Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Garlic

Crispy bacon with charred sprouts with a delicious hint of garlic, my Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Garlic are not a boring side dish.

Are you a  brussels sprout lover?

Brussels sprouts have quite a bad reputation here in the UK and a lot of people don’t seem to like them. Like a lot of people in Britain, I used to only eat brussels sprouts at Christmas. They were put on my plate so I didn’t have much choice and I had to eat them. When we have them at Christmas, they are usually just boiled so they aren’t the most exciting vegetable. I have never disliked them as much as other people, like my sister; but they weren’t something I particularly looked forward to. 

Brussels and bacon are a classic combination 

Brussels sprouts and bacon is a well known delicious combination. The two work so well together and the bacon really elevates the sprouts. Also frying the sprouts is a very important step. Even without the bacon, frying the sprouts makes them so much tastier. I like my bacon to be crisp and also for my brussels sprouts to get crisp and charred too. 

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Garlic make great leftovers 

I have become so obsessed with these Brussles Sprouts with Bacon & Garlic that I make them weekly. It has also got to the stage that when I go on holiday, I look forward to making them as soon as I get home. 

I also often try to make extra so I have leftovers for the next day. However this is rarely successful because Mr Curly loves them as much as I do. This means we usually end up eating them all and there are no leftovers! The recipe below can feed four people but I regularly use more brussels sprouts for just the two of us! If you do manage to keep some for the next day, you can reheat them in the microwave until they are piping hot. 

One word of warning if you are considering taking leftovers into work…they have a bit of an aroma. I used to take these into work and people weren’t too keen on their smell in the office! 

What to eat these Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Garlic with

These go so well with so many dishes! They are particularly good with some grilled meat. I like to serve them with a pork chop, tenderstem broccoli and Potato & Thyme Stacks

They are also great as part of a roast dinner. I personally would use less garlic if I was serving them as part of a roast dinner because you don’t want the garlic to overpower the rest of the dinner. 

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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Garlic

Crispy bacon with charred sprouts with a delicious hint of garlic, my Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Garlic are not a boring side dish.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine British
Keyword Bacon, Garlic, Brussels sprouts
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 149 kcal
Author Curly


  • 500 g brussels sprouts
  • 200 g bacon lardons
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil


  1. Trim the sprouts and get rid of any outside leaves that don't look great. Cut each sprout in half and cook in salted boiling water for around 10 minutes so the sprouts are just cooked but not soft. Drain the sprouts and set aside
  2. Cook the bacon in a frying pan on a high heat until crisp
  3. Add the sprouts to the bacon along with the oil and stir occasionally
  4. Once the sprouts have started to get crisp, turn down the heat to medium and add the garlic and allow to cook for a five or so more minutes

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is given as a guide only and my vary.

Nutrition Facts
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Garlic
Amount Per Serving
Calories 149 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 613mg27%
Potassium 486mg14%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 943IU19%
Vitamin C 107mg130%
Calcium 55mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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