Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Fried Capers

Ingredients (8)

For the fried capers:

  • 1/4 cup brined capers, drained
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

For the Brussels sprouts:

  • 2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed, large ones cut in half lengthwise
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons reserved olive oil from the fried capers
  • 1/2 cup dry vermouth or water
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
Try Amazon Fresh
Nutritional Information
  • Calories145
  • Fat9.44g
  • Saturated fat1.34g
  • Trans fat
  • Carbs11.38g
  • Fiber4.67g
  • Sugar2.67g
  • Protein4.16g
  • Cholesterol
  • Sodium350.3mg
  • Nutritional Analysis per serving (8 servings) Powered by

Get fresh food news delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week.

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Fried Capers

The bright flavors of this quick sauté make converts of people who say they don’t like Brussels sprouts. You begin by draining capers from their brine, then rapidly frying in olive oil until they turn crisp. Separately, sauté shredded Brussels sprouts in additional oil with garlic. Add dry vermouth, the fried capers, and a hit of sherry vinegar for vividness, before seasoning with salt and pepper and serving.

For more inspiration, check out our Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts and Double-Smoked Bacon, Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad, and Braised Brussels Sprouts.

Tips for Christmas


For the fried capers:
  1. 1Drain the capers in a colander or strainer and press down on them to squeeze out any excess moisture. Lay them on paper towels to dry a bit. Pour the oil into a small, heavy skillet over medium-high heat; it should be about 1/4 inch deep. When the oil is shimmering, almost smoking, add the capers and fry, stirring, until they open up like flowers and brown. Remove the capers from the oil and place them on several layers of paper towels to drain. Reserve the olive oil for cooking the Brussels sprouts.

For the Brussels sprouts:

  1. 1Fit a food processor with the slicing blade. With it running, drop the Brussels sprouts down the feed tube to thinly slice them. (Use the hopper to push the sprouts through—it creates better slices.) Alternatively, you can use a mandoline or a sharp knife to thinly slice the Brussels sprouts. Mash the garlic and salt into a paste in a mortar and pestle or with a chef’s knife on a cutting board.
  2. 2Heat 2 large (12-inch) frying pans over medium-high heat. (If you don’t have 2 pans, you’ll have to do this in 2 batches.) When the pans are hot, spoon half of the reserved olive oil and half of the garlic into each. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. 3Add the Brussels sprouts and toss them gently until they are coated with oil, and then let them sit undisturbed for about 1 minute, so that they crisp and brown slightly. Toss again and cook for about 1 minute more. Pour in the vermouth and stir-fry until the Brussels sprouts are crisp-tender but still bright green, about 2 more minutes. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper.
  4. 4Consolidate the Brussels sprouts into one pan and place them over medium-low heat to keep warm. Add the fried capers to the pan, then add the vinegar, toss, taste, and correct the seasonings. Transfer to a big, pretty bowl and serve hot.
Load Comments

Recommended from Chowhound

How to Stick to Healthy Eating Resolutions for the New Year

How to Stick to Healthy Eating Resolutions for the New Year

by Brianne Garrett | New year, new me. It’s a popular mantra that we all tell ourselves going into a new year—vowing that...

5 Plant-Based Swaps for the Carbs You Crave

5 Plant-Based Swaps for the Carbs You Crave

by Gretchen Lidicker | Trying to cut carbohydrates? There are plenty of great plant-based substitutes for your favorite carbs...

13 Easy Ingredient Swaps for Healthier Cooking

13 Easy Ingredient Swaps for Healthier Cooking

by Dan McKay and Jen Wheeler | These easy, healthy ingredient swaps are proof that eating healthy doesn't have to be a chore. Even...