Brown Butter Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe

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Combining the simple elements of butter, lemon, salt and pepper, this recipe relies upon the heat of roasting to bring out the sweetness in Brussels sprouts.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 12 ounces small Brussels sprouts
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (Meyer lemon recommended, if available)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet (oven-proof stainless steel recommended). Continue to cook the butter until it turns a light amber color.
  3. Remove the skillet from the heat and let cool to about room temperature. This will prevent the Brussels sprouts from frying when added to the skillet.
  4. Thinly trim off the ends of the Brussels sprouts and discard the ends. Cut the Brussels sprouts in half lengthwise.
  5. Add the Brussels sprouts and any leaves that may have fallen off into the skillet.
  6. Add lemon zest and about 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Toss to combine and coat with the brown butter.
  7. Spread out the Brussels sprouts to an even layer in the skillet. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
  8. Place the skillet in the oven and roast the Brussels sprouts until lightly browned and tender, about 20 minutes. Some of the loose leaves may be crispy.
  9. Squeeze remaining 1 teaspoon lemon juice over cooked Brussels sprouts if a more lemony flavor is desired or serve with lemon wedges.

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Excerpted with permission from I Hate Vegetables Cookbook: Fresh and Easy Vegetable Recipes That Will Change Your Mind by Katie Moseman and published by Fortunella Press. Follow Katie Moseman on Facebook @recipeforperfection, Twitter: @recipeforperfec, Instagram: @recipeforperfection, and Pinterest: @recipeforperfec

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