Before we dig into brussels sprouts, I need to give a gigantic shout out to Erin and Melissa for the redesign of Mountain Mama Cooks. I’ve been wanting to update my look and implement some new features for awhile now but held off until the timing was right. I knew right after meeting these two, that they were the gals to do the job. Together, they run Wooden Spoons Kitchen, a boutique web design and hosting company and if I do say so myself, they knocked it out of the park! Thank you doesn’t seem like enough. The entire process was inspiring, fluid and you gals gave me exactly what I wanted. Thank you for your patience, hard work and being all around super savvy, design maven, rock stars!

blackened brussels sprouts,

You know a recipe is good when you make it six times in two weeks. Never in my life did I think I’d be making brussels sprouts multiple times a week. And never in my life did I think I could possibly love brussels sprouts more than these roasted ones with crispy bacon and balsamic. But here I am to tell you that a) I’ve easily eaten 2+ lbs of brussels sprouts in the past 10 days and b) these ones are better than my beloved roasted version with bacon. The best part? They only take 8 minutes.

blackened brussels sprouts recipe-2, www.mountainmamacooks

I hosted a small brunch on Easter and since I was only a few days into my 21 day sugar detox, the menu was a ham cooked in the slow cooker, a veggie frittata, a spinach and avocado salad and these awesome pan seared brussels sprouts that my friend, Melissa made. It was all I could do to not eat all of them. Said no one ever about brussels sprouts…

8 minute brussels sprouts recipe, www.mountainmamacooks

Crispy and garlic loaded on one side, steamed to perfection, these are nuggets of veggie gold. Can you tell I haven’t had sugar in almost a month? I’m gushing about brussels sprouts. Man, someone get me a cookie stat. Or some ice cream. How about a piece of dark chocolate? You know at this point, I’d settle for an orange.

8 minute blackened brussels sprouts recipe,

All joking aside, these brussels sprouts are out of this world. The key is using a stainless steal pan and heating it up so it’s piping hot when you lay the brussels in. The recipe below is more of a guide line. The recipe is forgiving and it’s easily adaptable to suit your taste. Play around until you get it right. The squeeze of lemon at the end makes takes ’em over the top. Don’t leave it out. Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

Blackened Brussels Sprouts

More of a guideline than a recipe, these brussels sprouts are just as easy to make for one as they are for a group. Play around until you get 'em just how you like them!


  • olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • ground black pepper
  • garlic powder
  • brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and cut in half
  • fresh lemon, optional


  1. In a stainless pan, heat a tablespoon or so of olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. With a heavy hand, sprinkle kosher salt, black pepper and garlic powder into pan.
  3. When pan is nice and hot (1-2 minutes), place brussels sprouts cut side down. If the brussels sizzle, that's a good sign!
  4. Place tight fitting lid on pan and turn heat to medium low.
  5. Set time for 8 minutes and don't lift pan lid or disturb the pan.
  6. When timer goes off, remove pan from heat and sprinkle brussels with a drizzle of fresh lemon juice.
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38 Responses to Blackened Brussels Sprouts

  1. Kalyn says:

    I really like the new look! And this recipe sounds like a total winner as well, yum!

  2. Kristen says:

    Oh my goodness – it is gorgeous and sooooo you! I love it so much! (And this recipe? Rockstar.)

  3. Maria says:

    Congrats on the new look! LOVE it! xo

  4. Wow, your site looks fantastic, Kelley! What a gorgeous look…perfect for you. And those blackened Brussels sprouts…divine.

  5. Tieghan says:

    The new look looks so good!!!

  6. Ooooh, shiny, pretty and new! I love the look, Kelley! And I am a Brussels sprouts maniac, so I could kill a pan or two of those by myself. And I just might this afternoon!

  7. Karista says:

    Beautiful! Love, love the new look Kelley. It’s like a Mountain Mama Magazine on the screen. I don’t think I can ever get enough brussel sprouts. And I love my sprouts brown and toasty too. Fabulous Kelley and congrats on the new do!

  8. Rebecca says:

    I love your new look!

  9. The new site is gorgeous! Love the wood and the brussel sprouts!!

  10. Congrats mama! The site looks amazing, I’m loving all of the new sections, especially “Out of the Kitchen” so I can keep up on all of your adventures. Your photos and words have such a beautiful new space to shine in. XO

  11. carrian says:

    LOOKIN’ GORGEOUS!! My goodness, I love it!!! Hooray for yummy brussels too!

  12. First of all, it was an honor to work with you! I love the way you approach life, and thus, blogging. Hanging around with you gives me that rosy-cheeked, get out and play, inspiration. Thank YOU for inspiring me! xo

  13. Looking good! And these brussels sprouts? Yum!

  14. Mel says:

    Your site is so beautiful, Kelly. So, so beautiful! Erin and Melissa are awesome, aren’t they?

  15. Deborah says:

    The site looks amazing, Kelley!! And your photos here? Gorgeous.

  16. I love brussel sprouts this recipe looks divine!

  17. Annalise says:

    Love the new look, yay! Especially interested in your high altitude tips! Such a great idea. Congrats!

  18. The new site looks absolutely amazing and I LOVE the responsive design! They did a wonderful job 🙂

  19. Congrats on the new look! I really like the high altitude tips section you’ve added. Great idea.

  20. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    I’ve never cooked brussel sprouts before, but I just bought some yesterday. So glad to find your recipe–sounds delicious!

  21. I really like the new look!

  22. WOW!!! Kelley, I love the site design! So pretty and so perfect.

    And these brussels? YES YES YES 🙂

  23. Rachel Cooks says:

    The site is GORGEOUS!!!! Oh my goodness! Love it! And of course the Brussels sprouts too 🙂

  24. Becky says:

    Yay for the new site!! I love it and wouldn’t expect anything less from Erin and Melissa!! And brussels sprouts is a perfect recipe to kick of the site, as they’re a favorite of mine!

  25. I’m totally making these brussels sprouts, it’s a favorite veggie of mine.
    New site looks wonderful!

  26. JulieD says:

    Love the new digs and love this recipe!!

  27. Irene says:

    I saw the link to this recipe on the Picky Palate FB page and finally got the chance to make them. These babies are so delicious I just had to tell you how much I enjoy them. Lots of love all the way from the Netherlands =)

  28. Suzanne says:

    This was delicious, easy and turned out exactly the way it was supposed to! Thank you!

  29. Andrea says:

    These are so flipping awesome! I am getting Brussels sprout residue on my iPad as I type this. Outstanding!!

  30. Rebecca says:

    Brussel sprouts are not something that my husband or I have ever really tried; however, I love to cook and experiment in the kitchen and he loves to eat. 🙂
    I saw these babies on Pinterest and made them last night. We’ve always only heard negative things about this veggie so we were pleasantly surprised at how good they were. Thank you for posting such tempting pictures and sharing such an easy and yummy recipe.
    Have a great day!

  31. marcie says:

    I could eat the entire pan of these — they look incredible!

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