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Fabulously sweet and a little crispy, these caramelized Brussel sprouts are one of our favorite side dishes! Even your pickiest eater will enjoy this recipe.

I’m always on the lookout for a good veggie side dish, and this one is a winner! It’s just as tasty as our glazed carrots and glazed red potatoes.

Caramelized brussel sprouts on a white plate

Glazed brussel sprouts

I love a good Brussel sprout recipe. We make roasted Brussel sprouts, Brussel sprouts with bacon, and this pretty Brussel sprout salad. All three of those recipes are home runs!

This caramelized Brussel sprout recipe is another to add to that great list. Simple – and yummy!

These Brussel sprouts are a little sweet and perfectly caramelized for a little crunch. This healthy side dish is one that everyone enjoys—even picky eaters! If you’ve never tried Brussel sprouts, this recipe is one you should definitely start with. Lightly sweet and oh so delicious.

Glazed brussel sprouts being cooked in a skillet

how to Caramelize Brussel Sprouts

Ingredients for caramelized Brussel sprouts include:

  • Brussel sprouts (cut in half)
  • water
  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • salt & pepper

BOIL. Begin by placing sprouts in a pan with the cut side down. Add in the water and butter and bring everything to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover the pan and boil for 5 minutes.

SIMMER. Turn the heat to low, add brown sugar and simmer the sprouts (uncovered) for 10-12 minutes.

COOK. Turn the heat back to high and cook the Brussel sprouts until all the water has evaporated and the sprouts are tender- this should take about 5 more minutes. Remove the sprouts from the heat. Add a little salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

Making glazed brussel sprouts with brown sugar

The Perfect Side Dish + how to store

Brussel sprouts make the perfect side dish for almost any dinner meal. Here are some of our favorite dinners to serve them with:

Store any leftover caramelized Brussel sprouts in an airtight container. Keep them in the fridge for up to 3 days. These make a yummy leftover lunch the next day with some chicken and/or rice!

Close up of caramelized brussel sprouts on a white plate

If you like glazed veggies, you should try:

5 from 17 votes

Caramelized Brussel Sprouts Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Fabulously sweet and a little crispy, these caramelized Brussel sprouts are one of our favorite side dishes! Even your pickiest eater will enjoy this recipe.
Servings: 6
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes


  • 1 lb brussel sprouts halved
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Place sprouts in pan (cut side down), and add water and butter and bring to a boil in a pan over medium-high heat; cover and boil for 5 minutes.
  • Turn to low, add brown sugar and simmer (uncovered) for 10-12 minutes.
  • Turn back to high and cook until all the water is evaporated and sprouts are tender (about 5 more minutes).
  • Remove from heat. Salt and Pepper, and enjoy!


Calories: 89kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 56mg, Potassium: 302mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 688IU, Vitamin C: 64mg, Calcium: 37mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. My husband doesn’t like Brussels sprouts at all but, on first bite, he said yum, these are good while reminding me he doesn’t like Brussels sprouts! He then asked me if they are indeed Brussels sprouts? They ARE really delicious and the most simple recipe I’ve tried. Definitely, a keeper. Thank you so much!

  2. 5 stars
    Brussel Sprouts: I would have said I hated them, but I guess I just hadn’t found the right recipe. These are delicious!

    1. 5 stars
      I have come to love brussel sprouts! I can eat them any way they come! The addition of brown suGar makes them extra special.