November 22

Low Carb Brussel Sprouts Au Gratin

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 1

Low Carb Brussel Sprouts Au Gratin

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


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • 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.
  • Put sprouts into a baking dish.
  • Add red pepper flakes, and liberally salt and pepper your sprouts. Mix the shredded cheddar into shredded sprouts.
  • 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.)
  • Add the cream and cream cheese sauce to your shredded sprouts and mix well.
  • Add olive oil to parmesan and melt in the microwave, a few seconds at a time (or on your stove).
  • Dot the parmesan on top of your sprout mixture and spread it around a bit.
  • Sprinkle crushed pork rinds on top.
  • 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*
Fat 43g66%
Saturated Fat 23g115%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 636mg27%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 4g16%
Protein 20g40%
Net Carbs 7
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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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?

About the author...

Zen Goddess

Just a regular gal who found she feels better eating low carb.


Au Gratin, Brussel Sprouts, Cheddar, Cheese, Vegetables

    • 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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