Quick Lemon Brussels Sprouts
Sometimes we just don’t have an hour for roasted vegetables. I often walk in the door after a long day, too tired to put anything together. This is where this recipe comes in.
Slicing the brussels sprouts in half is the most work you’ll put into this dish. That’s what makes it so good. It’s easy to prepare, approachable for anyone’s cooking level, and produces great results (delicious brussels sprouts).
This recipe is also forgiving. Don’t have a shallot? No problem, use a quarter of a yellow or white onion. No onion? Try two to three cloves of garlic.
COOKING IN A CAST IRON SKILLET
I used a well-seasoned cast iron skillet to cook the brussels sprouts. I prefer not to use nonstick cookware for many reasons (will get into that another time).
How do you know if your cast iron skillet is well seasoned? It should not look dried out. It should be a nice, dark, shiny black. When your cast iron is well seasoned and oiled, it is naturally non-stick.
HOW TO CLEAN A CAST IRON SKILLET
When cleaning your cast iron skillet after every use, please add 1 teaspoon of oil and rub it into the pan with your hands or a paper towel. This will insure that when you cook with your pan, it doesn’t immediately soak in the oil your trying to cook with.
Your food sticks to the pan when your cast iron isn’t well seasoned and you are cooking with heat that is too high.
When I placed the brussels sprouts in the pan, I put them all face down. I do the same when I am roasting brussels. By placing them face down, I get more browning, better color, and the flavor profile I am looking for.
If you only have a large lemon, use half the zest and half the juice.
Remember, the ingredients you choose may be different from mine, so our results will vary. For your awareness I used Trader Joes Spanish Olive Oil, The Real Co Himalayan Sea Salt, and a Lodge Cast Iron Skillet. All other ingredients came from Trader Joes or Whole Foods Market.Print
When you want roasted brussels sprouts but don’t have the patience for roasting them, dry this quick cast iron skillet version.
- 1 lb Brussels Sprouts, trimmed and cut in half
- 2 T Olive Oil
- 1 Shallot, medium diced
- 1 Medium Lemon, juice and zest
- ½–¼ tsp Sea salt
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil on high for 1 minute.
- Add the trimmed brussels sprouts. You should hear a nice sizzle when they hit the pan. Place lid on top of pan, and turn the heat to medium.
- Leave covered for 5 minutes. Stir to ensure even cooking. Cover for another 5 minutes. You should see good browning and caramelization.
- Add shallots and ¼ teaspoon of salt and lower heat to medium-low. Let cook for 1 more minute.
- Turn off the stove. Add lemon juice, lemon zest and more salt to taste.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Whitney Aronoff is a Natural Foods Chef based in Laguna Beach, California. She graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in Communications, and went on to culinary school at The Natural Gourmet Institute in New York. She works as a personal chef and teaches cooking classes, with a focus on healthy, whole foods cooking. You can follow her food and wellness adventures on Instagram at @WhitneyAronoff @StarSeedKitchen and on her website www.WhitneyAronoff.com.