Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Lemon

Shaved brussels sprouts is one of my favorite ways to prepare brussels sprouts. Shredded, quickly stir-fried in a hot pan, add a little garlic, some lemon juice, and you have a quick and easy side dish! Perfect to serve with pork, chicken, or turkey.

Slicing the brussels sprouts can be a bit laborious; if you have a food processor with a slicing blade, this would be a good way to make use of it.

Brussels sprouts can go from crisp and nutty to soggy and bitter if they are overcooked, so cook them quickly in a large sauté pan so they still retain their crunch and vibrant green!

Recipe method and photos updated, originally published 2006

Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Recipe

  • Prep: 15 minutes
  • Cook: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound brussels sprouts, tough or wilted outer leaves peeled off and discarded
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 Tbsp mustard seeds
  • 2 Tbsp dry white wine (or Vermouth)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

1 Thinly slice the brussels sprouts and toss with lemon juice: Put the lemon juice in a large bowl. Peel off any large wilted outer leaves from the brussels sprouts and cut off the bottoms and discard.

Cut the sprouts in half lengthwise. Then thinly slice the sprouts crosswise. As you slice the sprouts, put the slices into the bowl with the lemon juice. Toss them to separate the leaves and coat with a little of the lemon juice.

2 Sauté shredded brussels sprouts with garlic and mustard seeds: Heat the oil over high heat in a large skillet. When the skillet is hot, add the brussels sprouts, garlic, mustard seeds. Sauté them until the shaved sprouts are just lightly wilted and cooked, but still green and firm, about 3 to 4 minutes.

3 Finish with white wine, salt, pepper, lemon zest: Add the wine to the pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sauté a minute more. Remove from heat and sprinkle with lemon zest. Add more salt and pepper to taste.

Serve immediately.

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Showing 4 of 16 Comments / Reviews

  • Sandra

    I made this yesterday but didn't put the lemon zest in it. I also used chardonnay as the wine and added a qtr of thinly sliced yellow onion and it was DELICIOUS! There wasn't any left so I am making it again this coming weekend.

  • Janie

    I just made this and it is wonderful! Very light and delicate flavors. I didn't have mustard seeds so I subbed Nigella seeds (halved the amount) and subbed white zinfandel for the dry wine. I would like to make it exactly as you have it but this was so nice that I may always use my subs. Thank you for a new fav! What do you like to serve with it?

  • Jessica

    Can this be made ahead and then warmed before serving?

  • arabella

    Made this last night and it was delicious! Even people who thought they didn't like brussel sprouts really liked it.

    I used lemon juice from a container as we were out of fresh lemon. I also didn't have any mustard seeds, so I skipped those, but I upped the wine and the freshly ground black pepper.

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