How to Cook Bacon in the Oven
Once I learned how to cook bacon in the oven, I never went back to doing it on the stovetop. It is so easy and the bacon comes out perfect every time. Not to mention, you avoid a mess on your stove! You will love this easy method for perfectly crisp and delicious bacon.
*originally posted 06/2019; updated 01/2022
I almost always get my bacon from ButcherBox, it is Paleo and Whole30 compliant and it tastes amazing. There are also a lot of fantastic options in the grocery store as well, you can use whatever your family prefers.
This method truly is the best. It is easy and clean-up is a breeze. I love that I can get it started in the oven, set the timer and can move on to whatever else I’m doing. Depending on your preferred level of crispiness, it can take anywhere from 15-20 minutes.
Be sure to line your baking sheet with parchment paper to make things easier to clean and then arrange the bacon slices on top. I can usually fit 7-8 slices depending on the size of the baking sheet.
If you are using high quality, organic bacon, I highly encourage you to strain the grease and save it! It is a great cooking fat because it adds flavor and has a high smoke point. I keep mine in a glass jar with a lid in the fridge. PS – the easiest way to strain it is with a coffee filter!
Obviously I love to enjoy bacon alongside my favorite breakfast foods (like the sourdough toast and eggs pictured below). But this method is also the perfect way to cook bacon when you need it for a recipe. You can bake it and crumble or cut it into bite sized pieces.
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How To Cook Bacon In The Oven
- 1 Sheet Pan
- 1 sheet Parchment Paper
- 7 strips Bacon
- Pre-heat the oven to 400'F
- Line the baking sheet with parchment paper and then line the bacon on the parchment paper
- Set the timer for 15 minutes and check to see if it is cooked to your preference. Can take up to 20-22 minutes for crispier bacon Baking time will vary on the cut of the bacon and your preferences. I find that 17 minutes is the sweet spot for thicker cut bacon that is both crispy and still a little chewy
- Place the cooked bacon on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb and excess grease, then enjoy!Strain the bacon grease through a coffee filter and save in a glass jar with a lid in the fridge
I use foil in the cookie sheet. If you don’t want the bacon grease for later use (or even if you do), let it solidify on foil then roll it up and pitch the foil and grease in garbage. Very little clean up!
Cooking bacon now. But this is so much easier . This is my 3rd time doing this. .
So glad to hear this post has been helpful for you!