Pan-Fried Brussels Sprouts

Pan-Fried Brussels Sprouts

These pan-fried brussels sprouts are easy to make, taste great and are the ultimate side for Thanksgiving, Christmas and most main meals.

Many Moons Ago…

I can’t believe I used to dislike Brussels sprouts. I never thought in a million years that I would like them…but now, I LOVE them! To be honest, I think I’m addicted to them. Every time I go to the store, I cannot resist buying a bag. My family have had them several times last week, and twice already this week (and it’s only Thursday!)

Multiple Ways of Cooking…

Due to the fact that I spend hours in the kitchen cooking and baking everyday, I am always trying to find the best way of making recipes, whilst making them super easy and quick for you guys (as well as myself).

I have recently bought an air-fryer which I adore. I don’t know why it took me so long to invest in one, because it’s absolutely amazing and I highly recommend one to you all. So, I have made these beauties in the air-fryer by simply coating them in some melted butter, air frying them until they are crispy, then seasoning them with salt, pepper and of course, a drizzle of the lemon juice. However, I know not everyone has one of these, so I wanted to post this pan-fried recipe (since everyone has a frying pan, or at least they should).

What You Need…

Just 6 simple ingredients is what you need to make this side dish.

  • Brussels sprouts –  trimmed and halved lengthwise.
  • Unsalted Butter – I always have unsalted butter on hand. However, if you only have salted butter, then just season the pan-fried brussels with a little salt at the end (you don’t want them too salty).
  • Garlic – I go the lazy route and buy already-minced garlic as it’s readily available for when I need it, saves me time in the kitchen and doesn’t make my fingers smell.
  • Lemon Juice – You simply cannot have these without the lemon juice. This ingredient ensures the brussels don’t have a bitter aftertaste, and don’t worry it doesn’t make them sour at all.
  • Salt & Black pepper – standard seasonings, adjust the quantites to suit your taste buds.

Add A Little Extra…

  • SPICE – Add one red chili pepper, finely diced, in step 4 after flipping them over.
  • MEAT – Add some chopped bacon and pancetta in step 2, and cook it until it’s nearly cooked through, before adding the brussels to the pan.
  • CHEESE – Some freshly grated parmesan adds a nice little finishing touch in step 6.
  • SEEDS / NUTS – Lightly toasted sesame seeds or almonds (halved) give a little crunch and bring out the “nutty” flavour of the brussels.

More Recipes You Might Like

Lemon Butter Roast Chicken (works perfectly with this side)

Brussels Sprout Chips

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Lemon-Dijon Vinaigrette

Pan-Fried Brussels Sprouts

These pan-fried brussels sprouts are easy to make, taste great and are the ultimate side for Thanksgiving, Christmas and most main meals.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, British
Keyword: brussels, butter, garlic, keto, low carb, pan-fried, sprouts
Servings: 4
Calories: 119kcal
Author: Anna – everydayketorecipes


  • 450g (1 lb) Brussels sprouts trimmed and halved lengthwise
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp garlic minced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


  • In a saucepan, boil Brussels sprouts for 3 minutes. Drain and pat dry.
  • In a large skillet, over a medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the garlic and stir it around the pan for 30 seconds.
  • Add the brussels, cut side down, and cook for 3-4 minutes, until browned.
  • Flip them over with tongs, and continue to sauté for 2-3 more minutes, until the brussels can be pierced with a fork.
  • Take them off the heat.
  • Pour the lemon juice over them. Season with salt and pepper, then toss well.
  • Serve & Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts:
Servings:  4
Calories:  119
Fat:  9g
Carbohydrates:  8.5g
Fiber:  3g
Net Carbs:  5.5g
Protein:  3g

Nutritional Disclaimer
Please note, I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional information for this recipe is provided for informational purposes only. I aim to provide the most accurate information possible, but I advise you calculate the nutritional information yourself using your favorite nutrition calculator. 

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