How to Bake Bacon in the Oven
Learn how to bake bacon in the oven in this easy tutorial. Stop standing over a hot stove dodging hot oil and covering your kitchen in grease. Make perfectly crispy bacon each and every time with this easy kitchen hack.
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If you’re sick of messy stovetops and popping grease from making bacon in a skillet, my friends, there is a better way. One of the best things about baking bacon is that you can do a whole bunch of it at once.
It is perfect when cooking for a crowd or when you just want to store a lot of cooked bacon for quick meals. And because it is so easy to reheat, anyone in your family can make their own breakfast.
And that makes you a genius.
How to Use Cooked Bacon
How Long to Cook Bacon in the Oven
I prefer to cook ours at 400 degrees F, and it takes about 20-30(ish) minutes. Our oven is very basic with many hot spots, so I do start checking on it at 15 minutes.
Please note, each brand will be different and cooking time will vary depending on the cut. I prefer thicker cut (about 1/8 inch thick) and to invest in quality brands when possible. I love the bacon from Butcher Box, and have also created an entire post on Whole30 compliant bacon brands.
If you need to cook just a few slices at a time, try Air Fryer Bacon for another fast and mess-free method.
How to Bake Bacon in the Oven:
You’re going to need a rimmed baking sheet, some foil (because who wants to clean up that mess?), and in some cases, you’ll want an oven-safe
- You’ll completely cover the baking sheet with foil and place the bacon as close together as possible. Try not to overlap too much.
- I cook mine at 400 degrees for 20 minutes and then cook in 5-minute increments until it is almost exactly how I want it. It will continue to crisp up a bit after you take it out of the oven. Every oven is different, so use your eyes and your nose as your best judgment during that initial baking.
- Remove the bacon from the baking sheet and place it on a plate lined with paper towels or newspaper.
- Allow it to cool completely and then transfer to storage. We use these reusable silicone bags for the freezer, or glass storage containers for the fridge.
Pro Tips/Recipe Notes:
- Store in the freezer for up to 3 months or 1 week in the fridge.
- Reheat in the microwave for 30 seconds for a fast breakfast or making the perfect BLT in a flash.
- If you don’t use the grease or cooking or seasoning cast iron, simply allow it to harden on the foil and then gather up the foil and throw it in the garbage.
- Want to get rid of that bacony smell in your house? Simmer a saucepan of water on the stove with ground cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg, and a splash of almond extract if you have it. Pretty soon your house will smell like you’re baking and amazing apple pie.
Other Great Make-Ahead Breakfast Staples:
- Fluffy Whole Wheat Waffles (reheat in the toaster oven)
- Air Fryer Bacon
- Easy Make-Ahead Scrambled Eggs (reheat in microwave for 30 seconds)
- Paleo Muesli
- Instant Pot Egg Bites (thaw in the fridge for microwave for 30 seconds)
- 32 Amazing Make-Ahead Breakfasts
- Check out all our Whole30 Breakfast Recipes
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Learn how to bake bacon in the oven in this easy tutorial. Keep your kitchen clean and make perfectly crispy bacon every time with this easy kitchen hack.
Completely cover a rimmed baking sheet with foil and place the bacon as close together as possible. Try not to overlap too much.
Cook at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, and then flip and cook in 5-minute increments until it is almost exactly how I want it. It will continue to crisp up a bit after you take it out of the oven. Every oven is different, so use your eyes and your nose as your best judgment during that initial baking.
- Remove the bacon from the pan and place it on a plate lined with paper towels. Layer bacon and paper towels on the plate until all the bacon is covered.
- Allow it to cool completely and then transfer it in a few paper towels to a freezer bag. Place in the freezer.
- Microwave for 20 seconds when you need a delightful bacony treat.
Bacon will hypothetically keep in the freezer for months. But you'll eat it before then!
Works great with turkey bacon, but I reduce that initial cook time to 15 minutes before flipping.
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