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cast iron skillet filled with cooked Brussel sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic

Bacon and Brussel Sprouts

Eliza Cross
This easy Brussel sprouts recipe features lightly steamed sprouts finished in a hot skillet with crispy bacon that caramelizes the sprouts and brings out their nutty flavor. Minced garlic and a splash of zingy Balsamic vinegar complete the dish.
4.96 from 23 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Bacon Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 114 kcal


  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Medium pot with steamer basket
  • Large skillet
  • Large spoon
  • Colander


  • 1 1/2 pounds medium Brussels sprouts trimmed and halved
  • 8 strips lean thick-sliced smoked bacon chopped
  • 1 clove garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • In a steamer over boiling water, steam the Brussels Sprouts for exactly five minutes.
  • While the sprouts are steaming, begin cooking the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring often.
  • Drain the sprouts, shaking the strainer well. Add the sprouts to the skillet. 
  • Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until bacon is almost crispy and Brussels sprouts are starting to brown.
  • Add the minced garlic and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until bacon and sprouts are browned.
  • Drizzle with the Balsamic vinegar and cook, stirring to distribute, for 1 minute. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, stir and check seasonings.
  • Remove from heat, and serve hot. Makes 6 servings.


Store any leftover Brussel sprouts with bacon in a covered dish in the refrigerator, and enjoy within 3 days.


Serving: 1gCalories: 114kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 8gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 282mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2g
Keyword bacon, bacon recipes, brussel sprouts, side dishes, vegetables
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