Brussels Sprouts for Emma

Dear Sally:
Brussels sprouts. Personally I love them, but for some reason whenever someone mentions that vegetable my father and friends shudder. I am curious, how can I make them so my family and friends will beg for another helping?
Sincerely, Emma Perry

Hands-on time:
15 minutes
Total time:
15 minutes

Kitchen Gear

Cutting board
Sharp Knife (adult needed)
Measuring cup
Large skillet with lid
Measuring spoons


1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered
1⁄2 cup water
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce or balsamic vinegar


Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your kitchen gear and ingredients and put them on a clean counter.

  1. Put the Brussels sprouts and water into a large skillet on the stove. Turn the heat to high and and bring to a boil. Stir well, cover and cook 2 minutes.
  2. Remove the top carefully and add the olive oil and soy sauce. Cook until the Brussels sprouts are just tender and lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
  3. Serve right away.

Add lemon or orange zest or finely grated Parmesan cheese before serving.