Brussel Sprouts

Market Look-For’s

  • Small tight heads with no deep browning.
  • I find no quality difference between on the stalk or in a bag. On the stalk will have more size variation, meaning different cooking times but no real biggie.
  • Brussels get sweeter after the frost, so give them a couple of weeks after their first market appearance.


  • Store in refrigeration in a plastic bag to keep them crisp.
  • Age will yellow the outside leaves; just strip them away.


  • Raw, thinly shaved is my favorite way to eat Brussels and often turn nay-sayers in to yay-sayers.
  • Also good pan roasted till deeply caramelized.
  • If steaming or boiling, cutting an X into the stalk will speed cooking time.