How Long Do Brussel Sprouts Take to Cook


Brussel sprouts are no longer the butt of jokes. Many people today have grown to love them, and they’re actually quite healthy for you. Well, most of them. On average, brussel sprouts take about 9-13 minutes to cook in boiling water or in an oven. However, there are a few factors that will affect how long they take to cook:

3-4 minutes

3-4 minutes is the minimum time to cook brussel sprouts.

When they’re done, you want to make sure that the outside is crispy and golden brown while the inside remains soft. You can tell when they are done by cutting one open and looking at its color (it should be bright green), or tasting it for tenderness (you should be able to pierce through with a fork).

7-8 minutes

Brussel sprouts have a reputation for being an acquired taste, but they’re actually very easy to prepare. Follow these steps and you’ll be enjoying them in no time!

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (204 degrees Celsius).
  • Wash your brussel sprouts thoroughly, then cut off any discolored leaves and trim the stem ends down so that they stand straight up on their stalks when you place them on a baking sheet or pan with some oil sprayed generously over them (this helps keep them from sticking).
  • Spread out evenly across two baking sheets lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil–you want enough space between each piece so that air can circulate around all sides during cooking; if necessary use more than one batch at once depending on how many batches fit comfortably inside your oven at once without overcrowding too badly–and bake until tender throughout but not mushy (about 7-8 minutes per pound), checking often after 5 minutes so as not to overcook!

9-13 minutes


Add the sprouts to boiling water, cover, and boil for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and drain. Add butter and pepper, then serve immediately.

Brussel sprouts are best when cooked until they are tender.

Tenderness is a sign of doneness, and it’s important to cook your Brussels sprouts until they’re tender. A good quality vegetable should have some give when you bite into it, but not so much that they fall apart or become mushy. If you’ve ever had overcooked vegetables that were too soft and mushy, then you know what I mean!

Brussel sprouts are best when cooked until they are tender. The exact time will depend on how large your sprouts are; smaller ones will cook faster than larger ones. You can use this guide as a rough estimate:

  • 3 minutes at high heat (such as 450 degrees) = al dente (tender but still crisp)
  • 6 minutes at medium heat (such as 350 degrees) = cooked through


Brussel sprouts are a great vegetable to add to your diet. They’re rich in vitamins and minerals, low in calories and fat, but high in fiber. You can eat them raw or cooked–and they taste even better when roasted! So go ahead and try this recipe out for yourself!

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