Brussels sprouts with bacon are one of my favorite side dishes to have in the Spring when you can find those really tiny ones at the grocery. Make this keto Brussels sprouts recipe any time you want the crunchy goodness of this delicious vegetable with your meal.
If you’ve tried Brussels sprouts other ways and remain skeptical, I encourage you to give this recipe a try! Good Brussels sprouts are not cooked until they turn to mush. They need to be a little crunchy and when they are cooked properly they are really tasty. I think overcooked vegetables have given this dish a bad name, but it doesn’t have to be that way!
Ingredients for Keto Brussels Sprouts
To make this dish, you’ll need a couple of pounds of fresh Brussels sprouts, bacon, butter, spices, and lemon juice. Spices include garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
The Brussels sprouts will need a quick rinse, and any browning leaves on the exterior removed. Those sealed bags of Brussels sprouts you can get at the store can be kept for quite a while, but the outside layer of leaves will need to be removed from each sprout.
They also tend to be the larger size of sprouts, so if you do want the little ones, you usually have to pick through an open bin and hand-select them.
How Do I Trim Brussels Sprouts?
Each Brussels sprout has a base or end where the leaves are connected. When you prepare them, slice this end off. Also, make sure to remove any leaves that are too dirty, brown, or wilted.
Then, you can halve them vertically or leave them whole if you prefer.
Preparing the Bacon
For this recipe you don’t need to pre-cook the bacon. I cook it right along with the Brussels sprouts. The bacon adds flavor and filling fat. In addition, the bacon crisps up just like the Brussels sprouts when cooked together.
I like to use pork bacon for this, but turkey bacon is also tasty. Although, turkey is a leaner cut of meat, so you won’t get the delicious drippings of fat like you will when using pork bacon. In addition, keep an eye on it because it might cook faster.
All you need to do is dice the bacon in bite size pieces.
How to Make the Keto Brussels Sprouts Recipe
Making keto brussels sprouts is super easy! It will take about twenty-five minutes in the oven, so plan your protein accordingly, especially if you do not have double ovens.
If you need to put both your protein and your Brussels sprouts in the same oven, expect to increase the baking time for both.
Preheat your oven to 400º before you begin. First, stick the butter in the microwave to melt it. It takes about thirty seconds to one minute to melt a stick of butter in the typical microwave.
While it’s melting, start getting the Brussels sprouts ready. Trim and halve the Brussels sprouts. Next, you just mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl and spread it out on a sheet pan.
Finally, top with the bacon and bake everything in the oven for twenty to twenty-five minutes.
Carbs in Brussels Sprouts
Brussel Sprouts only have roughly 5 carbs per cup, making them an excellent vegetable choice for those following the keto diet.
This vegetable also has many other health benefits including vitamins, protein, and fiber. Brussels Sprouts are a decent source of vitamin K and vitamin C and contains some vitamin A and Folate.
What to Do With Leftovers
Leftover Brussels sprouts can be kept in an airtight container for three days in the refrigerator, and microwaved or sautéed to reheat.
They will get softer or mushier as they are reheated. Since I prefer mine crispy and crunchy, I personally do not save leftovers.
To be honest, we love them so much, I rarely have many, if any leftover sprouts anyway.
What to Serve with the Keto Brussels Sprouts Recipe
Yes, I’m the kind of person that will plan a whole meal around Brussels sprouts when they are in season! Of course, you can buy them year-round in the grocery store, I just really love the little ones you find in Spring.
Here are a few main dishes that are a perfect complement to our Keto Brussels Sprouts recipe.
Keto Meatloaf. Traditional, comforting, and keto!
Keto Fried Chicken. When you are craving some crunch and need it to be Keto, try this chicken.
Keto Chicken Thighs. Perfectly seasoned, these chicken thighs are a great protein choice for your meal.
Keto Shepherd’s Pie. A rich, delicious pie without the carbs.
Other Keto Recipes You Will Love
Keto Fritatta with Asparagus. Asparagus and Brussels sprouts are in season at the same time. Here’s the perfect Spring breakfast.
Keto Fruit Pizza. When you need dessert and are keeping on the keto diet.
Keto Air Fryer Zucchini Boats. Delicious and crunchy veggies.
Brussels Sprouts Other Ways
Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts. Tasty, crunchy, and a little sweet.
Pickled Brussels Sprouts. Try them! This recipe is super easy.
- 2 pounds Brussel sprouts, trimmed and halved
- 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- ½ Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 5 slices bacon, chopped
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and prep a sheet pan by spraying it with cooking spray.
- In a bowl, mix together the unsalted butter, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, onion powder, and pepper.
- Toss the Brussels sprouts into the butter mixture and then spread them over the sheet pan. Drizzle any remaining butter mixture over the Brussels sprouts.
- Sprinkle the chopped bacon over the entire pan with Brussels sprouts.
- Cook for 20-25 minutes in the oven or until the Brussels sprouts brown and the bacon is cooked.
You can cook these Brussels sprouts whole. You will need to adjust the time by cooking an additional 5-10 minutes than the recipes indicates.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Servings Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 170Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 547mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 7g
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