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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon are slightly sweet, savory and irresistibly crispy. They’re an easy side dish to serve with dinner or for a holiday gathering.
Roasting vegetables in the oven gives them the best crispy texture, golden brown color, and even caramelizes them so they have a slight sweetness. The best part is you don’t need to use many ingredients – this roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon recipe just uses oil, honey, and a few spices – to have a super flavorful side dish.Pin this recipe for later!
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Why We Love This Recipe
- Crispy Brussels Sprouts – Roasting them at a high temperature gives the best texture.
- Salty and Sweet – The salty bacon pairs perfectly with the honey-sweetened brussels sprouts.
- Easy to Prep – Just halve, toss, and roast!
Ingredients For Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
You only need four ingredients plus a few simple spices to make an easy roasted veggie side dish.
- Brussel Sprouts – Ends trimmed and cut in half.
- Thick Cut Bacon
- Olive Oil – or other cooking oil like avocado oil or canola oil
- Honey – Pure maple syrup can also be swapped.
- Spices – Garlic Powder, Salt, Pepper
How To Roast Brussels Sprouts
See recipe card below for ingredient quantities and full instructions.
- Prep – Start by preheating the oven to a high temperature. Make sure your oven fully preheats for best results!
- Toss Brussels – Add the halved brussels sprouts to a large bowl and toss with the oil and spices. Make sure the pieces are evenly coated.
- Add to Baking Sheet – Spread the coated brussels sprouts onto a baking sheet in a single layer. Make sure not to crowd the pan. Sprinkle the bacon pieces evenly around.
- Roast – Roast in the preheated oven until the sprouts are brown and tender and the bacon is cooked. I recommend giving everything a toss halfway through to ensure even cooking.
- Serve – Remove from the hot baking sheet soon, adjust salt and pepper, if needed and serve.
They’re a super versatile vegetable! Pair them alongside steak, chicken, pork, or even seafood like salmon.
Roasting brussels sprouts makes them tender but not mushy, and roasting brings out an incredible flavor. Roasting with bacon adds smokiness and texture.
Why Won’t My Brussels Sprouts Get Crispy?
There are a few keys to getting super crispy brussels sprouts:
- A Hot Oven – Make sure it’s preheated to a high temp (at least 400 degrees F.)
- Space on the pan to roast – Don’t crowd them or they’ll steam.
- Dry the brussels sprouts – After rinsing, make sure to dry off any excess water
Brussels Sprouts are a perfect pairing with so many different meals. Lemon Chicken, Pan Roasted Pork Tenderloin, and Honey Lemon Roast Chicken are just a few of our favorites! They can even be served as a holiday side dish with your Thanksgiving Turkey.
- Pancetta – Instead of bacon, try swapping in diced pancetta instead!
- Vinegar – Balsamic vinegar glaze would be a delicious topping, adding a nice tang and sweetness.
- Pre-Shredded Brussels Sprouts – For a faster baking time, you can use shredded brussels sprouts instead. They will bake way faster (only about 15 minutes) and get super crispy.
Storage and Reheating
Storage – Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Reheating – For best results, reheat leftovers in a 400℉ oven for about 5 minutes until warmed.
- Adjust bake time – The longer you bake them, the crispier and brown they will get! I love them pretty browned and crisp, but you can adjust the baking time to your preference.
- Don’t crowd the pan – When roasting vegetables, it’s important to not crowd them. You want there to be space in between them so they roast instead of steam.
- Cut side down – This is an extra quick step, but I like to flip the sprouts so that the cut side is down. This helps the cut side get super crispy and caramelized.
More Veggie Side Dishes
- Easy Baked Acorn Squash
- Healthy Sauteed Asparagus
- Roasted Broccolini
- How to Make a Veggie Tray
- Grilled Zucchini Recipe
- Mediterranean Green Bean Salad
Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon
- 2 pounds Brussels sprouts trimmed and cut in half through the core
- 6 slices thick cut bacon uncooked
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt or more to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or more to taste
- Balsamic glaze (optional, for drizzling)
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place the brussel sprouts in a large bowl, toss with olive oil, garlic powder, agave, salt and pepper until well coated.
- Spread onto a baking sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle the bacon pieces around the sprouts on the pan.
- Roast the brussels sprouts for 25 to 30 minutes, until they're tender and nicely browned and the bacon is cooked. Toss half way through roasting.
- Remove from the oven, and toss again. Taste for seasonings,drizzle with balsamuc glaze if desired. and serve.