Steamed Lemon Garlic Brussels Sprouts

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! 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.


  • 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.
  • 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. 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!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to steam Brussels sprouts?

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

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 make them nice and crispy.

How do you tell if Brussels sprouts are done?

Visibly they will turn a bright, vibrant green color, and you’ll easily be able to stab a fork all the way through one.

Lemon garlic brussels sprouts.

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Liz eating steamed lemon garlic brussels sprouts.

Whether you want a healthy, quick snack or a tasty and nutritional side for dinner, my Steamed Lemon Garlic Brussels Sprouts fit the bill.

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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
Servings: 4


  • 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)


  • 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.


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

29 thoughts on “Steamed Lemon Garlic Brussels Sprouts”

  1. 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.

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