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Slow Cooker Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

Free up your oven with this amazingly easy crockpot recipe. Simply throw everything in and you’re set! Easy peasy!

Slow Cooker Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

Oven real-estate is not something to be messed with during the holidays.

Slow Cooker Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

So when I can easily clear up some space and use the crockpot instead, I am all in, especially when the prep time is 10 minutes or less.

Slow Cooker Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

The holidays are crazy enough as it is – you might as well let the slow cooker do all the work for you.

Slow Cooker Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

You can even make the balsamic glaze ahead of time (or you can use a store-bought one too!). You can’t lose either way.

Slow Cooker Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

Free up your oven with this amazingly easy crockpot recipe. Simply throw everything in and you’re set! Easy peasy!

10 minutes4 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 2 pounds brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. To make the balsamic reduction, add balsamic vinegar and brown sugar to a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a slight boil and reduce by half, about 6-8 minutes; set aside and let cool.
  2. Place brussels sprouts into a 3-qt slow cooker. Stir in olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Top with butter.
  3. Cover and cook on low heat for 3-4 hours or high for 1-2 hours.
  4. Serve immediately, drizzled with balsamic reduction and topped with Parmesan.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 193.0 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10.0g 15%
Saturated Fat 3.9g 20%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Cholesterol 13.2mg 4%
Sodium 116.3mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 21.9g 7%
Dietary Fiber 6.2g 25%
Sugars 11.1g
Protein 6.9g 14%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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57 comments

  1. Hi! I’m considering this recipe for Thanksgiving, but we’ll be feeding 20 adults—plus children, if they’ll go near brussels sprouts. 🙂 If I double the recipe and use a 6QT slow cooker, do you have a recommended cooking time? Thank you! 

  2. I made this for the family last night and was a hit, even hubby, who is not a big brussel sprouts fan really enjoyed this alongside Rosemary petite roasted potatoes and NY strip pan seared and then broiled. The brussel sprouts and bites of steak together were amazing!!!

  3. Hi – is there any way you could make these in the Instant Pot instead?

  4. I made this recipe for Christmas and my family loved it! It even made my one sister, who didn’t like brussels sprouts, like them! Super simple to make and I gave my sisters the recipe. Your recipes rock Chungah!

  5. Is there a certain favorite for the Balsamic? I have bought several different kinds and they all taste different.

  6. I’ve never done a reduction before, so when you say reduce by half do you mean the temp or the reduction itself??

  7. I’m trying to cut out dairy. I can do without the cheese easily, but what can I use to substitute for the butter?

    • Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

    • Just use vegan butter! EarthBalance is my favorite brand, particularly the one in the red packaging. I haven’t made these yet, but I use EarthBalance in place of regular butter in recipes all the time and it works great. 

  8. This was excellent – teenagers LOVED IT! I made the balsamic reduction earlier in the day and it was great. Only change I made was to toss under the broiler for 8 minutes before serving. Added those crispy leaves that you only get when roasting. Yummy!

  9. for the ingredients, this recipe seems to have lots of calories, fat and carbs for one serving

  10. Can I prep this the night before? I’m bringing it to work for a luncheon, so I will cook it there. 

  11. Just a question- I have a very special bottle of White Balsamic vinegar Condiment , incredible taste. A good substitute for the regular Balsamic Vinegar or not. My guests love Brussels Sprouts. I’m always looking for new recipes. Thanks.

    • Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

  12. Do you think I could add carrots to this recipe?

  13. Anyway to do these in the oven? Please and thank you.

  14. This was a hit at a church fellowship meal! It was one of the first things empty even though I made 3 lbs (score!). And I was afraid people wouldn’t like Brussels sprouts. Also, the balsamic reduction is amazing! I made extra because I knew I’d want to use it on other dishes this week.

    So again, your recipes are a success and I’m definitely making it again.

  15. Can you use frozen brussel sprouts?

    • I recommend using fresh brussels sprouts but as always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

  16. When I first saw this recipe on my iPhone, there was a suggestion that one could add bacon to the bottom of the pot.  I don’t see that suggestion now that I have found this recipe on my Mac computer.  Do you have to adjust the cooking time if you add raw bacon?

    • Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment.

  17. I made these as part of our Thanksgiving meal and they were amazing. The Brussels sprout lovers in the family including me loved them.

  18. Hi ! Just wanted to let you know that we’ve added this recipe to our top 100 recipes for thanksgiving 2015! Check it out: http://ohmydish.com/100-best-thanksgiving-recipes-for-2015/ 🙂

  19. Yum!  I made these last night and they were awesome.  I loved telling my husband and 3 teenage boys that the sprouts were in a reduction.  It sounded like we were in a fancy restaurant.  We eat brussels sprouts pretty regularly and it was nice to find a new recipe that everyone loves.  Thanks so much!

  20. Do you have any suggestions on reheating these? I’ll be traveling two hours to my grandmother’s for Thanksgiving and would like to make these before I leave. Thanks! 🙂

  21. Yet another great recipe for my slow cooker! Thanks for sharing it!

  22. Hi Chungah,

    I have ever heard a word of Brussels Sprout in India. However, will try to find out from nearby location as it looks tasty dish.

    Can you tell me about its taste? Means, Spicy or Sweet?

  23. These look delicious. I love brussels sprouts, I never understood people that don’t like them. 

  24. This sounds perfect! My daughter and I love brussel sprouts. I agree with Mary on the smell issue and Lori on them being mushy.  I could probably plug up the slow cooker outside on the deck and just cut the cooking time. Problem SOLVED!

  25. I just bought a crock pot (I know, I’m super late to the game), but this will be perfect for my first recipe to test it out! I looove brussels sprouts!

    -Molly

  26. I think I have just found a side dish for my Thanksgiving dinner! These look so good. Thanbk you for sharing this recipe.

  27. I was wondering if the Brussel Sprouts become soft and mushy being in the crock pot for 2-3 hours? We like our Brussel Sprouts to have a little crunch.  Thanks.

    • Lori, you can easily adjust the cooking time as needed to suit your texture preferences a little better. You can also try this roasted version instead made with bacon of course! 🙂

      • Thanks.  I looked over that recipe and it sounds just as scrumptious!!  We will be having this as a part of our Thanksgiving dinner.  Blessings to you.

  28. I love the idea of cooking Brussels sprouts in the slow cooker and will have to try it soon. How’s the smell? Sometimes I find that cooking those cruciferous vegetables in the slow cooking leads to a straight up STONKY house!

    By the way, the re-design looks fabulous!

  29. I think about same time as I have larger crocs and  1 small quart myself. My question would frozen work also?  Just 2 of us so plan on using my 1 quart croc

    • Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment.

  30. I really want to try this recipe. the only thing is that I have a 6-quart slow cooker so I am not sure on how long to cook these for … can you help me on this please …

    • Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment.

      • I just made this recipe and I did use my 6 quart slow cooker, they cooked pretty fast on the low setting….. I would recommend keeping an eye on them as mine did get slightly over cooked, still tasty though with the balsamic vinegar reduction, salt, pepper and the sprinkle of parmesan!

    • The recipe is only 6 servings! I plan to double it for my larger crockpot. Fingers crossed!

  31. I have a confession to make — I do love Brussel Sprouts but I’ve been buying the frozen type with the light sauce already on it. We really enjoy them but this recipes looks fantastic. We will certainly try it.