These bacon ranch brussel sprouts are a delicious and simple side dish that the whole family can enjoy. Made with just 5 ingredients this dish is as easy as it is delicious.
Looking for a fun way to spruce up your veggies? This bacon ranch brussels sprouts recipe is a surefire way to get everyone to eat their greens (and like it!)
With ranch brussel sprouts you get a tangy flavor added to every savory bite and when you pair the soft onions, carmelized brussel sprouts, and crisp bacon, it's a winning dish that everyone will enjoy.
We love brussel sprouts around here and it's one of the veggies my kids will gladly ask for more of, so having plenty of recipes to use them keeps us from getting bored.
Check out my Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Carrots.
🍯 Why This Recipe Works
- It's quick. This is a great side dish to make when you're in a hurry and needing something fast.
- Minimal ingredients. You really won't need much to make these brussel sprouts taste good. This is great for keeping on budget or maintaining a small shopping list.
- It pairs well with anything. You can serve this recipe up with your next oven roasted whole chicken and potatoes, holiday ham, or Thanksgiving turkey, and it's sure to be enjoyed no matter what.
Brussel sprouts- You will need fresh brussel sprouts that have been washed and trimmed.
Bacon strips- Bacon adds a salty chewy touch to this dish that pairs perfectly with everything else.
Ranch seasoning mix- Use a packet of ranch seasoning mix, this will provide all of the seasonings we want in a convenient packet.
For specific ingredients and measurements, please see the recipe card below.
Bacon: Instead of using bacon strips you can use ½ cup of bacon bits.
Bacon grease: You can replace the reserved bacon grease with additional olive oil.
Add chicken. Transform this side into a complete meal by incorporating cooked chicken. Stir in cooked, chopped chicken just before adding the ranch mix. The heat from the sprouts will warm up the chicken, creating a satisfying meal. This is perfect for utilizing leftover rotisserie chicken!
Alternatively, you can use raw chicken. Add 1 pound (or one breast) of one-inch cubed raw chicken to the pan after removing the bacon. Cook until golden and no longer pink inside. Remove from the pan and continue cooking the sprouts as directed.
Reintroduce it to the pan just before adding the ranch mix. Keep in mind that with the addition of chicken, a 14-inch pan may be more suitable, or consider halving the brussel sprout recipe to accommodate the extra ingredients in a 12-inch pan.
🔪 Instructions for Bacon Ranch Brussel Sprouts
Step 1: Heat a 12 inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until warm.
Step 2: Add in the bacon strips and cook until crisp on both sides. Remove bacon and drain all but 1 tablespoon of grease from the pan. When bacon is cool enough to handle, chop into tiny bits.
Step 3: Add in your diced onions and cook for about 1 minute until soft.
Step 4: Add in the brussel sprouts and olive oil.
Step 5: Cook until the brussel sprouts are browned and softened. This will take about 15-20 minutes. Remember to stir occasionally to prevent burning.
Step 6: Stir in the ranch seasoning mix and bacon bits. Toss well to combine.
Step 7: Remove from heat.
🍴 Recipe Tips
This recipe can be scaled
This dish will really fill your pan well and give plenty of servings so that everyone can enjoy second helpings or larger portions if desired. If you don't have so many mouths to feed or don't want to make such a huge batch, feel free to reduce the recipe in half.
🥬 Brussel Sprouts Prep
To prepare the brussel sprouts, wash them all well in a colander in the sink under cool running water. Then transfer to a towel to drain as you work your way through the batch, chopping off the wooden-like bottom ends of the sprouts.
After the bottoms have been removed, sit the brussel sprouts upright on the cutting board and use your knife to slice them into quarter sized pieces.
If the brussels are smaller than a quarter, simply cutting them in half is sufficient. You can either discard or keep and use the loose leaves that fall off of the sprouts.
💭 Recipe FAQs
To make this dish dairy free all you would need to do is look at the back of your ranch seasoning packet and be sure to grab one that does not contain dairy as a listed ingredient.
There are a lot of options for dairy free ranch seasonings but there are also quite a few brands that have dairy as a listed ingredient so it's important to double check when shopping.
To reheat this side dish you can either microwave a serving on a plate for 1-2 minutes (the bacon will be soft) or you can reheat it over medium heat on the stove. This will give you a more crisp texture. Cook until warmed through.
We serve brussel sprouts with just about anything because it's such a popular veggie around here! We love to serve it up with chicken and pork the most.
Anything from chicken drumsticks to a simple pork roast works wonderfully but you can also serve brussel sprouts up with your holiday meats like ham and turkey too.
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Bacon Ranch Brussel Sprouts
- 2 pound Brussel sprouts, quartered ($5.96)
- ½ cup Diced onion (yellow or red) ($0.46)
- 4 slices Bacon ($0.40)
- 1 Tablespoon Reserved bacon grease ($0.00)
- 2-3 Tablespoons Olive oil ($0.28)
- 2 Tablespoons Ranch seasoning mix ($0.25)
- Heat a 12 inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until warm.
- Add in the bacon strips and cook until crisp on both sides. Remove bacon and drain all but 1 tablespoon of grease from the pan. When bacon is cool enough to handle, chop into tiny bits.
- Add in your diced onions and cook for about 1 minute until soft.
- Add in the brussel sprouts and olive oil. Cook until the brussel sprouts are browned and softened. This will take about 15-20 minutes. Remember to stir occasionally to prevent burning.
- Stir in the ranch seasoning mix and bacon bits. Toss well to combine.
- Remove from heat. Serve warm