Quick Brussel Sprouts with Bacon Onion and Garlic

brussel sprouts sauteed with bacon, onion and garlic served on a dark b;i.e. plate with timber fork and spoon servers

Brussel sprouts with bacon onion and garlic

Brussel sprouts with bacon onion and garlic is a delicious combination youʼll be happy to have as a meal! Anyone who thinks they don’t like brussel sprouts will be sure to change their mind after tasting these little beauties.

Super quick to prepare and cook we hope that this little recipe will find it’s way onto your dinner plate. They’re extremely popular on holidays such as Christmas, Thanksgiving or Easter as a side dish. These are so good you’ll find yourself making a big batch to eat on their own.

brussel sprouts sauteed with bacon, onion and garlic ingredients on a wooden chopping board on a granite bench
ingredients ready to saute


Onion, bacon and garlic form the base for these little beauties. Caramelised in the pan with all those yum flavours of bacon, onion and garlic equals delicious.

Be careful not to overcook them as they will become soft and soggy just like overcooked cabbage. You still want a little crunch to the texture, but just cooked enough to be fork tender. Cooked in the pan they take on all that bacon, onion and garlic deliciousness.

brussel sprouts sauteer with bacon, onion and garlic brussels sprouts in a frying pan after sautéing the icon and onion and caramelised on the base of the pan
sautéing in the frying pan with caramelised juices


brussel sprouts sauteer with bacon, onion and garlic cooked in a frypan with a silver spoon in the pan
ready to serve brussel sprouts with bacon onion and garlic

Love ’em or hate ’em

Poor old brussels sprouts are often maligned. They’re a bit like coriander, you either love them or hate them. We love them, especially cooked with the trinity flavour base. This delicious vegetable becomes sweet and nutty when caramelised.

Apparently, there is another reason that divides the lovers and haters and it’s in your genes. On average a person has 25 types of bitter receptors on their tongues and some have more. The more taste buds the more likely one is likely to taste the sprouts as being bitter. Who knew!

When buying

Look for small young brussel sprouts of the same size, with tight bright green leaves. Discard any that are extra large or have yellowing leaves. Smaller brussel sprouts are sweeter and more tender than the larger ones.

Store brussel sprouts in the crisper of a refrigerator, and trim the ends just before cooking them.

brussel sprouts sauteer with bacon, onion and garlic showing three small fresh brussel sprouts
small fresh brussel sprouts

ways to cook brussel sprouts

Brussel sprout are incredibly versatile as they can be sautéed as we have done here or eaten raw, fried, roasted or steamed .

  • raw brussel sprouts are fantastic in salads. Shave the sprouts very thin for a salad and toss with a creamy ranch dressing or toss with lemon juice, olive oil and garlic.
  • fried sprouts are delicious. Simply steam sprouts till slightly underdone, then coat in a light tempura style batter enriched with some parmesan cheese and deep fry them whole, served  with some salt.
  • roasted Brussel sprouts are best tossed with some olive oil and salt and roasted on a high heat, tossing them once or twice until they’re a milk chocolate brown in colour.
  • steaming sprouts is a much better method than boiling them as they tend to become soggy and water logged. Steam  till they’re just underdone and toss generously with butter, salt and pepper.

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Whats your favourite way to cook brussel sprouts?

We would love to hear from you in the comments below when you make these delicious brussel sprouts with bacon onion and garlic.

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brussel sprouts sautéed with bacon, onion and garlic

  • Author: Recipe Winners
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 serves


Brussel sprouts sautéed with bacon, onion and garlic is delicious. The trinity of bacon along with onions and garlic beautifully caramelises the brussel sprouts. 


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound (500g) small tight brussel sprouts base trimmed and halved
  • 1 medium brown onion cut into small dice
  • 3 rashers bacon cut into small dice
  • 3 fat cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to season


  • heat frypan over medium to high heat
  • add oil and butter, melting the butter
  • add bacon and onions and cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes.
  • toss in the finely chopped garlic to the bacon and onion mixture, continue to cook, stir frequently until onion and bacon are golden (about 4-5 minutes) 
  • remove bacon mixture from pan and pop into a bowl
  • add brussel sprouts cut side down and cook till caramelised (around 8-10 minutes)
  • return bacon mixture to pan and season with salt and pepper
  • toss all together
  • serve and enjoy!


  • watch point – you may find as the cooking progresses that you need to add a little more oil and butter to the pan. 
  • what you don’t want is for the frying pan to become dry while frying the brussel sprouts
  • Category: vegetables
  • Method: frypan
  • Cuisine: English

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