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, Mealthy MultiPot 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.
Ingredients for Instant Pot Brussels Sprouts Alfredo
- Brussels Sprouts
- Lots of Butter
- Fresh Garlic
- Heavy Cream
- Parmesan/Asiago Cheese and/or Monterey Jack Cheese – I have made this recipe with just Parmesan cheese and with half Parm and half Monterey Jack. Both ways are delicious.
- Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
What is so great about an Instant Pot, Mealthy MultiPot 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, Mealthy MultiPot or Pressure Cooker and then removed and placed into an air fryer to finish crisping up, so it is nice and hot.
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. Lemon juice works wonders to deglaze the pot. It also is a nice flavor infuser for cooking the Brussels Sprouts Alfredo.
As the butter melts, it will foam up a bit. That is the cue to add in the heavy cream.
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.
- Brussels sprouts will over cook very quickly.
Watch my video and then scroll to the bottom for the printable recipe card.
Tips and Tricks for Low Carb Instant Pot Brussels Sprouts
- Prior to cooking the bacon, preheat the Instant Pot, Mealthy MultiPot or Pressure Cooker until it is screaming hot.
- To speed things up, instead of cooking the bacon until crisp, remove it and finish it off in the air fryer.
- Don’t be concerned with the bottom of the pot becoming brown. The lemon juice will easily deglaze the stuck on bits and add tons of flavor to the pot.
- 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, Mealthy MultiPot 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
- Sonder LA End Grain Teak Cutting Board, Juice Grooves & Compartments
- Cuisinart Mini Food Chopper
- Bamboo Strainer
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Here is the handy printable recipe:
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- 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.