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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. Or go ahead and keep doing that if you want to. I’m not bossy.

bacon in a mason jar

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^do not store bacon in mason jars. Because, gross.

If there is one thing I can’t abide by, it is not eating a full breakfast every morning. It doesn’t matter what it is, but I need it to be filling or I am apt to stab someone. I don’t care if it is fancy in the least; some days I am perfectly happy with leftover soup for breakfast.

But the best breakfasts are the days when I am able to add a slice of bacon to my plate. Bacon is the candy bar of meats you know.

Knowing I love bacon but have zero patience to stand at the stove cooking it a few strips at a time, I was intent on finding a better way. One day a few years ago, I was out to lunch with some of my coworkers. We went to a little cafe that served breakfast all day and served a ton of bacon.

They had an open kitchen, so I was able to observe them remove a piece of almost cooked bacon from a baking sheet, crisp it up on the grill and put it on the customer’s plate.

They baked bacon. Shut up. I had no idea that was a thing.

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 bacon for quick meals.

If you have a batch of cooked bacon in the fridge or freezer, try whipping up a batch of Bacon Egg Rolls for a fun and savory make-ahead breakfast.

Where Do You Get Whole30 Compliant Bacon?

I’m blessed that we have a local butcher for buying organic meat, but we also have a monthly Butcher Box subscription. Butcher Box sources only organic and free-range meat for their customers and ships them to your home once a month.

And yes, they have Whole30 compliant bacon!

If you’re looking for even more compliant bacon options, check out this post on Whole30 Bacon Brands. You’ll also want to look into these 18 Incredible Whole30 Breakfast Ideas.

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 some (wait for it…) bacon.

  1. You’ll completely cover the baking sheet with foil and place the bacon as close together as possible. Try not to overlap too much.
  2. I cook mine 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.
    bacon on a baking sheet

    After 20 minutes

    crispy bacon on a baking sheet

    After 30 minutes total

  3. Remove the bacon from the baking sheet and place it on a plate lined with paper towels or newspaper. Layer bacon and paper towels on the plate until all the bacon is covered.
  4. Allow it to cool completely and then transfer it in a few paper towels to a freezer bag or glass storage container. Place in the freezer.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes for How to Bake Bacon In the Oven:

  • Microwave for 20 seconds when you need a delightful bacony treat.
  • Allow any grease to harden on the foil-lined baking sheet (<–I initially typed “bacon” sheet, and let’s be honest, I wasn’t wrong). If you don’t use it for cooking or seasoning cast iron, simply gather up the foil and throw it in the garbage.

Other Great Make-Ahead Breakfast Staples:

The only thing I would caution you about baking bacon is that from time to time, Allosaurs are known to attack.

bacon in a mason jar

bacon in a mason jar

bacon in mason jar with dinosaur

Child, aren’t you supposed to be napping?

It’s a real problem.

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4.86 from 7 votes
How to Bake Bacon
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Learn how to bake bacon in this easy tutorial. Stop standing over a hot stove dodging hot oil and covering your kitchen in grease.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, baked bacon, easy ways to make bacon
Servings: 20
Calories: 117 kcal
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Completely cover a rimmed baking sheet with foil and place the bacon as close together as possible. Try not to overlap too much.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.
  4. Allow it to cool completely and then transfer it in a few paper towels to a freezer bag. Place in the freezer.
  5. Microwave for 20 seconds when you need a delightful bacony treat.
Recipe Notes

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.

Nutrition Facts
How to Bake Bacon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 117
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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34 comments on “How to Bake Bacon in the Oven”

  1. This has been life changing! No more greasy mess and the bacon is perfect every time! 😍

  2. Found the site this morning & have grabbed several recipes from you – mostly because of the very funny, sarcastic, witty way you have of making these so un-Martha like.

  3. Tried this baked bacon with 2 pounds of bacon for our “breakfast for dinner” Christmas Eve. Soooo easy and no splatter and easy clean up.

  4. I never ever cook bacon, because I hate hate hate the cleanup (including the grease spatters all over my clothes and counters), and I don’t love bacon enough to deal with all that. But – I decided to do a Whole 30 this month, and as part of it, decided to bake myself some bacon and some egg bites. This is SO easy to make and clean up. I only have one real problem… I made the first batch specifically to use in egg bites. By the time I had enough duck eggs gathered to make my egg bites… I had already eaten the bacon! (I made more!)

    • Sydnie, I’m so excited to hear this and I think it is awesome it helped you with your meal prep!

      How is your Whole30 going? Is it your first round or are you an alum?

      • It’s going pretty well! I don’t feel like it’s been life-changing, but I’m definitely cooking (a lot!) more, and not stopping at drive-thrus on my way home from work! So that’s a good thing. I’m super grateful to you and all of your recipes for help!!

      • Yeah, I never got the “tiger blood” they talked about, but I know Troy felt LOADS better by the end of it.

        Hey, I’m going to email you because I need your opinion about something. I’ll use the email you entered (it’s hidden to the public don’t worry) to leave this comment.

  5. I tried this for the first time last weekend, and then took bacon to work with me during the week. I told everyone how I’d baked it in the oven and I’m now a total bacon baking convert. Holy crap! Love this