vinegar instead of lemon juice, or tossing in some thyme or roasted chestnuts.

They're also delicious with pine nuts, which you can either add near the end of cooking or toast separately and toss with the sprouts once they are roasted. Terrific with bacon or pancetta too.


  • 1 pound brussels sprouts, rinsed, ends trimmed, rough outer leaves of larger sprouts removed
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic (about 3 cloves)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


1 Preheat oven to 350°F.

2 Toss sprouts with garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, spread onto a roasting pan: Place brussels sprouts in a large bowl. Toss with garlic and lemon juice. Toss with olive oil so that the sprouts are well coated.

Spread the brussels sprouts out in a large cast iron frying pan or roasting pan in a single layer with plenty of space between the sprouts. Sprinkle generously with salt (at least half a teaspoon) and a few turns of black pepper.

3 Roast in oven: Put brussels sprouts in oven on top rack, roast for 30 minutes, stirring the sprouts about halfway through the cooking.

Adjust the timing depending on the size of the sprouts and your particular oven. The sprouts should be nicely browned, some of the outside leaves crunchy, the interior should be cooked through.

If the sprouts look like they are getting too browned (they should be well browned, not burnt), move them to a lower rack or lower the heat. If after 30 minutes the sprouts aren't browned enough, put them under the broiler (or increase the heat to 500°F) for 5 minutes.

4 Sprinkle with Parmesan: Toss with Parmesan (if using) and add more salt to taste to serve.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  • Suzanne

    How do I travel to a cousins house a half an hour away with these?!?! Won’t they be soggy or cold? Any suggestions? Thanks!

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  • Elaine Jones

    I made this recipe for the first time tonight…I love it…this is definitely going into my favorite recipe box! It was so easy and it gave Brussel Sprouts a new life
    Elaine Jones
    Holden Beach NC

  • Pm

    I tossed halved brussel sprouts in the bacon rendering and added chopped bacon, carmelized onion and roasted garlic. I’m sure I added extra fat, but the taste is phenomenal! After all, recipes are a guide, a great cook can make any recipe their own!

  • David

    I cut mine in half, put oil and seasonings in a bowl first and let sit while you are cutting the brussels sprouts. Then toss make sure they are coated well. Place cut side up on the sheet pan and roast. Once they are done either put them in the serving bowl and then grate fresh parmesan over them or plate them and grate over the plate.


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