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

 

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

4.91 from 75 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 2 slices of bacon
Author: Lisa Bryan
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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208 comments on “How to Cook Bacon in the Oven”

  1. Thank you for showing us this way to cook bacon. You deserve ten stars at least! I don’t like the mess stove top and the microwave methods make. It is really a MUST to preheat the oven to 400*, AS YOU STATED, for the best results. My church group will love my bacon tray!5 stars

  2. Followed your tutorial this morning with great success. With the stovetop freed up, everything was done at the same time. My family was impressed. Thank you!5 stars

  3. Great!!! Thank you!!!5 stars

  4. Thanks for the ideas on storing bacon grease. It makes total sense to use it for flavoring other foods, I just never really thought about it before. Great tip! And the oven cooked bacon was excellent, not to mention, barely any clean up!👍🏼5 stars

  5. Not sure if I did anything wrong, but bacon was not even partly cooked after 18 minutes at 400 degrees.2 stars

    • Hi Pamela – every oven heats differently, so it may be that your oven cooks at a bit lower temperature. I would bump up the heat just a smidge to maybe 425 and check it at 10 minutes to see how much it has cooked.

      • Turn up your oven/cook it longer then and give yourself two stars for having no common sense but the time to comment on how this didn’t work out for you lol

  6. The bacon turns out perfect every time!5 stars

  7. Best way ever to cook bacon especially as I tended to over fry it in the pan and worse still in the microwave.   Don’t miss the clean up one little bit.

    One thing I love to do with the bacon fat is to pour into frying pan and once the oil is hot add sliced white bread and fry on both sides…..OMG. Takes me back to my younger days in Scotland when this was a staple on a Sunday.   5 stars

  8. Wow! The Universe works in mysterious ways! I’m helping my daughter cook for our traditional huge family Easter brunch. When I say huge, I mean HUGE. It fell to me to supply the bacon and I thought, “Great. Hours over a hot stove tending spattering skillets of bacon. I wonder if I could cook it in the oven? Hmmmm”. That’s as far as the thought went. Then, I look at my phone and there’s a message from Downshiftology (which, btw, I just subscribed to yesterday!)….lo and behold: ‘How to fry bacon in the oven’. I thought for a second that I was dreaming but, no, there’s your instructions and at the perfect time!!!! Huzzah and THANK YOU!5 stars

  9. I use a broiler pan when my Pampered Chef stoneware broke
    I like that it catches the grease, and pretty much eliminates need for any paper towels which is a product I personally don’t care for.
    I do like the use of parchment paper on a sturdy cookie sheet
    Temp etc same either way4 stars

  10. The bacon was great! Thank you so much! How do I store the drippings?5 stars

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