Sexy Brussels Sprouts In French Mustard Butter

by | Apr 9, 2011 | 29 comments

Sexy Brussels Sprouts In Mustard Butter

I don’t do brussels sprouts. Ever! I once knew a brussels sprout that promised me undying love, infinite beauty and true glory. But all it did was leave a bad taste in my mouth. So I kept away, avoided it like the bad boy it was.

Then came a chance meeting with a bag full of these little rough diamonds. I brought them home and smothered them in mustard butter. One in particular caught my eye. It was sexy down to it’s sharp tang and glossy glazed skin. I bit in and *swoons profusely at this point* experienced what can only be described as foodgasm.

Lesson learnt. Don’t give up on that prince even if you constantly come across slimy frogs.

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts for a quick brunch.

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts





Preparation Time – 20 minutes
Cooking Time – 5 minutes
Serves – a starving girl for brunch


10-12 brussels sprouts, washed and pat dried
30g butter
1 tablespoon grain French mustard
2 tablespoons Manuka honey


With a knife, make a cut in the stem of each brussels sprout. Steam, covered for 12 minutes. Remove from heat and rinse in cold water to stop the cooking process.

In a pan, heat butter. Add mustard and honey. Mix well. Add the brussels sprouts and swirl the pan around to coat and glaze them with the butter and honey. Remove from heat after a minute and serve immediately.


At lunch, my I-am-slowly-spreading-my-wings-as-a-foodie 7 year old Rivs asked to try the brussels sprouts. I gave him one and watched the oh-I-am-about-to-die expression on his face just before he bit into it. Then his face transformed into a full fledged grin. "Not Bad!" he exclaimed. "Can I have more please?". Nick and I stared at each other in mock horror and he proceeded to have 3 more oohing and aahing over them as Gummy Bear, our 3 year old made exaggerated expressions of disgust watching his older sibling eat something green.

Verdict – Older kids might love it and even feel sophisticated having something that mum and dad can’t stop raving about!

I recently bought Manuka honey and absolutely love it. As expected, I am always looking for excuses to use it. But if you don’t have Manuka honey, regular honey will work beautifully as well. Same with the mustard. I had some gorgeous Maille Old Style Whole Grain Mustard, but a Dijon style mustard or any grainy kind would work as well.


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  1. Tanvi

    I see brussels sprouts at the grocery store and I pass by them in ugly, sheepish manner.I tasted once,only once in one of the these Las Vegas buffets and how they tasted,I dont think u wanna listen to that 🙂 Mustard gives me a lot of courage to maybe try them again coz I m too fond of mustard.Looking good!
    Have a nice weekend!

  2. Sneh

    Tanvi, I can totally relate to the horrid taste if they are not cooked right. They are also meant to be eaten almost straight away. You will love this version, I promise! 🙂

    Have a great weekend as well!

  3. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    LOL, I love your veggie fairy tale! I’ve had similar experiences with Brussels sprouts before, they do have to be cooked just right to win your heart don’t they.

    • Sneh

      he he thanks Sylvie! Yep, very true, they have to be done just right. 🙂

  4. Charissa

    How you describe brussels sprouts amuses me, have to say…this looks really good!

  5. Melissa

    haven’t really tried brussels sprouts before. but your photos look amazing! maybe i’ll try to give it a go sometime. 🙂

  6. Ellie @ Kitchen Wench

    Impressive! Those Brussels sprouts are sexy indeed!

  7. Gaby

    It takes skill to make Brussels sprouts yummy, hats off!

  8. Rebecca @InsideCuisine

    cooeee Sneh – well I must give this a try! I DO DO brussell sprouts but never this way and they sound DEEELISHH! just coming into the right weather for them too x @frombecca

  9. chocolatesuze

    your brussel sprouts look so cute! mmm honey sprouts

  10. Helen (grabyourfork)

    Brussel sprouts are always sexy! I usually make mine with bacon. Hopefully Gummy Bear will follow the lead of his big brother soon!

  11. Sanjeeta kk

    The Brussels sprouts do look very sexy 😉 Mustard sauce is a good add to the recipe. I normally saute them in butter for a few seconds and eat. But this looks a gorgeous treat to enjoy Brussels sprouts!
    Came here following your Tweets, lovely space.

  12. Sonali

    first time here…wow …what a lovely sprouts recipe with mustard butter…loved it sabsolutely and glad to follow ur space….Do visit mine whenever u hav time 🙂

  13. angie

    I’ve never actually had brussel sprouts until recently, I don’t know how and why! I guess if you’re not a cabbage person then these might not tickle your fancy but I adore cabbage!

  14. tinytearoom

    I haven’t been brought up with brussel sprouts. I’ve only heard about them on tv. Quite often shown in a very negative manner. I ordered a pork dish with brussel sprouts on the side at a tapas bar and they tasted incredible. Not bad for the first time.

    I love you simple recipe and lush photos.

  15. Kankana

    I had it once .. in some restaurant. It was grilled. I didn’t mind it. But every time I see them in store .. I ignore them .. something always tells me I will hate them and probably throw them away .. and never ever entertain them at home ! Your recipe making me think twice .. may be these bad boys are not so bad after all !

  16. Petra

    Will defnitely have to give them a try. I tend to make our brussel sprouts quite boring.

  17. Susan

    I love brussels sprout, as long as they are drenched in butter!

  18. chopinandmysaucepan

    To the contrary, I love brussels sprouts and have always been looking for a good dressing for it! I use manuka honey, Dijon, extra virgin, salt and fresh black pepper for a nice salad dressing, why didn’t I think of this.

  19. anushruti

    Awesome…I always look for ways to cook these…and your spoons are gorgeous too!

  20. Peggy

    It always seems like the brussels sprout is the forgotten vegetable, but this dish really lets them shine! Can’t wait to get them in our CSA this year =)

  21. Esther

    Yummo! You do make me laugh Sneh!!! I shall be trying these very soon…x

  22. Esther

    Here goes, I’m making them now for dinner – looking forward to them!

  23. Esther

    Yum, delicious and easy – the kids tried half each but are not quite convinced … yet! e

  24. Ana


    (Love your pics etc)

    I must try this, I’m kind obsessed with brussel sprouts right now. Do you also recommend to put them on a salad without cooking or steaming them? I’m afraid..

    Thanks so much for sharing ;))


    • Sneh

      Hi Ana, Thanks 🙂 Raw is fine. I shave/slice them raw in my salads. Never a problem and so textural and lovely! S

  25. Lisa

    I LOVE Brussels Sprouts and these were so delicious! Thanks for the great recipe!


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