Making Bacon in the Oven is simple and splatter-free!

Skip the splattering pan of bacon on the stove top, and bake bacon in the oven for a hands off way to prepare perfect crispy bacon every time.

Serve it for breakfast, add to BLT sandwiches, and or add a boost of flavor to recipes with crumbled bacon.

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Oven Cooked Bacon

  • Baking bacon in the oven means no splattering or mess like pan-fried in a skillet.
  • There is no need to babysit or flip bacon over – simply bake on a rimmed pan.
  • This is one of the best and easiest ways to cook bacon.
  • Baking bacon in the oven is quick, and you can still save the excess grease to use.

Use Any Kind of Bacon

American bacon is the most common type of bacon which are strips of pork belly. Flavored bacon (like maple or peppered) is great oven-baked too.

Thick-cut bacon works well in the oven. This bacon is cut about 1/8″ thick so it will need a bit more time. If you check it at 20 minutes and it needs more time flip it over and pop it back into the oven for a bit.

Turkey bacon, which is a bit leaner, does work. It will require less cooking time in the oven at the same temperature to ensure it doesn’t dry out.

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This crispy bacon is good for sandwiches, crumbling into Caesar salad, sprinkling on mashed potatoes, and adding to a breakfast casserole.

Preparing the Pan

There is no need for a wire rack or cooling rack to cook bacon. The bacon slices can be cooked directly on the baking pan. It will crisp nicely as it bakes in its own fat.

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F per the recipe below.
  2. Place the slices of bacon on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil and/or parchment for easy clean up.
  3. Bake until bacon reaches the desired level of crispiness (no need to flip it), about 12-18.
  4. Remove bacon from the pan & place on paper towels to drain the grease.

For turkey bacon: Arrange on a sheet and cook for 11-13 minutes.

For thick-cut bacon: Cook at the same temperature but for the full 20 minutes. Because the bacon is so thick it may need to be flipped and cooked a few minutes extra.

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Tips for Crispy Oven Bacon

Air fryer bacon is great for a few slices, oven bacon is perfect for more).

  • Line the baking sheet with foil or parchment paper for easy cleanup.
  • Arrange bacon in a single layer without overlapping for even cooking.
  • For larger batches, use two baking sheets and rotate them halfway through and add a few minutes of cooking time.
  • Adjust cooking time slightly based on your desired level of crispiness.

Save The Bacon Grease

  • If you’d like to save the bacon grease, allow it to cool on the pan for about 10-15 minutes before transferring it into a jar.
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Leftover bacon can be kept in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or frozen for up to 2 months. Use bacon right from frozen; it thaws in just a couple of minutes.

Uses for Cooked Bacon

Use bacon fat in salad dressings or add it to creamed corn, pasta salads or in place of oil when frying eggs. And add the bacon to your favorite recipes.

Have you made this crispy oven bacon? Let us know your favorite tips for cooking bacon in the oven below!

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How To Cook Bacon In The Oven

Follow this easy recipe to cook perfectly golden-crispy bacon every time!
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 package bacon


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. If desired, line the pan with foil and/or parchment paper for easy cleanup.
  • Arrange the bacon in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Bake for 12 minutes. Check on the bacon and continue cooking for an additional 6 to 8 minutes* or as needed until the bacon is crisp. Thick-cut bacon will need extra time.
  • Transfer the bacon strips toa paper towel lined plate.  If desired, allow bacon fat to cool 10 minutes and reserve in a jar for cooking.


  • *Be sure to check the bacon early. Cooking time can vary based on the pan used as well as the brand of bacon.
  • Store brand bacon is often cut very thin and can sometimes cook faster than national brands. Check it early!
  • For easy cleanup, line a rimmed sheet pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper before adding the strips of bacon. No baking rack is required.
  • Ensure the bacon slices are in a single layer, overlapping pieces won’t crisp as well.
  • If you’re making larger batches of bacon, use two pans and switch the placement of the pans after about 10 minutes. You may need to add a few minutes of cooking time.
  • Keep leftover bacon in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Reheat in the oven, in the microwave, or the air fryer.
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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.

Course Breakfast, Pork
Cuisine American
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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

    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’!


    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!

    1. I should have mentioned that I also sprinkle a little bit of brown sugar and freshly grated black pepper on my bacon before baking and recently tried putting a splatter guard on top
      of the bacon. Hoping this helps!

  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