Sautéed Brussels Sprouts are a quick and easy side dish made with just 5 ingredients including brussels sprouts, garlic, and lemon. Just sauté and toss everything together and be ready to serve it in only 15 minutes.
These keto brussels sprouts are a must on your dinner table this fall (especially on Thanksgiving). The whole family love them. Plus, it’s a versatile vegetable that pairs well with everything — chicken, salmon, beef, pasta, rice, and more!
Why You'll Love These Sautéed Brussels Sprouts
- Quick and easy to make. These sautéed Brussels sprouts are so quick and easy to make. It has only five ingredients and requires four simple steps. Plus, it’s ready to serve in just 15 minutes of prep.
- A seasonal side dish. We love to eat seasonally — and get our fair share of brussels sprouts every fall. They’re a stress-free side dish that are perfect with fall dinners on busy weeknights or during the holidays for Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas.
- Naturally vegan and gluten-free. There are no animal-based ingredients in these Brussels sprouts, so you can offer it as a vegan-friendly option to friends and family at dinner parties or potlucks. No substitutions needed!
- It’s keto-friendly. These sautéed Brussels sprouts are a low-carb side dish and all of the additional ingredients (including the olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice) are approved for a ketogenic diet. You need to try this delicious keto side dish.
To make these easy Sauteed Brussels Sprouts, you will need the following ingredients (full measurements in recipe card below):
- Brussels sprouts - we recommend fresh Brussels sprouts for this recipe, however you can use fresh or frozen sliced brussels sprouts. If using frozen, you may have to increase the cooking time to account for excess moisture released from the sprouts as they thaw.
- olive oil - for sautéing the sprouts. You can substitute this with avocado oil, coconut oil, or butter.
- garlic - fresh garlic has the best flavor that really shines in this dish. If you don’t have fresh garlic, you can use garlic paste or pre-minced garlic if necessary.
- lemon juice - if you don’t have any lemkn juice on hand, you can substitute it for a similar acidic kick like balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, or apple cider vinegar.
- salt and pepper
How to Make the Best Sautéed Brussels Sprouts
- Cook brussels sprouts. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until sizzling hot, about 1 minute. Add Brussels sprouts and cook until golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
- Add garlic. Add garlic and season with salt and pepper. Continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes until tender.
- Serve. Turn off the heat and drizzle with lemon juice. Serve immediately.
How to Serve
Sautéed Brussels Sprouts is a simple side dish that pairs well with almost entree. Some of our favorite dishes to pair it with are:
- Pesto Whole Chicken
- Stuffed Butternut Squash
- Roasted Pork Tenderloin
- Slow Cooker Turkey Breast
- Garlic Butter Steak Bites
There are many ways to customize these sautéed brussels sprouts to suit different tastes. You can add, remove, or substitute ingredients in different ways to make these sprouts adhere to your family’s preferences or dietary restrictions. Try adding
- Bacon. Bacon adds delicious salty flavor that pairs with brussels sprouts so well. They also add a little crunch. See our Brussels Sprouts with Bacon.
- Nuts. Counter the tender texture of the soft brussels sprouts by adding more crunch with nuts. Try toasted slivered almonds, chopped roasted pecans, or walnuts.
- Cheese. Coat the brussels sprouts with Parmesan cheese for a delicious flavor and crunch. See our Parmesan Crusted Brussels Sprouts.
- Balsamic vinegar. Season the sprouts with balsamic vinegar or serve a balsamic reduction or glaze on the side as an optional drizzle or dipping sauce. See our Honey Balsamic Brussels Sprouts.
- Protein. Turn this delicious side dish into a filling dinner by adding more protein such as roasted ham, chicken, turkey, or even tofu.
Storage and Freezing Instructions
How to Store
Allow the sautéed Brussels sprouts to cool to room temperature, the place in an airtight container refrigerate for up to 4 days. Reheat on the stove over medium-low heat until warmed through.
How to Freeze
Spread leftover brussels sprouts on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze for 2 hours, then transfer into a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
How to Reheat
You can reheat them straight from the freezer by sautéing until heated and crisp or baking at 400℉ for 10-15 minutes. You can also air fry leftovers at 400℉ for 5-10 minutes until warmed through.
More Brussels Sprouts Recipes
- 15 Best Brussels Sprouts Recipes
- Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
- Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad
- Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts
- Parmesan Crusted Brussels Sprouts
- Creamy Brussels Sprouts Bake
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Sautéed Brussels Sprouts are a quick and easy side dish made with just 5 ingredients and ready to serve in only 15 minutes. They're vegan and keto too.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound Brussels sprouts, halved
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- ¼ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper (or to taste)
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until sizzling hot, about 1 minute.
- Add Brussels sprouts and cook until golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
- Add garlic and season with salt and pepper. Continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes until tender.
- Turn off the heat and drizzle with lemon juice.
- Serve immediately.
How to store: Allow the sautéed Brussels sprouts to cool to room temperature, the place in an airtight containerrefrigerate for up to 4 days. Reheat on the stove over medium-low heat until warmed through.
How to freeze: Spread leftover brussels sprouts on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze for 2 hours, then transfer into a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
How to reheat: You can reheat them straight from the freezer by sautéing until heated and crisp or baking at 400℉ for 10-15 minutes. You can also air fry leftovers at 400℉ for 5-10 minutes until warmed through.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
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