Low Carb Brussel Sprouts Au Gratin · Low Carb Zen

Low Carb Brussel Sprouts Au Gratin

Nov 22

I used to hate, hate, hate brussel sprouts! So much so that I went literally years without eating any. Recently I gave them another go and realized, hey, these guys taste pretty good!

Funny what going low carb can do for you.

I used a drum grater to shred these puppies in just a few minutes–super duper handy for sure! But use what you have always. Because what good does a recipe do for you if you cannot make it?


Low Carb Brussel Sprouts Au Gratin

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese, cream cheese, sprouts
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 496 kcal
Author: Dixie Vogel
Simple side dish that you could dress up with whatever flavors you like.


  • 1 pound brussels sprout fresh
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese grated
  • 2 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pork rinds crushed
  • 1 dash salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Clean and cut stems from brussel sprouts, removing outer leaves as needed. Shred the sprouts. I used a grater drum, but you could use a food processor, mandoline, or whatever tool you have on hand.
  3. Put sprouts into a baking dish.
  4. Add red pepper flakes, and liberally salt and pepper your sprouts. Mix the shredded cheddar into shredded sprouts.
  5. Put softened cream cheese, butter, and heavy cream into a bowl and microwave for a few seconds at a time until you can easily mix them together in a thick sauce. (If you don't use a microwave, you could do this over a low heat on the stove.)
  6. Add the cream and cream cheese sauce to your shredded sprouts and mix well.
  7. Add olive oil to parmesan and melt in the microwave, a few seconds at a time (or on your stove).
  8. Dot the parmesan on top of your sprout mixture and spread it around a bit.
  9. Sprinkle crushed pork rinds on top.
  10. Bake until brown on top and bubbly, about 20 minutes.

Recipe Notes

If you like your au gratin creamier, up the heavy cream to 1/2 cup. I might do that next time myself. And I'm thinking this would be good with a little lemon juice added to offset the flavor, or maybe varied with different types of cheese or spices added in. Let me know what you try!

Nutrition Facts
Low Carb Brussel Sprouts Au Gratin
Amount Per Serving (0.25 total)
Calories 496 Calories from Fat 387
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 43g 66%
Saturated Fat 23g 115%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 636mg 27%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Protein 20g 40%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I served this up with some jalapeño sausages for a little bit of kick. I also really liked the cheesy, au gratin texture and could see doing this same process with broccoli, cauliflower or the veggie of your choice for a simple side dish.

If you hate the pork rinds you can skip them. It’s still makes some good, low carb brussel sprouts anyway. But they really don’t taste all pork-rindy and make a perfect replacement for the bread crumbs usually added for a crunchy topping.

Low Carb Brussel Sprouts Au Gratin

Beautiful, bubbly brown!

Low Carb Brussel Sprouts Au Gratin

Great with this sausage, very filling.

Are you a sprouts fan? Always or post going low carb?

Keto in Five
  • Rhonda Wood-Parker says:

    Serving size 1 g?

    • Dix says:

      The serving sizes went a little wonky when I changed recipe plugins a while back. Thanks for the catch! I had this set at 4 serving sizes, and with a pound of sprouts in there plus cheeses and whatnot, it’s gonna be a lot more than a gram! I’m not sure of the volume of it now, so I made it say 1/4 of the total…

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