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Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

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 in a serving bowl with a wooden serving fork.

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.
Ingredients for Brussels sprouts and bacon separated into bowls.

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
Scooping roasted Brussels sprouts and bacon from a serving bowl with a wooden serving fork.

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.

Scooping roasted Brussels sprouts and bacon from a serving bowl with a wooden serving fork.

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.
Close-up image of Roasted Brussels sprouts and bacon.

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.

Roasted Brussels sprouts and bacon in a serving bowl with a wooden serving fork.

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.

Roasted Brussels sprouts and bacon in a serving bowl with a wooden serving fork.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Katerina | Diethood
These Brussels sprouts with bacon are caramelized to perfection and simply seasoned with salt and pepper.
4.93 from 14 votes
Servings : 4 serves
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 336 kcal | Carbohydrates: 10 g | Protein: 10 g | Fat: 28 g | Saturated Fat: 8 g | Cholesterol: 35 mg | Sodium: 676 mg | Potassium: 548 mg | Fiber: 4 g | Sugar: 2 g | Vitamin A: 875 IU | Vitamin C: 96.4 mg | Calcium: 50 mg | Iron: 1.8 mg

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.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, brussel sprouts with bacon, brussels sprouts recipe, keto recipes
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29 comments on “Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon”

  1. Sounds wonderful, but seems odd that the picture is misleading in that it leads you to believe that the dish is prepared on top of the stove in a skillet 🙂

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    Southern Girl

    I made these tonight! There were awesome. First time preparing brussel sprouts and it was amazing!

  3. I just made this tonight. Yummy! Will definitely make it again. I was pleased that the bacon crisped up in the oven. Thanks!

  4. This sounds great… Do you need to cook the bacon before putting it on the baking sheet? Thank you.

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Kate@Diethood

      Hi Susan!
      No, there’s no need to cook the bacon. In fact, because of the bacon’s juices released during the roasting process, this dish tastes that much better. Everything is better with bacon! 😉
      Thank you SO much for stopping by!

  5. I love brussel sprouts…and roasting them with bacon is perhaps my favorite way to enjoy them! Hoping you are have a Merry Christmas!

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    Court Star @ StarSystemz

    My mother in law made a similar dish for Thanksgiving this year and all I have to say is I literally ate the whole thing and made sure to take all leftovers to eat the rest of the week! What a spectacular idea! Love + Shine CourtStar

  7. I love this combination and plan to have them on our Christmas table tomorrow. Brussels and bacon– delicious!

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    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

    I´m with you, roasting makes any veggie better, and bacon just seals the deal. This looks so good! Have a wonderful Christmas Kate!

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    Sandra's Easy Cooking

    Oh Yea! Everything tastes better with bacon! Loving your idea and pictures are so delicious lookin’ will try this over holidays! xo

  10. I agree!!! Roasting and adding bacon makes the best Brussels sprouts! Merry, merry Christmas, my friend!!! xo

  11. I was never a fan of brussel sprouts but did convert after finding a recipe which included a touch of honey with it. Soooo delicious! 🙂
    Your picture makes them look so good. Love it!

  12. Okay, you and bacon have convinced me to give Brussels sprouts another chance. Well played, you two…well played. 😉

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Kate@Diethood

      Thank you, Dorothy!! It really is a delicious side dish…I make it quite often and the only complaint is that I didn’t make enough. My husband’s advice is to double the recipe if you can. 😀
      Have a very Merry Christmas!!

  13. Now, this is THE WAY to make Brussels Sprouts! We love them roasted…always better. And, now we will try them with bacon…should be infinitely better! Thank you, Kate!

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Kate@Diethood

      Hi Stacy! It amazes me that this little cabbage looking thing could taste sooo good after a half hour in the oven! 😀

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