Bacon Brussels Spouts

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts were probably my least favorite vegetable growing up. I wasn’t alone in this sentiment. A study commissioned by Heinz found brussels sprouts to be America’s most hated vegetable and a study out of the UK had a similar finding. But the bad rep was underserved. It took going paleo for me to realize that the problem with brussels sprouts was not in the sprouts themselves, but in the preparation. Turns out boiling or steaming sprouts (which is the way my mom always prepared them when I was younger) is the absolute worst way you can make them. Brussels sprouts contain a compound called glucosinolate sinigrin, which is what gives them their offensive odor. And that odor comes out strongest when they are boiled. Paleo teaches us that vegetables should always be cooked in fat, and no veggie benefits from this rule more than the humble brussels sprout. Cooking sprouts in bacon transforms them from smelly afterthought to star attraction.

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And sprouts are as healthy as they are delicious. More Vitamin C than an orange and super high in Vitamin A, sprouts also provide high doses of Vitamin K, beta carotene, selenium, magnesium, and iron. And that smelly glucosinolate sinigrin stuff fights off cancer. This recipe is my go to method of preparing Brussels sprouts. Simple, but delicious. I like serving this with breakfast alongside eggs or as a side dish for dinner.

Axelle Despiegelaere

Yes, Brussels Sprouts are named after the Belgian city. They don’t originate from Belgium but Belgians were such huge fans of the things the world decided to name them in their honor.

Bacon Brussels Spouts

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Bacon Brussels Spouts


  • 1 lb Brussels Sprouts
  • 2 Slices Thick Cut Bacon (or 4 slices regular)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Wash the sprouts. Cut off the stem on the bottom and quarter or halve the sprouts. Pat dry when finished.
  2. Fry up the bacon in a large fry pan. You only need the fat for the recipe, so you can eat the bacon while you are frying the sprouts, or you can save the bacon for the meal, or if you want you can chop the bacon before frying then sprinkle the bacon on the sprouts themselves when they are done.
  3. Take the bacon out of the pan.
  4. Throw the sprouts in to the fry pan full of bacon grease. Salt and pepper to taste. And fry over medium heat, tossing regularly, for about 8 minutes or until the sprouts are nicely browned.

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