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The Best Brussels Sprouts

By November 9, 2012March 31st, 2023Dairy Free, Egg Free, Holiday Recipes, Nut Free, Pork

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Why Unsalted Butter

One of my favorite things to do on my morning runs is to listen to food podcasts. I really love KCRW Good Food based in California. Every week they do the “Market Report” from the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market. Oh, how I wished I lived in a warm climate right about now!

But anyway, the last one I listened to discussed how to properly cook Brussels Sprouts. I never really understood why you would need to buy UNsalted butter if the butter you were getting used a high quality sea salt. They explained there are 2 reasons:

1. Is for you, the chef, to control the amount of salt.

2. Another important reason is that it changes if you FRY veggies or STEAM them.

The tip they gave was to put the unsalted butter in the pan and heat until a bit of golden flecks appear (also called ‘brown butter’). Add your Brussels sprouts (cut in 1/2) and saute for 2 to 3 minutes. THEN add salt to taste.

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COOKING TIP: Blanch the Brussels sprouts in boiling water for about 15 seconds. This accomplishes 2 things:

1. It keeps their bright color.

2. It cuts down cooking time to retain more nutrients and keep the fresh flavor.

The Best Brussels Sprouts

Maria Emmerich
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free, Pork, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 124


  • 3 slices bacon sugar free , chopped (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or coconut oil
  • 1 shallot chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts trimmed, larger spouts halved
  • Celtic sea salt and pepper to your taste


  • Blanch the Brussels sprouts in boiling water for about 15 seconds.
  • Quickly drain and rinse the Brussels sprouts in cold water. Cut the large sprouts in half lengthwise.
  • Brown bacon in a medium skillet.
  • Remove bacon, chop into small pieces and set aside.
  • Add butter or oil to the pan and add shallots to saute for about 2 minutes. Add Brussels spouts and coat in oil.
  • Saute Brussels sprouts about 3 minutes or until they begin to soften, then add the salt and cook until crisp tender.
  • Transfer to a serving dish with a slotted spoon and top with cooked bacon bits.


Calories: 124 | Fat: 6.5g | Protein: 8.2g | Carbohydrates: 10.4g | Fiber: 4.3g | P:E Ratio: 0.7


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Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Sue says:

    We have come to love brussels sprouts lately and I use a very similar recipe but after I brown the sprouts and shallots, I pour organic, cage-free chicken broth on them and steam them a little in the pan. Then serve with the bacon crumbled on top. And Trader Joes has great shaved brussel sprouts.

  • Rande says:

    These were very yummy! We added some toasted walnuts and it really took it over the top!

  • Audrey says:

    I made this for dinner tonight! At first I was skeptical but I have to say that these brussel sprouts are so much better than boiled or even roasted in the oven! I used ghee and it was so easy, this will be my go-to-recipe for brussel sprouts! 🙂

  • Diana says:

    We love these Brussels sprouts! I used pancetta instead of bacon and it was a huge hit! Even my 7 year old liked them

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