How Long To Cook Brussels Sprouts | Brussels Sprouts Recipes
Brussels Sprouts are a real winter vegetable. In this blog, we will discuss Brussels sprouts recipes and how long to cook Brussels sprouts. The farmer says that sprouts taste extra good when they have experienced the winter frost. We are not worried about frost.
How long to cook Brussels sprouts?
|Cooking Brussels sprouts al dente
|Cooking Brussels sprouts in milk
|Cooking Brussels sprouts in broth
|Boil and stir-fry Brussels sprouts
|Cooking Brussels sprouts with sugar
|Cooking Brussels sprouts in the microwave
|Cooking frozen Brussels sprouts
There are several options for cooking Brussels sprouts. Sprouts can also be prepared in a different way. Check out our blog ‘ How to clean and prepare Brussels sprouts? ‘ which is full of different methods of preparation of Brussels sprouts.
In this blog, we will cover cooking sprouts. Starting with the basics.
How To Cook Brussels Sprouts?
The basics of cooking Brussels sprouts are very simple. The sprouts have to be cleaned before we can cook them.
With a small sharp knife, cut off the bottom of the Brussels sprouts and remove the two outer leaves. Then rinse the sprouts under cold tap in a colander. Now you have fresh and clean sprouts that we can start cooking. This goes like this:
- Place a pan with plenty of water on the heat source and bring the water to a boil.
- Add a little salt to the water and when the water boils, the Brussels sprouts go into the pan.
- Bring the water back to a boil. When the water is boiling, the cooking time for the Brussels sprouts is 10 minutes for al dente. 2 minutes longer and they are cooked, and 8 minutes of cooking the sprouts are firm. Brussels sprouts are usually cooked al dente.
- Now drain the sprouts in a colander and place them on a serving platter.
The sprouts are now ready to eat. However, you can flavor Brussels sprouts with herbs and other seasonings. Read our blog ‘ Which herbs for sprouts? ‘ and you put them such a delicious dish on the table.
Cooking Brussels sprouts in milk
Brussels sprouts are often cooked in milk. Cooking in milk is done for two reasons, namely to reduce the cooking odor and to prevent stomach acid.
The smell of sprouts is often sulphurous and pungent. Since our smell largely determines whether we like something, the smell is very important. To counteract the sulfur smell, soy milk is added to the sprouts. This reduces the sulfur smell, which also improves the dining experience.
Sprouts can also cause heartburn in some people. To counteract this, soy milk is also added to counteract the substances that create stomach acid.
In either case, however, we are not talking about a pan full of milk. Cook the sprouts as described above and add 4 to 5 tablespoons of soy milk to the sprouts. The cooking time in this case is 10 minutes for al dente.
Cooking Brussels Sprouts With Sugar
Sugar is also added to the cooking water of Brussels sprouts. Sugar is naturally sweet and Brussels sprouts are naturally bitter. The sweet and the bitter go well together in this case. Sugar reduces the bitterness of the sprouts. The sugar also ensures that the sprouts retain their beautiful color.
The cooking of the sprouts is described above and the cooking time is about 10 minutes for al dente.
Add a little nutmeg after cooking and you have a delicious dish. Delicious with regular boiled potatoes.
Cooking Brussels sprouts in broth
The sprouts can also be cooked in stock. We always use a vegetable or garden herb broth for this. This stock gives the sprouts a delicious spicy taste during cooking. The sprouts then no longer need to be seasoned. Take a little more than 1 stock cube for 1 liter of water and you get delicious seasoned sprouts.
The cooking is as described above and the cooking time is 10 minutes for al dente.
Brussels sprouts cooking and stir-frying
Brussels sprouts are very often used for wok or stir-frying. You can make delicious dishes with it. It is not recommended to stir-fry the sprouts without boiling. The sprouts then have to be stir-fried for a very long time and that is usually not good for the other ingredients.
To shorten the wok time, Brussels sprouts are first cooked. As a result, they are already a bit cooked when you start frying.
The Brussels sprouts are cooked in the manner described above in the chapter ‘How to Cook Sprouts?’. However, the cooking time is not 10 minutes but 4 minutes.
Drain the sprouts in a colander and let them evaporate for a while. You can then halve the Brussels sprouts or put them straight into the wok or frying pan.
Our blog ‘ How to Wok Sprouts? ‘ helps you on your way to making delicious wok dishes with Brussels sprouts. This blog is worth reading if you are going to stir fry.
Cooking Brussels Sprouts In The Microwave
A microwave is an excellent tool for cooking Brussels sprouts. This goes relatively quickly and you don’t have to wait for the water to boil (cooking in the microwave is actually not boiling but steaming). How does it work:
- Place the cleaned sprouts in the microwave dish and add about 2-3 tablespoons of water.
- Cover the dish with the lid or microwave foil.
- Set the microwave to the highest setting and the timer to 6 minutes, this is for al dente. Before cooking, set the timer for 1 minute longer.
- Pierce the sprouts with a fork to see if they are cooked. The fork should go in easily.
Now place the sprouts on a serving platter, then add a knob of vegetable butter and a little nutmeg. Enjoy your meal!
Cooking frozen Brussels sprouts
The frozen sprouts are usually bought in the supermarket and the cooking time and preparation method is then stated on the package. So this is easy to prepare.
However, if you have frozen the sprouts yourself, the cooking time can be a mystery to you. Were the sprouts blanched first and then frozen or did the sprouts go into the freezer without a short cooking time?
It is best to clean the sprouts first and then cook for 2 minutes and then play under the cold tap, this is blanching. This kills all bacteria. After that you can freeze them.
These sprouts go straight from the freezer into the boiling water. Bring the water back to the boil and cook the Brussels sprouts for 6-8 minutes.
Have the sprouts been cleaned and then put in the freezer? Then put the sprouts from the freezer into the boiling water and bring the water back to a boil. The cooking time is now 10 minutes before the bite is done.
Never let the sprouts thaw when you want to use them again. They then become very limp, fall apart and the taste is a lot less. So don’t.
Now you know a lot more about how long to cook Brussels sprouts. Do you now have a Brussels sprout dish or fresh sprouts left over? Then read our blog ‘ How to store sprouts? ‘ for the good and long storage of your sprouts.