Brussel sprouts are one of those vegetables that people either love, or hate. Here is the thing though: many people who “hate” them last tried them as children. My mother always boiled brussel sprouts and I ran from them. As an adult, I discovered that if you bake them, they can be amazing. When done right, they have a nutty flavor. They are crisp and caramelized. You could also say that they are sweet. So how long to cook brussel sprouts at 425 in the oven?
It is not difficult to cook brussel sprouts in the oven. Most recipes will tell you to cook them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. I prefer to cook them at 425 F. This cooks a bit faster and gives that nice crispy, crunchy feel to them. To cook brussel sprouts at 425, you should keep them in the oven for about 20 minutes. BUT! That is when you start checking. If you want them even crispier, cook them a bit longer.
There are a wide variety of recipes to cook brussel sprouts in the oven. Many of them are fairly simple. Here are the basics:
If you want to go basic, you do not need to add any spices or oils. But, you do want to put a cooking oil spray on the cookie sheet. If you have not coated the brussel sprouts in oil, they will stick to the pan.
I usually cook mine in the center of the oven. If you want to achieve that extra-crispy element, move them up to the top of the oven and give them a little extra time. Pay close attention at this point. If you walk away, you are in danger of burning them.
Years ago, I decided to try brussel sprouts again. I had hated them since childhood. I tossed them in olive oil, put some salt and pepper on them, and put them in the oven. And then promptly forgot about them. They burned.
Fortunately, I caught them just in time. If you overcook brussel sprouts, they become mushy (and terrible). I got them just as they started to burn. Since I was on a tight budget at the time, I decided to try them anyway. To my surprise (and excitement), slightly burned brussel sprouts were like eating popcorn. There was a great crunch and a tangy sweetness. That experience hooked me on brussel sprouts for life.
If you are going to cook brussel sprouts in the oven, you can set the temperature at 350 F. That will give you the time to work on other parts of the meal. If you need to speed things up a bit, you can cook the brussel sprouts at 425 for about 20 minutes.
Remember to pay attention! You can go from crispy, caramelized brussel sprouts to a burnt mess if you forget about them.