Braised Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Onions

I LOVE this recipe this time of year! Not only is it a good comfort food (nothing more comforting than bacon) but the health benefits of brussels sprouts are AWESOME!

Cruciferous vegetables are great for detoxing and are high in several vitamins including Vitamins K and A. They have also been liked to cancer fighting properties as well! They are also a surprisingly good source of protein.

You'll love these brussels sprouts and especially love how easy they are to make!!​

This recipe yields about 4 servings keep in mind this is a higher fat dish and is very filling so keep the serving sizes smaller.


4 bacon slices, finely chopped

2 ounces yellow onion, diced

1 pound Brussels sprouts, stems removed and quartered

1 clove garlic (or more if you like it)​

1/4 cup water

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

  1. In large skillet, cook bacon and onions until cooked through (about 10 minutes).
  2. ​Remove from skillet and set on a paper towel to absorb any extra fat.
  3. ​Using the same skillet, add Brussels sprouts and garlic saute until lightly browned. (You'll brown them again so don't over do it!)
  4. ​Add the water and vinegar to the hot pan. Give it a quick stir and make sure to deglaze the bottom of the pan and get all those yummy burnt bits off the bottom.
  5. ​Cover and simmer for 5-6 minutes. (If the water gets too low just add a little more)
  6. ​Uncover and simmer until liquid evaporates and sprouts begin to brown more, stirring frequently.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in bacon and butter.
  8. Salt and Pepper to taste

Nutrition Info

165 Calories per serving

7.8g Usable Carbs (not fiber)

9g Protein

10g Fat

Stephen Cummock

I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through NSCA, Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, Level 1 Sports Performance Coach through the USA weightlifting Organization, Level 1 Precision Nutrition Certified, as well as a Corrective Exercise Specialist, Performance Enhancement Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer through NASM. I have over 10 years of experience in the health and fitness industry and 3 years of experience as an NCAA D1 strength and conditioning coach. I completed my bachelor’s degree from University of Northern Colorado in Exercise Sciences in 2010 and finished my Master’s in Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics in 2012. I have worked with a wide variety of clients ranging from special populations, weight loss, and even up to professional athletes. I have trained and educated people on how to become top notch personal trainers.