Easy Sauteed Brussels Sprouts

One of our favorite ways to enjoy Brussels sprouts! See how to make delicious sautéed Brussels sprouts with fresh garlic and balsamic vinegar. Simple, quick, and delicious!

A Bowl of Sautéed Brussels Sprouts made with balsamic vinegar, cranberries, and pine nuts.

We Love This Brussels Sprouts Recipe

This is a simple, delicious, and healthy recipe for cooking Brussels sprouts. It’s also my go-to method. If you have never sautéed them before, you need to start. We slice them thinly, and then as the sprouts cook in the pan, they wilt down, turn tender, and become sweet.

Brussels sprouts are underrated and a nutrient powerhouse. They are good for you with high levels of vitamin C, vitamin K, and are antioxidant-rich.

To cook them, we shred and sauté the sprouts in a little fat on the stove. This recipe is excellent with butter, olive oil, coconut oil or nut oils like walnut. You can even cook a few pieces of sausage or bacon before adding the shredded Brussels sprouts and use the rendered fat for extra flavor — we do this when making our easy bacon fried cabbage.

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts

Making The Recipe

Making this Brussels sprouts recipe could not be simpler. Heat some fat in a skillet, add shredded sprouts (I’ve shared my tips for cutting them below), a bit of salt and pepper, and then cook until wilted and sweet.

Simply sautéed sprouts cooked with butter, salt, and a bit of pepper are quite delicious, but when we have them in the kitchen, we love to add a few more ingredients:

Cooking shredded brussels sprouts with garlic and butter.
  • A heaping spoonful of minced garlic
  • A splash of good-quality, thick balsamic vinegar
  • Dried cranberries
  • Toasted nuts or seeds (try pine nuts, sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, or pepitas)
Stirring in dried cranberries and pine nuts to a skillet full of brussels sprouts

If you love sautéed veggies as much as we do, try our lemon garlic sautéed cabbagegarlic butter sautéed green beanseasy sautéed kale, easy sautéed veggies, or this lemony sautéed spinach!

How to Shred Brussels Sprouts

To shred Brussels sprouts, follow these easy steps:

  1. Remove any tattered, tough, or bruised outer leaves.
  2. Slice into discs or cut in half lengthwise, place the sprouts cut-side-down and slice cross-wise — this creates shreds.

More: If you love Brussels sprouts, take a look at our Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Ham

Easy Sauteed Brussels Sprouts

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This easy recipe for sautéed Brussels sprouts is delicious. As the sprouts cook in the pan, they wilt down, turn tender, and become sweet. We love a combination of dried cranberries and pine nuts for this, but other dried fruit and nuts (or seeds) work.

*Use a good-quality, thick balsamic vinegar for this recipe or use a balsamic glaze.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

You Will Need

1 pound Brussels sprouts

2 tablespoons butter or olive oil

3 medium garlic cloves, minced (1 tablespoon)

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt or more to taste

1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

1 tablespoon good-quality, thick balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted


  • Prepare Brussels Sprouts
  • 1Remove any tattered, tough, or bruised outer leaves. Thinly slice each Brussels sprout into discs. Alternatively, you can shred them. To do this, cut each sprout in half lengthwise, and then place them cut-side-down and slice into shreds.

  • Sauté Brussels Sprouts
  • 1Melt the butter in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the shredded Brussels sprouts, garlic, pepper, and the salt. It might seem like too much for the pan, but as it cooks, the sprouts will wilt down.

    2Cook, stirring occasionally until the Brussels sprouts are bright green, tender, and you start to notice a few shreds turning light brown; 4 to 6 minutes.

    3Turn the heat to low, and then stir in about half of the balsamic vinegar, all of the cranberries, and all of the pine nuts. Taste, and then season with more balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper as needed.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.

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Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size 1/6 of the recipe / Calories 180 / Total Fat 10.7g / Saturated Fat 3.5g / Cholesterol 10.2mg / Sodium 222.5mg / Carbohydrate 20.9g / Dietary Fiber 4.8g / Total Sugars 11.8g / Protein 4g
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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5 comments… Leave a Review
  • Marilyn February 13, 2022, 3:18 pm

    I made these for my extended family at Christmas and they loved them; the recipe is definitely a keeper!

    • Adam September 15, 2023, 6:07 pm

      Yay! So happy that your family loved the recipe 🙂

  • AlisonM December 11, 2021, 12:55 pm

    Made this last night. Delicious. Tasty flavour blend with the cranberries and pine nuts. It looked like the perfect Christmas veggie side.

    • Adam September 15, 2023, 6:08 pm

      Wonderful! Thanks for coming back to let us know you loved the recipe 🙂

  • Sharon December 11, 2021, 5:11 am

    Sounds yummy. Sprouts are my favourite vegetable so will definitely be trying this recipe over the Christmas period.


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