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How do you cut up Brussel sprouts? Here I demonstrate how to prep these tiny cabbages, which can be a bit tedious. I share three popular ways to cut them so you can roast them, pan fry them, air fry them, or toss them in a salad to replace greens.
This popular brassica once routinely made the list of “most hated vegetables.” But in the ’90s, Dutch scientists bred out its bitterness, and eventually chefs started serving them! Trendy or not, Brussel sprouts are super healthy. One cup contains 124 % of a day’s vitamin C and 13 % of a day’s fiber!
Sizes and uses for different cuts
- Halved: Halved Brussel sprouts are the classic cut for sheet-pan roasting or sautéing.
- Sliced: Crisp these guys up in the air fryer. They are also great for sautéing and roasting – especially if you start with the larger sprouts and want to cut them into bite-sized pieces.
- Finely Shredded: Shred your Brussel sprouts for all kinds of salads and slaws where they can sub for cabbage or lettuce. They are also good in quick sautés, stir-fries, or for making Brussel sprouts chips in the air fryer.
How to cut Brussel sprouts 3 ways
Before you cut sprouts any way, always slice off the stem and remove yellowish outer leaves or wilted leaves. Then check out the three most popular ways to chop them up below.
Cut in half
- Place the trimmed sprout length-wise on the cutting board.
- Slice in half through the stem.
Slice or cut thinly
- First, trim the sprout.
- Then, place lengthwise on the cutting board and slice to desired widths.
Finely shred with knife
- Cut the Brussel sprout in half and place the cut side on the cutting board.
- Carefully, holding the sprout toward the stem end and using your fingers as a guide for the knife, make thin slices crosswise.
Even the freshest sprouts shed some leaves while being cut. I usually throw those strays into the mix of whatever I am cooking, anyway. My son especially loves those crispy bits in the pan.
Recipes using brussel sprouts
- Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad
- Brussel Sprout Caesar Salad
- Pan Roasted Brussel Sprouts
- Parmesan Brussel Sprouts
- Brussel Sprout Casserole
- Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts
- Brussel Sprout Sweet Potato Salad
- Fall Harvest Salad
- Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries and Lemon
- Brussels Sprouts Gratin
Frequently asked questions
It is optimal to cut right before using, but you can refrigerate cut Brussel sprouts in an airtight container for two days. Uncut fresh Brussel sprouts can last for up to five days in the fridge. They go longer if they come attached to their stems. But don’t let them linger. Brussel sprouts get bitter when stored long-term.
The smaller the sweeter. Also, if you plan on roasting your sprouts, picking a batch of similar-sized sprouts means they will cook evenly. Look for tight, bright green vegetables with no yellow or brownish leaves. Buying them on the stalk? Go for the smaller stalks with smaller sprouts. They are more tender.
Brussel sprouts are in season from early fall through early spring, which makes them perfect to enjoy during Thanksgiving and Christmas meals!
With these slicing skills, there is no reason not to make some tasty and nutritious Brussel sprouts today!
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- How to Cut a Head of Lettuce
- How to Cut Cauliflower into Florets
- How to Cut a Green Pepper
- How to Cut Cilantro
- How to Cut Cabbage
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How to Cut Brussel Sprouts
- 1 pound Brussel sprouts
- Using a sharp knife, slice and discard ¼ inch of the stem. Remove any yellowish or wilted outer leaves that fall off.
For Halved Brussel Sprouts
- Cut the Brussels in half lengthwise.
For Sliced Brussel Sprouts
- Holding the Brussels firmly and using your fingers as a guide for the knife, cut ¼ inch slices lengthwise all the way across the brussel sprout.
For Finely Shredded Brussel Sprouts
- Cut the Brussels in half and place the cut side on the cutting board
- Carefully using your fingers as a guide for the knife, make thin slices cross-wise.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.