Easy Brussels Sprouts Gratin (Video)
This Easy Brussels Sprouts Gratin has Swiss and Parmesan cheese, and it’s a perfect low-carb side dish for a special meal.
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For years now I’ve been sharing healthy Thanksgiving options that are carb-conscious but still amazingly delicious for holiday food.. And for sure this Easy Brussels Sprouts Gratin is one of my favorites every year for a Thanksgiving side dish that’s low-carb, Keto, and Gluten-Free!
So for today’s Friday Favorites post I’m reminding you about this favorite side dish recipe! These delicious Brussels Sprouts are definitely the siblings of several other easy vegetable gratin recipes I’ve made through the years, and any of these gratin dishes can be assembled earlier in the day and then put in the oven to finish cooking while you carve the turkey and make the gravy.
I tested this out on my gorgeous niece Alyson who stopped by to pick up some soup, and she gave it an enthusiastic two thumbs up! And if you’re looking for a new way to cook Brussels Sprouts, please give this one a try.
What ingredients do you need?
- Brussels Sprouts
- Olive Oil (affiliate link)
- Dried Thyme (affiliate link)
- Swiss cheese
- lemon juice, I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice
- Dijon Mustard (affiliate link)
- black pepper
- Parmesan cheese
What is a Gratin?
A Gratin is a dish where food is topped with a browned crust that usually contains cheese, breadcrumbs, or butter. I’ve become a huge fan of cheesy gratin dishes like this, and don’t think any breadcrumbs are needed!
Do Brussels Sprouts smell bad when they’re cooking?
When they are boiled or cooked too long it’s true Brussels Sprouts can have kind of an unpleasant smell. But when they are quickly cooked by roasting or pan-frying they don’t smell that way.
Do you have to use Swiss Cheese for the Brussels Sprouts Gratin?
I love the melting properties and flavor of Swiss Cheese in this tasty dish. But if you don’t have Swiss or don’t like it, any white cheese that melts well will be fine.
Want more ideas for Thanksgiving side dishes?
Check out my Top Ten Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes or Keto Vegetable Recipes for Thanksgiving to see more options for low-carb holiday side dishes! And check out Keto Brussels Sprouts Recipes if you really like Brussels Sprouts.
How to Make Easy Brussels Sprouts Gratin:
(This is just a summary of the steps; scroll down for complete printable recipe with nutritional information._
- Brussels sprouts can be kind of dirty, so I trim the stems, cut into halves (or quarters if they’re large) and give them a good wash in the salad spinner. Be sure to spin really dry.
- Put the sprouts into a small bowl and toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil, thyme, and some fresh-ground black pepper.
- I like to grate my own Swiss cheese so I can get it really fine, and you don’t need more than a few ounces to make a cup of grated Swiss when it’s this finely grated.
- Mix together the mayo, lemon juice, Dijon, and black pepper; then mix in the finely grated Swiss to make the gratin topping.
- Mist or brush a large non-stick frying pan with olive oil and heat over medium-high heat.
- When the pan is hot, add the brussels sprouts and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sprouts have turned bright green and are starting to brown. Here’s how my brussels sprouts looked after 6 minutes. They’re going to cook more in the oven so keep them pretty crisp for this initial cooking.
- Put sprouts into an oven-proof gratin dish.
- Spread the topping mixture over the sprouts using a rubber scraper.
- Sprinkle the top with the coarsely-grated Parmesan.
- Bake at 400F/200C for 20-25 minutes, depending on how done you like the cheese. As you can tell, I like it kind of well-done and I devoured about half of this for lunch immediately after I took these photos!
More Amazing Brussels Sprouts Recipes:
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Avocados and Pecans
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts
- Shredded Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Gorgonzola
- Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon, Almonds, and Parmesan
Easy Brussels Sprouts Gratin
This Easy Brussels Sprouts Gratin is perfect for Thanksgiving or any time you want a special side dish!
- 1 lb. fresh Brussels Sprouts, trimmed and cut into halves or quarters
- 1 T olive oil
- 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
- 1 cup finely grated Swiss cheese (not packed down)
- 6 T mayo (see notes)
- 1 T lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp. Dijon (or a little more)
- fresh-ground black pepper to taste
- 2 T coarsely grated Parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 400F/200C (unless you are preparing the dish ahead and plan to bake it later.)
- Trim the stem ends from the brussels sprouts and cut each one into halves or quarters (depending on how big each one is.)
- Put the cut Brussels Sprouts into a salad spinner or colander and wash well with cold water. Spin dry very well (or let drain and blot dry with paper towels if you don’t have a salad spinner.)
- Put dried Brussels Sprouts into a bowl and toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil, dried thyme, and a little freshly ground black pepper.
- Use a hand grater to finely grate the swiss cheese until you have about a cup (not packed).
- Mix together the mayo, lemon juice (I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice), Dijon, and a few grinds of black pepper, then stir in the grated cheese to make the gratin topping.
- Mist or brush a large non-stick frying pan with olive oil and heat over medium-high heat until it feels hot when you hold your hand there.
- Add the Brussels Sprouts and cook, stirring occasionally, until sprouts have turned bright green and started to brown slightly, about 6 minutes. (Don’t overcook at this point; they will cook more in the oven.)
- Put sprouts into a gratin dish and spread into a flat layer.
- Put spoonfuls of the gratin topping in several spots over the top; then use a rubber scraper to spread the topping out into a thin layer. (Don’t put it all in the middle and try to spread out; you’ll never get it spread out that much.)
- Sprinkle the coarsely-grated Parmesan over the top. (At this point the dish can be put in the refrigerator to be baked later. I would let it come to room temperature before you bake it, and bake slightly longer at a slightly lower temperature to be sure the center gets hot before the cheese topping is done.)
- Put the dish into the preheated oven and bake 20-25 minutes, or until the top is nicely browned and the mixture is heated through.
- Serve hot.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 327Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 237mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 11g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This recipe is great for low-carb eating or Keto eating plans, and low-carb plans will prefer full-fat dairy products. I would eat this Easy Brussels Sprouts Gratin for any phase of the original South Beach Diet, but make this a “once-in-a-while treat” for a special occasion (like Thanksgiving!) South Beach would recommend using the light mayo (and low-fat cheese if you can find it).
Find More Recipes Like This One:
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was posted in 2013. It was featured for Friday Favorites in 2021 and was last updated with more information in 2022.
15 Comments on “Easy Brussels Sprouts Gratin (Video)”
Has anyone adopted this for using frozen brussels sprouts?
Frozen ones are somewhat rare where I live, but at least I can find them. Fresh ones are non-existent.
Sorry, I haven’t tried with frozen ones. If you try it, I would not pre-cook the frozen ones. If you have time, I’d put them in the baking dish and let them thaw before adding the cheesy topping. I’m not sure if they will be watery; would love to hear if you try it.
I tried this last night. I skipped the pan frying part and placed the sprouts in a baking dish, drizzled them with olive oil and spices, and roasted them in the oven for about six minutes until they were slightly brown. This saved messing up another pan. I love to cook. I'm not so keen on the cleaning up part. Then I spread the gratin topping over the roasted sprouts, and continued baking for 20 minutes. Talk about awesome! My husband didn't like it. He's not a gratin fan. Next time I'll make a small crock of them without the gratin for him. My sister-in-law and her husband LOVED it. The Dijon and lemon (I used lime) juice add a nice tang. This is definitely a keeper.
Cee Jay great idea to roast them to save a pan! So glad you enjoyed it.
Im not a ds an of swiss cheese. Do you think it would work with like provolone or Munster?
Christie, I think either of those would be fine.
I love Brussels sprouts – and so glad they are finally in season again. Love the gratin – always love the gratins.
Thanks for the answer to my crockpot question. Happy Thanksgiving. I will try this recipe some other day when I have room in my oven. Love your recipes. Lots of family favorites come from this site.
I haven't tried it in the crockpot so I can't say for sure, but honestly I don't think it would work that well. The oven dries out the sprouts for a roasted nutty flavor, while the slow cooker adds more moisture. I think it might be soggy and for sure the cheese will not brown in the slow cooker.
A toaster oven would work well if you have that option.
Thinking of making this in the crock pot for thanks giving. Do you think it would work?
Jeanne, my pleasure and so glad you like this recipe.
Lisa, very glad to hear you both enjoyed it!
I made these tonight and my Mom claimed this was one of the best dishes I have made! She couldn't get enough and she can't wait to make them herself! We are fans of roasted brussel sprouts but these just take it up a notch : )Thank you!
Oh wow…! I love Brussels sprouts any which way, but even the best vegetables can be improved by CHEESE! Definitely giving this a try now that sprouts are back in season. Thanks for including my recipe BTW 🙂
Joanne, my sister Pam still might be a hard sell, but just about everyone else.
What a fun way to prepare brussels sprouts! I feel like you could get anyone to love them with that cheesy topping.