Oma's Brussel Sprouts Recipe

brussel sprouts recipe

The Brussel sprouts recipe, aka Rosenkohl, that I grew up with was always a treat. Mutti kept them for special dinners and that's how I used them as well. That is, until I learned how to cook Brussel sprouts this way.

It's an easy way. It's a quick way. Especially when I buy them frozen. That way I can quickly start to cook Brussels sprouts ... these little cabbages that have a bold taste and can be served in such a variety of ways.

Oma's Brussel Sprouts Recipe


  • 1 lb Brussels Sprouts, frozen
  • 1 - 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup milk or cream
  • salt, pepper
  • Place frozen sprouts in pot with enough water to just cover them. Add 1/2 tsp salt
  • Bring to boil, cover, and simmer until tender, about 5 - 8 minutes
  • Drain
  • Add butter, stir to melt. Add milk (or cream) and stir. The milk should absorb into the sprouts
  • Season with freshly ground pepper (I use lots) and extra salt if needed
  • Serves 4
  • For extra flavor, use cream (5%, !0% or higher) instead of milk and add extra butter
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese
  • Add fried bacon bits
  • Cooking the sprouts until they are very tender and then stirring so they break apart, helps them absorb more of the butter and cream --a real rich treat! (you may need to add more cream if they appear too dry)
  • If using fresh Brussels sprouts, trim them and cut a crisscross incision in the base of each sprout to encourage even cooking. These will take a little longer to cook, about 10 minutes

Brussels Sprouts or Brussel Sprouts?

Now before I go any further, I need to clarify this. Sometimes I see this written as Brussels Sprouts and sometimes as Brussel Sprouts.

I know it best without the "s", but most put it on. Either way, they are delicious when prepared properly. Really! 

For those who 'hate' Brussel Sprouts ...

Even though we love them, there are people who absolutely hate them. May I suggest this recipe for Roasted Brussel Sprouts ... they are absolutely wunderbar! I think you'll love them this way.

I have to admit when I was first married, I rarely cooked these little "cabbages". I really don't know why. 

I loved them when Mutti made them. Once I started to make them for company, this became one of my best vegetable recipes that my husband asked for. He'd see the frozen sprouts at the store and make his request.

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