Vietnamese-Style Coconutty Brussels Sprouts
Trim a bit of the dry stem end from each Brussels sprout, discarding any leaves that fall off. Halve the sprouts from stem to top.Advertisement
In a large (12-inch) skillet that holds heat well (such as cast-iron, carbon-steel or stainless-steel), melt coconut oil over medium heat. Add the Brussels sprouts, then use a spatula to turn and coat them. When they are all glistening, arrange them, cut-side down, in one layer. Increase the heat to high; cook, without stirring, until well browned in spots on the cut side, 2 to 4 minutes.
Reduce the heat to medium. Add coconut water, stir and cover the pan to steam until the liquid has evaporated, 3 to 4 minutes. Poke one or two sprouts with the tip of a paring knife; they should be just tender. If they are not, add a splash or two of coconut water, cover and continue cooking until just tender.
Add fish sauce (or soy sauce); shake the pan and stir to distribute. Cook, uncovered, for about 1 minute longer to further develop the flavor and caramelize the sprouts. If needed, raise the heat to coax the cooking. When the sprouts are lightly glazed, remove from the heat and let rest for 1 minute. Serve the sprouts hot, warm or at room temperature.
2 vegetables, 1 1/2 fat