A dish serving charred Brussels sprouts with Marmite butter

Charred Brussels sprouts with Marmite butter

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(6 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 8

Marmite and sprouts may sound like a nightmare combination, but trust us: it works. Try our recipe and it's sure to become a Christmas tradition

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal127
  • fat11g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs2g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre3g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.4g
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  • 100g unsalted butter, softened



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 3 tsp Marmite
  • 500g sprouts, halved


  1. Beat the butter and Marmite together until smooth, then form it into a log on a piece of baking parchment, roll up and twist the ends like a Christmas cracker. Chill in the fridge until you need it. Will keep for up to a week in the fridge or two months in the freezer.

  2. Boil the sprouts for 3-4 mins, then drain and leave to steam-dry. Heat a non-stick frying pan, then add the sprouts and dry-fry them for 4-5 mins or until they start to blacken on the cut sides and at the edges. Take the pan off the heat, then add a chunk of the Marmite butter (keep the rest for another day). Sizzle until the butter has melted and shake the pan gently to coat the sprouts. Season with pepper, but taste before adding salt.

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13th Dec, 2017
Just polished off a dish of this on its own for supper. Outstanding! But then I love marmite and I love sprouts so it's not surprising. I think marmite haters might enjoy this too though, as the taste is savoury rather than marmitey.
foddie jimmy
14th Nov, 2017
I was joking with my boyfriend about the worst food we can think of. I said: perhaps the combination of Brussel Sprouts and Marmite. So we decided to check online if it's actually a thing. And yeah someone has done it... Wow shocker.
19th Dec, 2017
Really keen to try this but don't want to risk the marmite kick on Christmas day ( don't know how many lovers/haters) is there an alternative I can use in the butter that works well? Or just plain butter?
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21st Dec, 2017
Thanks for your question. Salted butter will be fine or you could try one of our alternative sprout recipes: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/christmas-sprout
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