How To Cut Brussel Sprouts (2 Ways)
Learn how to cut Brussels Sprout perfectly every time halfway or shred them to use in any side dish, meal, or salad.
Why Is Cutting Brussels Sprouts So Important?
Brussels sprouts are probably one of these vegetables that divide opinion: it’s a hate or love relationship.
But if you cook them right, it’s easy to fall in love with the Brussel Sprouts recipe.
In fact, Brussels sprouts can be very crispy and taste even better than potatoes, minus the carbs and calories.
For example, oven-roasted Brussel sprouts or Brussel sprouts in the air fryer deliver the most amazing crispy texture with a similar taste to broccoli.
So first, let’s see how to cut them to perfection for any recipe
What Are Brussels Sprouts?
Brussels sprouts are bright green tiny cabbage that you can eat raw in salads or roasted as a healthy side dish.
They are very popular in Belgium’s capital, Brussels, from which they got their name.
Brussels sprouts are more often spelled with a missing ‘s’, and therefore the theoretically incorrect ‘Brussel Sprouts’ spelling has generally taken over the correct one.
Are Brussels Sprouts Keto?
Yes, Brussels sprouts are keto-friendly vegetables which means they are very low in carbs and high in fiber like their cousin broccoli or cauliflower.
How To Cut Brussels Sprouts
It’s pretty easy to cut Brussels sprouts. There are two sprout cutting techniques, depending on how you want to use them.
1. Cutting Brussels Sprouts In Half
That’s the most common way to cut your Brussel Sprouts for oven-roasted Brussel sprouts because you can quickly spread them on a baking sheet.
Washing And Cutting Feet
First, wash the vegetables in a sieve under cold tap water.
Then, place one sprout on its side on a cutting board. Next, hold the large part with one hand and, using a sharp knife, cut out the tougher end.
As you trim the Brussels sprouts, some outer leaves will fall out.
You can keep these leaves to make Brussel Sprout Chips, so don’t throw them away. You can also use them in a salad.
Cutting In Half
The best way to halve Brussel sprouts is to place the sprouts on the side again.
Then, cut sprouts in half lengthwise to release two even pieces. Look at the pictures below to see how to cut them right in half.
2. Shredding Brussels Sprouts
Shredded Brussels sprouts are primarily used in salad.
To shred by hand, follow the steps above to first cut them in half. Then, place the half on a chopping board – cut side down the board.
Then, cut thin slices, as seen in the picture below, to release small shredded pieces.
Shredding In A Food Processor
If you don’t have a chef knife or you want to save time, you can also shred Brussel sprouts in a food processor.
Set up the food processor with the blade attachment, then add the halved sprouts in the plastic tube on top and push down, running the blade on high speed, to thinly shred the vegetable.
If you intend to cook Brussel sprouts in the oven or air fryer, they are better marinated with olive oil and spices.
You can use some meat marinade to flavor them like the one below:
Or simply drizzle some olive oil, salt, and pepper.
After they have been cooked, you can serve them plain or with a sauce like the one below:
- Keto Alfredo Sauce or Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce to make creamy Brussel sprouts.
- 3-Ingredient Stir Fry Sauce to make Asian Brussel sprouts.
For cold shredded sprouts, you can stir them with any salad dressing. The most popular are:
- Keto Ranch Dressing – this sauce adds a creamy, tangy flavor. The salad will taste like a Brussels sprout coleslaw.
- Keto Italian Dressing – a Parmesan-flavored salad dressing to match raw Brussel sprouts perfectly.
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