Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Updated: March 14, 2019

Packed with bone building vitamins and minerals

I must confess that before 6 months ago, I had never tried brussels sprouts in my life! The first time was at the famous Jean Georges Steakhouse in Las Vegas. I remember the flavor and texture being enhanced by a balsamic reduction and chopped walnuts – I was in love. Who thought the star of a meal could be a side of brussels sprouts?! After that night, all I could think about was recreating my own version and fortunately, it only took me a couple of tries to perfect it. This dish is simple, has little prep time, and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

Packed with bone building vitamins and minerals

Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

This dish is simple, delicious, and is rich in Vitamin C and Potassium!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 1602 kcal


  • 1 1/2 lb brussels sprouts cut in half through the core
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 4-6 bacon sliced, diced
  • 1/2 cup pecan and walnut mix coarsely chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Mix brussels sprouts and shallot in a bowl and toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Pour onto a baking pan and spread diced bacon evenly on top.
  • Bake uncovered for 20 minutes. Then rotate and flip the sprouts and bake for another 20 minutes.  
  • In the meantime, spread pecan and walnut mix evenly on another baking pan and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
  • Mix all ingredients in a serving bowl and toss with balsamic vinegar.
  • Check for seasoning and serve!


Calories: 1602kcalCarbohydrates: 92gProtein: 43gFat: 130gSaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 773mgPotassium: 4082mgFiber: 44gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 5425IUVitamin C: 600.4mgCalcium: 345mgIron: 12.5mg
Keyword bacon, brussels sprouts, pecan, walnuts
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  1. Shelley

    March 6, 2018 , 1:49 pm

    Do you cook the bacon before adding to the Brussels sprouts, or put diced, raw bacon on sprouts? Anxious to try this one!

  2. Monica AlgaeCal

    March 12, 2018 , 2:51 am

    Hi Shelley,

    Great question! Yes, it is best to cook the bacon before adding the brussels sprouts. Enjoy – this is such a good recipe 🙂
    – Monica

  3. Steve

    March 24, 2018 , 1:43 pm

    Sounds delicious! One question: you mentioned 1 advacado in the list of ingredients, at what point is this added?

  4. Jenna AlgaeCal

    March 27, 2018 , 12:00 pm

    Hi Steve,

    Yes, this recipe is super delicious! The avocado can be freshly cut & mixed in at the end. Let us know how you like it ?

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  5. Shannon Driskell

    June 16, 2018 , 6:05 am

    This does sound tasty. Is it best to add the bacon when you and the pecan and walnuts at the end? Or does the cooked bacon cook more with the brussel sprouts?

  6. Austin AlgaeCal

    June 18, 2018 , 2:37 pm

    Hi Shannon,

    We definitely recommend cooking the bacon with the brussels sprouts! Happy cooking!

    – Austin @ AlgaeCal

  7. Gretchen

    August 6, 2018 , 10:42 am

    I’m ketoing. Do you have the data (Cal, Fat, Protein, Carb) Thanks!
    I’ve also seen Goats cheese added to this to make it a little creamy!!

  8. Jenna AlgaeCal

    August 8, 2018 , 2:21 pm

    Hi Gretchen,

    Absolutely, this is the nutritional info for 4-6 servings –

    Calories: 1,053
    Protein: 27.1 g
    Carbs: 34.3 g
    Fat: 60.1 g

    Enjoy! 🙂

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

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