How I Learned to Love Brussels Sprouts (And You Can Too!)

Roasted Brussels sprout

As a child I didn’t like Brussels sprouts – I think this was partly because kids were not “supposed” to like them and partly because my mum would prepare them by boiling them into oblivion. As an adult I never cooked them until last year, when I came across a recipe for roasted Brussels sprouts that promised to convert haters. 

I decided to give them a go, and I was not disappointed. Roasting makes them tender and delicious, with a slightly crispy outside. Since they don’t have a strong flavour, they take on the flavour of any seasonings. I like to use coconut oil and dried Italian herbs, but have also used curry powder. I usually roast them with a whole lot of other veggies for some variety, but they would also be great on their own.

Roast veggies

The recipe is easy, just preheat the oven to 200C (400F). Then take some Brussels sprouts, cut off the bottoms and cut them in half. Toss them in coconut oil (melted) or olive oil with whatever seasonings you want.

Then place the sprouts on a tray and roast them in the oven for around 40 minutes. You can toss them while they’re cooking to make them cook more evenly, but I’m usually too lazy to do that! Serve sprinkled with sea salt.

Roast lamb flaps with veggies

Now Brussels sprouts are something I buy myself as a treat, since they currently cost around $5 a kilo. I eat them as a side dish, with other roast veggies, or even on pizza.

Is there any food that you didn’t like as a kid that you enjoy now?

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  1. I can’t get beyond the smell of Brussels sprouts when they are cooking.

    There are many foods I like as an adult which I didn’t care for as a child–asparagus and salmon, to name a couple. I think, like you, part of the reason was cooking technique.

    Gonna try your roasted crockpot chicken today! It was 79 degrees at 8:00 this morning–a good summer crockpot day!

  2. Same story. It has only been in the last couple of years that I learned to enjoy Brussells Sprouts and roasting was the key. Cooked with just a little golden mustard ( i know it sounds weird ) adds a nice touch

  3. I have come to like brussel sprouts as an adult also. However, they are in the cabbage family and I think do they have a strong flavor. I think that’s why many kids don’t like them. Anyway, roasting is a great way to cook them. I think roasting makes everything sweeter. We don’t usually cut them in half, but will try that next time because they should cook faster that way.

    • I agree, they do have a strong smell and taste when boiled. Maybe you’re right that roasting makes them sweeter, and I probably put so much seasoning it covers the flavour, maybe that’s why I don’t think they have a strong flavour!

  4. Things I like now that I didn’t when I was a child – everything – I was a fussy eater!

    • Haha, how did you learn to not be so fussy? Did you grow out of it? I used to hate eating a packed lunch at school – sometimes I would just pack an apple and then eat a huge meal when I got home. Now I pack lunch every day.

  5. I never really ate them as a kid, and have had them as an adult recently, roasted. They were ok, but not good enough that I’ve thought to make them myself!

  6. Ooooo… I actually LOVE Brussels sprouts, but I was flummoxed recently to learn that they are called “Brussels” sprouts, like the city… not “brussel” sprouts. I always wondered what a “brussel” was!

    Anyhow, I can’t wait to try this, maybe I’ll try them in the toaster oven because honestly, roasting anything in our summer heat would be CRAZY!

    • I thought they were brussel sprouts too. It was only when i was looking for recipes that I realised their actual name!

      They work really great in my toaster oven, so hopefully it will work for you.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I’m on my way to roasting my first batch of Brussels sprouts ever!! and bringing them to a dinner party, to boot. I hope they’ll warm up ok in the microwave….


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