Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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Roasted Brussel Sprouts – easy roasted Brussel sprouts with crispy bacon, onions and topped with a balsamic glaze. Great side dish for any meal!

Brussel sprouts can be very polarizing for people. It seems you either love the or hate them. And it really seems to stem to how you grew up eating them and how you cook them. If you grew up with the steamed or boiled, then you usually fall into the hate the camp.

BUT if you start roasting them and get them nice and crispy, people tend to enjoy them more. Then you add bacon and balsamic glaze and it is pretty much just delicious! You can even make Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts if you just want to crisp them up quickly.

balsamic glaze drizzled on a bowl of brussel sprouts


What You’ll Need

  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Bacon
  • Onion
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Balsamic Glaze

The balsamic glaze is definitely optional, so if you don’t have any don’t worry! You could also toss with just a little bit of balsamic vinegar at the end to give them a little bit of that flavor.

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How To Make Roasted Brussel Sprouts

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  1. Trim off the stems of the sprouts, and depending on their size you will want to either cut them in half or even quarter them. Just make sure they are similar sizes.
  2. Toss the sprouts with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast in a hot oven for 15-20 minutes, until they are browned.
  3. Meanwhile, in a skillet brown bacon and onion together until the onions are soft and the bacon is crisp.
  4. Add the Brussel sprouts to the skillet and cook for about 5 more minutes to really crisp up the sprouts.
  5. Remove from the pan and drizzle a little balsamic glaze over the top to serve.
a skillet with brussel sprouts and bacon

Recipe Variations

Simple roasted vegetables are super versatile, you can change up the flavors to really go with whatever you are serving them with.

  • Add Parmesan Cheese! Just before serving sprinkling over a little bit of fresh grated Parmesan cheese takes these to a whole new level.
  • Garlic makes everything better. If you are a garlic lover like me, adding a little bit of freshly minced garlic during the last 5 minutes when sauté the sprouts and bacon makes this even more delicious.
  • Don’t have balsamic use lemon juice. If you don’t have or don’t like the flavor of balsamic vinegar, lemon juice gives this a bright flavor that just works together. You don’t need a lot, just a little bit squeezed over the top before serving.
  • Like it spicy? Adding a few red pepper flakes during the last 5 minutes of cooking adds just a tiny bit of heat in the background.
a serving spoon with brussel sprouts and bacon

What Goes With Brussel Sprouts

These are a very versatile side dish that you really can serve with just about anything. Here are a few of my favorite proteins that they go really well with. But get creative, and it can work with anything.


Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. You can reheat them in the microwave, but they will be kind of soft. I prefer to get out a skillet and heat them over medium to medium high heat so they can get warmed, but still be a little crispy.

If you only have a few left they are great to throw on a salad the next day, or mix in with rice or other vegetables for a quick stir fry.

This is not one of those dishes that you want to make ahead though. So save it for a night when you have 30 minutes for the sprouts to roast in the oven while you work on the recipe of dinner.

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4.20 from 5 votes

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

By Erin
Roasted Brussel Sprouts – easy roasted Brussel sprouts with crispy bacon, onions and topped with a balsamic glaze. Great side dish for any meal!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound Brussel Sprouts, ,trimmed and halved
  • 4 strips bacon, ,chopped
  • 1/3 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic glaze
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 425º F.
  • Toss Brussel sprouts with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spread onto a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet sauté bacon and onion together over medium heat, until the bacon is crisp, and the onions are soft.
  • Add the Brussel sprouts to the pan, mix everything together, and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Drizzle balsamic glaze and serve immediately.


Adapted from Simply Scratch


Serving: 1g | Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 293mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Side Dish Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 136
Keyword: Roasted Brussels Sprouts
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  1. The first time I had Brussels sprouts was oven roasted with balsamic and that turned me into an instant fan. But adding bacon will take it to a whole other level! Sounds delicious!

  2. I so very much agree that steamed or even worse, boiled, brussels sprouts are terrible. I could eat a whole platter of these roasted ones. Besides, bacon is involved. It has to be good!

  3. I’ve only ever had brussel sprouts the steamed, gross, bitter way so I’m intrigued to try roasting them to see if I’d like them. This looks delicious – I love the char you got on your brussel sprouts. And I’m pretty sure the bacon dressing would win me over – bacon makes everything better!

  4. I’m also a big believer in roasting veggies. Roasted asparagus, roasted broccoli, roasted cauliflower, roasted carrots…. and you can’t beat roasted brussels sprouts. This is a great recipe!

  5. I’ve actually never had brussel sprouts but my brother swears they are delicious with bacon so I might have to give your recipe a try! It sounds wonderful!