How To Cook Bacon In The Oven

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Bacon in the Oven – truly the easiest way to cook it! After learning how to make bacon in the oven, I will never go back to pan frying it again! It comes out perfectly crisp every time.

It’s great for chopping and adding to a breakfast casserole, topping mashed potatoes or even a Sunday breakfast of bacon and eggs.

Cooked bacon on a baking sheet

Bacon in the Oven

I truly love bacon but the one thing I always disliked about bacon is what a disaster it can make when frying. Gone are the days where I stand over a bubbling popping frying pan of bacon while my stovetop gets splattered in grease.

From Bacon wrapped pork tenderloin to Bacon Wrapped Chicken, bacon cooks beautifully in the oven (or try bacon in the air fryer!)

Strips of uncooked bacon on a baking sheet

How Do You Cook Bacon In The Oven

It is simple! Begin by laying the bacon out on a baking sheet (line it with foil if you’d like). While some oven fried bacon recipes suggest a rack, I find allowing the bacon to sit in its own drippings helps it crisp better (instead of drying out).

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Place bacon on a rimmed baking sheet. To save space on your pan, flip every second piece so the bigger side is opposite the previous.
  3. Bake the bacon 18 minutes or until the bacon reaches the desired level of crispiness (no need to flip it).
  4. Remove the bacon from the pan and place on paper towels to drain grease.

The bacon fat on the pan can be reserved and is great added to Homemade Creamed Corn, salad dressings, BLT Pasta Salad or for frying up eggs!

Bacon on a baking dish

How To Cook Turkey Bacon In The Oven

Turkey bacon lovers, rejoice! Turkey bacon will cook the same as regular bacon in the oven, but it takes a bit less time (about 11-13 minutes). Turkey bacon makes a great substitute in most recipes!

My Favorite Bacon Recipes

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How To Cook Bacon In The Oven

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Here is how to cook bacon in the oven so it comes out perfectly crisp every time. 


  • 1 package bacon

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  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Arrange bacon on baking sheet.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until bacon is crisp.
  • Transfer to paper towel lined plate. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 230, Protein: 6g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 36mg, Sodium: 365mg, Potassium: 109mg, Vitamin A: 20IU, Calcium: 3mg, Iron: 0.2mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword baked bacon, how to cook bacon in the oven, oven roasted bacon
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American

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