Maple bacon brussels sprouts are a quick stovetop side dish to make this fall. Sliced brussels sprouts are sautéed with crumbled bacon, onions and a hint of sweet maple syrup.
What's the best way to serve brussels sprouts? Add bacon and maple syrup, of course! The sweetness of the maple syrup pairs perfectly with the salty crumbled bacon.
These delicious brussels sprouts are sautéed on the stovetop with onions, topped with plenty of crumbled bacon, and tossed in a sweet maple syrup glaze. They're sure to be your new favorite side dish recipe.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Bacon - We're utilizing the grease of the bacon to cook our brussels sprouts, as well as the saltiness to help season the dish. If you'd like to omit the bacon from the recipe, you'll need to add about a tablespoon of cooking oil as well as some salt to taste.
- Brussels sprouts - You'll need to trim the ends of your brussels sprouts and slice them in half before beginning. If your brussels sprouts are very large, you may want to quarter them for quicker cooking.
- Maple syrup - Can be substituted with honey if desired.
- Onion - Adds flavor to the dish. I don't recommend omitting it.
- Pepper - Enhances the flavor of the brussels sprouts. You can also add salt to taste, but I don't find it necessary due to the addition of the bacon grease in this recipe.
Tips and tricks
Reduce prep time - Trim and slice your brussels sprouts a day ahead of time and store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Browning too quickly? - Turn the heat down slightly. Every stovetop is different, so you may need to adjust the temperature slightly to ensure your brussels sprouts don't burn on the outside before they've softened on the inside.
To make less sweet - This dish is lightly sweetened as is, but the maple syrup can be cut in half for barely a hint of sweetness. Maple syrup can also be omitted entirely to make bacon brussels sprouts.
Storing leftovers - Allow leftover brussels sprouts to cool to room temperature. Store in a tightly sealed container for up to three days.
What to serve with brussels sprouts
These maple bacon brussels sprouts are the perfect side dish for just about any main course. Here are a few main dish ideas to try:
- Marmalade glazed ham
- Baked chicken drumsticks
- Parmesan crusted pork chops
- Parmesan crusted chicken tenders
- Oven roasted turkey breast
Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts
- 4 slices bacon, chopped
- 1 pound brussels sprouts, trimmed and sliced in half
- ½ small onion, diced
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- In a saute pan over medium heat, add chopped bacon and cook until crispy. Remove bacon pieces and set aside, leaving bacon grease in the pan.
- Add brussels sprouts, onions, and pepper to pan and stir to coat with bacon grease. Cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring and flipping brussels sprouts as needed to cook evenly.
- Remove from heat and add cooked bacon back to the pan. Drizzle with maple syrup. Stir to coat and serve immediately.
- If brussels sprouts are very large, slice into quarters to help cook through quickly.
- Maple syrup can be substituted with honey.