Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

These Sautéed Brussels Sprouts and Bacon are a quick and easy side dish recipe that’s ready in about 15 minutes!

These Brussels Sprouts with Bacon are a quick and easy side dish recipe that's ready in about 15 minutes!pinterestWhat I love most about this super simple recipe is that you just need 3 main ingredients (plus salt and pepper), just a few minutes of prep and you have a super simple side dish that everyone will enjoy. Even my kids gobble this up!

How To Make Brussels Sprouts and Bacon:

  • Start by crisping up some chopped bacon in a cast iron skillet until the fat is almost all rendered.
  • Toss in the sliced onion and halved (or quartered) Brussels Sprouts.
  • Stir every few minutes until the sprouts and onions have caramelized, then season with salt and pepper to taste.

Follow these simple steps on How To Trim Brussels Sprouts...

How To Trim Brussels Sprouts:

It’s really easy to trim up these small cabbage-looking vegetables! Follow these simple steps:

  • Start by cutting off the ends that look brown and stumpy, to reveal a brighter green end.
  • Peel back any outer leaves of the Brussels sprouts that are browned or blemished and discard.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut the Brussels sprouts in half along, perpendicular to the stem (as pictured above).

Render the bacon until it's almost crisp, then cook the Brussels Sprouts and onions in the bacon grease until they are caramelized and tender.

What Is The Best Way To Cook Brussels Sprouts?

There are so many options when it comes to cooking Brussels Sprouts, but caramelizing them, like we do in this recipe, brings out a delicious flavor that even the pickiest of eaters can enjoy.

  • The trick is to use a heavy bottomed skillet, such as cast iron, so it can hold in the high heat and really give the Brussels Sprouts that beautiful char and caramelization.
  • If you only have a non-stick skillet, make sure you increase the heat a little extra and try to not stir very frequently to allow the vegetables time to char.
  • The texture of the Brussels Sprouts will be a crisp-tender, not extremely soft. If you prefer your Brussels Sprouts softer, you can boil or steam them for a few minute prior to tossing them in the bacon grease.

WOW! These quick and easy Brussels Sprouts and Bacon is our new favorite side dish! It pairs perfectly with grilled chicken or steak!

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HELPFUL PRODUCTS TO MAKE THIS RECIPE:

Render the bacon until it's almost crisp, then cook the Brussels Sprouts and onions in the bacon grease until they are caramelized and tender.
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Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

These sautéed Brussels Sprouts and Bacon are a quick and easy side dish recipe that's ready in about 15 minutes!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 136 kcal
Author: Shawn

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Brussel Sprouts; trimmed, then halved or quartered
  • 1/2 purple onion; sliced
  • 4 strips of thick-cut bacon; chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Add bacon to a hot cast iron skillet.
  • Render bacon till almost crisp, then add onion and Brussel sprouts. Stir every few minutes till onion is soft and Brussel sprouts have caramelized.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
Notes
The Brussels Sprouts should be crisp-tender when finished. If you prefer them softer, you can first boil or steam them for a few minutes prior to adding to the bacon grease.

Nutrition

Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 178mg | Potassium: 355mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 579IU | Vitamin C: 65mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: Brussels Sprouts and Bacon, Brussels Sprouts Recipe
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These sautéed Brussels Sprouts and Bacon are a quick and easy side dish that pairs perfectly with any dinner recipe!

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
3 Responses
  1. Vivian Brown

    5 stars
    I made the brussel sprouts and bacon, my great grandchildren love it. They saw me bite into a raw brussel sprout, now they eat them raw on occasion.

  2. SHEKINAH

    I make this but I slice my brussel sprouts and blanche them first then cook them in the chopped bacon drippings. I also add parmesan cheese once done.

  3. Sherry

    I make this all the time. Love it. I have always made it for years with asparagus cut into bite size pieces in it. I can literally sit down and eat the whole skillet full !
    I recently found your site and totally love it !

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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