Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon Recipe

Published on May 20th 2022 by Jennifer Dodd.
Last updated on March 20th 2024
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Gone are the days of steamed & mushy Brussels sprouts you may have been served at a family holiday dinner. In are the days of crispy and enjoyable recipes such as this one for vegan roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon. Vegan bacon, of course. This is the perfect side dish to pair with any meal with only a few ingredients. Roasting your sprouts at 450F in the oven helps with easy cleanup. It also makes them crunchy, crispy & chalked full of roasted flavor. All you need for this recipe is a 1 pound bag of Brussels sprouts, olive oil, sea salt, fresh pepper, lemon juice & vegan bacon for that added smokiness. 

Brussels sprouts are packed full of fiber, and an incredible source of vitamin C and K. Vitamin K helps increase bone density. At the same time, the almighty vitamin C is not only a cure-all for colds but can also help to stimulate the making of an antiaging collegian. So eat your Brussels to keep you looking young, healthy, and fresh. In addition, one cup of Brussels sprouts contains 4 grams of plant-based protein, making this a keto dish and a vegan one. 

Can you overcook Brussels sprouts?

Yes, you can overcook Brussels sprouts. However, overcooking them will result in a mushy and unpleasant sprout. It's best to roast them at 450 °F for 15 minutes to avoid overcooking them. 

Should you roast Brussels sprouts cut side up or down?

For an evenly roasted Brussels Sprout, take the time to have all your Brussels cut side up. This will ensure that the largest surface of the vegetables is roasted to perfection.  

Do you need to soak Brussels sprouts before cooking?

Soaking Brussels sprouts before cooking them isn't necessary. Just be sure to rinse them well by placing them into a colander and running water over them in your kitchen sink.   

How do you cook Brussels sprouts without the smell?

Brussels Sprouts, like cabbage and broccoli, are vegetables that contain a high amount of hydrogen sulfide gas. The smell will happen when cooking them, but there are some ways to help lessen the odors. Roasting them in the oven won't create as much of a smell as it would if you boiled them. Try to cook them at a higher heat to lessen the cooking time. This also lowers the time that the smells will be created. Sauté them in a cast-iron skillet for 5 minutes on high heat will also help lessen the smell time. 

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Serves
4 persons

Ingredients

  • 1 x 1 pound bag Brussels Sprouts, stems removed, washed and cut in half. 

  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil 

  • 1 Lemon, juiced 

  • 6 strips Vegan Bacon, small diced 

  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon Fresh Cracked Black Pepper 

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.

Add the Brussels Sprouts, olive oil, vegan bacon, salt & pepper to a medium-sized bowl, and toss everything together to evenly coat. 

Place this all onto the lined baking sheet, flipping all the sprouts cut side up to ensure even roasting. 

Roast in the oven for 15 minutes until they are slightly charred and golden brown.  

Remove them from the oven placing them back into the bowl, toss everything together with the lemon juice & arrange into a serving dish. 

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