How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

Oven bacon, or bacon cooked in the oven, is a carefree way to make a pound or more of the tasty strips all at the same time. We all know that cooking bacon on the stove can be time consuming, slightly messy and even slightly dangerous with all the splattering grease. The microwave can help with some of those problems but you can’t do too many strips at a time, it uses lots of paper towels and the end product really doesn’t live up to the full potential of bacon.

The solution: Try some oven bacon next time the craving strikes, after all, everything’s better with bacon!

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How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

Recipe for Making Bacon in the Oven:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet(s) with aluminum foil. Make sure your baking sheets have sides, but the aluminum foil isn’t necessary – it just makes clean-up easier.
  3. Arrange the bacon single file in the prepared pan(s).
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  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes until brown and crisp. If making more than one pan, be sure to switch the trays around in the oven halfway through cooking.
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This oven bacon recipe saves time and mess, especially when serving a holiday brunch. Have all of your bacon strips presented straight and ready to place on the buffet table at the same time!

Note: For extra crispy slices (they’re already quite crispy using the above oven bacon recipe), place a wire rack under the bacon slices so that they will not sit in their grease while cooking.

Note: The bacon may splatter, but your next oven cleaning will make quick work of any mess.

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

Additional Info

Try this combo for a tasty treat. A chocolate cupcake, maple or brown sugar frosting, and then sprinkle some crunchy cooled bacon on top instead of sprinkles. You might be pleasantly surprised at the savory flavor. These don’t keep well though, they taste best the day you make them before the bacon becomes soggy.

To find out how long bacon lasts, check our bacon page.

To find out how long other foods are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or use the search function below.

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