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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Shallots and Garlic in a white bowl with a red handled spoon

Skillet Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

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These Skillet Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Shallots, and Garlic are a delectable way to prepare this often maligned vegetables!

Easily made in one skillet in less than 3o minutes make them perfect for an autumn side dish or a seasonal addition to your holiday buffet. If you prefer to roast your vegetables, we love these Honey Mustard Roasted Brussels Sprouts.

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Shallots and Garlic in a white serving bowl

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Shallots, and Garlic

Somewhere amidst the stacks of cookbooks and recipe print offs is an extraordinary recipe for Brussels sprouts with bacon that I made for Thanksgiving years ago.

My parents were visiting and my dad dived into these with gusto. I’m certain I ate the rest of the batch myself, and they were fabulous. If you’re familiar with my family, you know they held out for a boiled bag of green beans. Since then, I’ve been trying to recreate the dish, and this delicious Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Shallots and Garlic recipe comes close.

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Shallots and Garlic in a white bowl with a red handled spoon


Easy Skillet Brussels Sprouts Recipe

So please, give a chance to these mini-cabbages with a bad reputation. The key is not to overcook, you want to keep some of the vibrant green color. Nobody likes a grayish, mushy Brussels sprout. And bacon and the aromatics give these veggies a nice boost of flavor.

This is not a long, drawn-out recipe. It can be a simple second side dish for any of your holiday meals. Making it on the stovetop frees up your oven for all the other cooking you’ll be doing. I think you’ll change your mind once you give this Brussels sprouts recipe a try. If you are set on roasting your sprouts, try these Honey Mustard Roasted Brussels Sprouts.

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Shallots and Garlic

An easy pan sauteed Brussels sprouts recipe with bacon, shallots and garlic!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 4 servings


  • 2-3 slices bacon, cut into thin slices
  • 1 large shallot, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 cups Brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half unless very small
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Brown bacon in a large saucepan. Add a tablespoon of olive oil if needed and cook shallots till soft.
  2. Add garlic and Brussels sprouts, more olive oil as needed, sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste, and cook until Brussels sprouts are just tender (pierce with a knife to don't want them overcooked).

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 180Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 262mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 5gSugar: 4gProtein: 8g


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28 comments on “Skillet Brussels Sprouts with Bacon”

  1. Bookmarked! I was just thinking I’d like one veggie for Christmas that’s a little different-thanks:@)

  2. I could eat that whole bowl. 🙂 I love brussels sprouts and bacon makes it even better. 🙂

  3. Will certainly try them! When they appear again in the market. They’re so seasonal it makes me crave them sometimes. Who would say I’d be craving brussels sprouts! But absence makes the palate grow fonder…

  4. This one comes right in time. I have 2 lbs of brussels sprouts in my fridge begging to be eaten. Thanks, Liz 🙂 ela

  5. I love brussel srouts and these look perfect Liz! The bacon, garlic and shallots must give this a wonderful flavor 🙂 Yum!

  6. An acquired taste! However, if you made them for me, I’m sure I’d like them. 🙂

  7. This looks so good! My husband considers Brussels sprouts to be one of his favorite veggies and I have learned to love them over the years too. I am pinning this one as a potential for Christmas dinner!

  8. This is such a gorgeous, easy and colorful holiday side dish, Liz! Love the flavors! Happy holidays to you and your family.

  9. Oh that looks so delicious. We love brussel sprouts!!!

  10. I agree – you don’t want a grey brussels sprout! I have made something similar where you par-boil the sprouts then strain and add to a frying pan with bacon and they really do come alive and take on brilliant flavour. This would be a wonderful side for any Christmas meal (not so good here as they’re not in season and with our current 35C days (95F) we’re leaning more towards salads xx

  11. The perfect side for a festive feast!

  12. Never have understood why the petite brussel sprouts are denied access onto to dinner plates… Dressed up with your yummy addition of bacon and shallots the denial of the lovely veggies may cease =)

  13. Is there anything worse than cabbage mush? You only overcook these babies once. Your bacon, shallots and garlic really dress the brussels sprouts up!

  14. Glad you rediscovered these and recreated them again. I love the combination of bacon and brussel sprouts. (Basically, bacon and anything…) 🙂

  15. Brussels sprout perfection, these look so good!

  16. I LOVE brussel sprouts and I am always looking for new ways to make it. The challenge will be to not make it too mushy. Thanks for your wonderful recipe.

  17. brussels sprouts with bacon is an extremely tempting idea….gotta try this out soon,thanks 🙂

  18. A splendid side dish, Liz! More Brussels sprouts please.

  19. We love the fact that you proposed a beautiful veggie recipe amongst the tornado of cookie/dessert recipes we all post these days:)
    It’s simple, tasty and quick! What more can we ask for?
    Thank you Liz!

  20. Love BS! We grilled them this year and they were superb. But so is this recipe! I don’t think there is a bad way to make them unless you overcook them!

  21. Only You, my dear, can make sprouts look delectable! xx

  22. Lovely recipe Liz, I just love Brussels Sprouts

  23. When well prepared, the sprouts are a treat! Yours look fantastic, definitely on a to-do list. 🙂 ela

  24. I love Brussels sprouts but always roast them. Next time I will try cooking in a pan just like this!

  25. Your Brussels sprouts look just perfect! I made a big batch myself today. I recently started baking them, it feels like a bit less work, but they turn out crispier in the pan. I love that you add bacon, will try it next time. Thanks for sharing and Happy Holidays!

  26. That’s one beautiful bowl of sprouts!

  27. I have been spending way too much time with people who do not like Brussels Sprouts. Cannot wait to have some again. These look amazing!

  28. fantastico articolo

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