Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts
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Sweet and salty maple bacon brussels sprouts are a hit side dish! Perfect for holidays or weeknight dinners, this recipe is quick with only five ingredients.
Every autumn when Brussels sprouts start to come into season, I look for excuses to add them to our dinners.
Over the years I’ve changed the minds of a lot of our dinner guests when it comes to Brussels sprouts, and this recipe is one reason why.
The sweet and salt combination of maple syrup and crispy bacon is perfect all on its own, so of course they make any vegetable better! Honestly, sometimes I eat the entire batch all by myself.
If you’ve tried roasted Brussels sprouts and want to expand on the basic recipe, this maple bacon Brussels sprouts dish is for you!
Ingredients for maple bacon Brussels sprouts
You only need five ingredients to make this recipe, so it’s great when you’re pressed for time and don’t want a lot of prep work.
You’ll need 1 pound of sprouts for this recipe. Most stores sell them either pre-portioned into 2- to 3-pound bags, or loose in a bin.
Choose firm, rounded sprouts with smooth and shiny outer leaves.
Trim the ends from the sprouts and remove any yellow leaves or wilted bits. Be sure to also look for tiny bugs, especially if you’ve picked up your sprouts from a farmers market.
Choose your favorite bacon for this recipe. I love thick cut bacon, but any variety will do.
Try it with flavored bacon too, like black pepper bacon, cherrywood bacon, or jalapeño bacon.
You’ll need pure maple syrup for this recipe, no imitation stuff here!
Amber or dark maple syrups are both delicious for this recipe (as well as on pancakes) so you can use what you have on hand.
Have some bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup? It’s a wonderful option for this dish!
Salt and pepper
Use your judgment on how much seasoning to use here. If you have especially salty bacon or are using peppered bacon, you might want to use less in this recipe.
How to make maple glazed Brussels sprouts
To make this recipe, first trim the ends from your Brussels sprouts.
Then, slice them into halves or quarters, depending on the size, and how big you want each bite to be. Smaller pieces will cook more quickly.
In a large frying pan, cook the bacon until crisp, then remove and chop into pieces.
Leaving the bacon grease in the pan, add the Brussels sprouts cut-side down and turn the heat to medium high.
Let cook undisturbed for 5 minutes, then turn sprouts and cook for another 3-5 minutes more.
Return the bacon to the pan and stir in the maple syrup, salt, and pepper. Cook for another few minutes until warmed through and sticky.
Serve immediately, with any sauce from the pan drizzled over the top.
Can I make maple bacon Brussels sprouts in the oven?
To make this recipe more hands-off, you can cook it in the oven.
Toss the Brussels sprouts in 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the maple syrup, salt, and pepper, then spread onto a rimmed baking sheet.
Chop the uncooked bacon into pieces and sprinkle on top of the sprouts.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes, until sprouts are tender.
These bacon Brussels sprouts will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.
To reheat, pop into the microwave, or gently warm on the stove.
If using the stove, take care that the syrup does not burn.
What to serve with maple glazed Brussels sprouts
This recipe goes great with a variety of main dishes. Whether you’re planning for a Thanksgiving feast or just dinner with the family, it’s a great side dish option.
Try them alongside apple pie pork chops or air fryer chile lime chicken thighs.
I also love to make this for breakfast! Simply cook up some eggs either as a scramble or fried to your preference. A slightly runny yolk is always great.
Other delicious brussels sprouts recipes
Looking to try more sprout recipes? Try some of my favorites:
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Spicy Glazed Brussels Sprouts
- Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts and Cranberries
- Brussels Sprouts Pizza
- Beer-Glazed Sausage and Brussels Sprouts
Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts
- 4 slices bacon, diced
- 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved or quartered
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- In a sauté pan over medium heat, cook bacon pieces until crisp. Set bacon aside; do not drain pain.
- Increase heat to medium high and add Brussels sprouts in a single layer, cut-side down. Let cook 5 minutes undisturbed, then flip using tongs and cook 3-5 minutes more, until tender.
- Return bacon to the pan. Pour in maple syrup and add salt and pepper. Stir, cooking another few minutes until heated through and sticky.
- Serve, drizzling over any remaining pan sauce.