Grilled Brussels

I know a lot of people who say they hate brussel sprouts and I think I know the reason: they grew up eating them boiled. Please stop boiling your brussel sprouts. They lose all their flavor and smell bad. There are a lot of better ways to cook brussels, but this is one my favorites. It’s pretty quick and forgiving if you don’t have all the ingredients or leave them on the stove too long.

Feeds 3

Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 bag fresh brussel sprouts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil + 1 tbsp for grilling
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika


  1. After washing the brussel sprouts, slice the stems off and then half them length-wise.
  2. Toss the brussel sprouts with the olive oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic powder, and paprika. Feel free to let this marinate for 30 minutes. I don’t usually have time to do that, but it wouldn’t hurt.
  3. Place a large skillet on the stove but don’t turn the heat on yet! Now, dump the brussels mixture into the pan and flip all of the brussel halves over so the flat side is down. It might not be possible to create a single layer of brussels, but try your best.
  4. Cover the skillet and turn the heat on medium.
  5. Wait until a fair amount of steam starts to escape from the under the lid (about 10 minutes). Mix the brussels, scraping up all the tasty stuff on the bottom. If the pan seems pretty dry or the brussels are starting to burn, add 1 tablespoon of water.
  6. Cover again and cook for another 3 minutes. At this point, you should be able to break one of the brussels in half easily with the end of your spatula. That’s how you know it’s done. If they aren’t done, add a tablespoon of water and cook for another 3 minutes.