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Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

For an elegant weekend brunch or your go-to weekday evening roast you will need a side dish that fits Paleo proportions. Bite size is often the answer, and Brussels sprouts fit the bill perfectly. They are mini-cabbages, related to mustards, turnips, broccoli and you guessed it, cabbages. Now we all know them for their strong smell, but this merely arises from overcooking, so if fear of their rich hydrogen sulfide gas has you hiding in another room, it is time that you learned how to cook Brussels sprouts properly.

Over-boiled sprouts simply will not do. If you are going to eat them, and actually enjoy it, you will have to do it right. The trick to cooking the perfect Brussels sprout is to cook it fast over high heat, or broil it quick in the oven but, of course, it is tasty raw too. Try to clean and prepare just as much as you need for your meal at one time, because when reheated they will give off that memorable smell. Brussels sprouts are rich in vitamin C and vitamin K, as well as host to a group of phytonutrients called glucosinolates, available in all Brassicas, so health-wise they are good for you. Taste-wise they complement many meat dishes – roasted chicken, white wine braised rabbit, grilled scallops, you could even try a Brussels hash with hazelnuts and capers. https://paleoleap.com/eggs-benedict-and-ham/

Mushroom and apple stuffed pork is a fantastic main dish to complement the baked Brussels sprouts and for a hearty breakfast you could enjoy them with a delicious plate of Eggs Benedict.

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts With Bacon Recipe

Serves: 4Prep: 15 minCook: 15 min

Protein: 7g / %

Carbs: 10g / %

Fat: 11g / %

Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.


  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 4 strips thick-cut bacon
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp. ghee
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Brussels Sprouts Preparation


  1. Place the bacon in a warm skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Fry until nicely crisp about 3 to 4 minutes. Set aside, let it cool and then roughly chop the bacon.
  3. Melt ghee in the same skillet and add the garlic and onion.
  4. Cook until soft 1 to 2 minutes, and add halved Brussels sprouts.
  5. Stir everything while cooking until Brussels sprouts are nicely browned, 8 to 10 minutes.
  6. Season the sprouts to taste, add bacon back to skillet, and give everything a nice stir.
  7. Cook another minute or two and serve immediately.
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