Hard-to-mess-up shredded Brussels sprouts

We can’t explain it, but in the last few years, Brussels sprouts seemingly went from being the most mocked vegetable to a trendy and flavorful cruciferous powerhouse.

Here’s a delicious way to prepare Brussels sprouts for any skeptics still out there. It’s one of those hard-to-mess-up recipes that easily allows modifications and substitutions as you see fit. The goal is to make the Brussels sprouts melt in your mouth!


  • 2 lbs fresh Brussels sprouts, shredded (you can shred them yourself or purchase them pre-shredded at places like Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • large shallot (both halves), finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup fried onions or bread crumbs
  • 1 TBSP brown sugar
  • 1-2 TBSP water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooked bacon, crumbled (optional)
  • Parmesan cheese, shredded (optional)


  • Saute shallots and garlic in butter and olive oil
  • Add shredded Brussels sprouts and saute until bright green
  • Add brown sugar and water and thoroughly stir
  • Cover and steam for 3-5 minutes
  • Stir in fried onions or bread crumbs
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Top with bacon and or Parmesan cheese (optional-taste great without too)