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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Storage

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
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Ingredients  

  • 1 package bacon

Instructions 

  • 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 to a paper towel-lined plate. If desired, allow bacon fat to cool 10 minutes and reserve in a jar for cooking.

Notes

  • *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. I do have a good recipe for cooking bacon too by using microwave. I lay flat one layer of bacon between 2 paper towel and microwave for 3.25 minutes and the bacon is very crispy. So you have no splatter in the microwave and all the fat stays on paper towel. My microwave have 1100 watts so if your bacon is not crispy enough add the minutes you need to use.

    1. Hi Cathy, you can try cooking the bacon on a wire rack in the sheet pan so the bacon is elevated and the grease drips off. I hope that helps!

  2. This is “the Bacon Bible”!! I’ve been using the “spend with pennies” Bacon recipe for years, but still come back to the website,. just incase there’s been major Bacon rebellion or some other Bacon related news that I have missed. I trust that anyone who shares the Perfect Bacon Recipe will have the best interests of Bacon Enthusiasts at heart and can be relied upon for Important Bacon related News. Thank You for Sharing SWP 5 stars

  3. I haven’t ever made bacon this only because everyone that makes it or touts “no mess” is not being truthful. In other words what about the splattering that goes on in the oven??.?? That’s a costly mess in that the clean up requires a huge draw of electricity to clean the oven if you have a self cleaning oven or if you have to clean the oven after you make the bacon because the next time you use the oven it starts smoking because of the bacon splattering all over the walls and glass.
    This never made sense to me. Just so you know I’d love to be able to make bacon without all the mess.

    1. This is definitely truthful to my experience. I find no mess in the oven, the grease is on the baking sheet which is why it is lined with foil. Bacon on the stove is fried and splatters (as frying chicken would splatter too) while in the oven, I don’t find it splatters.

      1. so you don’t get any grease on the walls or glass on the door from the bacon baking in the oven????? WOW that’s amazing. I’m going to have to try it now just to see.
        Thanks!!

  4. I love this never knew you could cook bacon in the oven.
    cooked great tasted great!
    Call me amazed.
    I think this is the best cooking site, never been disappointed by any recipe.5 stars

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words Kate, I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe!

  5. I make bacon every school day for my Grandson, and have been splashed and burned so many time, and made such a mess. The oven method is sooooo easy, and the bacon comes out perfect. Thank you for sharing this.5 stars

  6. wow! this came out great! mine took 30 minutes. I don’t know if it is because I used a foil broiler pan, as I was going to make burgers afterwards. I will definitely cook my bacon like this again.5 stars

  7. This is the easiest way to make bacon with very little muss and the bacon is nice and crisp. No messy clean up and it smells so good!

  8. Made this today for my daughter’s birthday breakfast. Along side with some scrambled eggs, hash brown patties, & maple sausage. I used the bacon grease for the scrambled eggs. My oh my, was it ever delicious! The bacon was just perfect. Don’t think I’m going back to the pan method any time soon!5 stars

  9. the caveat of “or until it’s crispy” should be the foremost guide to the time it takes. I used the time guidelines given, conservatively at 18 minutes, and it came out burned. My oven usually runs slightly cool, and I tend to have to give extra time to things. I’m pretty sure 350° would’ve been a great setting for 18 mins.2 stars

    1. I had the same experience (set for 18 min and bacon burnt to inedible). I would start checking much sooner.2 stars

  10. I cook bacon this way and usually use parchment paper. After cooling on paper towels, I put the bacon into a freezer zip lock bag to freeze. Any number of pieces can be retrieved later and microwaved for 1 min. My husband sometimes likes to recrisp in the air fryer. Both ways are good and convenient.5 stars

  11. I am not one for burgers but this I definitely can eat. I did also add a little bit of garlic salt to mine as well.5 stars

  12. AT NO POINT DO YOU STATE HOW LONG TO COOK IT!!!! You assume I know how long so you tell me when to check it. that is daft. This is not a recipe this is a food story.

    1. Step 3 of the recipe has the time. You can use the “jump to recipe” button at the top of any page to view the full details or scroll past the tips and tricks to the bottom.

      3. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until bacon is crisp.

      Enjoy!

  13. So much easier than frying. Works great every time. Nice and crispy. I li me to keep it in the freezer so it’s handy for BLTs especially when we’re camping.5 stars

  14. Good method, but I would skip the “easy clean-up” lining of the pan. 1) grease still went everywhere/under the lining so it was a huge waste. 2) the bacon did not get as crispy with that method. It took way longer than 20 mins and the bottom side was way soft, so I had to flip them anyway. I’m assuming from sitting against parchment that essentially caused it to “steam.” It took 35 mins for 2lb of bacon on 2 half cookie sheets.4 stars

  15. I have been doing this for a year or more. However, I do not cook bacon completely , then store it in a container between paper towels. When I want to serve it I drop it in a hot pan for about 30 seconds and it is warm a crisp. No mess to deal with when I am preparing to use or serve bacon. I do a pound at a time and it lasts in the refrigerator for two to three weeks.