Lemon Infused Buttered Brussels Sprouts W/ Crisp Peppered Bacon

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

A wonderful way to cook and serve Brussels sprouts, the much-maligned vegetable of the Christmas table! Just steam or boil them until slightly tender and then toss them in lemon infused butter and top with peppered crispy bacon - that should cure most "sprout haters"!!! The lemon cuts through the butter and bacon to give a clean and fresh flavour, which is great if these are being served with lots of rich food. Get ahead by juicing and zesting your lemon; you can also pre-cook your sprouts and then plunge them into boiling water for a minute or two before serving. The lemon butter can be heated up gently in the microwave.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Slice the bottoms off the sprouts and remove the outer layers.
  2. Cook the sprouts in a pan of boiling, salted water for 6-8 minutes, until just tender. We like ours with a bit of a bite still - and not overcooked. You can steam the brussels sprouts if you wish.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the butter or oil in a pan and cook the bacon until it is crisp. Remove from the pan and leave to cool slightly - add the lemon juice to the pan with the bacon butter/oil.
  4. Add some freshly ground black pepper to the bacon and mix well - we like it quite peppery, please adjust the quantities to suit your personal taste.
  5. When the sprouts are cooked, drain and place in a serving bowl.
  6. Pour over the lemon butter/oil from the pan. Add the crisp bacon, lemon zest and a twist of sea salt. Toss well to infuse all the flavours and serve immediately.
  7. NB: You can gently re-heat the lemon butter/oil before pouring over the sprouts, if it has cooled down too much.


Most Helpful

Delicious! I tried this because I wanted to bring a brussels sprouts dish to a friend's for Thanksgiving, and didn't want to commandeer her oven. As I guessed, it's GREAT at room temperature; just add the bacon right before serving.

Jim C. December 10, 2009

We love brussels sprouts, and this is a very good way to serve them. And quick too! I realized as we sat down to eat that I actually forgot to make this dish. But since I could whip the sauce (thanks to Whole Foods bacon bits) together in the 3 minutes it took the sprouts to steam in the microwave, voila! I used roasted walnut oil and it went well with these flavors also. Yum!

Maito December 04, 2008

The son who hates brussels sprouts LIKED these! Love the mix of lemon with bacon - the only way these veggies will be served in our home from now on. Thank you for sharing!

Debi May 18, 2008

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