Pan-roasted Brussels sprouts with butter

Pan-roasted Brussels sprouts with butter and lemon zest is a delicious and really easy to prepare side dish.

They will be tender and tasty but also crispy. This is thanks to the crust that has formed during cooking in the pan.

I boiled the sprouts in salted water before putting them in the pan. This way, the sprouts will be well cooked and the cooking time in the pan will be reduced.

A perfect side dish to accompany grilled meat or Meatballs and zucchini skewers or a baked salmon with potatoes.

This is a vegetarian recipe that will make even the most skeptical appreciate sprouts.

Pan-roasted Brussels sprouts with butter

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  • DifficultyVery easy
  • CostCheap
  • Preparation time10 Minutes
  • Cooking time20 Minutes
  • Serving2
  • Cooking methodStove
  • CuisineItalian


350 g brussels sprouts
40 g unsalted butter
q.s. salt
q.s. pepper
lemon zest
parsley (chopped)


1 Pot
1 Pan


Remove stems and any damaged leaves from sprouts. Wash sprouts under running water.

Boil the sprouts

Put a pot of salted water on the stove. When it comes to the boil, pour in the sprouts and boil for 10 minutes.

Drain the sprouts, let them cool and cut them in half starting from the stem (to avoid breaking them).

Brown the sprouts in butter

Heat a large frying pan and melt the butter in it. Arrange the sprouts on the cut side in a single layer.

Cook the sprouts, shaking the pan occasionally.

Pan-roasted Brussels sprouts with butter and lemon

When the base of the sprouts begin to turn golden brown, turn them over on the other side with tongs.

Season the sprouts with salt, a grinding of black pepper and the grated rind of half a lemon.

Sauté the sprouts until well browned on both sides.

Serve the sprouts

Once the sprouts are done, adjust the salt and pepper if there is still a need. Turn off the heat and add the chopped fresh parsley.

Serve hot.

Storage and advice on Pan-roasted Brussels sprouts with butter

Leftover cooked sprouts can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, sealed in an airtight container.
When ready to serve, heat them for a few minutes in the pan adding a little butter or a drizzle of olive oil. Or even in the oven or air fryer.

I do not recommend freezing them because the sprouts may be mushy once thawed.

You can enrich the recipe with toasted breadcrumbs or sesame seeds to add towards the end of cooking to toast them.

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