Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Recipe

Rating 5.0
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Brussels sprouts and bacon make an easy and delicious side dish. Crispy pan-fried bacon and carmelized brussels sprouts combine for a delightful dish everyone will love.
Utensils Side Dish
Globe New American
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slices thick-cut bacon
1 lb
Brussels sprouts
2 tblsp
vegetable oil
salt and pepper

Directions 10 steps | 27 Minutes

Step 1

Measure and prep all ingredients.

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Step 2

In a large cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat, lay the bacon. (See notes.)

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Step 3

Allow it to cook, undisturbed, until it starts to get crispy, about 7 minutes. (See notes.)

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Step 4

Meanwhile, cut the core end off the Brussels sprouts and cut them in half. If they are very large, cut them into quarters.

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Step 5

Once the bacon begins to crisp, turn the pieces and move them around every minute or so, until they're evenly crispy, about 5 more minutes. Remove the bacon to a cutting board, leaving behind all the fat in the pan.

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Step 6

Put the Brussels sprouts into the hot pan, along with any loose leaves that were separated during prepping. Spread them into a single layer with their cut sides down.

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Step 7

Drizzle the oil over them and season with a big pinch of salt and several grinds of pepper.

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Step 8

Turn the heat up to medium and let the Brussels sprouts cook, undisturbed, for about 6 minutes, or until their cut sides are deeply browned. Cook the Brussels sprouts for about 4 more minutes, stirring until they are fork-tender, or cooked through to your liking.

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Step 9

Chop the bacon and stir it back in.

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Step 10

Serve warm. Enjoy!

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  • Any large pan will work for this recipe but a cast-iron skillet is ideal.
  • It's important not to rush the cooking of the bacon, as the slow-and-low method will render the maximum amount of fat.

Nutrition Per Serving
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18.9 g
7.5 g
10.8 g


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Robyn B.


04 Oct 2022

I honestly didn't learn how to appreciate Brussels sprouts OR bacon until recently, so the fact that I want to make this again speaks a lot!

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