Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Here’s the best Brussels Sprouts with Bacon that your whole family will love. We give you two popular ways to make this side dish – roast them in the oven or sauté them in a pan the traditional way. A perfect crispy Brussels sprouts bacon recipe either way!
In this recipe, the crispy Brussels sprouts, and yes, that all-time favorite bacon, all cooked to perfection in one pan for an effortless meal!
A low carb and keto recipe perfect for Thanksgiving or any day of the year, it is always a hit!
SAUTEED OR ROASTED
Pan fried Brussels sprouts and bacon is easy to make and I used to always make this recipe on the stove.
Recently we tried cooking them in the oven, and absolutely love it! Caramelized Brussels sprouts absorbed the amazing flavor from the bacon during the baking process, and turn crispy and golden brown!
Both are delicious, but if I have to choose one, baked version is a winner as the Brussels sprouts are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.
ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH BACON
It doesn’t get much easier than getting a few simple ingredients together, and letting your oven do all the work to create a perfect meal that’s packed with flavor!
The trick is to bake them in the oven at high temperature (425°F) so that you can bring out the natural sweetness in Brussels sprouts with a crispy texture. Roast for 20-30 minutes, turning halfway until caramelized.
SAUTEED BRUSSELS SPROUTS AND BACON
Start with cooking bacon in a cast-iron pan or large skillet over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes or until crispy. Transfer to a plate.
Drain bacon fat, and add olive oil (you can also cook in the bacon fat if you prefer), add Brussel sprouts, salt and pepper. Sauté for about 8-10 minutes until golden brown. Toss bacon back into the skillet. It’s just that easy!
TIPS FOR MAKING PERFECT BRUSSELS SPROUTS AND BACON
- How to Trim Brussels Sprouts? Trim the ends of washed Brussel sprouts and then slice the sprouts in halves lengthwise. Cut the larger ones to quarters. It’s fine if some leaves fall off, and cook them with the rest of the sprouts.
- How to Make Brussels Sprouts Extra Crispy? First, cook them with a single layer. Don’t over-crowd your sheet pan or skillet and cook in two batches if necessary. After finishing cooking, broil them for an additional 3-5 minutes will make them crispier.
- How to Make Balsamic Glaze for Drizzling? Heat your honey and balsamic vinegar (1:4 ratio) in a small saucepan over medium heat for about 10 minutes until the sauce is thickened. The combination of Brussels sprouts, bacon and balsamic glaze is out of this world delicious! Alternatively, you can drizzle with maple syrup, which goes very well with this dish. Maple bacon Brussels sprouts are truly delicious as well!
- What to Serve with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon? This side dish goes pretty much with any main course such as Grille Pork Chops, Mississippi Pot Roast, T-bone Steak and Crockpot Chicken Thighs.
For leftovers, you can make Brussels sprouts salad or store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Gently reheat them in the oven before serving.
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Brussel Sprouts with Bacon
- 1 1/2 pounds fresh Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
- 4 strips bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons balsamic glaze or maple syrup, optional
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
- Preheat oven to 425°F and set aside.
- Trim the ends and then cut the Brussels sprouts in halves lengthwise.
- Place them in a large bowl, season with olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss to coat thoroughly.
- Cut bacon into 1-inch pieces.
- Add Brussels sprouts and bacon pieces into the baking sheet with a single layer(Cook in two batches if needed).
- Roast for 20-30 minutes, turning halfway until caramelized
Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
- Start with cooking bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes or until crispy. Transfer to a plate.
- Drain the bacon fat and add olive oil to the pan (you can use the same pan with bacon fat), add Brussels sprouts, salt and pepper.
- Sauté for about 8-10 minutes until golden brown.
- Toss bacon back into the skillet.
- Drizzle with optional balsamic glaze or maple syrup. Serve immediately!
- I used the average-sized Brussels sprouts. If yours are larger or smaller, adjust the cooking time slightly.
- This recipe is for fresh Brussels sprouts. If you use frozen Brussels sprouts, it’s best to thaw them first.
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