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How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

Cooking bacon in the oven creates perfectly crispy, delicious bacon. It’s also super easy, creates less mess than cooking it on the stovetop and allows you to multitask in the kitchen. If you’ve never baked bacon, give it a try!

So what do you serve your bacon with? Well, everything! Including my poached eggs, soft and hard boiled eggs and fried eggs. And you can’t forget my paleo pancakes (and dipping bacon in that maple syrup – yum).

Slices of cooked bacon on a sheet tray.

Cooking Bacon in the Oven

When it comes to the most perfectly crispy, evenly cooked bacon you really can’t beat cooking bacon in the oven. But it’s amazing how many people have never tried it. It seems the stovetop reigns supreme.

Today I’ll share with you why you should change your habits and cook bacon in the oven. And trust me, once you cook bacon in the oven, you’ll never cook it on the stovetop again!

Cooking bacon on the stove creates splatters all over your stove top and produces hot spots on the pan. This means certain pieces of bacon may cook faster than others. And it’s why you might have some bacon slices that accidentally charcoal a bit too much while other slices are still undercooked.

Cooking bacon in the oven cooks all of your bacon slices evenly as the heat surrounds them. They slowly sizzle, don’t splatter and end up evenly cooked. It’s a beautiful thing.

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

It’s incredibly easy! Though it always helps to watch a quick video tutorial. Watch the video below!

Oven Baked Bacon – In 5 Steps

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit.
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Lay the bacon slices on the baking sheet.
  • Cook the bacon for 18-20 minutes or until it’s as crispy as you’d like.
  • Remove the bacon from the oven and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

Raw bacon on a sheet tray.

Benefits of Cooking Bacon in the Oven

  • First, you can cook for a crowd (and sometimes that crowd is just your immediate family). This is key for the holidays or when lots of people descend on your house. It’s also HUGE for helping you keep your sanity in the kitchen with the masses.
  • Second, cooking bacon in the oven is way cleaner than cooking bacon on the stove. I’m notorious for getting splatters all over the stovetop because I probably cook my bacon a bit too hot. But when you cook bacon in the oven you don’t get any splatters because the bacon just sizzles until it’s perfectly crispy (or done to your liking).
  • Lastly, cooking bacon in the oven allows you to multitask in the kitchen. Because once you toss that sheet pan of glorious bacon in the oven, you’re free for about 15 minutes to whip up some eggs or make a batch of pancakes or waffles.

Crispy oven baked bacon on a sheet tray.

A Few More Tips

  • Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper (or don’t line it at all – but that’s messy). With parchment paper it’s as simple as tearing off a piece, placing the bacon on top and cooking.
  • Should you place the bacon on a cooling rack to cook? I don’t think so. I tried it and the difference is negligible. But then I had to clean a cooling rack (and those buggers are hard to clean).
  • 400 degrees fahrenheit works well for both regular and thick cut bacon. Heat your oven and cook the bacon for 10-15 minutes or until it’s reached your desired level of crispiness. I do rotate the pan halfway through, just to ensure even cooking, but that’s it. And remember that your bacon will continue to crisp up once it dries.

What to do with Bacon Grease? Save it!

If you purchase organic bacon, as I do, definitely consider rendering and saving the bacon grease. Not only does bacon grease impart a richness of flavor into braised meats and other dishes, it has a high smoke point which means it’s far more stable to cook with.

Rendering bacon grease.

Here’s how to render bacon grease:

  • Once you’ve cooked your bacon, remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Line a fine mesh sieve with another paper towel (you could also use a nut milk bag or cheesecloth) and pour the hot bacon grease over the sieve and into a glass jar.
  • Note: it’s important to use glass and not plastic, as you’ll melt plastic with hot bacon grease.

You can see in the photo above that I had some previous bacon fat already in my glass jar that’s opaque and lighter in color. When I have a new batch of bacon, I just pour this straight on top then cover the jar and refrigerate it.

So what do I use my rendered bacon grease for? Oh, just about everything. It’s what I fry my eggs in and how I sear pretty much any meat. It’s also great for sautéed or roasted vegetables to add depth and flavor.

Tasty Recipes with Crispy Bacon

 

4.94 from 46 votes

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven (Easy & Crispy)

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 2 slices of bacon
Author: Lisa Bryan
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Cooking bacon in the oven creates perfectly crispy, delicious bacon. It's also super easy, creates less mess and allows you to multi-task in the kitchen. Watch the video above to see how easy it is!

Ingredients

  • 8 bacon slices

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit. Line a baking tray with parchment paper, then place the bacon side-by-side on the tray.
    Raw bacon on a parchment lined baking tray.
  • Cook the bacon for 18-20 minutes or until it's reached your desired level of crispiness. Remove the tray from the oven and transfer the bacon with tongs to a paper towel-lined plate.
    Cooked bacon on a baking tray.
  • If you're rendering the bacon fat, line a fine mesh sieve with a paper towel. Then place the sieve over a glass storage container and pour the bacon fat from the sheet tray into the sieve. Cover the glass storage container and place it in the refrigerator for future cooking needs.
    Rendering bacon grease.

Lisa's Tips

  • If you don't have a heavy-duty baking sheet I recommend purchasing some. They never warp or bend in the oven! 
  • Please note that all ovens cook slightly differently. It's best to keep an eye on the bacon past the 10 minute mark so you can ensure it's cooked to your personal preference.

Nutrition

Serving: 2slices of bacon, Calories: 366kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 34g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 58mg, Sodium: 582mg, Potassium: 174mg, Vitamin A: 35IU, Iron: 0.4mg
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cooking bacon in the oven, how to cook bacon in the oven, oven baked bacon
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Recipe originally published December 2016, but updated with new photos and information. 

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145 comments on “How to Cook Bacon in the Oven”

  1. Perfect!  I tried it this morning in the oven and it came out so nice and crispy.  I stopped buying bacon because it got the stovetop so greasy, do it has been over ten years, but decided to give it a go with your method. Fantastic 

  2. Awesome thank you. Great when my grandkids come for a sleepover and we have pancakes and eggs along with this yummy crispy bacon.

  3. Does great!!!

  4. Perfectly cooked bacon! Thank you!

  5. Will this work with turkey bacon?

  6. Tried it today, came out great!!

  7. This tutorial is great!! We always made it on the stovetop and I was never a huge fan of bacon. but in the oven, it comes out delicious! We use the bacon to put into salads and it’s so tasty and flavorful. It’s simple, but the oven makes all the difference!

  8. I use a 14-inch by 10-inch Pyrex dish. I use two stainless steel racks tied together along one side using cotton butcher’s twine (don’t use plastic). I then set the racks in the dish so they make an A-frame. Then I drape the bacon slices over the frame. The bacon drains all its grease into the Pyrex dish. This way you don’t need the parchment paper and you lose none of your precious bacon drippings to the paper. It works exceptionally well.

    • Thanks for sharing that with us Tim! :)

    • If you have the time you can cook the bacon at 250°F. It takes longer but I think it delivers a better-tasting result. I found that higher temperatures tend to damage the flavor. It is also much kinder to the drippings. Cooking for one hour gives a more flavorful result. cooking for 2 hours makes it crispier.
      It also is much more forgiving in terms of delivering a tastier product. Cooking at 250°F is also much more forgiving and less likely to burn the bacon.
      Some bacon juice cooks out with the drippings. The water evaporates and the solids that remain are full of bacon flavor. I collect the solids and add them to my beans and salads for that terrific bacon flavor.

  9. HI!

    If I need to make 2 sheet pans of bacon at the same time, will that still allow them to be nice and crispy? I cannot stand rubbery bacon! lol

    Thank you!!

    • Hi Jessica – yes, you can do two sheet pans at the same time. I do it all the time! You may need to increase the cook time in the oven, but just keep an eye on them.

  10. Turned out crispy and delishhhh ! Bacon is my least favorite thing to prepare because I feel I just make a huge mess and everything gets oily and smelly. This is the best way to meal prep it 🤗

  11. I will never make bacon any other way – this was such a EUREKA moment for me! Thanks Lisa – the bacon always turns out so nice and crispy – just how I love it. I do have to keep it in the oven a bit longer, but that’s just my oven taking a long time with everything, haha.

  12. I had my doubts about cooking bacon in the oven but my bacon came out perfect, flat, and crispy! I will be rendering the grease for sure. Thank you Lisa for another fool proof recipe!

  13. We have been cooking our bacon in the oven for a few years now! It’s a game changer for sure. The only thing we do different is put the pan in then turn the oven on. I can’t remember where we got that from but works great. I don’t even time it any more because we can tell by smell when it’s done.

  14. Would convection cooking be helpful for even cooking?

  15. Tried this out this morning with thicker-than-normal bacon (not specifically labeled as thick-cut), but 400 might not be ideal. Probably 450 for 15-18 minutes would be better. My bacon came out pretty flimsy and remained that way after being drained on paper-towel.

    • Hi Gilbert – all ovens cook slightly differently, and it’s actually common for some ovens to be up to 25 degrees off. You can definitely cook your bacon a little longer to get it extra crispy though!

  16. I finally tried this method! I was so hesitant that the oven would have grease splatter everywhere. No issues! Yay! Thank you! :) 

  17. 18 minutes gave me a pan full of burnt bacon 😢

    • Hi Shannon- Oh no! For this recipe, it really depends on how your oven heats. Some heats warmer than others so next time I would suggest to cook it for 10 minutes and keep an eye on it!

  18. I really didn’t I think I would find this on your site! I LOVE it! I’ve been following you for awhile. I just now learned of this  style of cooking bacon. Thanks! Love it!

  19. I really like the way you present your instructions. You speak very clearly, stick to each step and I don’t feel rushed. That’s especially important to me after suffering from a stroke. I look forward to learning more recipes from you!

  20. I cook a tad lower for a few minutes longer….gives me a few more minutes of multitasking.  Having said, the secret ingredient to my mom’s meatbalss for the last 75 years….cook them in bacon fat until golden all around, then finish in the sauce (I cheat and use a crockpot).  Trust me. Awesome. And rendered fat from the oven is tastier with less burnt bits than pan frying.

  21. Perfecto 👍

  22. Delish!!! This is truly the best way to cook bacon. I do add one extra step – I put the bacon on top of a nonstick baking cooling rack and then line the cooking sheet with parchment paper and place the cooling rack on top of that. I like this method because the bacon gets a bit crispier and it’s less greasy.

  23. Great thank!

  24. How long is the rendered bacon grease good till and how do you store it

  25. I will never cook bacon in a cast iron skillet on the top of the stove!!! So easy and fast and tasty in the oven. I love it.

    • It really is the best method! And saves time when you need to cook other things as well :)

      • I will never fry bacon again.
        I lined my sheet pan with aluminum foil. Drain the grease into a jar and pitch the foil. That’s my kind of clean up. Perfect!!!