Brown Butter Bacon Baked Brussels Sprouts
Nov 24, 2021, Updated Jun 22, 2023
This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy.
Brown Butter Bacon Baked Brussels Sprouts – tons of rich buttery flavor and crunchy bacon bits over perfectly roasted brussels sprouts!
Don’t want all the extras in a recipe post? We provide a skip to recipe button in the top left corner, as well as a clickable table of contents, just below, to help make this page easier to navigate.
Table of contents
Brussels sprouts are one of our favorite easy side dishes – they are super healthy, delicious, and perfect alongside so many dishes.
These brussels sprouts are keto and low carb – but packed with flavor from crunchy bacon and rich brown butter.
Don’t be surprised when these brussels sprouts are the first thing off the table at your dinner – they are loaded with rich buttery flavor and tons of crunchy bacon bits!
If you love this recipe and want more keto, low-carb ideas (especially for Thanksgiving and Christmas!) please sign up for my brand new keto recipe newsletter or check out our easy keto recipes page!
How to Make Brown Butter Bacon Brussels Sprouts
To make brown butter brussels sprouts, you will need:
- Brussels sprouts
- Olive oil
- Garlic paste
- Sea salt
- Salted butter
- Ground black pepper
Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, we will use the following method:
- Prep. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and grease a large baking dish with nonstick spray; set aside. Add prepared brussels sprouts to a large bowl and toss with olive oil, garlic paste, and paprika. Transfer the brussels sprouts to the prepared baking dish and spread out evenly. The brussels sprouts should be snug together but in a single layer.
- Bake. Sprinkle sea salt over the brussels sprouts and bake for 30 minutes.
- Crisp bacon. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a medium skillet until done. Transfer the cooked bacon to a paper towel lined plate to rest for a couple of minutes before chopping.
- Brown butter. Add butter to a small skillet and brown over medium high heat, stirring frequently until brown flecks form on the bottom of the pan.vReduce heat to low and add the chopped bacon to the butter and cook for 1 minute more.
- Mix. Pour the butter and bacon mixture over the top of the roasted brussels sprouts and season with additional salt and pepper, if desired.
- Toss to coat and serve.
Tips and Tricks to Perfect Brown Butter Bacon Baked Brussels Sprouts
When you buy brussels sprouts, they come a few ways – either whole on the stalk, whole sprouts off the stalk, or sprouts that have the stem removed and are either cut, shaved, or chopped.
While I love to buy the bags of pre-prepped brussels sprouts, it is pretty expensive, and not always readily available – but thankfully brussels sprouts are incredibly easy to cut and prepare ahead of cooking.
To clean brussels sprouts, you should discard any areas that have browned or outer leaves that seem a bit brown/yellow.
Soak in water and gently shake to remove any excess dirt (not common on bulk brussels sprouts, but can be found often on sprouts still on the stalk.)
Let dry on a paper towel to remove excess water from your sprouts!
The easiest way to prepare brussels sprouts for pan frying involves only two knife cuts per brussels sprout – simply trim the stem off at the base of the brussels sprout and then chop brussels sprout in half.
While you can eat much of the stem, it can be bitter and takes longer to cook to soft – I prefer to trim off as much of the brussels sprout stem as possible, but I also try to not worry too much about it and work quickly.
How To Make Brown Butter. Brown butter is incredibly delicious – it is cooked down butter that caramelized and cooked down, bringing out a nutty slightly sweet flavor that elevates any dish. To make brown butter, slowly melt butter in a pan, stirring occasionally, so the milk solids can caramelize. Butter burns, and tastes bitter when burnt, so cook on low to let butter slowly brown.
Chop Brussels for more caramelized flavor. For even more savory, crunchy, and caramelized brussels sprouts, I like to chop them into a “hash”, or even shave them with a mandoline (be careful with your fingers!).
Giving your brussels sprouts more surface area helps them cook quicker at a higher temperature so you can have a lovely caramelized flavor without making the brussels sprouts too soft or soggy.
Brussels sprouts are done cooking when they are soft when pressed with the tines of a fork.
Brussels sprouts can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days.
Other Side Dish Recipes You’ll Love
If you’re looking for other delicious side dishes that pair perfectly with these brussels sprouts for an everyday dinner or a holiday meal, please check out recent favorites, like The Best Air Fryer Baked Potatoes, Cheeseburger Stuffing, Easy Eggplant Caponata, Cranberry Pecan Salad, or Air Fryer Pasta Chips :
You can also find our Thanksgiving Side Dishes index for more easy side dish recipes!
Brown Butter Bacon Baked Brussels Sprouts
If you love this easy recipe please click the stars below to give it a five star rating and leave a comment! Pease also help me share on facebook and pinterest!
Follow on Instagram
CONNECT WITH SWEET C’S!
Be sure to follow me on social media and get in on all the fun!
- 2.5 lbs brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon garlic paste
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
- 4 strips bacon
- 4 tablespoons salted butter
- Ground black pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and grease a large baking dish with nonstick spray; set aside.
- Add prepared brussels sprouts to a large bowl and toss with olive oil, garlic paste, and paprika.
- Transfer the brussels sprouts to the prepared baking dish and spread out evenly. The brussels sprouts should be snug together but in a single layer.
- Sprinkle sea salt over the brussels sprouts and bake for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a medium skillet until done. Transfer the cooked bacon to a paper towel lined plate to rest for a couple of minutes before chopping.
- Add butter to a small skillet and brown over medium high heat, stirring frequently until brown flecks form on the bottom of the pan.
- Reduce heat to low and add the chopped bacon to the butter and cook for 1 minute more.
- Pour the butter and bacon mixture over the top of the roasted brussels sprouts and season with additional salt and pepper, if desired.
- Toss to coat and serve.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases at no extra expense to you.
OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Turner
365 by Whole Foods Market, Extra Virgin Mediterranean Olive Oil, 33.8 Fl Oz
DOWAN Casserole Dish, 9x13 Ceramic Baking Dish, Large Lasagna Pan Deep, Casserole Dishes for Oven, 135 oz Deep Baking Pan with Handles, Oven Safe and Durable Bakeware for Lasagna, Roasts, White
Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 170Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 21mgSodium 303mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 4gSugar 3gProtein 6g
Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.