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Easy Pan-Seared Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Cheese

Easy Seared Brussels Sprouts pair well with bacon and cheese in this delicious dish. It’s easy to make and easy to serve with so many different plates!

close up of a white bowl with brussels sprouts and bacon in it.

Once I tried Brussels sprouts, I was hooked! I recently visited a restaurant and ordered a delicious side dish of seared Brussels sprouts with bacon. After trying them, I ran home to sear more of these bad boys. They truly are great, especially if you’ve never had them before.

I encourage you to explore outside your comfort zone of food and try foods you possibly hated as a kid. Especially if you were a picky eater. You never know – tastes do change, and you might enjoy this healthy and flavorful side dish

What are the health benefits of Brussels sprouts?

Brussels sprouts contain fiber, which is important for your system. Fiber helps to lower cholesterol and control blood sugar levels. Also, high-fiber foods help you to feel full for longer, and that way you eat less.

Brussels sprouts are especially rich in vitamin K, which is necessary for bone health. They’re high in vitamin C and antioxidants which promote overall good health. 

This is a low-carb side dish that is great for weight watchers and healthy eaters. Add it to your keto diet plan!

Brussels sprouts give your body other goodness like protein, and iron.

Use the searing technique to make this easy recipe!

Searing is a wonderful cooking technique for making crispy Brussels sprouts. They will still be fresh, tender, and moisturized on the inside. Searing enhances the flavor of this side dish.  Usually, searing means you use extra-virgin olive oil or butter but, in this recipe, we won’t use any of those. 

With no butter or olive oil, how do the Brussels sprouts cook?

In this great recipe, there’s one ingredient eliminated, and a secret one added: bacon fat! The bacon grease not only cooks up some crispy bacon but fresh Brussels sprouts, too. Cooking with bacon fat is a delicious way to make Brussels sprouts. You’re sure to enjoy every bite because each sprout is filled with bacon flavor!

This recipe is guaranteed to convert boring Brussels sprouts into a delicious plate of flavor. Because everything is better with bacon!

While this vegetable can be found all year round in grocery stores, its peak season is winter. This makes them a great side dish for special occasions such as Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas dinner. If you have a holiday dinner coming up, these pan-seared Brussels sprouts are the perfect addition.

Key Ingredients

Brussels Sprouts in a bowl with grated parmesan cheese in another small bowl and raw bacon slices on a plate with salt and wooden spoon on the side.

You need just four ingredients for this seared Brussels sprouts with bacon and cheese recipe! Isn’t it so easy?

Bacon: Gives your body protein, which boosts your metabolism and supports your bones. It also has zinc.

Brussels sprouts: Contain fiber and antioxidants.

Parmesan cheese: A great source of calcium and vitamin A.

Along with those ingredients, you will need salt.

You can find all these simple ingredients at a grocery store.

This is one of the best recipes because it cuts down on ingredients while still being flavorful. I’d call it the perfect side dish!

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

How to make Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Cheese

The cooking process in a pan is short and quick. Here are the step-by-step instructions for making this recipe. 

Step 1: Chop the bacon

Chop the bacon into small bite size pieces.

a wooden cutting board with chopped bacon on it.

Step 2: Cut the Brussels sprouts

Slice each Brussels sprout in half to make the cooking time quicker.

a wooden cutting board with chopped brussels sprouts on it.

Step 3: Sauté the bacon and Brussels sprouts

Heat a large skillet and sauté the chopped bacon on medium-high heat. As soon as the bacon starts turning brown, add in sliced Brussels sprouts and a pinch of salt.

sauteed bacon in a black skillet.

Step 4: Sear the sprouts

Sear sprouts and bacon until the Brussels sprouts start to soften and they are a golden brown color. 

a black skillet with sauteed bacon and brussels sprouts in it.

Step 5: Add cheese and serve

Take seared Brussels sprouts and bacon to a serving plate and sprinkle shredded parmesan cheese, then serve. 

prepared brussels sprouts and bacon in a bowl with a spoon in the bowl.

The next time you want to have a healthy vegetable, try this easy Brussels sprouts recipe. If you were not a fan of Brussels sprouts before, hands down this delicious recipe is sure to change all that. 

Expert Tips:

  • Cutting Brussels sprouts in half helps to release some of the bitter flavors that are concentrated in the middle. 
  • Smaller Brussels sprouts are better when it comes to tenderness and flavor.

Recipe FAQs

How long do Brussels sprouts last in the fridge?

Cooked Brussels sprouts last in the fridge in an airtight container for 1-2 days the most.

How to reheat cooked Brussel sprouts?

Reheat Brussel sprouts by adding a Tablespoon of olive oil in a pan, on medium-low heat. Stir occasionally, until warmed up.

What to serve with Brussels sprouts and bacon?

Brussels sprouts are so good on their own, but pairing them with chicken makes a filling and delicious meal.

a blue and white bowl with brussels sprouts and bacon in it.

Enjoy this Brussels sprouts recipe with these dishes:

This is one of those easy side dishes that can give you perfect results every time with little effort. It’s perfect as a weeknight dinner side dish, alongside main dishes like Soy Sauce Baked Chicken Thighs in the Oven or a tasty Easy and Good Homemade Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

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a blue and white bowl with brussels sprouts and bacon in it.

Easy Pan-Seared Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Cheese

While they’re hated in childhood, tastes change as adults, and we happily enjoy a flavorful side dish and delicious recipe like this Seared Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Cheese!
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Course: Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Meat Dishes
Allergy: Gluten Free, Nut Free, Sugar Free
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings4
Calories: 63kcal
Author: Marina Rizhkov

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 Tbsp parmesan cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Chop the bacon into small bite size pieces.
    4 slices bacon
    a wooden cutting board with chopped bacon on it.
  • Slice each Brussel sprout in half.
    1 lb Brussels sprouts
    a wooden cutting board with chopped brussels sprouts on it.
  • Heat a large skillet and sauté the chopped bacon on medium-high heat. As soon as the bacon starts turning brown, add in sliced Brussels sprouts and a pinch of salt.
    4 slices bacon, 1 lb Brussels sprouts, 1 pinch salt
    a skillet with brussels sprouts and bacon in it.
  • Sear sprouts and bacon until the Brussels sprouts start to soften and they are a golden brown color. 
    a black skillet with sauteed bacon and brussels sprouts in it.
  • Take seared Brussels sprouts and bacon to a serving plate and sprinkle shredded parmesan cheese, then serve.
    1 Tbsp parmesan cheese
    prepared brussels sprouts and bacon in a bowl with a spoon in the bowl.

Notes

  • Make sure to slice the Brussels sprouts so they cook through with the bacon. 
  • You can substitute parmesan cheese to a different kind of cheese.

Nutrition

Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 442mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 865IU | Vitamin C: 96mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 2mg
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