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Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

These pan fried Brussel sprouts and bacon make for a  quick low carb side dish. With just 5 net carbs per serving, these are perfect served alongside a steak or some grilled chicken. Plus, adding bacon is the easiest way to get my family to eat their veggies!

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Would you believe that I was a full grown woman before I ever even looked a Brussels sprout in the face.

Not that they have faces.

But, you know what I mean.

My parents knew better, because I’m sorry, but no. I was a picky child and there was no way I was going to eat a weird tiny little cabbage like vegetable.

I grew up though and now I make my kids eat all kinds of weird things.

Circle of life and all that.

They don’t always enjoy it and they often even complain about it, but as time goes on, they’ve gotten used to trying new things. They surprise themselves (and me!) by liking new to them veggies pretty regularly.

This Brussel sprouts with bacon recipe is a great way to introduce sprouts to kids. I mean, bacon. It’s basically the best way to introduce any new vegetable, if you ask me.

The whole family is now a big fan of Brussels sprouts. We serve up these Brussels sprouts with bacon for a quick side dish often, but we’re also big on our balsamic roasted brussels sprouts.

brussels sprouts in white skillet with wooden spoon

Ingredient Notes:

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Ingredients for brussels sprouts with bacon.

Brussels Sprouts – You’ll need fresh, not frozen, Brussels sprouts for this recipe. Remove any damaged or loose leaves from the outer layer before cooking. You’ll cut them into halves so that they cook up quicker, plus it makes for more crispy edges!

Bacon – Some chopped bacon is going to add loads of flavor to this keto side dish! You’ll fry the bacon first and then saute the Brussels sprouts in the bacon grease. It’s going to work all that bacon flavor into the sprouts!

Seasoning – To season I just add some salt, pepper, and minced garlic to taste. The bacon will add most of the flavor to this dish!

Why We Love This Recipe:
  • This is a simple side dish that I feel good about feeding my family.
  • The bacon makes the veggies a little more appealing to kids, so they’re more likely to give it a chance!
  • This dish only takes 25 minutes and is very easy to prep.

Cooking Method:

There are a few different methods for cooking Brussels sprouts, like boiling, steaming, roasting, pressure cooking, air frying and pan-frying!

Boiled Brussels Sprouts – They are super quick – just toss them in a pot of boiling water for 5 minutes. That’s really not my favorite method, though. And, honestly, it’s kind of how Brussels sprouts got such a bad rep, if you ask me. I don’t recommend you do this.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts It brings out so much flavor and, like most vegetables, it just makes them taste way better. Roasting is magic and it’s my go-to method most of the time. Try my smashed brussels sprouts – they’re amazing!

Instant Pot Brussels Sprouts Another quick and easy method for preparing sprouts! So versatile!

Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts This is a great way to make sprouts! It gets them nice and crispy and it’s easy and mess free. Plus you can make the bacon at the same time in the air fryer so it ends up pretty close to these sautéed sprouts!

Today, though, I’m going to show you how to make sautéed Brussel sprouts! These keto Brussel sprouts are beyond easy to make and need just a few ingredients to take them from bland to fabulous. You’re going to love this low carb side dish!

How To Saute Brussels Sprouts:

Collage showing how to make sauteed brussels sprouts.

  • Bacon – This recipe starts with some chopped raw bacon. Fry the bacon up in a nice heavy skillet like a cast iron until it starts to become nice and crisp.
  • Sprouts – Don’t drain the grease from the pan! It’s going to add lots of great flavor to the Brussels sprouts. Go ahead and toss in the halved sprouts and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes or until the sprouts are as tender crisp as you like.
  • Season – Once the veggies have cooked, stir in the garlic, salt, and pepper and let them go for another minute or two.
  • Serve – Pan frying Brussels sprouts is super easy and doesn’t take long at all! The crispy bottoms are the best part! We love to serve these sprouts up as a low carb side dish with just about anything! They’re great with steak, chicken, or pork. My lemon garlic pork chops would go pretty great with these sprouts! See below for more suggestions.
brussel sprouts and bacon on white plate

What To Serve With Brussels Sprouts:

If you’re wondering what to serve with this bacon and brussels sprouts recipe I’ve got some good ideas below! These sprouts make for a perfect low carb side dish that’ll pair well with just about any meat or savory recipe. Try serving with one of these recipes:

sauteed brussels sprouts in skillet

FAQs:

How many carbs in Brussels sprouts?

There are about 4 net carbs per 5 Brussels sprouts, which makes them a great choice for a low carb side dish. I cut my sprouts in half for this recipe, which will yield a nice serving size that will fill you up and leave you satisfied.

How to store brussels sprouts?

You can keep any leftovers stored in the fridge in an airtight container for about 2 to 3 days. You could probably freeze this too but I’m not a big fan of frozen Brussels sprouts. They can get a little mushy.

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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

These Brussel sprouts with bacon are pan fried for a quick low carb side dish. Bacon makes everything better - especially Brussels sprouts!

Yield 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 pound brussels sprouts, halved
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon to the skillet and cook until nearly crisp, stirring often.
  2. Add the Brussels sprouts to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes or until sprouts are cooked to your liking.
  3. Add the garlic, salt, and pepper to the pan and cook for 1 more minute, stirring constantly. 
  4. Serve immediately. 

Notes

Sprinkle a bit of red pepper flakes on top for a little kick, if you'd like.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 579mgCarbohydrates: 8gNet Carbohydrates: 5gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 9g

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21 thoughts on “Brussels Sprouts and Bacon”

  1. Don L Johnson

    Hi Karly. Love your recipes. Can frozen Brussels sprouts be used in this recipe?

    1. Karly Campbell

      I’ve never actually cooked with frozen Brussels sprouts. I imagine they’d work fine, but the texture will probably be a bit different.

    1. Karly Campbell

      I don’t. I just add them to the pan with the bacon, as stated in the recipe. 🙂

  2. I it looks delish. It would be nice if you could put the carb count on the actual recipe so you don’t have to write it down. I know it is in your paragraph but it would be nicer as well on the printed version. Thx Sherri

    1. Karly Campbell

      Sorry about that, Sherri! It’s supposed to be in the recipe card – something just went wonky. I’ve fixed it.

  3. This is delicious- and then I crumbled a tiny bit of blue cheese over, because I’m addicted to blue cheese, made the flavours ping!

    Can I ask, can this be frozen? I’d like to include it in meal prep.

  4. Delicious! I added a squeeze of lemon, shredded sharp aged cheddar, and a pinch of pecorino cheese. Fantastic for low carb lovers.

  5. I love that you include the nutritional facts, tho i wish it had more added, i should just learn out to count calories XD

  6. I’m starting a Keto/ low carb diet next Monday,so I’ve been test driving some recipes. This Brussels sprout recipe is a keeper! My hubby even like it! Thanks!

  7. Marcy youker

    looks delicious,I am going to try it for Christmas dinner, thank you for sharing.

  8. I make this and couple it with a simple garlic aioli and it is amazing! If you put it on top of your head, your tongue would beat your brains out trying to get at it.

  9. Doug Patrick

    This was super tasty! could you do us a small favor? could you make all the directions in black? the light gray doesn’t print well

    Thanks!

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Doug! I do have the entire recipe card set to black – not sure why it would print out gray.

    1. Karly Campbell

      The recipe makes 4 servings, so the nutrition information is based on 1/4 of the recipe. 🙂

  10. I am just excited as you are about your new blog! EXACTLY what I needed and was looking for. Looking forward to some great recipes from you! Thanks a bunch!!

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