How to Cook Bacon in the Oven


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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 10 to 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°F works well for both regular and thick cut bacon. Heat your oven and cook the bacon for 10 to 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)

4.94 from 249 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
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 multitask in the kitchen. Watch the video below to see how easy it is!



  • 8 bacon slices


  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). 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 10 to 20 minutes or until it's reached your desired level of crispiness. Make sure to check on it after about 10 minutes, as some ovens cook faster. 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. If you scroll through the comments you’ll see some people have raw bacon at 15 minutes and some have burnt bacon at 15 minutes. After years of comments on this recipe, I’ve widened the cooking time to 10 to 20 minutes, as all ovens do bake differently. 


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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Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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    1. Hi Bianca – your oven might cook a little bit hotter than others. Next time I’d try reducing the temperature, as it should barely sizzle, but not splatter.

  1. Following these suggestions was a terrible idea. All of the bacon stuck to the parchment paper and it was a disaster. What I ended up with was a pile of bacon flakes that I was able to scrape off the parchment but the rest wouldn’t even separate from it. What a waste!

    1. Hi Sarah – it sounds like you may have used wax paper rather than parchment paper. Nothing should stick to parchment paper, that’s the purpose of it. Hope your next try turns out better!

  2. We’ve been cooking our bacon in the oven for years! Instead of parchment paper, we use the wide heavy duty foil and that holds the grease for easier rendering.5 stars

      1. I don’t have good luck with this. Gobs of smoke, smoke detector goes off. How do you keep down the smoke from the grease?

      2. You shouldn’t have any smoke at all making this. I would try and lower the temperature the next time around, as all ovens heat differently!

  3. I’ve been cooking bacon in the oven for awhile, but never used parchment paper in the process. Huge difference! The bacon was crisp, more flavorful, cooked quicker and the clean up was a breeze-a win-win!! What a great idea!! Thank you again Lisa for another great idea!!!5 stars

  4. This is how I cook my bacon. It’s super easy and the mess is minimal! Bacon turns out straight and amazingly delicious. And you can cook so many slices at once. I save my bacon grease in a mason jar and use it in many ways…dry beans, green beans, delicious dollop to fry or scramble eggs, sauté onions for your veggie dishes. Yum yum.5 stars

  5. Delicious! Thank you for including how to render the bacon grease as I’ve always wanted to do it just didn’t know how.5 stars

  6. This is great! I cook a whole pound of bacon whenever we get it and freeze the slices. Whenever we need some bacon, we pull it out of the freezer and either microwave it for a few seconds or add it to whatever we’re cooking. I filter and save the grease too.5 stars

  7. As kids, when we’d have Sunday breakfast, this is how Momma would cook it and then as a special treat she would take the leftover bacon grease and stove top pop some popcorn….I still do it today!5 stars

  8. WOW – We have been cooking bacon this way for over 20 years!!
    Trust me, if you have never cooked bacon this way – – try it once and you will NEVER cook it anyway else! NO MESS AND EASY CLEAN UP!

  9. I worked in restaurants where we oven cooked bacon several times a day. This was to have the aroma in the air. That plus the smell from bread baking always brought the clients back.

    We set our oven at 350 F and always under cooked (smell test over eye test). The plus to under-cooking was that the bacon could be added to dishes and sandwiches which required cooking or heating. The grease is great added to soups and vegetable dishes.



  10. Hi! I’m wondering if anyone has ended up with grease all over the inside of their oven after doing this repeatedly? I have done this a number of times in the past and love it! It’s a time saver! But, even if it’s not spitting and splattering inside, the grease ends up slowly misting or something and getting on the walls of the oven. Now I love bacon so I kind of don’t care. LOL. BUT, I’m wondering if anyone has ideas on how to minimize this? Self cleaning the oven doesn’t seem to clean that off. I will try a lower oven temp and see if it helps though. Thanks!5 stars

    1. YES, My granddaughter & her husband cook bacon this way and we have bacon splatter all over the inside of the oven and oven door!!! UGH!!!!!!!

  11. I’ve made bacon using this way of cooking for quite a few years. No more lifting the skillet lid to get shot with grease. The only difference in the way I make mine is I lay the bacon on a cooling rack that pretty much fits the pan. I totally agree on investing in those heavy duty baking sheets.5 stars

  12. I have cooked bacon in the oven before following instructions on the bacon package it splatter all in my oven. So I don’t understand how you don’t get grease popping in yours

    1. It sounds like your oven might cook a bit hot. It’s should just sizzle and simmer, but not splatter. I’d recommend reducing your oven temperature a little.

      1. If you sprinkle just a little flour over the bacon it doesn’t splatter or make any mess. You really need only the tiniest bit. Using a sifter would be perfect.5 stars

  13. I cook multiple pounds at a time then after draining on paper towel I put about 1/2 pound in fresh paper towels into freezer bags. Date and when ready for quick BLT or whatever, microwave what you need and ready to go5 stars

  14. So glad to find this method to cook bacon! I have an essential tremor which makes frying bacon on the stove top just a good method to get burns on my hands or even my trunk if it spatters enough. I’m going to try this and bake up a whole package, then freeze it so I can make BLATs or add to a salad whenever I want.5 stars

  15. If you wash your bacon with cool water, and then bake it in the oven, it doesn’t shrivel up so much. My mom gave me this tip and it really works.

  16. I pre cook my bacon, by the pound, in the oven. Store them in ziplocks. They pull out 2-3 as need. Warm in the microwave5 stars

  17. Holy smokes, literally, at least the smoke part. Set the timer for 10 mins, timer goes off, open oven, smoke bellows out, setting off the smoke alarms (at 6AM), the bacon is burnt badly.

    Most people can bake their bacon, but I can NOT. Never again, according to my wife.

    1. Oh no! Bacon definitely shouldn’t be burnt after 10 minutes. But as all ovens are different, maybe check on yours after 5 minutes next time.

  18. Tried this for the first time last week & it was not only so delicious, it had barely any grease at all. I doubled the parchment paper which folded nicely & went straight into the garbage! DONE! I will never cook Bacon any other way ever again, Thank you for the GREAT recipe. 5 Stars5 stars

  19. This really turned out perfectly! 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Parchment paper worked great. I had always used foil and a wire rack but took your advice to skip the rack and it made clean up a breeze!5 stars

    1. Wonderful! Happy you loved the recipe, Bettina. And yes, it’s definitely easier on clean-up without the wire rack. :)

  20. I’d always heard of this way to cook bacon but just tried it for the first time the bacon turned out great and all the strips were flat and straight not all curled up also it was evenly cooked with no raw or under cooked spots only way ill cook it from now on thx5 stars

  21. Hi! Would this work with turkey bacon as well as pork bacon? I think this is such a great idea and am so exited to try it!

  22. Bacon turned out crispy and delicious without the popping grease. Easy to save the bacon grease for other cooking.5 stars

  23. I started cooking bacon this way instead of microwave or stovetop. The microwave you go through a TON of paper towels and can only cook 4 or 5 slices at a time.
    I use foil on my cookie sheet. I accordion fold it and put the bacon on so it’s not laying in the grease. love it!!!5 stars

  24. I cooked my bacon for 15 minutes and it was perfect . I cook on a gas stove . Will definitely use this recipe again . The parchment paper did stick a little bit but came out easily. 5 stars

  25. OH my gosh. TODAY years old finding out all the aggravation and mess and bacon-grease-burns from cooking it in the stovetop were unnecessary. Smh; wish I’d known before I was in my 30s!! Wish I could give this more than 5 stars!! Thank you so much for posting!! 5 stars

  26. This is by far the easiest, cleanest way to cook bacon and I love it. You can cook to the desired texture too. I have also prepped some this way for my elderly mother and she does not have to cook bacon on her own .which gives me peace of mind.5 stars

  27. This is my go-to method for cooking bacon. And when I do, I’ll cook the whole pound. I’ll save every precious drop of bacon grease to, for future recipes or frying. Oh, and I fully agree that a rack just gets in the way and makes no difference. Thanks again for your post ! Chuck 5/7/23.5 stars

  28. Love your video! It’s easy to follow because you speak slowly and clearly. I am baking up a batch of bacon now using your tips! Thanks for sharing 👍