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Everyone loves oven cooked bacon! It is just as crispy and delicious as in a frying pan, without the mess! Once you try it, you’ll be converted for life! 

Oven cooked bacon on parchment paper

Everyone run to the kitchen, this is not a drill! We’re cooking bacon in the oven and you don’t want to miss it! We love bacon, but it is a pain. How many grease-stained shirts and 1st degree burns from oil popping can we tolerate before saying “ENOUGH!”? Well, a lot. Because it’s bacon. However, once we discovered cooking it in the oven, we couldn’t go back to the old-fashioned way. 

Cooking bacon in the oven is so stinkin’ easy! It’s going to take longer than you’re used to, but we promise you, it’s worth it. Plus, it’s all hands-off cooking time. No more watching the stove and dangerous flipping of the bacon! So, get out your favorite pancake recipe, squeeze some fresh orange juice and pull out that bacon, because it’s breakfast time!

  • Is bacon good leftover?

    Bacon is always good. Really though, leftover bacon doesn’t retain it’s crispiness well, so it is great to use crumbled up as a topping or in a baked good. Why throw it out, when you could instead use it to make Cheesy Corn, Bacon and Scallions Pizza

  • How do you know when the bacon is done?

    If you are using thin bacon or want soft, chewy bacon, then you should aim to bake for 15-20 minutes. If you are using a thick cut of bacon or want crispy bacon, then aim for 25-30 minutes.

  • What should I use? A baking sheet or parchment paper?

    The best way to cook bacon in the oven is on parchment paper because it allows for an easy cleanup. Once you’re done and it’s cooled down, simply roll all that grease up into the center of the parchment paper and throw it away! A baking sheet works, and we love reducing waste, but it does require more time cleaning up to scrub all of that grease out of both sides of the mat. 

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Oven cooked bacon on paper towel
Oven cooked bacon on parchment paper
The most simple and mess free to get perfect bacon every single time
Ingredients
  • 1 lb bacon
Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Place bacon in a single layer on parchment paper on a baking sheet.*
  • Cook for 15-20 minutes for chewy bacon or 25-30 minutes for crispy bacon.
  • Remove from oven and place on a paper towel lined plate.
Notes
*or line a baking sheet with foil and top with a nonstick wire cooling rack.

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Kimberly

5 stars
I love to prepare bacon this way. During BLT season I’ll often cook up several packages this way, but only partially bake them. Let them cool on a plate, but don’t drain fat. Then I roll up the slabs in wax paper and freeze in a gallon size ziplock bag. When I want a few for sandwiches or with eggs, just unroll what’s needed and finish frying on the stove top or even just microwave for a bit. Comes out like from scratch, with less time and cleanup.

Karen

5 stars
Thanks for the tip to make it ahead!

Jody

Save those bacon drippings. They are great for frying ends, potatoes. Popcorn. Etc.

Millie Steed

I have been cooking my bacon like this for years. I especially like to precook the bacon I take on our family beach trips. I will cook up 1 pound increments and freeze it. I cooked 13 pounds for our trip last year. It really helped with the time spent in the kitchen in the mornings. One thing I do differently, I line my pan with Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil. Extra-wide. This way I let the pan cool and roll up the aluminum foil, and clean-up is done. Just put your pan back in the cabinet.

Niki Simmons

I have been cooking my bacon in the oven like this for awhile now since I have a large family. It is great and the bacon cooks while I’m concentrating on cooking the rest of the meal. I almost always save the bacon grease. I have a jar in the fridge. I then use the bacon grease for many different recipes. It is great with veggies (green beans), as a little extra flavor in casseroles, to saute peppers, onions & mushrooms for various dishes like my tuna casserole. Just a table spoon of bacon grease substituted for another oil/fat can… Read more »

Amy Gilliam

5 stars
Thank you so much for this! I tried making bacon this way yesterday, the bacon turned out perfectly, my family loved it, and the clean up was so easy. Definitely the only way I’ll make bacon from now on. Thanks again!

Scalcione Julia

5 stars
Amazing who would have thought that you don’t have to deal with a scalding hot frying pan anymore? I cant believe how easy it is

Shelly

The bacon is in the oven and it looks amazing!

Michelle Zbaraschuk

5 stars
Just made my turkey bacon this way this morning along with French toast, and all I can say is, goodbye frying pan! YUMMMM!

5 stars
Hey i just love bacon thanks for the recipe i make this when my friends are coming in my home for party really it is so delicious .

Kathleen

Does the bacon need to be turned over to cook the other side?

No. That is one of the best things about baking bacon in the oven!

Roy Bergen

5 stars
This beats a skillet any day of the week.

William Poplaski

5 stars
She is great

Karen A Whitney

4 stars
I agree this is the best way to cook bacon. For those who like peppered bacon, sprinkle cracked pepper on mine before putting it in the oven. Yum!!

Deborah Torres

Do you use the same cooking time for turkey bacon?

Yes, it should be very similar cooking times.

cece

but: does this leave the oven all grease spattered?

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