Brussel Sprouts in Balsamic Vinegar is a delicious and healthy dish that has become increasingly popular in recent years. Are brussel sprouts ketogenic? Yes, they are. This vegetable side dish is packed with nutrients and flavor, making it an excellent addition to any meal, including a keto diet.
Balsamic vinegar adds a tangy and slightly sweet flavor to the sprouts, complementing their earthy taste. Grilled Brussel sprouts in balsamic vinegar is also an easy and quick dish to make, making it a great option for a weeknight dinner or a festive holiday meal.
What are Brussel Sprouts? Well, they are part of the cabbage family but not quite as stiff as a full grown cabbage. And, when cooked properly, they taste amazing!
Brussel Sprouts are loaded with vitamins and minerals such as vitamins K, C, and A, Folate and lots of fiber. If you have digestive issues, you should probably avoid them if you bloat easily.
Brussel sprouts can be boiled, cooked on the stovetop, roasted, or you can grill brussel sprouts. You can season them with salt and pepper or toss them in a dressing.
Keep reading and learn how to grill brussel sprouts and they will be the star of any meal this summer especially with the perfect balsamic dressing.
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- Brussel sprouts
- Olive oil
- Balsamic white wine Vinegar
- Garlic Clove
- Salt and pepper
- Fresh parsley
See recipe card for quantities.
Brussel sprouts can be intimidating if you are not used to cooking them. But, they are really not that difficult to prepare.
How to Prepare to Grill Brussel Sprouts
Prepare them for grilling or roasting by:
- Start off by cutting trimming the base of the brussels sprouts just to clean the base up and pluck and discard any loose leaves.
- Cut the brussel sprouts in half lengthwise, if they are larger than a cherry.
- Place them in a bowl, submerged in water.
- While in the water rub any dirt off, drain the water.
- Repeat the water bath as needed until the brussel sprouts are cleaned per your liking.
- Par boil for 5 minutes, if you like your brussel sprouts cooked all the way through when grilling or roasting.
Cooking Your Brussel Sprouts on the Grill
Warm up your barbecue and place it on medium heat. Put your cut brussel sprouts in a bowl and lightly coat them with olive oil. Bring the bowl and the grilling basket out to your barbecue. Place your grilling basket on the grill and toss your brussel sprouts in the grill being careful not to touch the hot grill or hot grilling basket.
Close the barbecue cover and let the brussel sprouts grill for 5 to 7 minutes. Open grill and flip the brussel sprouts using grilling tongs. It's ok if some have a char on them but you don't want all of them to be charred.
If you find that the grill is too hot, turn down to low or continue cooking on indirect heat. (Indirect heat means that you have part of the barbecue on, but you are cooking on the side where the grill turned off).
Cook the other side for another 5-7 minutes. Once cooked to your liking, use the grilling tongs and oven mitts to move the grill basket off the barbecue.
Let the brussel sprouts cool down slightly, then dress and serve. If you don't serve these immediately, that's ok, they will taste good just the same.
Balsamic Vinegar Dressing for your Brussel Sprouts
Don't season your brussel sprouts before you grill them. Once grilled, make your dressing by combining white wine vinegar, salt, pepper, fresh chopped garlic, and olive. Pour over cooked brussel sprouts and garnish with parsley.
HINT: Season your brussel sprouts after cooking. If you season them before you place them on the grill they will burn.
Variations Of Brussel Sprouts in Balsamic Vinegar
You don't need to stop at oil, vinegar and parsley when making these grilled brussel sprouts. Consider changing it up by adding any one of these ingredients:
- Bacon and Maple Syrup - add bacon and maple syrup for a bacon maple syrup brussel sprout side dish
- Cherry Tomatoes - add grilled cherry tomatoes for bit of sweetness and splash of color
- Bocconcini - add bocconcini (cheese morsels, on the grill or after grilled)
- Parmesan Cheese - add parmesan for a cheesy twist.
- Roast them in the Oven - roast them in the oven, lightly dressed with olive oil, salt and pepper. Once cooked add the balsamic dressing.
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From time to time your going to be faced with the dilemma that there is an ingredient you don't have to make this recipe. Here are some substitutes you can use.
- Balsamic Vinegar - if you don't have white wine balsamic vinegar, substitute it for any other type of vinegar on hand like white vinegar, apple cider vinegar
- Lemon Juice - substitute lemon juice for the white wine balsamic vinegar.
The perfect recipe isn't that far away. I'd love to know how you substituted ingredients to fit your dietary needs. Drop a comment below and let me know!
Equipment You Need
You can store leftovers in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. You can also freeze leftovers if you have a lot of left that you know you will not consume within the week. Just thaw them out over night and re-heat them in a microwave safe dish.
For quicker cooking, parboil your brussel sprouts. It only takes 5 minutes in boiling water. Drain and rinse your sprouts and towel dry before you proceed to roast or grill them to perfection.
Yes. You should soak brussel sprouts before cooking to remove any soil and dirt from the leaves.
While it's not essential to cook brussel sprouts before cooking, it does speed up the cooking process and ensures that your sprouts are cooked through and through.
To cut the bitterness from brussel sprouts add a tangy dressing, white wine, lemon juice or vinegar and or use ingredients like parmesan and bacon to enhance the flavor.
Yes, it's recommended that you cut brussel sprouts in half prior to cooking on the grill or in the oven. Cutting them ensures that they cook evenly every time.
Brussel sprouts are ketogenic because they are cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower. Eat them as often as you like on a keto diet.
Brussel sprouts will be soggy if they were not cooked at a high enough temperature. Heat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, season your brussel sprouts very lightly with olive oil, salt and pepper and cook them for 30 to 40 minutes or until done.
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Grilled Brussel Sprouts
- 1 lb brussel sprouts
- 1 tbsp olive oil to coat brussel sprouts for grilling
- Warm up your barbecue and set it at medium.
- Wash and cut your brussel sprouts in half. Place them in a bowl
- Par boil your brussel sprouts in boiling water for about 5 minutes. Drain and dry them with a paper towel.
- Lightly coat them with olive oil
- Place a grilling pan on your barbecue and place the brussel sprouts in the grill pan.
- Cook for 5 - 7 minutes on each side and use a grilling tongue to flip them.
- Combine garlic, seasoning, oil and vinegar in a bowl and mix
- Pour over grilled brussel sprouts
- Sprinkle chopped parsley over the brussel sprouts and toss
Note that the storage guidelines provided on this page and site are estimates from personal experiences. We are all adults and as an adult you are responsible to ensure that the food you eat is safe to eat. Since, I'm not a food safety expert, you are responsible to review your local guidelines on food storage prior to storing any food left-overs.
- Not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove