These Crispy Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts are cooked until crispy perfection! This recipe is delicious, healthy, and full of bacon and maple syrup. It’s the perfect cruciferous vegetable side dish.

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When I am in the mood for brussels sprouts but I want something fancy, then I make these pan fried brussels sprouts with bacon and maple syrup.

The maple syrup in this recipe caramelizes which makes both the bacon and the brussels sprouts have a sweet crispyness to them. Which is delicious!!

These Paleo brussel sprouts have become a family favorite. I make them every single year for Thanksgiving.

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Why I love these maple bacon Brussels sprouts:

  • you only need a handful of healthy ingredients
  • this recipe comes together quickly
  • maple syrup is a healthier sugar alternative
  • when the maple syrup caramelizes, it turns the bacon into candied bacon
  • the brussels sprouts are juicey and crispy at the same time.
  • this recipes gets me to eat way more brussels sprouts than I normally would. They taste like cruciferous vegetable candy. And since they are so good for you, that is a win!

Ingredients needed:

  • brussels sprouts
  • maple syrup
  • nitrate-free bacon
  • salt
  • pepper
  • water
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Tips and tricks:

  • Be patient! You may be tempted to mix them often but let them sit without touching them at the beginning
  • Once the maple syrup starts to caramelize, keep a close watch on the brussels sprouts because you don’t want things to burn.
  • Make sure to use the water in the recipe. This ensures that the brussels sprouts are cooked through on the inside.
  • Microwave your bacon. I find that when the bacon is microwaved, it is harder in texture. This makes it so the bacon isn’t soggy in the recipe.
  • Cooking time depends on the size of the brussels sprouts: the smaller they are the faster they cook and vice versa.

To microwave your bacon, line a microwave safe plate with paper towels and then cover them in bacon. Top the bacon in more paper towels. Cook for a few minutes, replace the paper towels and cook for a few more minutes.

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How to serve them:

  • Serve them as a side dish
  • Serve them for Thanksgiving or Christmas ( though these aren’t just for holidays)
  • Eat them out of the pan!

How to store them:

Place them in a Tupperware and put them in the fridge for 3-4 days.

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This recipe was shared at the Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable.

Other brussels sprouts recipes you may enjoy:

Creamy Brussels Sprouts Casserole (Paleo, Whole30)

Primal Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts and Cranberries

❤️ Also, check out my favorite Thanksgiving recipes here! ❤️

Crispy Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts (paleo, GF) | Perchance to Cook
Crispy Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts (paleo, GF) | Perchance to Cook

Crispy Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts (Paleo)

5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 6 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 31 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 4-5 strips of nitrate-free bacon
  • 1 pound of brussels sprouts (about 4 cups)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbs maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • a pinch of pepper
  • 10 Tablespoons water (divided to be used at 3 separate times)


  • Place a paper towel on a microwave safe plate.
  • Place the bacon strips on the paper towel and then cover in another paper towel.
  • Heat in the microwave for 2 minutes. Check on the bacon and replace with new paper towels and heat for another 2 minutes (if you are making 5 strips, you’ll probably need to do an extra minute or two in the microwave). Once the bacon cools, cut the strips into inch long bits and put aside.
  • Put olive oil in the frying pan over medium-high heat. Put the brussels sprouts into the sauté pan.
  • Cover them with 2 Tablespoons of pure maple syrup, salt, pepper and 2 Tablespoons of water.
  • Once the liquid boils (about 1 minute), reduce the heat to medium.
  • Let the brussels sprouts cook, stirring every now and again, until the liquid thickens and evaporates (the sauce should be caramel-like in substance)–for 7 minutes.
  • Add the bacon and 4 Tablespoons of water and let them cook, stirring every so often, until the liquid evaporates again– another 7 minutes.
  • Add another 4 Tbs of water and let them cook until the liquid evaporates again. HOWEVER, this time don't stir the brussels sprouts at all. This should take about 5-6 minutes.
  • Mix and then cook for 2-3 minutes more without mixing to let them crisp. They are done once you can stab them with a knife and the knife easily goes through it.
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