Easy Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe
Brussels sprouts with bacon are delicious and will keep you coming back for second and third servings! Adding bacon is the perfect addition to this easy and everyone’s favorite side dish recipe.
We’re brussel sprout converts, which means we’ve been cooking them like crazy! If you like them too, be sure to check out our other recipes: Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Parmesan Brussels Sprouts, and Caramelized Brussels Sprouts.
Brussels sprouts and bacon = delicious!
Bacon is my first love. Bacon goes with almost any food. Donut? Yes. over a burger? Yes. Sprinkle on a salad? You know. My new favorite favorite these days – chopped and tossed with Brussels sprouts (our new favorite veggie)!
Today’s recipe includes beloved bacon that will not only make you eat vegetables, but make you fall in love with them. I bet even your pickiest kid will love this dish. Give it a try!
Brussels sprouts often get a bad rap. They can become soggy and smelly if not cooked properly. On the other hand, when cooked properly, they take on a charmingly beautiful green color, a slightly crisp texture and a bright, almost nutty flavor.
We love making them for the holidays! This is the best side dish to make with turkey dinner. It’s easy to make and I love bright colors. Plus it tastes great. So you should definitely try making this Brussels sprouts and bacon recipe for Thanksgiving (or any dinner) this year.
How to Make Bacon Brussels Sprouts
To prepare sprouts for cooking, you first need to wash them. You can rinse them with warm water and pat dry. If you have more time, try submerging them in a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes. Adding 1 teaspoon of baking soda to every 2 cups of water will help clean them more thoroughly than water alone. Remember, if you choose to soak them, you will need to allow extra time for the excess water to drain from them.
Thick cut bacon is my favorite. In a large frying pan, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Is there anything better than the smell of bacon on the stove? No. Let bacon cool on paper towels, then cut into small pieces.
In the same pan with the bacon oil, melt the butter over high heat. Add chopped onion (optional) and Brussels sprouts and toss to combine. Cook until the Brussels sprouts are golden brown. This takes about 12-15 minutes. Make sure to stir the mixture occasionally. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Then return the bacon slices to the pan. Throw everything together and serve!
Recipe Notes, Tips + FAQs
For extra flavor, add some minced garlic while cooking the Brussels sprouts. 😉 Then, if you want to make these taste even more delicious, consider adding these on top:
- drizzle balsamic vinegar to reduce
- Shredded Parmesan or Mozzarella
- grated parmesan cheese
We know some people like their Brussels sprouts to be extra crispy, if that’s the case, drain some of the fat before cooking, or roast the sprouts for a few minutes at the end.
leftovers: Place remaining bean sprouts in an airtight container and refrigerate for 2-3 days. Reheat in a skillet on the stove or on a baking sheet in the oven. Heat to lukewarm. You can also crisp them up under the broiler.
Services for: Here are just some of the recipes we love to make with Brussels sprouts…
I admit we haven’t been fans of Brussels sprouts for a long time, but we love making our roasted Brussels sprouts. If you want a change, I suggest you try bacon. They’re softer and less crunchy than our baked version, but they’re just as good – or better!
We hope you like them. 😀
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Course Side Dishes
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total time 35 minutes
Serving Size 6
Calories 166 kcal
by Lil’ Luna
- 4 strips thick-cut bacon
- 2 TB butter
- 1 lb Brussels sprouts halved
- 1/2 lg onion chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Cool on paper towels, then cut into small pieces.
In the same pan with the bacon oil, melt the butter over high heat. Add chopped onion and Brussels sprouts. Cook until sprouts are golden brown, 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.salt and pepper to taste
Return the bacon to the pot, stir well and serve.
Real recipes tried:
- Difficulty: easy
- How much to feed: 4-6
- Any changes: cook 5 more minutes
- Any suggestions for next time: none