Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Recipes / Research / April 4, 2014

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!

Yield: 4~6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutesScreen-Shot-2014-03-18-at-3.34.09-PM


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



  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Mix brussels sprouts and shallot in a bowl and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper
  3. Pour onto a baking pan and spread diced bacon evenly on top
  4. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes. Then rotate and flip the sprouts and bake for another 20 minutes  * Rotating and flipping helps the brussels sprouts brown evenly so they are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside
  5. In the mean time, spread pecan and walnut mix evenly on another backing pan and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes
  6. Mix all ingredients in a serving bowl and toss with balsamic vinegar
  7. Check for seasoning and serve!


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!!

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

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

Shannon Driskell
Shannon Driskell

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?

Austin AlgaeCal
Austin AlgaeCal

Hi Shannon,

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

– Austin @ AlgaeCal


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

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

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


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

Monica AlgaeCal
Monica AlgaeCal

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

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