Brussels Sprouts with Honey and Mustard Seeds 2 Comments

Nov 23, 2008

Brussels sprouts are here to stay – whether you love them or absolutely hate them. Brussels sprouts evoke strong memories for most people.

I love Brussels sprouts! I only discovered Brussels sprouts a few years ago at a San Francisco restaurant where my vegetarian room mate ordered them. Warm, and tender, with stunning flavor, I completely forgot about the short-ribs and mac-and-cheese we had on the table. Instead, I delved into the tasty side.

In this recipe, the normal bitterness of Brussels sprouts is masked by the addition of honey. Whole grain mustard adds a mild taste and acts in harmony with the honey and the butter. When mustard is heated, most of the pungency is lost. So do not expect to be overwhelmed by the mustard taste. Four ingredients transform Brussels sprouts into a delightful side for Thanksgiving or any other occasion.


1 pound Brussels sprouts
1 ½ tablespoons butter
3 teaspoons whole grain mustard
2 teaspoons honey



Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

20 – 30 minutes


Trim the ends and remove any loose leaves from the Brussels sprouts. Make a small slit across the base of the stem. Put the sprouts in a large steamer and cover with a lid. Sit the steamer over a saucepan of boiling water and steam for 15 minutes or until tender. Refresh under cold water to stop the cooking process.

Put the butter, mustard, and honey in a saucepan over low heat and stir to melt the butter. Add the sprouts and toss until well coated in the butter mixture and heated through. Pile onto a plate and serve immediately.


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Filed Under

Vegetables, Side Dish, Vegetarian Recipes and Thanksgiving Recipes

Spices Used

Mustard Seeds

Other Ingredients Used

Brussels Sprouts


never thought of adding honey to brussels sprouts. But I can see how they would make them tastier.

—Karen, over 5 years ago

This is one of my favorite new recipes!

—Jen, over 5 years ago

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