Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts Lightly Braised then Steamed

Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts are lightly braised and then steamed giving them a crisp, dense texture and a slightly sweet fresh taste.

Maple glazed brussels sprouts topped with dried cherries

Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts

This recipe first appeared on the blog in November 2013.  This post has since been updated with a new photos and updated content! 

I’ve found that people either love or loath Brussels sprouts. I’m in the L-O-V-E camp.  Adorable mini cabbage look-alikes, what’s not to like?? They’re so darn cute!

Ok, I know cuteness only gets you so far; the real test is determined by how flavorful a dish is.

Fresh brussel sprouts on a cutting board for maple glazed brussels sprouts recipe

How to cook maple glazed brussels sprouts

I’m certain if you aren’t a fan of Brussels sprouts it’s because your brussels sprouts suffered a slow death by being boiled. Please don’t cook them that way.

Not only does that method destroy all the good nutrients in this veggie, but you are left with mushy, kind of icky gray looking sprouts that taste bitter! Not to mention the really-really stinky sulfur smell that is bound to penetrate through your house!

cooking maple glazed brussels sprouts in a skillet

These Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts recipe is going to convert you to the I LOVE Brussels sprouts group!

As long as you cook these babies up the way I share in this recipe, I’m certain you’ll be in the sprout loving camp!

First, caramelize these itty-bitty cuties in a couple of tablespoons of butter, and then steam them in some chicken broth, maple syrup (get the real stuff, not pancake flavoring!), and add a pinch of cayenne pepper to mellow all the flavors.

Finally, top with a couple of tablespoons of dried cherries or Craisins for another layer of delicious flavor!

Maple glazed brussels sprouts with slices of tri-tip on a white plate

What to serve brussels sprouts with

Brussels sprouts are a great addition to any main protein.  Here are some recipes to try:

Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts in a white bowl

Add this veggie side dish to your menu today! The added Craisins, raisins or cherries add a festive touch to a holiday meal!

Maple glazed brussels sprouts topped with dried cherries

Maple Glazed Brussel Sprouts

Lightly braised brussels sprouts and then steamed giving them a crisp, dense texture and a slightly sweet fresh taste.
4.92 from 12 votes
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Course: Uncategorized
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Servings: 6 -8
Calories: 116kcal
Author: Sandra @ The Foodie Affair


  • 4 Tablespoons butter unsalted
  • 2 pounds Brussels sprouts trimmed of loose leaves and halved through core
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth low-sodium
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon thyme chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons Craisins


  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Add Brussels sprouts and cook until browned 6-8 minutes, making sure all the pieces get browned. Stir in broth, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, thyme and cayenne. Cover and turn heat to medium-low. Cook for 6-8 minutes or until Brussels sprouts are tender.
  • Uncover and increase heat to medium-high. Cook until liquid is almost evaporated (approximately 5 minutes). Turn off heat and still in remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, 1 Tablespoon of maple syrup, vinegar, and Craisins. Season with salt and pepper.


Craisins are dried cranberries.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 67mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g


Please note that the nutritional information provided are guidelines and may vary based on the brand of products used. For your specific nutritional goals use My Fitness Pal or Verywell Fit recipe calculators. All content within this site is not intended as medical diagnosis or treatment and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical expertise.

Cook’s Country Magazine from America’s Test Kitchens

This maple glazed brussels sprouts dish is a great side dish to any main meal! The subtle sweetness with a touch of spice brings out the natural flavors of sprouts. These are braised, and then steamed. Never boiled! #sidedish #vegetables #dinner #brussels #veggies #sprouts |
Hugs Sandra Signature

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  1. I must admit Im a hater….but they are my husbands favorite veggie. He saw me reading this and asked I could make this for dinner this week…. I’m even going to give them a try because the maple sounds pretty good… — anything maple is a win in my book!

  2. I SO agree with you about boiled brussels sprouts being a bad decision and the reason why so many people say they don’t like brussels sprouts. These sound delicious and I love how you play on their subtle sweetness with the maple glaze.

  3. I always have a hard time convincing family members to eat Brussels Sprouts. Your Brussels sprouts with maple syrup are going to make them lick their plates. Looks really delicious.

  4. These look great! I love maple and cayenne with veggies, and in this case the slight bitterness of the brussels would be a perfect complement. I have a bag of brussels in my fridge right now – I think I’ll try these tomorrow!

  5. Ohhhh yum! I adore Brussels sprouts and can’t wait to try this :). Your talent leaves me jaw-dropped (just had to say it) 🙂