Brussels Sprout Stir Fry

Experience my Brussels Sprout Stir Fry recipe! This fusion dish combines Brussels sprouts with a Japanese-style sweet and savory stir-fry sauce. Cooked in flavorful bacon oil and paired with crispy bacon, it’s a straightforward yet incredibly tasty creation that elevates Brussels sprouts to a whole new level!

Brussels sprout stir fry served in a white bowl.

Why I Love This Recipe

I absolutely love my Brussels Sprout Stir Fry recipe because it’s my unique creation, bringing together the earthy goodness of brussels sprout with the irresistible charm of Japanese stir-fry! It’s a delightful fusion where I take a popular Western vegetable like brussels sprout and infuse it with the bold flavors of Asian-style stir-fry sauce, much like my beloved Spicy Garlic Sauteed Brussels Sprout!

I start by cooking bacon to perfection, harnessing its flavorful oil to stir-fry the brussels sprouts and craft a mouthwatering sauce, reminiscent of the magic in my Japanese Shishito Pepper Stir Fry dish. The outcome is a blend of tender brussels sprout, enveloped in a sweet and savory sauce, all accentuated by the smokiness of bacon!

This recipe is the ultimate side dish, capable of elevating any meal, and it’s a must-try for anyone seeking a straightforward way to savor brussels sprout with a burst of fusion flavors. So, why wait? Let’s dive into this recipe and relish it right away!



  • Brussels Sprout – fresh Brussels sprouts found at your local grocery store.
  • Bacon – standard bacon of choice.
  • Soy Sauce – low-sodium Soy Sauce preferred. Can also use tamari for gluten-free.
  • Japanese Sake – typically will come in a large bottle labeled junmai sake. Can also substitute with dry sherry wine or Chinese cooking wine, found at local grocery stores or Asian markets. 
  • Sweetener – use your preferred sweetener.
  • Bonito Flakes – made from shaved Dried Bonito fish. Commonly used to make broth and responsible for giving Japanese cuisine that signature umami flavor. Can replace with Hondashi.
  • Garlic fresh finely diced garlic.

Brussels sprout stir fry served in a white bowl being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

Essential Kitchen Equipment

  • Wok or Deep Large Skillet


☑ Before Getting Started

For optimal stir-frying, go with a roomy Wok or Deep Skillet to ensure all ingredients have sufficient space to cook effectively.

Step 1 Start with preparing the sauce by combining soy sauce, sake, water, sweetener, bonito flakes or hondashi, and diced garlic in a saucepan. Bring sauce to a boil then let it simmer for 5 minutes.

Sauce for brussels sprout stir fry.

Sauce Shortcut

For a shortcut, use Hondashi instead of bonito flakes to prepare the stir fry sauce. This substitution eliminates the need to strain the sauce.

Step 2 In the meantime, cook bacon to preferred tenderness and set it aside.

Cooked bacon and bacon oil.

Step 3 Coat a frying pan with the bacon oil, add in fresh Brussels sprouts, and cook for 2-3 minutes under medium-high heat until tender. Add back cooked bacon, pour in sauce, mix, serve.

Brussels sprout stir fry in a skillet.

🌶️ Garnishing Pro Tip

Sprinkle Ground Red Pepper for added flavor and visual appeal.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair this Brussels Sprout Stir Fry with Japanese meat dishes like Chicken Sesame Oil Stir Fry or Japanese Pork Stir Fry, along with a bowl of rice and Tofu Miso Soup for a complete Asian-inspired meal.

Brussels sprout stir fry served in a white bowl being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use frozen brussels sprout for this recipe?

It's best to use fresh brussels sprout for this stir-fry recipe.

Can I make the stir-fry sauce ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the stir-fry sauce in advance, and it will hold well in the fridge when stored in an airtight container.

Can I make this dish spicy?

Certainly! You can easily add a kick of spice to this dish by incorporating ground red pepper into the sauce. Adjust the amount to suit your desired level of spiciness.

Storage Tips

Store any remaining leftovers an airtight container in the fridge. It will stay good for 3-5 days, and you can easily reheat it in the microwave.

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Brussels sprout stir fry served in a white bowl.

Brussels Sprout Stir Fry

Elevate your meal with a delicious Brussel Sprouts Stir Fry – a fusion of flavors that's easy to make and oh-so-tasty!
4.88 from 8 votes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Vegetables
Cuisine: Asian, Asian Fusion, Japanese
Keyword: brussel sprouts stir fry
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 408kcal


Stir Fry

  • 1 Cup Brussels Sprout
  • 3 Slices Bacon


  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 3 tbsp Japanese Sake can substitute with dry sherry wine or Chinese cooking wine
  • 1 tbsp Water
  • 1 tbsp Sweetener your preferred sweetener
  • 1/2 Cup Bonito Flakes can sub with 1/8 tsp of hondashi
  • 3 Clove Garlic


  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for brussels sprout stir fry.
  • Finely dice garlic and set aside.
    Diced garlic.
  • In a stovetop pot, bring Soy Sauce, Japanese Sake, water, sweetener, Bonito Flakes, and diced garlic to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes until slightly reduced; strain the sauce, squeezing out excess from Bonito Flakes. Note - if using hondashi, no need to strain liquid.
    Diced garlic.
  • In the meantime, cut bacon into 1/2 inch lengths and set aside.
    Sliced bacon.
  • Cut brussels sprout into halves and set aside.
    Cut brussels sprout.
  • Place a large fry pan on medium heat and add bacon. Cook bacon until preferred liking (about 3 minutes for medium and 6 minutes for extra crispy) and transfer bacon to one holding bowl and the bacon oil into another holding bowl.
    Cooked bacon and bacon oil.
  • Return 1 tablespoon of bacon oil to the hot pan, discard the excess, then cook Brussels sprouts until tender, about 2-3 minutes and finally,mix in bacon and sauce for 15 seconds before transferring to a serving plate.
    Brussels sprout stir fry in a skillet.


Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 1395mg | Potassium: 814mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 332IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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