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Low-Carb Crispy Brussels Sprouts With Cotija Cheese

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These Keto Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Cotija are a delicious low-carb side dish. These crispy Brussels sprouts could be key to converting sprout haters!

I love the smokiness from the bacon, the heat from the jalapeño, and the creamy Mexican queso cotija with the crispy sprouts. Plus you get even more bacon flavor from cooking the sprouts in the rendered bacon grease.

Pretty delicious! I love serving this side with roasted salmon, a steak with chimichurri, or even grilled shrimp!

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Nutritional values (per serving)

Net carbs6.2 grams
Protein9.4 grams
Fat17.1 grams
Calories223 kcal

Calories from carbs 11%, protein 17%, fat 72%

Total carbs10.6 gramsFiber4.4 gramsSugars2.6 gramsSaturated fat4.7 gramsSodium418 mg(18% RDA)Magnesium34 mg(8% RDA)Potassium519 mg(26% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

  • 4 slices smoked or unsmoked bacon (120 g/ 4.2 oz)
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil or ghee (30 ml)
  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved or quartered (450 g)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, thinly sliced or 2 tbsp pickled sliced jalapeños (14 g/ 0.5 oz)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled cotija cheese or feta (30 g/ 1.1 oz)
  • sea salt, to taste


  1. Fry the bacon in a large skillet greased with half of the oil. Cook over a medium-high heat for a few minutes. Once cooked and crisped up, remove and crumble into pieces.
    Low-Carb Crispy Brussels Sprouts With Cotija Cheese
  2. Add the remaining avocado oil to the skillet with the bacon grease then add the sprouts (halved or quartered, depending on the size.
    Low-Carb Crispy Brussels Sprouts With Cotija Cheese
  3. Cook for 4-5 minutes over a medium heat per side until slightly charred and crisp.
  4. Toss the sprouts with the bacon, cotija cheese, and jalapeños. Season to taste. Store refrigerated for up to one week.
    Low-Carb Crispy Brussels Sprouts With Cotija Cheese

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Bacon, streaky (high fat content), organic
0 g4.1 g7.5 g84 kcal
Avocado oil, extra virgin
0 g0 g7 g62 kcal
Brussels sprouts, fresh
5.8 g3.8 g0.3 g48 kcal
Peppers, Jalapeno, fresh
0.1 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Cheese, mexican, queso cotija
0.3 g1.5 g2.3 g27 kcal
Salt, sea salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving
6.2 g9.4 g17.1 g223 kcal
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She is the founder of the creative content agency, Healthful Creative. HC specializes in helping food centered brands share their story through recipe development + food photography.

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Comments (2)

Thank you, Lauren for a really good and easy Brussels sprouts recipe. I made these for supper and my husband agreed they are so tasty. I'll be making them more often as they come together nicely and dress up whatever meat I serve them with.


Thank you Diana, I'm glad you enjoyed!