Roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon are a delicious side dish that takes about 25 minutes to make. Made with fresh Brussels sprouts, smoky bacon, and a maple dijon glaze, it’s an amazingly simple sheet pan recipe that works equally well for holiday dinners as it does for a weeknight meal. Follow along, and I’ll show you how to make this quick and utterly irresistible side dish.
I'm thrilled to share with you a recipe that has transformed the way my family thinks about Brussels sprouts.
These little green gems have gone from being the least loved vegetable to an eagerly anticipated side dish at our dinner table.
The secret? This Brussel sprouts with bacon recipe that's as easy as it is delicious!
This recipe is sure to become one of your favorite easy side dishes! I love that it is simple enough to throw in the oven on a weeknight and delicious enough for my Thanksgiving table.
If you are ready to turn the humble Brussels sprout into the star of your dinner table, let’s get cooking.
- Brussels Sprouts: I recommend using fresh sprouts for these oven roasted brussel sprouts with bacon.
- Avocado Oil: This is my go-to oil for roasting. It has a high smoke point, which means it can handle the heat in the oven without burning. If you don't have avocado oil on hand, olive oil or coconut oil will work.
- Sea Salt and Black Pepper: Feel free to adjust the amounts to suit your taste buds.
- Maple Syrup: This brings a touch of sweetness to balance out the savory flavors. You could also use honey or agave nectar in this Brussel sprout recipe with bacon.
- Dijon Mustard: Grainy mustard can be used instead.
- Bacon: Crispy, smoky bacon adds a fantastic crunch and a rich depth of flavor. For a vegetarian option, you could substitute with tempeh bacon or even some sun-dried tomatoes for a bit of a twist.
Step by Step Instructions
For the full recipe for Brussels sprouts with bacon and maple syrup see the recipe card at the end of the post.
Tips and Tricks
- Choosing Brussels Sprouts: Opt for small to medium-sized Brussels sprouts. They are usually sweeter and more tender than their larger counterparts. Look for bright green heads that are firm and free of yellow or wilted leaves.
- Preparation: Trim off the ends and remove any outer leaves that look brown or wilted. Cut them in half, or if they are extra large you can cut them into quarters.
- Roasting: Make sure to spread the Brussels sprouts in a single layer on your baking sheet. Overcrowding can lead to steaming instead of roasting, which won't give you that delicious caramelized texture.
- Use the Bacon Grease: If you are cooking your bacon in a skillet, add even more flavor to the dish by using the rendered fat in place of the avocado oil.
- Toppings: Cooked and crumbled slices of bacon make a delicious topping that is all you really need. If you are in the mood to mix things up, try finishing with a squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese or toasted chopped pecans.
- Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
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- Large bowl
- Sheet Pan
- Aluminum foil
More Brussels Sprouts Recipes to Try
- For those who love a good mix of greens, the Brussels Sprouts Kale Salad offers a delightful blend of crisp kale and roasted sprouts, all tossed in a tangy vinaigrette.
- If you're looking for a unique twist on a classic, the Blackstone Brussels Sprouts, cooked to perfection on a Blackstone griddle, offer a smoky flavor that's sure to impress.
- Sweet and savory fans will rejoice with our Caramelized Brussels Sprouts recipe, where each sprout is beautifully browned and coated with a touch of natural sweetness.
- And for an easy yet elegant side dish, try the Roasted Shaved Brussels Sprouts - thin slices of sprouts are lightly roasted to create a dish that's both tender and crispy.
25-Minute Fresh Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Bacon
- 2 pounds Brussels sprouts trimmed and halved
- 3 tablespoons avocado oil
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
- 8 ounces bacon cooked and crumbled
- Preheat the oven to 450° F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
- Place the Brussels sprouts in a bowl and toss with the avocado oil, salt, and a pepper.
- Arrange in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
- Roast, rotating the pan halfway through, for 15 minutes.
- Whisk the syrup and mustard together and drizzle over the Brussels sprouts. Toss to combine.
- Cook for another 5 to 7 minutes.
- Top with bacon and serve warm.