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

Cooked bacon on a baking sheet
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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. 

Ingredients

  • 1 package bacon

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Instructions

  • 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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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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  1. line Jellyroll pan with foil for easy cleanup. If you do save grease for seasoning beans or whatever can still recover from foil as funnel into container.

  2. What shelf is best for cooking bacon in the oven? Recipes never tell this information and to me, it is important. Thank you!

    1. Hi Vicki, regular cut bacon was used in this recipe but it will work for thicker cut bacon too. You might just have to leave the bacon in the oven for a couple minutes longer until it reaches your desired crispiness! Let us know how it turns out!

  3. This is my new favourite way of cooking bacon, and it frees up time to multitask more efficiently. Tried it for the first time today: we lined ours cookie sheet with a wider width of tin foil which for this recipe is a nice replacement for parchment paper (no issues getting the bacon off).5 stars

  4. It’s even better when you put the bacon on a cooling rack (for cookies) then place cooling rack on the cookie sheet and bake. And don’t forget to spray the cooling rack with Non Stick spray! Yummo!!5 stars

  5. Thankyou thankyou so much for the way to cook bacon in the oven, I’ve tried it and failed, but now I have your way I’m sure I’ll succeed. Thats the thing I Hate hate standing over the stove cooking it getting splattered etc, so hubby usually does it, and I clean up yucky. However now I’ll be able to cook it as I have your clever way of doing it in the oven. Thank you for this and for all your other lovely recipes that I’ve started getting, I so did’ent know you existed until a short while ago. Anyway as I live in NZ its now time to get dinner sorted, so once again many many thanks.

    Kindest regards
    Janies

    1. Hello Jane! So glad you have enjoyed the recipes! I hope this helps you to avoid getting splattered!

  6. Have yall ever gone down to the CAROLINAS?? I know I sure have! My time there has been STUCK IN MY MIND!! FOR YEARS on end!! I know a thing or two about the locals in those ol’ Carolinas!!!!

    ….

    Now ol Molly knows that that store damn sure can’t make bacon like it used to. Molly said years ago she would fix their stuck-up redneck-like attitudes but it never happened as they put up TOO MUCH of a fuss for her! You go gal’!

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    love yall

    Faaushn.5 stars

  7. We have been doing this at the fire halls for sometime, but we enjoy sprinkling a little Montreal steak spice over them. Both ways are awesome!

  8. I found that if you line your rimmed pan with parchment paper, the bacon doesn’t splash grease on top and sides of oven and fries up crisp.

    1. What type of oven was used to cook the bacon? I have an electric stove and I’m afraid to start a fire. Do you know if it is safe to cook bacon in an electric oven?

  9. My problem with cooking it in the oven is the mess it would make with the grease splattering. Does anyone have a suggestion for preventing the mess?

    1. I find that it doesn’t splatter quite like when you cook it stovetop, so we don’t really have that issue. I am sure someone will have some input for you!

  10. I have tried this several times. I love the fact that I don’t get my stove top splattered with grease. However, every time I have tried the oven method, the bacon comes out extremely greasy. Even after being drained on paper towel. I don’t eat bacon, my husband does. He LOVES bacon, so I know when he won’t eat it because it’s too greasy, it must be REALLY greasy…Would baking the bacon on a rack help?

    1. Cooking it on a rack may help get the perfect bacon for your husband’s taste. Let us know if you try it Amy!

  11. Even better is to put it on a rack that is inside the baking sheet all the excess fat drips down below. I cook mine at 350 for 30 minutes. Love bacon cooked in the oven!

  12. This sounds like a good method, but I am concerned about grease popping all over the oven. Is there any issue with grease splatters inside your oven?

  13. I have made my bacon this way for many years! I always line my pan with foil and then the cleanup is so easy! Also, I never preheat my oven. Just put the pan in and turn it on to 400! So easy!5 stars