Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Lemon Zest

My husband grew up eating brussels sprouts but I did not.  The first time I have ever had them, I have to admit, I hated them.  I hated them but politely ate them anyway.  Arkadi on the other hand gobbled them up and proceeded to tell me how they used to eat brussels sprouts all the time when he was back home in Russia.  I realized later on the reason why I did not like them was because they were just boiled and dumped on my plate with no seasoning whatsoever!  So I thought, why not add some tasty things to make this humble leafy vegetable taste better; and that is how we came up with brussels sprouts with pancetta and lemon zest. The addition of pancetta adds that salty, smoky flavour and the lemon zest livens  up the dish.  Try out this dish and see how addictive it is!

Brussels Spouts with Pancetta and Lemon Zest

Here’s the recipe for you:

Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Lemon Zest
Recipe type: Side dish
Serves: 4
  • ¼ cup of diced pancetta
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 340 grams (12 oz) brussels sprouts, halved
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • lemon zest
  1. In a large frying pan, heat olive oil and saute the pancetta until crisp.
  2. Then add the minced garlic and saute until golden brown.
  3. Then add the brussels sprouts. Keep stirring until the leaves are cooked and browned.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Add lemon zest and serve.


34 thoughts on “Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Lemon Zest

  1. Ahahaaha this made me laugh:
    “My husband grew up eating brussels sprouts but I did not. The first time I have ever had them, I have to admit, I hated them.”
    I had the exact same experience! Except this part: “I hated them but politely ate them anyway.”
    I guess I’m just not that polite ;p
    Love them now though! You’re right – they just need to be cooked & seasoned properly.

  2. Ha – Sarah – I totally feel for you! Brussels sprouts boiled and plain are just not good! No wonder you hated them at first! It took my until adulthood to figure out that there were so many other (wonderful!!!) ways to prepare them, and now I absolutely adore them! I totally agree that a hit of acid and a bit of salty/smoky flavor are both wonderful companions for Brussels sprouts. And yes – sauteeing or roasting beats boiling them – hand-down! Great recipe – so simple and healthy yet bursting with flavor! 😀 Mmmmmmm … totally wish I was eating this right now!

  3. I am one of those weirdos who could happily eat brussels sprouts any which way…but the addition of lemon zest is genius! I will definitely give this one a try 🙂

  4. looks delicious this Brussels sprouts…I love the pancetta and and the lemon zest…so simple and flavorful.
    Thanks for sharing such an awesome recipe.
    Hope you both are having a wonderful week 😀

  5. Hehe I was the same and used to hate brussels sprouts growing up but now I can’t seem to get enough! I can imagine the wonderful flavor the pancetta gives these – they sound awesome!

  6. I can’t stand Brussels sprouts!! Gosh they are not my favorite vegetable but the addition of pork may make me rethink this lovely green vegetable.. I am so use to having them plain I never thought of adding meat for flavor! I love this recipe..

    1. haha! Thanks for being so honest! On its own we’d never eat it, but with some extra pork goodness, sure tastes good! 🙂

  7. I love brussel sprouts!Glad you’ve given them a shot. I’ve made them really similar to this too! But I added in leeks, garlic, and orange zest. So good! I love them simply roasted too, with a little garlic salt and pepper. One of my favorite vegetables : )

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