How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

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  • Learn how to cook bacon in the oven with these simple tips and tricks! You’ll love this no fuss cooking method with easy clean up. Perfectly crispy, chewy and delicious bacon every time!

    I’m a huge breakfast fan and look forward to it every weekend. And of course crispy bacon is always on the menu. You just can’t beat it! Some of our favorite breakfast recipes to serve with bacon include German pancakes, waffles, breakfast burritos, french toast and skillet breakfast potatoes.

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    Baking bacon

    Bacon is one of those foods that makes everyone happy. Give me a slice of crispy bacon with a big stack of pancakes and I’m in heaven. In America, we’ve been known to use it in almost every meal from breakfast, lunch and dinner. Even desserts like these maple bacon donuts. Delicious!

    If you’ve never tried cooking bacon in the oven, it’s SO easy and way less messy! The bacon gets perfectly crispy and there’s no oil splattered everywhere. It also helps contain the smell a little bit. That’s a win in my book!

    I still cook bacon on the stove from time to time, so I included the stove top instructions below as well. You’ll end up with crispy and delicious bacon either way you cook it, so it really just comes down to preference.

    Why should I cook bacon in the oven?

    In my opinion, baking bacon is the best way to cook bacon! Below are my top reasons why:

    • Less mess! No splattering or oil getting everywhere. Bacon in the oven will sizzle instead of splatter.
    • Cooks all at once. Instead of cooking bacon in batches, you can line it up on your pan and cook it all at once!
    • It’s crispier. If you cook your bacon on a cooling rack, it won’t cook in it’s grease and will get super crispy and light.
    • You can multitask! No need to wait in front of the stove to flip the bacon. Pop it in the oven, go do something else and come back in 15 minutes!

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    Cooking bacon in the oven

    When baking bacon, there are 2 simple methods: 1.) straight on the baking pan or 2.) on top of a rack. The method that you use will depend on how crispy you like your bacon.

    • Cooking bacon directly on baking sheet: When cooked directly on the baking sheet, your bacon will come out a little more tender and chewy since it was able to cook directly in the fat.
    • Cooking bacon on the cooling rack: When cooked on top of the cooling rack, your bacon results in a more lighter, crispier texture (which is what I prefer).

    For both methods, simply preheat oven to 400ºF and line a baking sheet with foil. Either place bacon directly on foil or place on wire rack on top of foil, then lay in a single layer and bake for 15-20 minutes (or until desired level of crispiness is reached).

    How to cook bacon on the stove

    Cooking bacon in the skillet is really simple, just a little more messy. :) Check out the steps below to learn how to cook bacon on the stove.

    1. Start with a cold skillet. Place 6-8 strips of bacon onto the pan.
    2. Cook on medium-low heat. Low and slow is the key.
    3. Turn bacon occasionally to evenly cook both sides.
    4. When bacon has reached desired crispiness, transfer to a paper towel lined plate.

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    Tips for cooking bacon

    • Line your pan with foil for easy cleanup! Sometimes I even add a double layer so that grease doesn’t seep through.
    • For extra crispy bacon, cook on top of a cooling rack. It results in a lighter, crispier texture.
    • Using tongs, transfer cooked bacon to a plate lined with paper towels. This helps absorb any extra grease.
    • Save your bacon grease! It makes a great cooking fat and adds wonderful flavor. Simply pour bacon grease in a jar and store in fridge until ready to use.
    • Store any leftover bacon in a zip top bag and place in refrigerator for up to 5 days.

    More bacon recipes:

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    Bacon in the Oven

    Course: Breakfast
    Cuisine: American
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 20 minutes
    Servings: 10
    Calories: 189
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    Learn how to cook bacon in the oven with these simple tips and tricks! You'll love this no fuss cooking method with easy clean up. Perfectly crispy, chewy and delicious bacon every time! 

    Ingredients

    • 1 pound thick cut bacon

    Instructions

    • Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Line a baking sheet with foil. If you prefer crispy bacon, place a wire rack on top of the foil. 
    • Lay the strips of the bacon in a single layer. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until bacon has reached desired crispness. 
    • Line a plate with a paper towel. Then transfer the bacon with tongs to the plate to absorb any extra grease. 

    Notes

    To cook bacon on the stove:
    1. Start with a cold skillet. Place 6-8 strips of bacon onto the pan. 
    2. Cook on medium-low heat. Low and slow is the key. 
    3. Turn bacon occasionally to evenly cook both sides. 
    4. When bacon has reached desired crispiness transfer to a paper towel lined plate. 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 189kcal | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 300mg | Potassium: 89mg | Vitamin A: 0.3% | Calcium: 0.2% | Iron: 1%
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    Baking bacon is definitely the best way to make bacon in my opinion. Have you tried it?!

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