Shaved Brussels sprouts with bacon is one of the fastest ways to make a deliciously smoky Whole30-friendly vegetable side dish—and it will knock your socks off, too!

An overhead shot of a cast iron skillet filled with shaved brussels sprouts with bacon.

Seriously, these Brussels sprouts with bacon take less than 30 minutes to make, and you can fry them up while your main course cooks in the Instant Pot or in the oven!

A collage of the cooking steps to make Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Bacon.

COOKING TIPS,  SUBSTITUTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS

What can I serve with this dish?

Just about anything! But some great main dishes that pair well with Shaved Brussels sprouts with Bacon include:

If you’re too tired to make anything fancy, buy and chop up a rotisserie chicken, fry up some eggs, or grill some Whole30-compliant sausages or hot dogs!

Can I use something in place of Brussels sprouts?

Yes—thinly sliced white cabbage, Savoy cabbage, or thinly sliced kale leaves will work, too.

How do I store and reheat leftovers?

You can store the leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 4 days or freeze it for up to 2 months. I reheat the leftovers in a skillet over medium heat until the Brussels sprouts are warmed through and the bacon gets crispy. If you shape it into a nest in the skillet and crack in an egg or two, you’ll have an amazing and hearty breakfast!

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices bacon, cut into ¼-inch pieces
  • 1½ pounds Brussels sprouts
  • 1 large shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1½ teaspoons Magic Mushroom Powder or Diamond Crystal kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or sherry vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced Italian parsley and/or chives

Equipment:

Method:

Toss the bacon bits into a cold 12-inch skillet and crank the heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the bacon bits are crispy.

Cooking bacon bits in a cast iron skillet.

While the bacon is crisping in the pan, shred the Brussels sprouts using the slicing blade of a food processor. (No food processor? No problem—thinly slice the sprouts them with a sharp chef’s knife instead.)

Shredding whole Brussels sprouts with the slicing attachment on a food processor.

Check on the bacon. Once it’s crispy, use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon bits to a platter.

Removing the crispy bacon bits with a slotted spoon from a cast iron skillet

Dump the shallots in the pan with the bacon grease…

Thinly sliced shallots are frying in a large cast iron skillet.

…and sauté until they’re soft and browned, about 3 to 5 minutes.

A close up of thinly sliced shallots frying in a cast iron skillet until soft and browned.

Add the shaved Brussels sprouts…

Freshly shaved Brussels sprouts is poured from a food processor container into a large cast iron skillet.

…and season with the Magic Mushroom Powder or Diamond Crystal Kosher salt. (If you’re using Morton’s kosher salt or a fine grain salt, only use ¾ teaspoons.)

Seasoning the Brussels sprouts with Nom Nom Paleo's Magic Mushroom Powder.

Stir-fry until the Brussels sprouts are tender, about 5 minutes.

Sautéing shaved Brussels sprouts and shallots in a large cast iron skillet

Turn off the heat and add the apple cider vinegar. Taste the Brussels sprouts, and adjust the seasoning with additional Magic Mushroom Powder, salt, pepper, or vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar is added and stirred into the Brussels sprouts off the heat.

Sprinkle on minced parsley and/or chives and the reserved bacon bits.

A hand is sprinkling fresh herbs and crispy bacon bits on top of the shaved Brussels sprouts.

Serve with your favorite main course and enjoy!

A close up side view of Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Bacon.

Want more inspiration from my past January Whole30s? Check out my Day 12 posts from 2018 and 2017!


A note to my Nomsters: This is one of a series of daily blog posts I’m writing in the month of January 2019 to help those doing a Whole30 to kick off the New Year. Not sure what the Whole30 is, or want info on how to get started? Read my Whole30 prep post—and then come back to Nom Nom Paleo every single day for recipes to inspire, delight, and sustain you on your Whole30!


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Shredded Brussels Sprouts With Bacon

4.74 from 15 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Shaved Brussels sprouts with bacon is one of the fastest ways to make a deliciously smoky Whole30-friendly vegetable side dish—and it will knock your socks off, too!  

Ingredients 
 

  • 4 slices bacon cut into ¼-inch pieces
  • pounds Brussels sprouts
  • 1 large shallot thinly sliced
  • teaspoons Magic Mushroom Powder or Diamond Crystal kosher salt 
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or sherry vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced Italian parsley and/or chives

Instructions 

  • Toss the bacon bits into a cold 12-inch skillet and crank the heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the bacon bits are crispy.
  • While the bacon is crisping in the pan, shred the Brussels sprouts using the slicing blade of a food processor. (No food processor? No problem—thinly slice the sprouts them with a sharp chef’s knife instead.)
  • Check on the bacon. Once it’s crispy, use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon bits to a platter.
  • Dump the shallots in the pan with the bacon grease and sauté until they’re soft and browned, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Add the shaved Brussels sprouts and season with the Magic Mushroom Powder or Diamond Crystal Kosher salt. (If you’re using Morton’s kosher salt or a fine grain salt, only use ¾ teaspoons.)
  • Stir-fry until the Brussels sprouts are tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and add the apple cider vinegar. Taste the Brussels sprouts, and adjust the seasoning with additional Magic Mushroom Powder, salt, pepper, or vinegar.
  • Sprinkle on minced parsley and/or chives and the reserved bacon bits. Serve with your favorite main course and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 87kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Fiber: 4g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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About Michelle Tam

Hello! My name is Michelle Tam, and I love to eat. I think about food all the time. It borders on obsession. I’ve always loved the sights and smells of the kitchen. My mother was (and is) an excellent cook, and as a kid, I was her little shadow as she prepared supper each night. From her, I gained a deep, abiding love for magically transforming pantry items into mouth-watering family meals.

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