Low Carb Brussels Sprouts Alfredo is a creamy and cheesy side dish loaded with bacon which quickly cooks in the Instant Pot pressure cooker.
Low Carb Brussels Sprouts AlfredoBrussels sprouts is one of the top vegetables which so many people hate. It’s probably second to okra.
So, as a result, I set out to challenged myself to create a recipe to give Brussels Sprouts a fighting chance.
The common denominator is a cream sauce. What better cream sauce than an Alfredo sauce highlighted with garlic and bacon?
My Low Carb Brussels Spouts Alfredo recipe combines aspects of those recipes. As I wanted it quick and now, the recipe was developed to be cooked in an Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi or Pressure Cooker. Instant Pot Brussels Sprouts Alfredo is super easy and very delicious. It will make you a lover of Brussels sprouts.
While Brussels Sprouts look like mini cabbages, their taste is quite different. They have a tendency to be bitter.
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Ingredients for Instant Pot Brussels Sprouts Alfredo
- Brussels Sprouts
- Lots of Butter and Fresh Garlic
- Heavy Cream
- Parmesan/Asiago Cheese
- Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
What is so great about an Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi or Pressure Cooker, is that you can saute right in the pot. With slow cookers, you would first have to saute on the stove and then add to the pressure cooker. (Although I do love my slow cooker!) These modern appliances save time and extra cleaning, which is great.
How to Cook Bacon for Brussels Sprouts Alfredo
- Cooking bacon in a multicooker is easy, but it does take a little extra time. Make sure to start with a very hot pot.
- Bacon can be cooked in strips or chopped.
- To save time, the bacon can be partially cooked in the Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi or Ninja Foodi and then removed and placed into an air fryer to finish crisping up, so it is nice and hot.
Bacon takes a while to cook in the Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi or Ninja Foodi, so it is a good time to wash and get the Brussels Sprouts ready to go.
Use a Crisping Lid to Cook Bacon
- Bacon can be cooked directly in the pot with a Mealthy CrispLid or an Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid or in the basket of either crisping lid accessory, so that the bacon grease drips into the pot.
- Then simply remove the basket with the bacon and save for the last step of the recipe.
Brussels Sprouts need to be rinsed, so that any dirt on the outside can be washed off. This Salbree Steamer/Strainer Basket is great to use for washing the Brussels Sprouts.
When you trim Brussels Sprouts, you will want to cut off the very end, just a bit. Make sure to use a very sharp knife. The outer leaves of the Brussels Sprouts can sometimes feel tough or dry and if so, just peel them off.
If you do a lot of chopping, this gorgeous End Grain Teak Cutting Board is so wonderful to use for chopping. It is a cutting board you will have for the rest of your life and is meant for heavy duty chopping.
Bacon will stick to the bottom of the cooking pot a bit. The reason it is nice to cook the bacon in the pressure cooker (either using a crisping lid or directly in the pot) is because of the bacon fat. It adds so much flavor to the Low Carb Brussels Sprouts Alfredo.
Lemon juice works wonders to deglaze the pot. It also is a nice flavor infuser for cooking the Brussels Sprouts Alfredo. If you love the flavor of lemon, try my Pressure Cooker Moroccan Lemon Chicken with Olives or my Lemony Middle Eastern Air Fryer Crispy Sumac Chicken. both are low carb and both are delicious.
As the butter melts, it will foam up a bit. That is the cue to add in the heavy cream. If you enjoy these Brussels Sprouts Alfredo, I know you will enjoy my Instant Pot Creamy Parmesan Garlic Mushroom Chicken. It is rich and creamy too and incredibly delicious.
When cooking under pressure, heavy cream is fine to use and it won’t break or separate or curdle. My Instant Pot Cheddar and Broccoli Soup goes into some detail about using heavy cream. It is another keto / low carb recipe and it is delish, so be sure to check it out.
What is Alfredo Sauce?
- Alfredo Sauce is just butter, heavy cream and Parmesan cheese.
- With some liberties taken, I’ve added a few more ingredients to the Alfredo sauce to add more flavor.
Can Instant Pot Brussels Sprouts Alfredo Be Frozen?
- Sure, no problem. Heavy cream is used in this recipe, so there is no need to worry about milk being ‘broken’ or separating.
- I suggest defrosting them first and then reheating. Upon reheating I suggest using the pot in pot method, or, warming up the Low Carb Brussels Sprouts in an air fryer.
Pro Tip: Frozen Brussels sprouts won’t work for this recipe.
We love Instant Pot Brussels Sprouts Alfredo with Air Fryer Rib Eye Steak with Blue Cheese Butter. The pairing is so delish.
Another delicious recipe with bacon is my Instant Pot Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Italian Soup. The bacon can cook using one of the crisping lids too or directly in the pot.
Watch my video and then scroll to the bottom for the printable recipe card.
Tips and Tricks for Low Carb Instant Pot Brussels Sprouts
- Rather than cooking the bacon directly in the pressure cooker, try using either a Mealthy CrispLid or an Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid and place the bacon in the basket. This way the delicious grease will drip to the bottom of the pot and the bacon will crisp up much faster and better.
- Trim and cut the Brussels sprouts as the bacon is cooking; there is time. That way, you are not standing around waiting for the bacon to cook. If using small Brussels sprouts, leave them whole.
- Try using Asiago cheese in place of Parmesan cheese. We prefer using Asiago in most recipes calling for Parmesan cheese.
Monterey Jack cheese adds a nice flavor to the dish. Using half parm and half Monterey Jack is a nice option as well. It’s really nice to use multiple types of cheese in recipes. My Instant Pot Mac and Cheese recipe is super popular and a few types of cheese are used.
So, now that you are a fan of Brussels sprouts, be on the lookout for more recipes using Brussels sprouts.
More Instant Pot Side Dish Recipes to Make:
- Low Carb Avocado Chicken Salad [Instant Pot]
- Pressure Cooker Southern Style Green Beans
- Pressure Cooker Cauliflower Soufflé
- Pressure Cooker Instant Pot Fresh Whole Beets
Check the “Notes” section of the recipe card for recipes which will pair nicely with these Low Carb Brussels Sprouts Alfredo.
Kitchen Equipment and Essentials
- Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi or Pressure Cooker
- J.A. Henckels Classic 7-inch Hollow Edge Santoku Knife
- J.A. Henckels Classic 8 inch Chef’s Knife
- Amco Advanced Performance 18/10 Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
- Culina Stackable (Dry) Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
- Anchor Hocking Glass (Liquid) Measuring Cups
- di Oro Living Silicone Spatulas Set
- Alton Brown Salt Box
- Gravity Electric Salt and Pepper Grinder
- My FANTASTIC Teak Cutting & Charcuterie Board & Compartments
- Ultimate Chopper (Mini Food Processor)
- Bamboo Strainer
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Here is the handy printable recipe:
- Lemon Wedges
- Select Sauté or browning on pressure cooker and allow pot to fully heat.
- Add bacon slices to cooking pot and cook until crisp. Remove bacon to a paper towel lined plate and reserve for later.
- While bacon is cooking, wash and trim Brussels sprouts. Peel off any hard outer leaves. Cut Brussels Sprouts in half.
- Squeeze lemon juice and add it into cooking pot and deglaze cooking pot, making sure to scrape up any bits stuck to the bottom of the pot.
- Add butter, salt, pepper and garlic to cooking pot and let foam up for 30 seconds.
- Pour in heavy cream and mix. Add in the Brussels sprouts and mix through the cream.
- Lock on lid and close pressure valve. Cook at high pressure for 1 minutes. When beep sounds, carefully release the rest of the pressure.
- Remove lid and hit the Sauté button. Slowly mix in Parmesan cheese. Keep mixing until melted. Wait 1 minute and if more cheese is desired, add a little more.
- Crumble bacon and 3/4 of it to cooking pot. Serve Brussels Sprouts and crumbe reserved bacon on top. Garnish with lemon wedges.