Roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon is a classic dish that is sure to win the hearts and taste buds of everyone, kids included. Serve it as an easy weeknight side, or add it to your holiday table!
Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Recipe
I nominate these caramelized Brussels sprouts, paired with crispy bacon, perfectly and simply seasoned with salt and pepper, for the perfect side dish! They are the BEST!
I always associate Brussels sprouts with Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts, but who says you can’t enjoy them year-round? These Brussels sprouts are sure worth making over and over again. You will only need 5 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep time to achieve perfectly roasted, tender Brussels sprouts complimented by crispy bacon. The bacon in this recipe renders just the right amount of flavorful fat to make this side dish irresistible. It’s nothing fancy, but it sure is delicious.
Why You’ll Love Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
- Quick Prep: Just 5 minutes of prep time means you can have a gourmet side dish without spending long hours in the kitchen.
- Simple: With only five ingredients, this recipe strips Brussels sprouts down to their most delicious essence.
- Perfectly Caramelized: These Brussels sprouts are roasted to achieve a sweet caramelization, bringing out the best of their flavors.
- Bacon Bliss: The crispy bacon not only adds a savory contrast but also contributes its flavorful fat to enhance and add to the overall taste.
What You’ll Need
A delicious side that only requires 5 ingredients? Sign me up! Here’s a list of what you will need to make bacon Brussels sprouts. Scroll to the recipe card below for detailed measurements.
- Large Brussels sprouts – You can buy packaged brussels sprouts that have already been trimmed. Check the bottoms and cut off the ends if needed.
- Thick-cut bacon – You can use regular bacon if you can’t find thicker cuts of meat.
- Olive oil – Use a good quality extra-virgin olive oil.
- Salt & Pepper
How to Make Roasted Brussels Sprouts
You will have some of the best Brussels sprouts you’ve ever tasted in just a few minutes of prep time and a couple of simple steps.
- Prep. Preheat the oven to 400˚F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and toss to coat evenly.
- Bake. Spread the mixture onto the baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes.
Yes, that’s really it! This brussels sprouts recipe couldn’t get any easier.
Tips for Success
Even the simplest recipes have some simple tips and tricks you can throw at them that will take them over the top. Here are a few for this dish from yours truly.
- Be choosy about your Brussels sprouts. Select bright green, large sprouts with firmly intact leaves. It is also beneficial to select sprouts that are about the same size – this will help ensure even cooking time.
- Don’t crowd the pan. The sprouts will not caramelize properly if stacked on top of one another. Arrange them in a single layer on the baking sheet. Feel free to use two sheets if necessary.
- Start cut side down. Try to arrange the Brussels sprouts on the baking sheet cut side down. No need to be too nit-picky, but this will help them brown up perfectly and keep them from drying out.
- Keep it moving. While roasting, give the Brussels sprouts a stir or two to ensure even cooking.
What to Serve with Brussels Sprouts
While I see no fault in munching on these tasty Brussels sprouts as they are, this dish is best enjoyed as a side to a delicious entree. Here are some of my favorite ways to serve it.
- Pork. I love serving Brussels sprouts alongside a pork entree. Try my tender and juicy Pork Loin Roast Recipe or these Smothered Pork Chops.
- Steak. This heartwarming side goes great with a juicy steak. I have been loving this Oven Grilled Steak recipe as well as this Easy Rib Eye Steak Dinner.
- Turkey. It’s never too early to start thinking about Holiday feats. These roasted Brussels sprouts are the perfect addition to any Turkey-centric smorgasbord. Try them with my Turkey Gravy Recipe with Pan Drippings or this Bacon Wrapped Spatchcock Turkey with Veggies and Gravy.
- Stuffing and other sides. Serve bacon Brussels sprouts along with other festive side dishes. Stuffing is my favorite. Try my Cheesy Italian Sausage Stuffing Recipe. Other delicious sides to serve with roasted Brussels sprouts are Slow Cooker Spiced Cranberry Sauce, Lightened-Up Creamy Green Bean Casserole, and Orange and Pecans Sweet Potato Casserole.
How to Store & Reheat Leftovers
- To Store Leftovers: Allow the Brussels sprouts to cool completely before sealing them in an airtight container and storing them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
- To Reheat: When you are ready to enjoy, arrange the sprouts in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Bake for 10 minutes at 350˚F or until heated through.
- I do not recommend freezing these Brussels sprouts as they will not reheat well.
More Easy Brussels Sprouts Recipes
Looking for more fun ways to use Brussels sprouts? Here are some of my favorite recipes using this nutritious, delicious vegetable.
- Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Honey Balsamic Glaze
- Maple Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts
- Parmesan Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts
- Cheesy Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
- Shaved Brussels Sprouts Stir Fry With Cranberries
- Creamy Dijon Brussels Sprouts
- Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Avocado and Pistachios
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
- 1 pound large brussels sprouts, washed, halved, ends cut off
- 6 slices thick-cut bacon, diced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400˚F and line a baking sheet with foil.
- Combine the Brussels sprouts, bacon, olive oil, salt, and black pepper in a large mixing bowl; toss to coat evenly.
- Spread the contents of the mixing bowl on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 30 minutes, or until tender, stirring occasionally for even cooking.
- Remove from oven and taste for salt and pepper. Adjust to taste.
- Serve immediately.
- Pick large, bright green Brussels sprouts with tight leaves. Try to choose similar-sized sprouts for even cooking.
- Avoid overlapping the sprouts on the pan – spread them out in just one layer. Use multiple baking sheets if needed.
- Stir the Brussel sprouts and bacon once or twice while roasting.
Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.