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These Stovetop Brussels Sprouts with Bacon are a bit crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Seasoned with garlic and thyme!

A FLAVORFUL BRUSSELS SPROUTS RECIPE

I always have trouble with coming up with side dish recipes. I’m great with main dishes, but figuring out what to make to eat with those main dishes is always a challenge for me. But I always figure you can’t go wrong with something green cooked in bacon fat. 

Stovetop Brussel Sprouts with Bacon shown in a silver frying pan.

TIPS FOR MAKING BRUSSELS SPROUTS:

  • These little vegetables are pretty dense so covering them up while cooking will help them steam so they become more tender. Searing them in the bacon fat will make the edges brown and crispy. So you get the best of both worlds.
  • When shopping for brussels sprouts, you want them to be bright green and wrapped really tight. Remove any loose leaves before cooking.
Stovetop Brussel Sprouts with Bacon recipe from The Country Cook, shown on a plate with a serving fork on the side.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • thick-cut bacon
  • fresh brussels sprouts
  • garlic
  • fresh thyme (optional)
  • salt and pepper
  • chicken stock
  • unsalted butter
thick-cut bacon, fresh Brussel sprouts, garlic, fresh thyme, kosher salt, black pepper, chicken stock, unsalted butter.

HOW TO MAKE BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH BACON:

In a large skillet over medium-low heat, cook the bacon until crispy, set aside, and leave the drippings in the pan. While the bacon is cooking, trim the stems off the brussel sprouts and cut them in half lengthwise.

sliced brussel sprouts in a bowl with garlic cloves on the side.

Add the brussels sprouts, garlic, thyme (if using), salt and pepper to the pan.

sliced brussel sprouts, garlic and thyme added to a large pan.

Sear the brussels sprouts, allowing them to sit in the pan and tossing every minute or so until slightly charred over medium-low heat (about 8-10 minutes.)

seared brussel sprouts in a large pan with the brussel sprouts getting brown on the sides.

Add the stock to the pan, scrape any brown bits off the bottom of the pan.

pouring chicken broth onto brussel sprouts in a pan.

Cover and reduce the heat to low, and cook for 5 minutes until tender-crisp. Uncover and allow any excess liquid to cook-off. Finish with the butter, taste, and adjust seasoning if needed.

cooked sliced brussel sprouts in a large copper ban sprinkled with chopped bacon.

Chop the bacon and add it to the pan, stir to mix in and serve.

Stovetop Brussel Sprouts shown closeup, fully cooked and chopped bacon.

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Stovetop Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

These Stovetop Brussels Sprouts with Bacon are a bit crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Seasoned with garlic and thyme!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 1 pound fresh brussels sprouts
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup chicken stock
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter

Instructions

  • In a large skillet over medium-low heat, cook the bacon until crispy, set aside, and leave the drippings in the pan.
  • While the bacon is cooking, trim off the stems of the brussels sprouts and cut them in half lengthwise.
  • Add the brussels sprouts, garlic, thyme (if using), salt, and pepper to the pan.
  • Sear the brussels sprouts, allowing them to sit in the pan and tossing every minute or so until slightly charred over medium-low heat, about 8-10 minutes.
  • Add the stock to the pan, scrape any brown bits off the bottom of the pan.
  • Cover and reduce the heat to low, and cook for 5 minutes until tender-crisp. 
  • Uncover and allow any excess liquid to cook-off.
  • Finish with the butter, taste, and adjust seasoning, if needed.
  • Chop the bacon and add it to the pan, stir to mix in and serve.

Notes

  • When shopping for brussel sprouts, you want them to be bright green and wrapped really tight. Remove any loose leaves before cooking.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 21g | Sodium: 580mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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