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cooked bacon on sheet pan

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

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


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!


  • 12 oz thick cut bacon



  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.