Once you learn how to bake bacon in the oven, you will never want to cook bacon another way.
Hey y’all. Larisha here from We’re Parents. Today, we’re talking bacon. It’s the way to my heart. Okay, actually that’s doughnuts, but bacon is a close contender. I’ll crumble bacon into just about anything and that’s not an exaggeration. I love experimenting with bacon, like with these bacon, egg, and cheese pretzel bites. The first step however, is learning how to cook the perfect bacon and for us, that’s in the oven.
If you’ve never learned how to back bacon in the oven, you’re in for a real treat today. It’s super simple and while it does take a bit longer, it’s easier to clean up and there’s no risk of getting popped by frying grease. I mean that alone is enough to sell me so I’m not having to dance around the stove trying to avoid one of those pops.
How To Bake Bacon in the Oven?
First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Lay your bacon on parchment paper in a single layer on a baking sheet. If you bacon slightly touches, that is fine. Then, place in the lower one-third of your oven. Bake for 15-30 minutes. Less time for softer bacon and more timer for crispy bacon. Remove from oven and transfer bacon to a paper towel lined plate to soak up and excess grease. If desired, save bacon grease from pan for future recipes or discard.
How Long to Bake Bacon?
If you are using thin bacon or want soft, chewy bacon, then you should aim to bake your bacon in the oven for 15-20 minutes. If you are using a thick cut of bacon or want crispy bacon, then aim to cook bacon in the oven for 25-30 minutes.
Can you cook bacon in the oven on parchment paper?
The best way to cook bacon in the oven is on parchment paper because it provides for an easy cleanup. Other options for cooking bacon in the oven are on foil paper or directly onto the baking sheet. Also, if you have a super thick cut of baking, you can place the bacon on a cooling rack that fits into a baking sheet.
When you bake bacon in the oven it comes out perfect every single time. Not only that, but it frees up your stove and count space and saves you from the dread bacon pops. You can cook multiple sheets at one time depending on the size of your stove. It’s easy and once you try cooking bacon in the oven, you’ll never go back.
Want to really up your oven game? Try this One Pan Breakfast Bake with bacon, eggs, and hashbrowns.
How To Bake Bacon in the Oven
- 1 lb bacon
- 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.
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