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Brussels sprouts have never been my husband’s favorite vegetable. And for some absurd reason, that has just never been okay with me. For 17 years now, each fall, I make Brussels sprouts at least a couple of times, in different ways, to try and convince him that he really, secretly, down deep inside has an affinity for them. That hasn’t worked out too well for me – up until now.

You see, while he out of town for work a while back, I went on a Brussels sprouts cooking spree. I was determined to make the very best Brussels sprouts dish he’d ever tasted without smothering the poor things in cheese sauce or a gravy of some sort – although my final favorite Brussels sprouts recipe (the one I’m about to share with you) do include some cheese. But just a sprinkle or two.

As I was testing recipes, I kept thinking of how my Grandmother would tell me to toss a bit of brown sugar in with my collard and turnip greens to get rid of the bitterness. Finally, I added a pinch, a bit on the hefty side of a pinch but still a pinch nonetheless, to my Brussels sprouts as they were almost finished.


I found the secret to Brussels sprouts I loved, but now to test them on the Mr.

Brussels Sprouts

The other night I made a quick supper of Skillet Pork Chops and my new recipe for Brussels sprouts and was ready to see what he thought.

Ready in 20 minutes, we sat down to supper and I watched as he cautiously took his first bite of the little green devils on his plate. By the quirk of his head and the, “hmm” that he let escape, I felt sure I was on to something.

As we were beginning to clear the table, he walked over to the stove and popped the last few bites of Brussels sprouts that were left in the skillet into his mouth and said, “these were good.”

I’ll claim that as a victory, indeed!

Here’s my recipe for Brussels sprouts that even a Brussels sprouts hater likes.

Brussels Sprouts Recipe

4.50 from 2 votes
Brussels sprouts are a welcome addition to the supper table with this recipe. Quick and ready in less than 20 minutes.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 – 2 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup Brussels sprouts, cleaned and sliced thinly
  • Pinch brown sugar
  • salt and pepper
  • Parmesan cheese


  • Drizzle olive oil into the bottom of a skillet or heavy saute pan over medium heat. Add the garlic to the skillet and saute until the garlic has softened. Add the Brussels sprouts and cook about 3 to 5 minutes, until slightly browned. Add a pinch of brown sugar, salt and pepper. Cook for another 1-2 minutes to allow the brown sugar to remove any bitterness from the Brussels sprouts.
  • Top with Parmesan cheese that has either been grated or shaved.
  • Serve warm.


Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 166IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Can’t wait to hear how you like them.

Robyn xo

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Robyn Stone is a cookbook author, wife, mom, and passionate home cook. Her tested and trusted recipes give readers the confidence to cook recipes the whole family will love. Robyn has been featured on Food Network, People, Southern Living, and more.

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  1. 5 stars
    All I can say is my husband will eat pretty much anything except brussel sprouts. HA!! This recipe changed that in a big hurry. The brown sugar took all the nasty bitterness out and it turned out wonderful. I will put toasted slivered almonds with it on my next try and cook the brussel sprouts in the microwave for 3 minutes so they are a bit less crunchy. Other than that these are awesome. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! Also made your skillet pork chops which were perfect. Added a wonderful coconut rice and a condiment of apricot applesauce. Perfect Meal.

    1. YAY, Cindy! I’m so glad they turned out great for you and that he loved them. Great idea about softening them up in the microwave for a bit.

  2. 4 stars
    I’ve never been a big fan of Brussels sprouts. Don’t get me wrong, I love greens of all kinds, but I never could get my head around the poor old sprout. Probably it’s due to childhood trauma, over-cooked sprouts served as a limpid mass for school dinners. But these look crisp and delicious. I need to take this recipe and maybe add a few Asian flavours. Thanks!

  3. Like you, I love them and my husband would rather die than eat them! This recipe looks really good, I’ll have to make them soon even if it’s just for for myself!