Instant Pot Holiday Brussels Sprouts

A crazy good holiday dish that is simple and easy to make. Instant pot holiday brussels sprouts come together quick and free-up a stovetop burner! -

A crazy good holiday dish that is simple and easy to make.  Instant Pot Holiday Brussels Sprouts come together quick and free-up a stovetop burner!

Holiday season is here!  This is exciting stuff, mint, chocolate, eggnog, baked goods, twinkling lights and spending time with friends and family.  Hopefully at least; although the holidays can be stressful!  This Instant Pot holiday brussels sprouts recipe is easy as pie.  Ohh, I forgot about the amazing holiday pies!  Who forgets about pie??

I can't take credit for the genius behind this recipe, you have met Raj's sister Devi with her Pho Bone Broth recipe.  This beauty was a stove top dealy-bob of her creation for Canadian Thanksgiving, months ago now, in October.  I seriously couldn't get enough, I always love Brussels but the smokey bacon, and the tart balsamic… orgasmic.  The Instant Pot twist came about because sometimes I am lazy.  True story.  And my dishwasher sucks, so I use my Instant Pot to avoid dirtying more dishes.

How will you be spending your weekend?  Laying low?  Big family dinners? Watching the newly released Netflicks exclusive Gilmore Girls special?  I have been marathoning old episodes on Netflicks.  Gilmore Girls while I cook, in the bath, laying in bed, or last night in the middle of the night while I couldn't sleep cozy on my sofa.  I had never seen a single episode of Gilmore Girls before this year.  I went in search as to why.  It aired between 2000 and 2007, when I wasn't watching much TV.  I was busy dancing in cages and watching sporting events with my boyfriend- no time for Gilmore Girls!

I will be making up for my misspent youth by watching Gilmore Girls all weekend and going to bed by 10pm.  Oh how times have changed!  On Sunday Raj and I are hosting a short Facebook-Live event.  We recently signed on with Beautycounter and are excited to tell you more about the company and why we like what they're doing.  We would LOVE to have you join us! Raj wrote a great article about skin products in our new and improved “Words Words Words” section.  Happy Holidays to those of you celebrating, and happy weekend to the rest of you!



Instant Pot Holiday Brussels Sprouts

  • Author: Holley -
  • Yield: 6-8 servings
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: holiday


A crazy good holiday dish that is simple and easy to make. Instant Pot Holiday Brussels Sprouts come together quick and free-up a stovetop burner!


  • 5 slices of bacon chopped up
  • 6 cups brussels sprouts chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp balsamic reduction
  • 1/4 cup soft goat cheese (optional)


  1. Press the “Saute” button on the Instant Pot.
  2. Add the chopped bacon sauteing the bacon until the desired crispiness is achieved.
  3. Add the chopped brussels sprouts, and stir to coat with that delicious bacon fat.
  4. Add water and sprinkle with salt and pepper and cover.
  5. Stir every few minutes and replace the lid, approx 4-6 minutes, then continue to saute uncovered until the Brussels crisp up.
  6. Transfer to a serving dish, topping with a drizzle of balsamic reduction, and the crumbled goat cheese (optional).


There can be a little bacon stuck to the bottom of the liner, put a cup of soapy water in the liner and hit saute, it will come right off.

A crazy good holiday dish that is simple and easy to make. Instant pot holiday brussels sprouts come together quick and free-up a stovetop burner! -

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  1. Aimee January 11, 2017 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    So I am embarrassed to admit this, but I have had my instant pot for just about a year now, and am only just starting to use it. I was all gong-ho when it first arrived in January of 2016, but luckily I read the directions BEFORE I started cooking, and gave it a test run. Unfortunately it was a fail, but the company was great when I called to tell them the seal did not work and it never pressurized. They very quickly sent me a replacement but then life got crazy, and I just did not have time to experiment with it, and stayed with my tried and true cooking techniques. I finally did venture out of my comfort zone last week and in the instant pot made a pot roast – yum! And then tonight, I had about 45 mins to cook and eat dinner, and then I did the whole slap my hand on my forehead “shoulda put the raw beets in the oven an hour ago since that is what I was planning on for dinner – doh!” But wait – didn’t Holley make beets in the instant pot a few months ago and it only took 7 mins – 7 MINUTES! Dinner is saved, alleluia! I did it, they were awesome and now I am sticking to my New Years resolution to eat more vegetables at every meal! Thank you instant pot and THANK YOU Primal Desire for showing me the error of my way for letting this magical device sit in my cupboard for a year un used! Tomorrow night, Brussels Sprouts! Yippie

    • Holley January 11, 2017 at 6:06 pm

      Oh my gosh Aimee, you crack me up. Great memory and reading retention! It’s handy to not have to peel the beets too (for next time) let us know how the sprouts go. And no guilt about the un-used Instant pot, sometimes it takes some time to fall in love.

  2. Aimee January 17, 2017 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Hi – so I made the dish but not sure I like it. I did make a few tweaks, and substituted the Brussels sprouts for cabbage, the bacon with sardines and the goat cheese for velveta. Hahaha ok, seriously made it just like you listed and LOVED it! I had made a savory Brussels sprouts before, where I made with prosciutto, thyme, walnuts and Parmesan cheese. I really enjoyed the more savory flavor with the balsamic vinegar and goat cheese! New favorite!

    • Holley January 17, 2017 at 7:23 pm

      Oh Aimee I was at my day job when I read this comment and I was laughing so loud my coworkers thought something was wrong with me! Glad you enjoyed it! Can you imagine cabbage, sardines and Velveeta? I don’t think Raj could make magic with that trio! 🙂

    • Raj January 17, 2017 at 9:24 pm


      I friggin’ love you! So glad that you’re back!

      Velveeta… that made me puke in my mouth a bit.

  3. Alice January 19, 2017 at 11:54 am - Reply

    I haven’t tried any of your recipes yet, but your (Holley’s and Raj’s) banter makes me want to stick around just for entertainment’s sake. Will you be my friend 😉
    I love the instant pot that I got for Christmas this year and am excitedly cooking everything I can find in it. I generally roast or steam brussels sprouts, but I look forward to trying your recipe. The only thing I dislike about the instant pot is that it’s hard to clean the grease splatters when they get in between the top of the inner pot and the pot’s housing after sauteeing in it. I know this sounds anal, but I might wrap foil around the rim next time to try to prevent that. Keep the recipes coming!

    • Holley January 19, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      Heck yes we can be friends Alice!! Thanks for reading! It can be rough cleaning the crevice between the pot and the inner pot… I feel like a crazy person when I break out the q-tips to clean my Instant pot!

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