Steamed Lemon Garlic Brussels Sprouts

Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time7 minutes

Ready in just 5 minutes, these lemon garlic Brussels sprouts are steamed until tender then tossed in a vinaigrette creating the ultimate healthy and delicious side dish recipe. 

Forkful of steamed lemon garlic brussels sprouts.

Brussels sprouts are one of my favorite vegetables to serve at dinner, or even steam really quick for an afternoon snack! And while they seem to get a bad rap among younger kids, mine have always enjoyed them, so we eat them often. While there are endless ways to elevate the flavor of these nutritional powerhouses, I love making a simple lemon garlic vinaigrette with olive oil and a pinch of chili flakes. It takes hardly any time at all, letting me focus on the main dish, but adds the nutrients my family needs for a well-balanced meal.

Ingredients

  • Brussels sprouts: To make things even easier, I’ll buy a package of Brussels sprouts that steam in the bag. But you could use frozen, or raw from the produce section as well!
  • Lemon juice: Fresh, acidic, and bright flavor that cuts through some of the bitterness that Brussels sprouts can have. Throw in some lemon zest as well for an even stronger citric punch!
  • Olive oil: Blends with the lemon juice to create a wonderful sauce. You could also use butter, but I like the lighter option of olive oil.
  • Garlic: Pungent, sharp, nutty flavor that goes well with basically everything.

How to Make Steamed Lemon Garlic Brussels Sprouts

Juicing lemon into bowl

Start your lemon garlic Brussels sprouts by steaming your Brussels sprouts according to the package instructions. If you’re using raw Brussels sprouts, place them in a steamer basket and fill a pot with about an inch of water. Place the basket in the pot and bring to a boil, then steam for about 7 minutes. While Brussels sprouts are cooking, make your vinaigrette by juicing your lemon into a large bowl.

Grating garlic into bowl 1

Then use a microplane to grate your garlic in with the lemon juice.

Adding olive oil to bowl

Drizzle in the olive oil.

Seasoning lemon garlic sauce

And finish with a pinch of salt. If you like a kick of heat, you could also add some red pepper flakes as well!

Whisking lemon garlic sauce

Whisk it all together until fully combined.

Coating brussels sprouts in sauce

Take your cooked Brussels sprouts and add them to the bowl. Toss until evenly coated in the vinaigrette.

Steamed lemon garlic brussels sprouts

Serve garnished with fresh scallions, and enjoy your steamed lemon garlic Brussels sprouts!

Shake Things Up

  • Add some protein. Throw in some bacon bits for a bit of added protein and yummy flavor!
  • Swap the veggie. You could try this vinaigrette on other steamed vegetables as well. Like green beans, asparagus, or broccoli!
  • Increase the flavor. Try adding some balsamic vinegar to the vinaigrette, or top them with some parmesan cheese!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do you steam Brussel sprouts for?

If you’re steaming fresh Brussels sprouts not from a package, put them in in a steamer basket for about 6-8 minutes, or until fork tender and bright green.

What other ways can I cook brussels sprouts besides steaming?

I also love to roast brussels sprouts in the oven or grill them in a basket which makes them nice and crispy.

How do you steam vegetables without a steamer?

If you have a large pot that will fit a colander or strainer without it touching the bottom, you can use the colander as a steamer basket!

Lemon garlic brussels sprouts.

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Liz eating steamed lemon garlic brussels sprouts.

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Steamed lemon garlic brussels sprouts

Steamed Lemon Garlic Brussels Sprouts

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Ready in just 5 minutes, Brussels sprouts are steamed until tender then tossed in a lemon garlic vinaigrette creating the ultimate side dish.
PREP: 2 minutes
COOK: 5 minutes
TOTAL: 7 minutes
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Servings4

Ingredients
 

  • 15 ounce bag Birds Eye Steamfresh Brussel Sprouts (or equivalent like something from Trader Joe's)
  • ¼ cup lemon juice ((about 1 lemon))
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (grated)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • pinch chili flakes (optional garnish)
  • minced scallions (optional garnish)

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the Brussels sprouts in the microwave according to package instructions, without any added seasoning.
  • While the Brussels are cooking in the microwave, whisk together the lemon garlic vinaigrette in a medium bowl: lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt and chili flakes (if using).
  • Add the cooked Brussels sprouts to the bowl and toss well. Sprinkle with scallions if you wish to serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 10BrusselsCalories: 110kcalCarbohydrates: 9.8gProtein: 3gFat: 6.8gSaturated Fat: 0.9gMonounsaturated Fat: 5.9gCholesterol: 9.8mgSodium: 306mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2.4g

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29 responses to “Steamed Lemon Garlic Brussels Sprouts”

  1. Trenen P Avatar
    Trenen P

    My son just made these and I was in HEAVEN 20/10

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m so happy!!

  2. Lynn Avatar
    Lynn

    I have tried many brussel sprout recipes and this is by far the best. So simple and so delicious:)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh i’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes Avatar
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes

    What a perfect side dish for the holidays!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It’s so good!!

  4. Cookin Canuck Avatar
    Cookin Canuck

    I never would have said this as a kid, but Brussels sprouts are one of my favorite veggies now. I need to try this recipe!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      haha right?? It’s so funny how our tastes change!

  5. Ashley Avatar
    Ashley

    I want to eat the whole batch!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      So good girl!

  6. alyssa | everydaymaven Avatar
    alyssa | everydaymaven

    I just happen to have a stalk of brussels in my fridge! YUM

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Woo! Meant to be!

  7. Lindsay Cotter Avatar
    Lindsay Cotter

    This is a perfect side dish for the holidays! So easy and still flavorful!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Exactly!!

  8. Art from my Table Avatar
    Art from my Table

    I just might make these for Thanksgiving instead our regular roasted ones!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You must!!

  9. Sabrina Modelle Avatar
    Sabrina Modelle

    Ooh, these look fab! I can’t believe they’re so quick to prepare. Since I’m living without a kitchen for the next 6-8 weeks as we remodel, I NEED to find these Ocean Mist Brussels sprouts! WOW.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      These are IDEAL for a kitchen remodel!!

  10. Megan @ MegUnprocessed Avatar
    Megan @ MegUnprocessed

    Brussels are my fav!!

  11. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) Avatar
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

    Adding this to my Thanksgiving side dish list!!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you love it!

  12. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness Avatar
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    How have I never seen these Brussels Sprouts? I am OBSESSED with Brussels – eat them every day! can’t wait to try these!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      They make it SO easy!

    2. Chi Avatar
      Chi

      I can’t wait to make these!

      1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
        Liz DellaCroce

        I hope you love them!

      2. Chi Avatar
        Chi

        This vinaigrette is so delicious! I want to drink it. Great recipe for this beginner, thank you!

        1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
          Liz DellaCroce

          I’m so glad you enjoyed!

  13. Julia Avatar
    Julia

    I love eating brussels sprouts and especially enjoy adding flavors to them. This sounds wonderful!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thanks lady!

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Hey there, I’m Liz Della Croce and I’m thrilled to have you here! My aim is to motivate and ignite your passion for cooking amazing meals for your loved ones.