Grilled Brussels Sprouts

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Grilled Brussel Sprouts are full of flavor and a delicious veggie side dish to try out at your next barbecue feast. The slight charring that the grill leaves enhances the flavor of the sprouts.

They hold up well to grilling and are great with a sprinkle of parmesan and cracked pepper. Serve these alongside grilled salmon or a grilled chicken breast.

Grilled Brussel Sprouts on skewers after grilling

How to Grill Brussel Sprouts

You’ll love how simple this brussel sprout recipe is to prepare. For best results, use fresh brussels sprouts, not frozen. The texture is firmer and the flavor is better too!

If using wooden skewers, start by soaking them for at least 30 minutes before grilling. This will ensure the skewers don’t burn up on the grill.

Grilled Brussel Sprouts on skewers and paper towels before cooking

  1. Pull off any yellowed leaves, trim any long stems off, and slice each sprout in half if they’re large. For smaller sprouts, you can leave them whole.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil and partially cook the sprouts. Drain well.
  3. When cool enough to handle, thread onto skewers, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

When draining the sprouts, place cut side down on paper towels or a kitchen towel to absorb most of the water.

Brussel Sprouts on skewers before grilling and on the grill

How Long to Grill Brussel Sprouts

Cooking parboiled brussel sprouts on the grill is fast! It only takes about 5 minutes or so per side on a hot grill.

Other Ways to Grill Brussel Sprouts

There are other methods for cooking brussel sprouts on the grill or in the oven.

  • Whole Grilled Brussel Sprouts – After cleaning the sprouts, place them in a microwave dish and cook on high for 3 minutes. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. When cooled enough to handle, thread on metal or wooden skewers with the stem side facing down, and place on grill for 10 – 12 minutes, turning frequently until soft
  • Foil-Wrapped Brussel Sprouts – Place partially cooked, oiled, and seasoned brussel sprouts in a foil pack. Seal it tightly and place on grill for 15 minutes, flipping several times while cooking.
  • Oven Grilled Brussel Sprouts – Place partially cooked, oiled, and seasoned brussel sprouts on skewers. Broil until tender and caramelized, turning once or twice. If using halved sprouts, broil for 7 minutes, or 10 – 15 minutes for whole sprouts, turning more frequently.

Grilled brussel sprouts taste great sprinkled with shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, garlic powder, balsamic or wine vinegar, or tossed with a little Dijon mustard.

Grilled Brussel Sprouts in a bowl with a spoon

Can You Freeze Brussel Sprouts?

Leftover grilled sprouts can be frozen for up to three months but will get somewhat mushy when thawed.

They will also keep in the refrigerator for 3 days. I prefer to heat them low and slow in a frying pan with a touch of olive oil.

Grill Those Veggies!

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Grilled Brussel Sprouts on skewers after grilling
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Review Recipe

Grilled Brussel Sprouts

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 6
Grilled Brussel Sprouts are a great veggie for the barbecue because they hold up well, especially when you make them on skewers. The slight charring that the grill leaves enhances the flavor of the sprouts as well.


  • 1 pound brussels sprouts halved if large
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh parmesan

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  • Soak 6 wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes or more. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add brussels sprouts and cook for 3 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  • Place flat side down on paper towel to drain completely.
  • Thread onto skewers, brush with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Place on hot grill and cook for 5-7 minutes per side until cooked.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 86, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 3mg, Sodium: 83mg, Potassium: 259mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 535IU, Vitamin C: 56.5mg, Calcium: 77mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Grilled Brussels Sprouts on skewers
closeup of Grilled Brussels Sprouts on skewers
a bowl of Grilled Brussels Sprouts, sprouts on skewers before grilling
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  1. Hi there Holly,
    I want to char the Brussels so they are entirely black and crispy. How would you suggest I try ?

    1. Maria, make sure your skewers are well soaked, or use metal skewers. Cook as directed, but watch carefully until they are charred to your desired “char” level :) Enjoy!