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Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Fried Shallots + Bacon + Dijon Vinaigrette

These are truly the best, crispiest brussels sprouts ever! They're topped with fried shallots, bacon, and a tangy Dijon vinaigrette for a savory and flavorful side dish. Every time I make them, they are gone in minutes.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings


Fried Shallots

  • 1 large shallot, very thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • Salt, to taste

Brussels Sprouts

  • 1 1/2 lb brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 1/4 lb thick-cut bacon, diced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Dijon Vinaigrette

  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup reserved shallot oil (or olive oil)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


Fried Shallots

  • Set a fine-mesh sieve over a heat-proof bowl. Line a dinner plate with paper towels.
  • Place the shallots in a small saute pan, and pour the oil over the top. Set to medium-low heat, and cook, stirring every once in a while with the tines of a fork to separate the rings. Fry until they are a deep golden brown, 20-25 minutes.
  • Pour the shallots into the strainer to drain, and then transfer to the plate lined with paper towels. Season with salt and let them cool. Reserve the leftover frying oil for the vinaigrette.

Brussels Sprouts

  • Place a sheet pan in the oven, and heat to 450°F. In a medium bowl, toss the brussels sprouts and bacon with the olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • When the oven is heated, carefully spread the brussels sprouts on the hot sheet pan. Use tongs to place the brussels sprouts cut-side down for max crispiness. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until very browned (these will be crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. If you like fully-crisp brussels sprouts, toss them with a spatula, and bake for another 5-10 minutes).

Dijon Vinaigrette

  • Whisk together the red wine vinegar, garlic, Dijon mustard, and honey. Slowly whisk in the shallot oil until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper.


  • Pour half of the Dijon vinaigrette over the hot pan, and toss to coat the brussels sprouts (as you toss, the honey in the dressing will slightly caramelize the brussels sprouts. It's AMAZING). Add more dressing, to taste. Top with the fried shallots, and serve immediately.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 339kcalCarbohydrates: 19.9gProtein: 11.5gFat: 26.2gSaturated Fat: 4.5gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 395mgPotassium: 785mgFiber: 6.5gSugar: 5.9gCalcium: 66mgIron: 2mg
Keyword bacon, brussels sprouts, dijon, shallot, side dish
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