December 20, 2021

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

An easy tutorial to help you learn how to cook bacon in the oven! You will never want to make bacon on the stovetop after following this easy foolproof method. You get perfectly crispy bacon, that’s evenly cooked, every single time!

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Why Bake Your Bacon?

If you have never made bacon in the oven before you may be wondering why you would do it at all, but trust me. Once you cook your bacon in the oven you will never want to make it on the stovetop again. 

  • You get perfect, crisp, and evenly cooked bacon every single time because there are not hot spots.  
  • In addition to it being cooked well, baking bacon also means that there is less clean up, no oil splatter all over your stove, and you can more easily store any rendered bacon fat to use for later. 
  • Personally, one of my favorite reasons for baking bacon is that I can do other things while it’s cooking. If I’m making breakfast I can prep my eggs, slice some fresh fruit, and prepare other components of the meal. You can easily put your bacon in the oven, set a timer, and then get a few other things done while the bacon is cooking. 

Watch How to Make This Recipe

Ingredients and Tools

  • Bacon – use your favorite! I’m a thick cut kind of bacon gal myself but if you like your bacon on thinner side then go for it. 
  • Parchment Paper – this makes clean up an absolute breeze. 
  • Baking Sheet – the more bacon you plan on making the larger the sheet pan you will need. 
  • Tongs – I like to use tongs to remove the bacon from the sheet pan once it has finished cooking. 
  • Air Tight Storage Jar – if you plan on saving your bacon grease you will need an air tight storage jar to store it in. I love using Weck Jars or Mason Jars for this. 

Five Steps for Easy Oven Baked Bacon

Step One: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Step Two: While the oven is preheating, line your sheet pan with parchment paper. Place the bacon on the sheet pan in a single layer being sure that the pieces do not overlap for the best results. 

Step Three: Cook the bacon for 15-20 minutes or until it’s your desired crispness.

Step Four: Once the bacon has finished cooking, use a pair of tongs to transfer the bacon to a plate that has been lined with a paper towel to drain.

Step Five: To save the bacon grease for later, let the grease cool just slightly, be sure it’s still liquid, and then pour it through a fine mesh strainer and into a heat-safe container.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take?

This heavily depends on the thickness of your bacon. For thinner bacon it can take 10-15 minutes. For thicker cut bacon (my preference) it can take 15-20 minutes. It also depends on your preference. If you like bacon a bit crispier then you might let it cook for a bit longer. 

Do I need a wire rack?

No! It’s just an extra hassle and doesn’t make your bacon any better, in my personal opinion. 

Do you have to flip it?

It depends! For thinner bacon, no flipping is required. For thicker strips, you might need to flip it once to ensure that everything cooks evenly. 

Do I need parchment paper?

No, not necessarily but it does make things easier. For me, the whole point of making bacon in the oven is to make clean up easier not harder. Using a sheet of parchment paper makes clean up a breeze so I always use it. 

Tips for the Best Oven Bacon

  • Don’t let the bacon overlap – if you want the bacon to cook evenly, don’t let it overlap on the sheet pan. 
  • Add a little black pepper – sprinkle a little fresh cracked black pepper over the bacon before it goes in the oven for extra flavor. 
  • Look for foamy bubbles – this is a trick I learned from my father-in-law. When there are lots of foamy grease bubbles on the bacon, it’s probably done. 
  • Cook to your preference – remember that oven temps vary widely which can impact cooking time. Be sure to check your bacon after 10 minutes and cook it to your liking. 

What to Do With Leftover Bacon Grease

You can save your leftover bacon grease to use for cooking later if you like! Just pour any liquid fat, into a fine mesh strainwhile it’s still warm, and store in an air-tight storage container for up to six months. 

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How to Use Cooked Bacon

Now that you’ve made your bacon it’s time to use it! Of course you can serve it as is with eggs, toast, etc. or you can use it in one of our reader favorite recipes, below!

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hope you give this recipe for Oven Bacon a try! It’s a quick and easy way to prep bacon for breakfast or other recipes!

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How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 slices 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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Scale:
  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 slices 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 12 oz thick cut bacon

 

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. While the oven is preheating, line your sheet pan with parchment paper. Place the bacon on the sheet pan in a single layer.
  3. Cook the bacon for 18-20 minutes or until it’s your desired crispness.
  4. Once the bacon has finished cooking, use a pair of tongs to transfer the bacon to a plate that has been lined with paper towel to drain.
  5. To save the bacon grease for later, let the grease cool just slightly and then pour it through a fine mesh strainer and into a heat-safe container.

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