36 Boast-Worthy AIP Brussels Sprout Recipes
They may not look it, but Brussels sprouts are cruciferous vegetables, part of the same veggie family as broccoli and kale. Which means they’re also powerhouses of vitamins and nutrients! Full of antioxidants, fiber, even protein- there’s no reason not to enjoy sprouts as often as possible.
Personally, I’m always trying to up my cruciferous vegetable intake with an AIP lifestyle. And this list of delicious Brussels sprouts recipes is a lifesaver when I’m tired of regular cabbage or cauliflower and need a little inspiration for veggie mains or sides.
From roasted sprouts drizzled with balsamic vinegar to a delicious bacon and Brussel sprout soup, these recipes will make it super easy to get these little green gems on your plate.
Here are just a few of the AIP Brussels Sprout Recipes we’ve included:
- Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon
- Charred Brussels Sprouts with Anchovies and Orange
- Paleo Brussels Sprouts Recipe with Lemon, Bacon, and Sweet Potatoes
- Maple-Cranberry Brussels Sprouts
- 2-Ingredient Keto Bacon Brussels Sprouts
- Shaved Brussels Salad with Avocado, Kumquats & Anchovy Mint Dressing
- Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Grapefruit Salad
- Bacon, Brussels Sprouts and Collard Greens
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Roasted AIP Brussels Sprouts
– Feasting on Joy
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Ingredients: brussel sprouts, cranberries, bacon fat, balsamic vinegar, sea salt, garlic powder, honey, bacon.
Adding balsamic vinegar to any dish gives a real depth of flavor and this recipe is no exception. Along with the bittersweet cranberries, the balsamic gives the sprouts a great, almost sweet, flavor and helps to get rid of any bitterness. To keep this recipe AIP-compliant, double-check that the balsamic vinegar you use does not contain any sugar.
– The Health Nut Mama
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Ingredients: brussel sprouts, bacon, onion, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt.
In many houses, Brussels sprouts are a very popular side dish at Christmas, but I always had problems getting the family to eat them. However, once I discovered roasting them with bacon we never looked back! This AIP side dish can be made throughout the year and goes really well with roast meat and poultry, so no need to wait for the holidays!
– Healing Family Eats
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Ingredients: solid fat, brussels sprouts, anchovy filets, navel orange, apple cider vinegar, sea salt.
Most of us in our childhood had to endure servings of over-cooked and mushy sprouts which is a great pity as it put some people off eating this vegetable, which is actually really delicious when paired with strong flavors like anchovy and orange. Frying the sprouts changes the taste and they really are delicious – not at all like we remember from school dinner ones! Still not sure? Use baby sprouts for an even milder flavor.
– The Curious Coconut
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Ingredients: brussels sprouts, maple syrup, bacon, salt, fat of choice.
Brussels sprouts are a good source of vitamin K and have been linked with having anti-cancer properties, but as well as their health benefits, they are delicious when roasted with crispy bacon and sweetened with maple syrup. This recipe is a paleo one, so if you are strictly AIP you need to avoid the black pepper, but it doesn’t change the flavor very much.
– The Curious Coconut
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Ingredients: brussels sprouts, fat of choice, salt, pepper (omit).
Here is another basic recipe that can be a great help if you are starting out on the AIP journey but don’t have much cooking experience. There are only a few ingredients and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. When you peel the sprouts, don’t discard the outer leaves as they can be turned into vegetable chips in a dehydrator for super-healthy snacks.
– Paleo Running Momma
Ingredients: brussels sprouts, olive oil, sea salt, pink lady apple or other tart/sweet crisp apple, bacon, rosemary, salt, pepper (omit).
Here is another helpful recipe that shows a different combination of flavors to go with sprouts. Some of us already know about sprouts with bacon, but adding in the apples and rosemary gives this AIP and paleo side dish a great boost of flavor. This side can even be served with eggs for breakfast! To keep things true to the AIP, use a tarter apple and not a sweet one.
– Don’t Eat the Spatula
Ingredients: acorn squash, brussel sprouts, bacon fat or fat of choice, ginger, cinnamon, sea salt, garlic powder.
This AIP-friendly recipe is so easy to make that it would even be good for those of us who don’t cook at all. You are simply chopping and roasting the vegetables, using one dish which cuts down on the washing-up! This AIP side dish gets a load of flavor from garlic, ginger and cinnamon, all of which eliminate any bitter flavor from the sprouts.
– Homemade for Elle
Ingredients: brussels sprouts, cranberries, maple syrup, salt, ginger, garlic powder.
Brussels sprouts really come into their own in the later part of the year, which is probably why they feature quite strongly during the holidays as a side dish for those special roasts! Pairing the sprouts with cranberries gives them a totally different flavor, and the maple syrup gets rid of any bitterness, so this AIP side would go down well with the whole family.
– The Real Food Dietitians
Ingredients: brussels sprouts, avocado oil, red onion, garlic, bacon, sea salt, black pepper (omit).
Cruciferous vegetables like sprouts are a great source of vitamins and minerals which is why they are important to have on the autoimmune protocol. However, boiling them can make them a bit bitter, so why not roast them with some bacon to change the flavor completely! Occasionally I also like to sprinkle the sprouts with a little apple cider vinegar after cooking.
Sauteed AIP Brussels Sprouts
– Paleo Flourish
Ingredients: brussels sprouts, sweet potato, bacon, lemon juice, salt, pepper (omit), coconut oil.
Although there is only a small amount of bacon in this dish, it is a hearty and filling meal that can be made AIP-compliant by omitting the eggs. The salty bacon helps to give the sprouts a deeper flavor and there is a zingy taste from the lemon. It is best to cook the sweet potatoes for ten minutes first as they take longer than the other ingredients.
– Autoimmune Wellness
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Ingredients: brussels sprouts, solid cooking fat, cranberries, sea salt, lemon zest, lemon juice.
There is something really good about the tartness in this side, which comes from the cranberries, working along with the maple syrup to give a real depth of flavor to this sprouts dish. The recipe is AIP and paleo-compliant and could be used as a side for roast meats, but to transform it into a meal on its own you could add in some pieces of crispy bacon.
– Keto Summit
Ingredients: brussels sprouts, bacon.
This recipe has become a regular feature at Christmas in many households, but there is no reason not to eat them throughout the year! Adding the bacon to the sprouts gives them a milder flavor, so even members of the family who are not too keen on the taste might be persuaded. The texture of the sprouts is complemented by the crunch of the bacon making this a great Keto side dish for roast meats.
– Lichen Paleo, Loving AIP
Ingredients: brussel sprouts, avocado oil, apple cider vinegar, garlic, salt.
Even though you are only cooking this amazing sprouts dish for a few minutes, you end up with a wonderful caramelized look and flavor which goes well with the apple cider vinegar. I often find that sprouts can carry strong flavors, either sweet or sour, and it helps to avoid any bitterness from these little cabbages. On the AIP sprouts can be a great source of nutrition, so eat more of them if you can!
– Don’t Eat the Spatula
Ingredients: brussel sprouts, avocado oil or coconut oil, sea salt.
This recipe is not strictly AIP-friendly, but the optional ingredients are clearly listed to let you enjoy this great side without breaking any rules. When you are cooking the sprouts, try to get a good amount of color on the veggies as this gives them a caramelized look and they taste almost sweet. If you were brought up with soggy sprouts, give these a try and I swear you will never look back!
– Primal Palate
Ingredients: bacon, brussels sprouts, medjool dates, salt.
In this popular AIP side dish, the dates add a rich sweetness and this complements the salty bacon and the earthy flavor of the sprouts, making this a great dish to serve with roast meats or grilled chicken. This is such a special dish that it could be used as a side at Thanksgiving or Christmas, when a lot of AIP folks can miss out a bit because of ingredients that don’t fit their eating plan.
– Strictly Delicious
Ingredients: brussels sprouts, bacon, capers, garlic, lemon zest, sea salt.
Here is another great example of a dish that can really boost your daily vitamin intake, which can be very important on a strict diet. Sprouts are a good source of vitamins C and K, and teamed with salty bacon and capers, they make the perfect side to serve with just about any meat. This recipe uses black pepper, but you can omit this to keep it strictly AIP.
– Pure & Simple Nourishment
Ingredients: ground beef, brussel sprouts, apple, yellow onion, sea salt, pepper (omit).
If you are looking for a simple and easy AIP meal to throw together for lunch or dinner then this one could be great. This is another example of sprouts and fruit being teamed together to give sweet, tart and savory flavors all in one dish. This recipe can be made quite cheaply, so it is perfect for anyone working to a tight budget, or as a filling meal for students who are trying to eat healthier but don’t have much cash.
– That Low Carb Life
Ingredients: bacon, brussels sprouts, garlic, salt, black pepper (omit).
This AIP-friendly recipe is designed to be used as a side dish, but once you have discovered the great flavor of roasted or fried sprouts and crispy bacon, I am sure you will enjoy this for a quick lunch too! This recipe uses simple seasonings like garlic and salt to boost the flavor of the vegetables, and the whole thing goes so much better with bacon!
Raw AIP Brussels Sprouts
– Autoimmune Wellness
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Ingredients: bacon, shallot, minced, brussels sprouts, extra virgin olive oil, dried cranberries, orange juice, lemon juice, sea salt.
As you probably know if you are a lover of sprouts, these little cruciferous veggies go best with other strong flavors, both sweet and sour. In this AIP meal, the sprouts are partnered with citrus, which actually helps to bring out the sweetness of the vegetables. You also have a tart note from the cranberries, making this a great salad for your holiday meals.
– Fed and Fulfilled
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Ingredients: bacon, brussels sprouts, apples, lemon juice, carrots, cherries, apple cider, bacon fat, apple cider vinegar, honey, dried thyme, sea salt.
The first thing you will notice about this great salad is the range of colors and textures, and as I have often said, your food tastes better when it looks good too! If you are a bit worried about the dried fruit on your AIP eating plan, you can simply miss them out, but this recipe only uses a small amount so it won’t be too much of a problem if you enjoy the fruity flavor.
– Joanna Frankham
Ingredients: lemon, shallot, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, salt, kale or cavolo nero, brussels sprouts, raisins.
Cruciferous vegetables like kale and Brussels sprouts are perfect for the AIP diet as they are good at helping to keep inflammatory problems in check, so recipes like this one would be ideal for you. You can actually buy bags of pre-shredded sprouts now, but if you can’t find them you can use a grater to shred them yourself. Again this dish shows how well this type of vegetable goes well with citrus.
– The Paleo Mom
Photo Credit: Sarah from The Paleo Mom
Ingredients: brussels sprouts, bacon, salt, cinnamon, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, dried apricots, coconut flakes.
It is important when you are making a salad that you incorporate color and texture to avoid it being a bit boring, and this AIP recipe certainly does! You have earthy sprout shavings, salty bacon bits and lemon to add a citrus zing, punctuated with little bites of sweetness from the apricots. I also love the warming cinnamon taste that almost makes this a winter salad.
Photo Credit: Rach from Meatified
Ingredients: brussels sprouts, red onion, kumquats, avocado, anchovy filets, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, mint, parsley, ginger.
If you have never tried raw sprouts, one of the best ways to start is by making a salad like this. It is absolutely packed with strong flavors, crowned with the tart kumquats to offset any bitterness. When you have to follow an eating plan for health reasons there is no need to miss out on flavor, so just go for it! In case you are worried about the anchovies, I can reassure you they are there to add a savory twist, not a fishy flavor!
– Recipe Girl
Ingredients: olive oil, honey, champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar, lemon juice, kosher salt, black pepper (omit), brussels sprouts, broccoli, bacon.
Brussels sprouts in a salad might sound a bit strange, but we would encourage you to give it a try because the flavor is totally different to the soggy, boiled version! They have a lovely fresh taste and make great greens as a base for this AIP side. The salad dressing is quite a classic vinaigrette that can be made in a bigger batch and will keep in the fridge; just remember to give it a shake before serving.
– Seasonal & Savory
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Ingredients: brussels sprouts, red or pink grapefruit, extra virgin olive oil, salt.
I absolutely love the look of this simple salad, and it would make a lovely dish for a dinner party! You have raw crunchy veg partnered with juicy pink grapefruit and coated in a simple olive oil dressing, giving you such depth of flavor that I am sure this will become one of your AIP favorites. Pink grapefruit has a hidden sweetness and adds such a fresh taste to loads of different salads.
– Be Paleo and Thrive
Ingredients: brussels sprouts, porkitos, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, sea salt, black pepper (omit).
Here is a great basic recipe for an AIP-compliant sprouts salad that is easy to make and could be quite portable to take to work for lunch. The dressing is a classic mix of oil and vinegar that gives a sour note to offset the earthy sprouts. If you don’t have prosciutto you can use bacon instead, and if you have family members who absolutely hate sprouts, you can use broccoli slaw in this salad.
– Fit ‘n’ Fab For Life
Ingredients: brussels sprouts, olive oil, sea salt, purple onion, radishes, fennel bulb, mandarin oranges, lemon, champagne vinegar, ginger powder.
In this recipe the slices of sprouts are massaged with oil before the salad is arranged, and this can help to start breaking down the tough fibers in the vegetable, making it easier to digest. After all, we don’t want these to put you off enjoying this bowl of AIP freshness! There is a good citrus kick from the tangerine and the fennel gives an aniseed note to the dish. Enjoy!
Other AIP Brussels Sprouts
– Paleo Flourish
Ingredients: bacon, brussels sprouts, collard greens, water.
If you are looking for new ways to increase your intake of greens on the autoimmune protocol, then this recipe is for you. This makes a great side dish, or you could serve it at lunchtime for a nutrient-packed meal. You could even serve it in the cooking liquor to make a hearty and delicious soup or stew. This recipe is suitable for paleo and AIP diets.
– Primal Palate
Ingredients: bacon, garlic, chicken breasts, brussels sprouts, rosemary, lemon, salt, black pepper (omit).
I really love one-pot dinners, especially after a busy day, and this AIP-friendly dish has all the elements you need for a satisfying meal. You have tender and juicy chicken, savory sprouts and crispy bacon, giving you a great source of protein, nutrients and, most importantly, taste! There is a good level of flavor from the rosemary, then the lemon adds a citrus note to round it all off.
– Food to Heal Ourselves
Ingredients: brussels sprouts, extra virgin olive oil, salt, navel oranges, orange zest, honey, apple cider vinegar.
If you have found previously that sprouts are quite bitter, it is a good idea to pair them with citrus to offset this. The glaze in this amazing AIP dish is the star of the show, as it gives the zest of the orange with the sweetness of the honey that makes this veggie side absolutely shine! This would be the perfect side to serve with your Christmas dinner or with the turkey at Thanksgiving.
– Adventures of a Sick Chick
Ingredients: chuck roast, carrots, brussel sprouts, garlic, onion, parsley, bone broth, sea salt, garlic powder, turmeric powder.
If you have a really busy life it can be a good idea to splash out on a slow cooker – all you have to do is throw the ingredients in and turn it on then you will have a delicious meal to enjoy when you get home. This gluten and grain-free recipe shows how Brussels sprouts are traditionally served in many homes as a side for roast meat, and sometimes traditional is best!
– Low Carb Yum
Photo Credit: Lisa from Low Carb Yum
Ingredients: brussels sprouts, olive oil, bacon, onion, chicken bone broth, sea salt.
If you have folks in your family who don’t eat their greens, one way to disguise them and get even the youngsters to enjoy them is to turn them into a delicious and hearty soup. This is a really low-carb soup that is rich and thick and would warm you on the coldest day. As the soup has a green tinge to it, this would make an amazing appetizer on St. Patrick’s Day!
– Real Food with Dana
Ingredients: shallots, coconut or avocado oil, brussels sprouts, salt, lime juice.
There are loads of recipes out there which pair up sprouts with citrus flavors, but you have never experienced the fresh hit till you’ve tried these little ‘cabbages’ with lime! This amazing side would be perfect with an AIP grilled chicken dish, or at Christmas with a baked ham. So say goodbye to boring sides on the AIP diet, as there is absolutely no reason for you to miss out on flavor!
– AYCE to Better Health
Ingredients: bacon, maple syrup, himalayan sea salt, brussel sprouts.
It is vital on the autoimmune protocol to keep all your food clean of additives, so for this great recipe you could use slices of pork belly instead of bacon, although you can source additive-free bacon from certain stores. This is a classic side that uses maple syrup to offset any bitterness from the sprouts, making it a great side to serve with traditional roast poultry.
– Amanda Naturally
Ingredients: brussels sprouts, carrots, cooking fat, bacon, sea salt, black pepper (omit), maple syrup.
In this delicious AIP-compliant recipe the carrots and sprouts cook at the same time, so no need to use different pans or timings to get this amazing side! Roasted carrots have a natural sweetness which, along with the maple, can really bring the sprouts to the fore! This is a colorful and super-tasty side that would sit well on any dinner table.
– I Heart Umami
Ingredients: brussels sprouts, carrots, sweet potato, shallots, sea salt, black pepper (omit), coconut oil.
This is such a filling meal that I imagine you could eat it for breakfast, especially if you have a busy day ahead! You can use the pork recipe listed here, or even use up leftover pulled pork from the previous day. It is so important on the AIP diet to get your system going in the morning, so with this dish giving you a load of veggies and tasty pork, this hash would be the perfect start to the day!