How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

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Follow these tips for How to Cook Bacon in the Oven for less mess and a deliciously easy snack or addition to any meal!

Why Should I Know How to Cook Bacon In the Oven?

Crispy Bacon is one of the best ingredients you will use in your regular cooking routine, but it is also one of the messiest to prepare. By cooking it in the oven, you are saving yourself a ton of frustration.

We love this method as it means we can cook all of the bacon we need in one easy method without going back and forth in a skillet.

Of course, the biggest reason for using this method, in our opinion, is the lack of a mess.

Plus, it helps keep the smell from getting all over the house!

Sure, you still have one pan to clean, but you aren’t going to have the layers of grease splatters to clean up in your kitchen after you cook bacon. That alone is a great reason to know how to cook bacon in the oven.

Do I need to Flip the Bacon While Baking?

No! That’s the beauty of this recipe! Just place it in a baking pan and into the oven to bake, and then set a timer. No flipping required.

In less than 20-minutes, you have crispy, oh, so delicious bacon ready to eat. It’s always cooked evenly, too!

Cooked bacon on a plate.
oven crisp bacon

How to Store Cooked Bacon

When we cook bacon in large batches like this in the oven, it is typically going to be used for a few recipes or meals right away.

We have, however, ended up making extra batches that we knew wouldn’t be used right away. So, we have some tips for storing cooked bacon.

First, once it is cooked and cooled, we like to place on paper towels, and inside a reusable storage container or large plastic baggie to put into the refrigerator. This is good for up to 5 days when refrigerated.

If you have extra, do the same thing, but place it in the freezer in a labeled and dated bag or freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Make sure you use our Tips to Prevent Freezer Burn.

When ready to eat, just pull out and heat through in the microwave in 30-second increments until piping hot.

How to Clean Your Baking Sheet After Cooking

When cooking bacon in the oven, you will have less mess, but there is still some mess involved. Our method is to line the baking sheet so once it is out of the oven and cooled, you can simply pull that liner off and throw it away.

This method is not one in which you would save the bacon grease for other recipes. So, we remove the bacon from the pan, let the pan and excess grease cool, then will remove the foil or parchment paper and throw it away.

Prior to adding the baking sheet to the dishwasher or to the sink to wash, we will use paper towels to wipe off as much excess grease residue as possible so it cleans well without causing other dishes to have a greasy film.

More Bacon Recipes You’ll Love

Bacon is the cornerstone of many of our favorite recipes. Aside from basic bacon and eggs for breakfast, below you will find some more recipes that are ideal for using this new method for how to cook bacon in the oven.

  • Cobb Pasta Salad Recipe
  • Monterey Chicken Skillet
  • 1-Minute Sausage and Cheese Omelete (instead of sausage)
  • Best Deviled Eggs Recipe (crumbled on top of the eggs)
Ingredients for a Cobb Pasta Salad in a bowl.

Tips for Cooking Bacon in the Oven

  • Sweeten it Up – If you like sweet and salty bacon, brush a little of real maple syrup on each slice, or even a small sprinkling of brown sugar.
  • How to Store – Cooked bacon is good kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 1 week. 
  • How to Reheat – To reheat bacon slices, wrap in paper towel and heat in the microwave for approximately 15 seconds. 
  • How to Feed a Crowd – Cooking bacon in the oven is the perfect way to prepare a large batch to feed a crowd.
  • Watch It The First Time – Cooking times vary for each oven, so make sure to watch your bacon to get it to your preferred crispiness.
  • For Crispier Bacon – An alternative method for even crispier bacon is to place a metal rack on the parchment paper for the bacon to sit on while it’s cooking. However, we find our bacon comes out perfect without it.

What the Best Temperature to Cook Bacon

We find the best temperature to cook bacon in the oven in 400 degrees Fahrenheit. This allows it to get nice and crisp, but not to burn around the edges.

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

This method of cooking bacon will become your go-to choice when meal planning!

Step 1

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

Step 2

Lay bacon slices in an even layer over the lined baking sheet. These can be placed right next to each other, but not overlapping.

raw bacon on a baking sheet.

Step 3

Cook for 18-22 minutes as directed, or until the crispness level, you prefer.

cooked bacon on a baking sheet

Step 4

Remove from oven and allow to cool, draining on paper or paper towels on a plate.

Step 5

Follow directions above for cleanup and enjoy bacon in your favorite recipe.

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Follow these tips for How to Cook Bacon in the Oven for less mess and a deliciously easy snack or addition to any meal!

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

Follow these simple tips for How to Cook Bacon in the Oven for less mess and a deliciously easy snack or addition to any meal!

Print Pin Rate

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 6
Calories: 183kcal
Author: Erin Henry

Equipment

  • Baking pan

Ingredients

  • 12 slices bacon

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Line an extra-large baking sheet with parchment paper or foil for easy cleanup.
  • Arrange the bacon slices in a single layer in the pan. (do not overlap)
  • Bake for 18 to 22 minutes on the middle rack, until the bacon is done to your liking. Flip once halfway through cooking. The time will vary depending on the thickness of the bacon and how crispy you like it-so keep an eye on it.
  • After baking bacon in the oven, place on a paper towel-lined plate. Allow it to cool for a few minutes to get more crispy.

Notes

Cooked bacon is good kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 1 week.

To reheat, wrap or cover with paper towel and heat in the microwave for approximately 15 seconds.

Nutrition

Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 291mg | Potassium: 87mg | Vitamin A: 16IU | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Breakfast, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American

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