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How to Cook Bacon in the Oven (Easy Recipe)

Learn how to bake bacon in the oven in this easy tutorial. Make delicious, perfectly crispy bacon each and every time with this easy kitchen hack.
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Learn how to bake bacon in the oven in this easy tutorial. Make delicious, perfectly crispy bacon each and every time with this simple kitchen hack.

slices of cooked bacon on a grey plate

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This method for how to cook bacon is perfect for cooking for a crowd, or when you just want to prep a lot of cooked bacon for quick meals. And because cooked bacon is so easy to reheat, anyone in your family can make their own breakfast.

And that makes you a genius.

How to Bake Bacon in the Oven:

*You’ll find a printable recipe card with all these details at the bottom of the post.

You’re going to need a rimmed baking sheet and some foil.

  1. You’ll completely cover the baking sheet with foil and then place bacon slices on the baking sheet. Try not to overlap slices..
  2. I cook mine at 400 degrees for 15-20 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 the baking process.
  3. Remove the bacon from the baking sheet and place it on a plate lined with paper towels or newspaper. 
2 photos showing bacon on a baking sheet lined with foil

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 has many hot spots, so I do start checking on it at 15 minutes and I also rotate the pan.

Please note, each brand of bacon will be different and cooking time will vary depending on the cut. Thick-cut bacon can take up to 30 minutes, while thinner cuts may only take 15.

We absolutely love the bacon from Butcher Box.

If you need to cook just a few slices at a time, try Air Fryer Bacon or Air Fryer Turkey Bacon for another fast and mess-free method.

How to Make Your Bacon Extra Crispy

Extra crispy bacon is the best! To make your bacon extra crispy, cook it for 2-3 minutes after it looks completely baked. If the ends of the bacon are cooking faster than the middle, you can reduce the temperature to 375F.

You’ll also have the best results with bacon that is marked as thin-cut or thin-sliced.

To take bacon from crispy to crispy, you can actually dredge it in all-purpose flour before it is cooked in the oven. Dredge the bacon slices individually through the flour and place them on a foil-lined baking sheet. You’ll need to refrigerate the bacon uncovered, overnight before baking.

How to Use Cooked Bacon

We love to dice leftover bacon and whip up a batch of Bacon Egg Rolls for a fun and savory make-ahead breakfast.

Leftover bacon is also fabulous in Fried Cabbage With Bacon, Chicken and Bacon Risotto, Kale Chopped Salad, Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts, Instant Pot Potato Salad, Pea and Bacon Risotto, with Air Fryer Toast, in Air Fryer Omelets or Mini Quiche Appetizers.

No matter how you use it, cooked bacon is a no-brainer component for easy meal prep. Imagine a freezer stash with frozen scrambled eggs and bacon ready to go for a fast breakfast! Way to win at life, you.

How to Save The Bacon Grease

Saving bacon grease is a great no-waste way to improve the flavor of many dishes. Use it for scrambled eggs, and roasted veggies, making gravy, frying shallots shallots, or mix it into Air Fryer Turkey Burgers.

And hands down, bacon fat is my favorite way to season cast iron skillets.

To save bacon grease, allow it to cool slightly. Place a funnel over a half-pint or pint canning jar. Use a fine-mesh strainer, a coffee filter, or a paper towel fitted over the funnel, and slowly pour the bacon grease into the jar.

Cover the jar with a lid and store the bacon fat in the fridge for 2-3 months.

FAQ/Pro Tips:

Will Baking Bacon Get My Oven Dirty?

This is not really an issue unless you buy super fatty bacon. If you’re worried about it, you can always place a piece of foil or parchment over the baking sheet when you cook the bacon in the oven.

You must use a baking sheet with rimmed edges so that the grease does not spill over.

Do I have to Flip Bacon When Baking It in the Oven?

No, but you can if you’d like to. I have done it both ways and find it doesn’t make a huge difference. But I do encourage you to rotate the pan halfway through baking.

Should I Use a Baking Rack?

It’s not necessary (and one more thing to clean) but if you place a wire rack inside the baking sheet, it keeps any grease off the bacon, eliminating most popping.

Can You Bake Turkey Bacon in the Oven?

Yes. This method also works great with turkey bacon, but I reduce that initial cook time to ~10 minutes.

How to Store Cooked Bacon

Store cooked bacon in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Allow the bacon to cool completely and then transfer it to storage. We use these reusable silicone bags for the freezer, or glass storage containers for the fridge.

How to Reheat Oven Baked Bacon

Reheat the bacon in the microwave for 30 seconds for a fast breakfast or for making the perfect BLT in a flash.

You can also reheat it in the air fryer at 340F for 1 minute.

How to Remove the Smell of Cooked Bacon

Need to get rid of the smell from baking bacon 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.

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How to Bake Bacon

Cook Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Learn how to bake bacon in the oven in this easy tutorial. Make delicious, perfectly crispy bacon each and every time with this easy kitchen hack.

Ingredients

Equipment

Instructions

  • Completely cover a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
    Bacon
  • Place bacon slices on the baking sheet. Try not to overlap slices.
  • Cook at 400F degrees for 15-20 minutes, and (if necessary) continue to cook in 5-minute increments until it is almost exactly how you want it.
  • Using tongs, remove the crispy 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.

Notes

  1. Please note, each brand of bacon will be different and cooking time will vary depending on the cut. Thick-cut bacon can take up to 30 minutes, while thinner cuts may only take 15.
  2. Cooked bacon will continue to crisp up a bit on the tray after you take it out of the oven.
  3. This method also works great with turkey bacon, but I reduce that initial cook time to 10 minutes before checking on it.
  4. Store cooked bacon in the freezer for up to 3 months or 1 week in the fridge.
  5. Reheat baked bacon in the microwave for 30 seconds for a fast breakfast
Nutrition Facts
How to Bake Bacon
Amount Per Serving (2 bacon slice)
Calories 110 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 460mg20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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49 comments on “How to Cook Bacon in the Oven (Easy Recipe)”

  1. At high altitude this cooks much more quickly, but still works great!5 stars

  2. Sarah I finally did this tonight! My whole f-ing world has changed. Everything has this lovely bacon hue to it.
    I have you to thank for this new-found happiness5 stars

  3. This is the only way I’ll cook bacon – no greasy stove top, no burned arms and hands, and no smoke alarm going off! I put two cookie racks in my baking sheet and place the bacon on top so the grease drips down below. Sadly there’s not usually any left to freeze after my husband and I get done with it…5 stars

  4. I’ve done this for years, but hey, I’m older than you. (wink)
    I don’t use racks or broiler pans either because I don’t want to clean them.  I just make sure I blot it well on paper towels.

    And darn those bacon eating dinosaurs!!!5 stars

  5. We learned this trick several years ago.   One step we add is to cook the bacon on cookie racks.  That way our bacon isn’t covered in grease 5 stars

  6. I’ve often seen recipes for baking bacon but always wondered if it splatters all over the oven. Much easier to clean the stove top than the oven. However, if it doesn’t make a mess in the oven……. I just might need to make bacon a little more often.

    • Nope, no splattering. My theory is that because the bacon heats up slowly it isn’t hitting a hot pan and reacting. I can hear the sizzle but no popping and my oven isn’t greasy. Give it a shot!

  7. if you freeze it on waxed paper in the (clean) baking sheets, THEN transfer it to a freezer bag (or whatever) it doesn’t stick together!
    We used to do this all the time before my husband’s cardiologist banned (yes, BANNED) bacon from his (and therefore the entire household’s) diet.

    • Mine never stick together in the freezer. I let them get really cold in a single file on the plate before freezing, and they’re well blotted. I wonder if that is why.

      Can he eat turkey bacon? Do you secretly eat bacon when you’re alone?

      • I’m sure your whole method is why they don’t stick together.  Sounds perfect.

        The problem with turkey bacon is the sodium content.  The nutrition label should read 5% per serving or less for him (well all people really, but ESPECIALLY him).  That is for ANY food, not just bacon products.  
        The cardiologist absolutely refuses to budge on the topic of eating bacon.
         
        In general, our meat rule is “if it used to have four legs, limit it to once a month”  (meaning one four legged animal/month).  It is pretty easy to stick to that.  We’ve been doing it for almost a year and a half now.
        But doc says absolutely no (pork) bacon.  Our family doctor thinks that is a little ridiculous, but Hubby(the patient) is listening to the heart doctor.  He has absolutely NO desire to be on a table having someone poking at his heart ever again.

        I don’t buy bacon and bring it into the house.  That  would be too mean.  But if we go out for breakfast, I might order some.  He has even had it twice on restaurant burgers. He is  allowed a little wiggle room for treats, he just can’t go crazy.

        In other news, the ‘notify me of replies by email’ thingy is back!!!! That is how I knew you replied!  Thanks!!

      • He sounds like a great patient! I will tell you I put smoked paprika in my homemade hummus and my sister-in-law said it tasted like bacon. Maybe invest in some smoked paprika just for the flavor?

        Yep, my designer seems to have added it today. Was it automatically checked for you or did you have to check it yourself? Another reader said hers was pre-checked.

      • I have sweet paprika, I will look for smoked!!  Thanks for the tip!

        That box is automatically checked, which is  perfect for me!

  8. Long time reader, first time commenter. Love the new site! So glad that your first official recipe on your new blog is bacon. What a great way to start 🙂5 stars

  9. I do ours on a broiler pan. All the grease drains away and no need to flip4 stars

    • So I used to do that, but I felt like the clean up was a giant pain in the butt. I’m ok with flipping because I don’t have to clean the grease up later.

  10. How did you know that I was just wondering how to properly bake bacon? Thank you! I tried it once and it turned out ok, I’m trying your method next!