Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Lemon, and Parmesan

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Parmesan, and Lemon

Look, Ma! We’re on TV! We had a really exciting week over here at The Newlywed Chefs. If you’ve been following our story on Snapchat you’ve seen seen some behind the scenes coverage of when Dana Dean, reporter for KSDK (the NBC station here in St. Louis), came to our house to shoot a segment for “Show Me St. Louis.” This was the first time our little blog has been featured on TV and it was such a fun experience.

We have so, so much respect for Dana. Not only is she an excellent reporter, but she also does all of the video, lighting, and creative work behind the scenes. We were expecting a huge crew to roll up to our house and try to all fit in our cozy kitchen. The fact that she does the entire story from beginning to end by herself makes the excellent show even more impressive in our eyes, and boasts the show’s all around great journalism.


For the show, we made one of our go-to side dishes. It’s easy to make, features simple  ingredients, and will make a brussels sprouts believer out of anyone. All you have to do is prep the ingredients, make some delicious bacon (BACON!!), sauté the brussels sprouts in the bacon fat, and add the rest of the ingredients.


We made this dish for the first time a few years ago for an Easter side and we just keep going back to it. You can watch our segment on KSDK here!

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Lemon, and Parmesan

Prep Time: 10 min. Cook Time: 20 min.

Recipe Adapted From:


1 lb brussels sprouts, stems removed and thinly sliced

Zest of 1 lemon

1/2 lemon, juiced

5 strips applewood smoked bacon, cut into 1/4″ pieces

1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

Salt and pepper to taste


Cook bacon over medium high heat in a large pan until crispy. Remove bacon and place on a plate with paper towels to rest, reserving bacon fat in pan. Add brussels sprouts to the bacon fat in pan and continue to cook over medium high heat until brussels sprouts are translucent and cooked through, about 8 minutes.

Turn off heat and add the lemon zest, lemon juice, and parmesan. Toss with tongs. Add the bacon and continue to toss. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with additional parmesan cheese.

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