5 ways of cooking Brussel sprouts

Brussel sprouts are healthy little cabbages you have probably seen in the market but didn’t want to experiment with cooking. Whether you don’t know how to cook Brussel sprouts or you want to make your sprouts less bitter or soggy, here are all the cooking ways you need:

  • in the oven
  • on the stove
  • pan fried
  • on the grill
  • on the stalk

How to cook Brussel sprouts in the oven

I will share with you my favorite way of  cooking brussel sprouts in the oven with ease.

This is what you need to do:

Trim and chop Brussels sprouts, then remove any dry or woody stems at the bottom of the sprouts. Then, cut the larger ones in halves and the smaller ones leave whole. Try to buy Brussel sprouts of similar size.

Spice up the sprouts. Pour a little olive oil and don’t be easy with salt and pepper.

Lay Brussel sprouts on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Make sure you place them with their cut sides facing down. This way you will get a nice brown color on the cut sides of the sprouts.

Then it is time to bake. Let the oven heat up to 425-degree, then put the sheet pan into the oven and bake for around 25 minutes, until the Brussel sprouts are golden brown around the edges. 

How to cook Brussel sprouts on the stove?

There are several types of dishes you can make with Brussels Sprouts such as soup, grilled veggies, salad, boiled, or fry and roasted.

When it boils, put a pinch of salt in the pot, pour boiling water over it, return the lid of the pot and let it boil, and cook for about 5-10 minutes. It takes them 5-10 minutes to steam. When you try to cut them and they cut easily, it means that it has been boiled enough. What matters is that they should still feel firm to the touch.

Fried or roasted Brussels Sprouts- we can roast Brussels Sprouts for the main dish as much as a side dish or salad. Usually, as ingredients, we use bacon, parmesan, vinegar, carrots, potatoes, and garlic.

How to Steam Brussels Sprouts in pot with Steamer Basket Put few centimeters of water to a boil in the bottom of a pot, of course, that your steamer basket or insert fits. Put cleaned and cut brussels sprouts in your steamer basket, let it boil, cover, and steam until tender to the bite, it takes time about 5 minutes.

How to cook frozen Brussel sprouts on the stove?

Frozen brussels sprouts are just as nutritious as fresh and they are best when they’re crispy and not soggy, they give you a lot more flexibility with your meal planning!

First of all, put the frozen Brussel sprouts on a pot lined with baking paper (it is very important not to defrost them first!) Drizzle with oil and some spices you prefer and bake in the oven or pot until crispy. 

How to cook Brussel sprouts in a pan?

Pan Roasted Brussel Sprouts (Sautéed Brussels Sprouts – Pan Fried Brussels Sprouts)

 All of these terms refer to the same way of cooking the Brussels sprouts with oil in a larger skillet and over high heat. There are basic ingredients, the recipe preparation is very straightforward, and the results can be exceptional.

 That is an easy and quick way to make with just a few ingredients, preparing the Brussel sprouts in a pan creates just as beautiful a taste and excellent texture. The sprouts get crispy and caramelized on the outside while getting and jet fully cooked and tender on the inside

Directions on cooking Brussel Sprouts in pan on right way

  1. To start, you need to prep by washing the sprouts. You can cut Brussel sprouts by first cutting off the stems and then slicing them in half.
  2. If you make some plans in advance, recommend doing this step 2-3 days before you start to cook.
  3. You can use both olive oil and butter
  4. Add the sliced garlic and pan fry the garlic just enough to  get a golden brown color (garlic will be used to garnish the dish)
  5. Prepared Brussel sprouts and place them cut-side down on the pan
  6. You must stir frequently and be careful not to overcook

How to cook Brussel sprouts on the grill

You’ve decided to use a grill to prepare Brussel sprouts? Good for you! This way they won’t just be super delicious and juicy but they will also keep all the vitamins and minerals needed.

Of course, eating fresh fruits and vegetables is always the best option but if you prefer them cooked, then choosing a grill is a smart idea. 

Here are some benefits of grilling vegetables:

  • You will use less fat
  • Vegetables will be more nutritious
  • You will get tastier vegetables

I know many people who claimed that they can’t stand Brussel sprouts but they didn’t try to grill them. Guess what? After preparing them this way, they changed their mind. 

Is cooking brussel sprouts on the grill a long and demanding process? Not at all! Check these simple steps:

  1. Wash them
  2. Get them blanched in salted water
  3. Spice them up
  4. Throw them on the grill

When you blanch, make sure that you are really blanching and not cooking them because you don’t want them to fall apart while grilling. This process shouldn’t last more than 4 minutes. After blanching, vegetables will keep their natural color and texture. 

Talking about spices is a little bit of an ungrateful topic since the choice of spices mostly depends on personal preferences. For me, olive oil, salt, and pepper are a must. But you can also add onion and garlic powder.

The grill should be well-heated previously and it will take about 10 minutes to be done. Once it’s done, you can serve it as a side dish to pork chops or chicken.

How to cook Brussel sprouts on the stalk

Have you ever wondered how those “mini cabbages” grow? The Brussel sprouts plant actually looks weird. There is a central stalk with mini cabbage heads in the axils of the leaves. It reminds me of a short version of palm trees. Sprouts are grouped in clusters along the stalk. 

Did you know that you can cook it on the stalk? Sounds attractive, doesn’t it? Besides having a different, better taste, Brussel sprouts will also look more decorative when you serve them in this unusual way. 

The largeness of the stalk may make you think that it is complicated to prepare it this way but in fact, it is even simpler because you won’t need to trim each sprout separately.

brussel sprouts on a stock

The first step would be to rinse and dry the whole stalk. After cleaning, place it on a baking sheet. You can cut it into pieces if it doesn’t fit. Before putting it in the oven, add some olive oil, salt, and pepper.   

Cooked this way, brussel sprouts taste sweeter since they age slowlier when they arrive on the stalk. You can serve it without cutting, just place the whole stalk at the center of the table. Pretty cool, isn’t it?

How to shop Brussel sprouts

You can find them on farmer’s markets, mostly available on the stalk. Look for bright green heads, smaller ones, firm and heavy for their size. Avoid brussels sprouts with yellow leaves or black spots.

How to store Brussel sprouts

If you buy Brussel sprouts on the stalk, cut them off before storing them. Put the Brussel sprouts in an uncovered bowl in the refrigerator. Brussel sprouts will be at their best within the first few days, but they can last a few weeks if you keep them in the refrigerator.

How to make Brussel sprouts less bitter

Before I share with you how to make Brussels sprouts less bitter, you need to know a few things about them. 

This vegetable is full of nutrition, it is full of vitamin C, iron, B-vitamins, and fiber, but it can taste a bit bitter. That bitterness makes this vegetable less popular than other vegetables. 

Brussel sprouts are very easy to cook, and there is a way to cook this dish so it will be less bitter. Here are three tips how to make brussel sprouts less bitter:

Cut sprouts in half – Most of the bitterness is released during the cooking process, and since it is concentrated in the middle of the sprouts cutting it in half will release that bitterness.

Add a little bit of brown sugar and wine – Just add brown sugar while cooking it and splash it with white wine, that will reduce the bitterness.

Boil the sprouts – This is not my favorite method, because boiling vegetables will destroy a large amount of all good in sprouts, but if you can’t tolerate bitterness use this method. 

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Is cornmeal porridge the best breakfast food you can have?

Many of you have tried cornmeal porridge by now, but did you know that this meal has a lot of different preparation ways and that it was first made with cheese and pig legs? 

Here are a few more interesting things you should know about cornmeal porridge, so make sure you read the whole article about this lovely dish.

Where did cornmeal porridge originate from?

Have you ever wondered where this creamy and delicious food comes from? It is believed that cornmeal porridge originated from all over the world. 

Some data shows porridge was the first found in some parts of Europe and Africa and it was a staple food in the paleolithic period made by the hunters and gatherers. Traditionally the dish was associated with Scotland, but you can also find a lot of recipes for traditional Jamaican porridge on the internet. 

Cornmeal porridge vs polenta

It is not uncommon to find yourself confused before these two terms. 

First of all, polenta is a dish, not an ingredient, and it is often made with corn, but it can also be made with different kinds of coarsely ground grains. 

Polenta is traditionally made in Italy. Although there are various versions of polenta, the one with corn is most commonly made. If the corn is medium ground then it will be a good choice for a polenta meal, but if it is too finely ground then the polenta can become mushy. 

So, bottom line, if you want traditionally made polenta use medium ground corn, or even better, find the product that is specifically intended for polenta meal. If you would like to know more about polenta ingredients you can look at this interesting polenta recipe.

Can cornmeal porridge be reheated?

Do you ever find yourself staring at the half-eaten leftovers of porridge wondering what to do with it? A logical question is: whether is ok to reheat leftover porridge? Short answer – yes!

 You can reheat the porridge easily. Just add a little liquid to avoid a thick mass, stir it, and put it in the microwave or stove. Enjoy again in creamy and warm delicacy.

Can cornmeal porridge be frozen?

If you would like to maximize the shelf life of cornmeal porridge you can freeze it. You can both freeze unpacked dry porridge as well as porridge mush. Just place the content into the resealable plastic freezer bag. 

Different ways to make cornmeal porridge

Since cornmeal porridge has a longstanding tradition of cooking in almost any culture, there are simply too many recipes to mention in just one article. 

Keep reading below for some of the best ways to make cornmeal porridge.

How to make cornmeal porridge without milk?

The good thing about cornmeal porridge is that you can make it both with milk or water. Porridge with milk would have a little more creamy, dairy taste and it goes better with sweet ingredients, while porridge with water can be good as a salty meal, but in the end, it’s all up to your taste. 

Here is an easy recipe for cornmeal porridge without milk:

1) Add 150 ml of water to the saucepan with a drizzle of olive oil or some butter and a pinch of sea salt. To make a bigger amount of cornmeal porridge just have in mind the water to cornmeal ratio which is 4:1.

2) Bring the water to boil then reduce the heat, remove the pot from the stove and add 2 tablespoons of cornflour. Stir it well to avoid lumps. Preferably use a whisk because it breaks lumps better than a wooden spoon. 

3) Keep stirring it for 5 minutes until the porridge is consistent.

How to thicken cornmeal porridge?

The key to making a perfectly consistent, non-watery porridge is in constant stirring on a medium than low heat. If you like a thicker porridge you just need a little more patience. Wait until the porridge gets more density and stir all the time to avoid lumps. 

How to thicken it without cornstarch?

The good thing about cornmeal porridge is that you don’t need cornstarch for thickening. Cornstarch is commonly used for thickening liquids like sauces. On the other hand, cornmeal porridge has its way of achieving perfect density, and that’s adding more cornflour and longer cooking with less water or milk.

Is it keto-friendly?

Sadly, for all cornmeal lovers that are on a keto diet, cornmeal porridge isn’t keto-friendly. It is a high carb food that contains a lot of carbohydrates and very little fiber. Luckily there are other ways to make your cornmeal keto-acceptable. 

Instead of using corn flour for corn porridge, you can use ground almonds. The taste can’t be exactly the same as when you use cornflour, but it will have a similar texture. You can also add the same seasonings you add in cornmeal porridge to make the meal more alike. 

If you are currently on a keto diet and want to try new and healthy recipes, you can take a look at this zucchini soup recipe.

Is cornmeal porridge gluten-free?

Cornmeal porridge can be gluten-free if you like. You just need to adjust a few things during the preparation of a meal. When it comes to vegan or gluten-free meals, you need to get creative and find suitable substitute ingredients that would give a meal a recognizable taste. 

Traditional Jamaican recipe

This recipe is also known as “cog” or “pap” and comes from the warm Caribbean shores. Jamaican cornmeal porridge is a dietary staple for many Caribbean islands. 

In this cornmeal porridge recipe, the key is in the mixture of coconut and condensed milk. The result is a sweet and creamy taste. 

  1. Mix water and the cornmeal and set aside.
  2. In the medium-sized saucepan, pour 3 cups of coconut milk and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  3. When the milk is warm enough, add the mixture and continue to stir until all the water has gone. 
  4. Add spices and condensed milk.
  5. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Note: Always remember, when preparing a cornmeal porridge there is no right or wrong way. Everything is pretty much up to your taste. So, just relax and have fun. 

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