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 18-20 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 150 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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374 comments on “How to Cook Bacon in the Oven”

  1. Bacon in the oven is a great idea, especially if you want to cook a larger batch. I cook at 375 for about 25 minutes. Less likely to burn if you have thinly sliced bacon. I use the same technique for thick bacon and then put it under the broiler for a couple of minutes at the end. Cook 2 sheets at a time and rotate and switch places half way through. Do not skip using the parchment paper. It is a cleanup godsend.

  2. This is the absolute best way to cook bacon. And rotate the pans halfway through like you said. And definitely save the grease!
    Thanks much for this time saving cooking idea.
    Kim

  3. Do you ever find it necessary to flip the bacon when rotating the pan!5 stars

  4. thank you so much. great idea

  5. I’ve made this recipe at least 10 times and it’s perfect every single time. Parchment goes into the bin and cleanup is a breeze. 5 stars

  6. I followed the instructions exactly and bacon came out PERFECT. not crunchy, not too undercooked, just right. I’ve been doing bacon all wrong my whole life!5 stars

  7. So is it 10-15 minutes as the video states or 18-20 as the article states multiple times?
    That a big difference in time especially if I’m multitasking which I always am!! 

    • I changed the timing as the video is a bit older and I was using a different oven. So, the 18 to 20 minutes timing is based off the oven I’m using now. But the general rule I would say is to keep an eye on your bacon after 10 minutes, as every oven heats differently.

  8. I will NEVER cook bacon on my stovetop again!!! I absolutely love cooking bacon in the oven. It’s so much cleaner & tastier too!! Thank you!! 5 stars

  9. Followed recipe exactly put in with timer for 13 minutes so I could come finish other stuff before it would be done since it said 18-20 minutes. Bacon was completely burned nearly black. Extremely disappointing. I doubt my comment will make it on the site but is what it is.1 star

    • Hi Britt – sorry to hear of your overcooked bacon. As mentioned in the recipe notes, all ovens cook differently so I recommend keeping an eye on it after the 10 minute mark. Hope your next try comes out better!

  10. So much easier and cleaner than hovering over the stove, flipping and making sure it doesn’t stick. Love this!

  11. I’ve changed it a bit. I line a baking pan with tinfoil, and use a wire rack for the bacon. Same cooking temp and time. Once it’s done, I drain the fat into a mason jar and put it in the fridge. One thing most folks don’t know, is to let your bacon reach room-temp before cooking. About 10 minutes. Cold bacon doesn’t cook evenly. Clean up is easy, and yep, the wire rack can be hard to clean. It’s a process.4 stars

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