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Brussels sprouts with bacon in a cast iron skillet on a marble backdrop
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5 from 4 votes

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

An easy side dish, which is incredibly flavorful and savory thanks to simply pan-frying Brussels Sprouts in rendered bacon fat. Bacon Brussels Sprouts are smokey, salty, and a comforting side dish to serve during cooler months.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Gluten Free, Low Carb
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 287kcal


  • 8 ounces bacon (diced)
  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts (trimmed and halved)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Add the bacon to a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until crisp, about 7-10 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper-towel lined plate and set aside.
    8 ounces bacon
  • Drain all but about 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat from the pan and return to the stove top.
  • Carefully place the Brussels sprouts in the pan, cut side down and season with a pinch salt and pepper. Cook 3-4 minutes, until lightly browned and caramelized.
    1 pound Brussels sprouts, salt, pepper
  • Turn over, season with onion and garlic powder (if using) and continue to cook, stirring occasionally until they are crisp-tender, about 2-4 minutes depending on the size of your sprouts.
    1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Stir the bacon back in and cook an additional minute or two to warm through.
  • Serve warm.


Tips and Techniques

  • Use fresh Brussels sprouts for the best results. Cooking time may vary depending on the size of the sprouts.
  • To quickly and easily dice the bacon, leave it in a stack and slice it all at once. Thicker cut bacon works great for this!
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Consume within 3 days.
** Nutritional information is an estimate and may vary.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 404mg | Potassium: 558mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 876IU | Vitamin C: 96mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2mg