How To Shred Brussels Sprouts

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Use this simple method to shred brussels sprouts similar to the sliced style you find in the grocery store.

Brussel sprouts are one of those good for you foods that we should all be eating more of.

They are rich in Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium, folate, iron, fiber and are believed to have cancer-fighting properties.

Whether that is true or not – we all know that more vegetables in the diet is good. (Read more about them here on Wikipedia)

How to shred brussels sprouts for great, healthy, dinner and side dish recipes.

What are Brussels Sprouts?

Essentially brussel sprouts are mini cabbages.

Traditionally they are cooked either steamed, boiled, or broiled.

The problem is that this vegetable can get a bit dry.

If you are not a cabbage or brussels sprouts lover – then convincing yourself to eat them can be a chore.

Shredding Makes Brussels Sprouts Taste Better

A more shall we say “modern” way of making brussels sprouts a bit more palatable is to shred them before cooking.

This gives it the consistency of a slaw or salad.

Mixed with the right flavorings, brussels sprouts can actually morph into a delicious side dish.

You can even get prepackaged shredded brussels sprouts in the produce section of the supermarket.

If you are strapped for time, this is the way to go.

How to Shred Your Own Brussels Sprouts

But if you prefer something closer to fresh, buy yourself a large stalk with the sprouts still attached and follow these instructions for shredding brussels sprouts yourself.

1. Cut the sprouts off the stalk using a small sharp knife.

rinse brussels sprouts

Slice as close to the base as possible so the sprout does not fall apart. Rinse the sprouts in a colander.

2. Take an individual brussels sprout and cut in half lengthwise.

cut brussels sprouts lengthwise

Place the halves cut side down on a cutting board.

3. Remove the hard, woody, base from both halves with a horizontal cut.

(You can use a garbage bowl to make clean up a little easier.)

cut bottoms off of brussels sprouts

4. Now, cut each half several times vertically from top to base.

The layers should separate on theirs own but you may need to help separate some of the slices.

Cut Brussels sprouts in thin slices.

4. Collect all of the shreds in a large bowl and use in your favorite brussels sprouts recipe.

Brussels sprouts - ready for your favorite recipe.

Ideas For Shredded Brussels Sprouts Recipes

One way to cook shredded brussels sprouts is to toss them with olive oil, salt, and pepper and roast in the oven or stir fry on the stove.

I made this recipe for Roasted Shredded Brussels Sprouts with toasted almonds and parmesan that I found at one of my favorite recipe sites – Kalyn’s Kitchen.

For the most part I followed the recipe exactly except I substituted chopped whole almonds for the almond slivers.

Roasted Shredded Brussels Sprouts

If you don’t have the time for shredding brussels sprouts – you can try this Parmesan Encrusted Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe which makes a great side dish too.

Parmesan Encrusted Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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  1. Exactly what I was looking for – very clear and helpful directions and pix. Thank you! (once read I had to say to myself – “Elementary my dear Watson” – sheesh!)

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