12 Days of (heart Healthy) Christmas: Crispy Brussels Sprouts

After months of persuasion, my girlfriend finally got me to try one of her favorite Vietnamese food trucks, and I must admit I was NOT disappointed. I didn’t think that I would be, but I’m glad that I wasn’t.

Of all of the deliciousness that I had that day, what really stood out in my mind was the crispy Brussels sprouts. Having discovered Brussels sprouts late in life I have only ever tried them steamed, pan fried, and oven roasted, so you can imagine how these little fried devils changed my life!

Unfortunately, I don’t think that I fully hit the mark with my version as I’m sure she used some spices I simply didn’t have on hand. I wills ay that these are quite delicious! I opted to go with organic lard for frying since I fell in love with it about a year or so ago, but I also tried using vegetable oil as well and both methods came out great. I’m a bit biased, so I prefer the taste of the lard-fried sprouts over the oil-fried version.

If you have never tried Brussels sprouts I think that this could be a good starting point for your tastebuds.

12 Days of (heart healthy) Christmas: Crispy Brussels Sprouts
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  • Fresh Brussels sprouts, halved or quartered
  • Salt & pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Reduced sodium seasoning salt, optional
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Vegetable oil or lard for frying


  • Drizzle a small amount of Worcestershire sauce over the Brussels sprouts, just enough to coat.
  • Season the sprouts generously with salt and pepper, garlic, and onion powders.
  • Heat one and a half inches of oil over medium high heat and carefully add in the sprouts.
  • Cook until leaves are crisp. Remove from oil and drain in colander atop of paper towels. Sprinkle with seasoning salt while still hot and serve.


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