Golden Zest: Caramelized Brussels Sprouts With Lemon


Discover the magic of caramelized Brussels sprouts, transformed with a zesty twist of lemon. This dish brings together the delightful sweetness of caramelization and the refreshing tang of lemon, creating a harmony of flavors. Perfect as a side dish or a healthy snack, these Brussels sprouts are not only delicious but also visually appealing, with their golden-brown hues and vibrant lemon zest.

Golden Zest: Caramelized Brussels Sprouts With Lemon

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of Servings and Serving size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: About 1 cup


  • 500 grams (1.1 pounds) of fresh Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 30 grams (0.066 pounds) of unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Method of Preparation

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, toss the Brussels sprouts with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Spread the Brussels sprouts on a baking sheet in a single layer. Roast for 15-20 minutes, until they are tender and golden brown.
  4. While the sprouts are roasting, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the brown sugar, and stir until it dissolves completely.
  5. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the lemon zest and juice.
  6. Once the Brussels sprouts are roasted, transfer them to a serving dish.
  7. Drizzle the lemon-butter sauce over the Brussels sprouts and toss gently to coat.
  8. Serve immediately and enjoy the burst of flavors!

Tips for Culinary Success

  • For an extra crunch, sprinkle toasted almond slivers over the Brussels sprouts before serving.
  • If you prefer a spicier kick, add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the lemon-butter sauce.


  • Can I use frozen Brussels sprouts? Yes, but ensure they're fully thawed and patted dry to achieve the best caramelization.
  • How can I store leftovers? Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven for best texture.