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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!

brussels sprouts and bacon on white plate

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.

brussels sprouts in white skillet with wooden spoon

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.

How to cook Brussel sprouts:

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

Boiled Brussels sprouts 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.

brussel sprouts and bacon on white plate

Roasting Brussel sprouts 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 Balsamic Brussels Sprouts – they’re amazing!

Today, though, I’m going to show you how to make sauteed Brussel sprouts.

This recipe starts with some chopped raw bacon. Fry the bacon until it starts to become crisp and then toss in halved Brussels sprouts. Keep cooking, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes or until the sprouts are as tender as you like.

sauteed brussels sprouts in skillet

Pan frying brussel sprouts is super easy and doesn’t take long at all!

The crispy bottoms are the best part!

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.

brussels sprouts on white plate with fork and towel

I season the Brussel sprouts and bacon very simply, with some minced garlic, salt, and pepper.

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!

I love the way these pan fried Brussel sprouts get crispy on the bottoms. So tasty!

Give my broccoli salad with bacon and keto deviled eggs a try too!

These bacon wrapped Brussels sprouts look good too! Just swap the maple syrup for Lakanto syrup (affiliate link).

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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


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


  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. 


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


    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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