Cast Iron Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I know most people don’t care for brussels sprouts. I’ve never shared their view. I think it’s probably because my grandma drowned brussels sprouts in butter when she cooked them. Back in the day, we used to talk about how unhealthy this was but now I know better. Not only does fat provide a delicious taste, it actually makes it easier for your body to use the nutrition in your food.

Even if you have never liked brussels sprouts before, please give them one more try with this recipe. I don’t even like brussels sprouts all ways! For example, I’ve never liked them in soup. If eating brussels sprouts makes you very gassy, it means your gut flora is imbalanced.

Having enough salt on the brussels sprouts helps to break up the cell walls which allows them to cook faster and better. Salt allows them to cook more evenly which makes them more delicious. Make sure you add salt after you plate them as well! If they’re not delicious, you haven’t added enough salt to them.

I also cook the brussels sprouts on a low to medium heat to start with. The goal is to cook the brussels sprouts thoroughly before crisping them. If your heat is too high, you’ll brown them before they are cooked all the way which will result in a questionably edible food. The brown bits are my favorite part so I make sure there are a LOT of them! If you’re on the GAPS Intro Diet, you’ll want to brown sparingly as the browned bits are harder to digest.

Ingredients for Cast Iron Roasted Brussels Sprouts

  • 16 oz brussel sprouts

  • 5 tbsp of Butter or another fat.

Directions for Cast Iron Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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Wash and rinse brussels sprouts.

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Heat a cast iron pan over medium heat. Add in butter to melt.

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Trim brussels sprouts by cutting off the ends and cutting them in half. You want them to be similarly sized pieces so they cook evenly.

If you have an extremely large brussels sprout, consider cutting it in fourths to keep all pieces approximately the same size.

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Add brussels sprouts to the pan. I add in a handful at a time as I’m cutting but you could add all of them at once.

You might need to add your brussels sprouts in batches to the pan depending on how many brussels sprouts you have and the size of your pan. You want them to be in one layer on the bottom of the pan. It’s important not to crowd the pan to allow for even cooking.

Stir to coat with butter or other fat. Add about five shakes of salt.

Slowly cook on a low-medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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Once your brussels sprouts are soft but not mushy, turn the heat up higher to brown them. Cook for another 3-5 minutes. Stir frequently on the higher heat to ensure even browning. If your brussels sprouts are larger, they may take longer to cook.

Once your brussels sprouts have browned, transfer to a plate. Add salt to taste. Serve immediately for best taste!

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Cast Iron Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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  • 16 oz Brussels Sprouts

  • 5 TBSP Butter (or fat of your choice)

  1. Wash and rinse brussels sprouts.

  2. Heat a cast iron pan over medium heat. Add in butter to melt.

  3. Trim brussels sprouts by cutting off the ends and cutting them in half. You want them to be similarly sized pieces so they cook evenly. If you have an extremely large brussels sprout, consider cutting it in fourths to keep all pieces approximately the same size.

  4. Add brussels sprouts to the pan. I add in a handful at a time as I’m cutting but you could add all of them at once. You might need to add your brussels sprouts in batches to the pan depending on how many brussels sprouts you have and the size of your pan. You want them to be in one layer on the bottom of the pan. It’s important not to crowd the pan to allow for even cooking.

  5. Stir to coat with butter or other fat. Add about five shakes of salt.

  6. Slowly cook on a low-medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  7. Once your brussels sprouts are soft but not mushy, turn the heat up higher to brown them. Cook for another 3-5 minutes. Stir frequently on the higher heat to ensure even browning. If your brussels sprouts are larger, they may take longer to cook.

  8. Once your brussels sprouts have browned, transfer to a plate. Add salt to taste. Serve immediately for best taste!