Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Bacon Brussels Sprouts
Staff Writer
Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Yasmin Fahr

Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are great on their own, simply cooked with some chile flakes and rosemary, but they are even better with bacon. 

This recipe makes a great side dish for a roast meat or seafood like scallops or a thicker white fish like halibut. 

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  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, stems removed and cut in half lengthwise
  • 6 strips bacon
  • Salt and fresh black pepper, to taste
  • 3 sprigs of thyme (optional)


To steam the Brussels sprouts, heat a pot of water until boiling or use a microwave. When the water is ready, place the Brussels sprouts in a steamer basket and cook until just tender.

Meanwhile, heat a pan over medium-high heat and add the bacon. Cook for about 6-8 minutes, turning halfway, until just crisp. Remove and allow to drain on a paper towel-lined plate. If there is more than a tablespoon of bacon grease in the pan, drain the excess, and then add the Brussels sprouts to to the pan. Cook over medium-high heat until they reach your desired level of doneness, about 5-7 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper and add the thyme leaves, if using. 

Remove from the heat. Tear the bacon into little pieces and then add to the Brussels sprouts in the pan. Toss together to combine and serve. 

Bacon Shopping Tip

Look for center cut bacon which comes from a leaner part of the belly - you'll get more meat and less fat.

Bacon Cooking Tip

Cook bacon over medium to medium-low heat to prevent it from burning, and occasionally pour off the fat. You can save it for later use as a cooking oil.