Brined Skillet-Roasted Brussels Sprouts


This Brussels sprouts recipe has even more flavor than other roasted Brussels sprouts thanks to a soak in a saltwater brine. Then season your roasted Brussels sprouts with mustard seeds and cracked black pepper.

Brined Skillet-Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Photo: Brie Passano
Prep Time:
20 mins
Roast Time:
25 mins
Stand Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 45 mins


  • 1 ½ pound Brussels sprouts

  • 8 cup cold water

  • ½ cup kosher salt

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds

  • ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt (optional)


  1. Trim stems and remove any wilted outer leaves from Brussels sprouts; wash. Halve any large Brussels sprouts; set aside. For brine, in a very large bowl or deep container stir together the 8 cups cold water and 1/2 cup kosher salt until salt is completely dissolved. Add Brussels sprouts to brine mixture, making sure the sprouts are completely submerged (weigh down with a plate if necessary to keep sprouts submerged). Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.

  2. Drain Brussels sprouts; do not rinse. In a 12-inch cast-iron skillet or shallow roasting pan toss Brussels sprouts with olive oil to coat. Roast Brussels sprouts, uncovered, in a 350 degree F for 25 to 30 minutes or until tender, stirring once halfway through roasting.

  3. Meanwhile, in a small skillet heat mustard seeds over medium-low heat about 5 minutes or until seeds are lightly toasted, shaking skillet occasionally. Remove seeds from skillet and crush seeds slightly. Add crushed seeds, the cracked black pepper, and, if desired, the 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt to cooked Brussels sprouts, tossing well. Serve immediately.

  4. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

126 Calories
9g Fat
9g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 126
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 346mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 63.8mg 319%
Calcium 40.4mg 3%
Iron 1.4mg 8%
Potassium 362mg 8%
Folate, total 40.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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