Cooking bacon in the oven creates a perfectly crispy bacon. There's less mess, less to worry about and allows you to multi-task in the kitchen. Follow these simple steps for how to cook bacon in the oven.
When it comes to making the most perfectly crispy bacon, you can't beat cooking bacon in the oven. After asking you the other day if you've made bacon this way, I was shocked at how many of you haven't tried it.
Today I'll share with you why you should change your ways and try cooking bacon in the oven. And trust me, once you cook bacon this way, you'll never go back to cooking it on the stovetop.
Why You'll Love Cooking Bacon In The Oven
- No splatters on your stove
- Evenly cooked bacon
- Able to multi-task on the rest of breakfast
- Easily make enough for a crowd
How To Cook Bacon In The Oven
Making the bacon is easy— just 4 steps!
- Preheat the Oven: Turn the oven on to 415°F. This is the perfect temperature to cook any thickness of bacon.
- Line a Large Baking Sheet: You can line the baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. I prefer foil because it's easier to clean up.
- Arrange the Bacon: Place the bacon slices onto the baking sheet close together.
- Cook: Cook the bacon for 18-20 minutes or until it's as your desired crispiness.
Just like when you cook bacon in a skillet, make sure you remove the bacon from the baking sheet to a paper towel lined plate. Doing this helps soak up the grease.
Here's A Few Tips
- Line the Baking Sheet: For less clean up, line the baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. I prefer to use foil as it's easier to pour the grease into a cup for later use.
- Time: 415°F is the perfect temperature for any thickness of bacon. The only thing to keep an eye on is the time. The thinner the bacon, the less time it needs to cook.
- Flip Halfway: Flipping the bacon halfway through ensures that the bacon cooks evenly.
What To Do With The Leftover Bacon Grease
Don't throw out this liquid gold— however if you do, allow the bacon fat to cool and harden before throwing away.
- Eggs: To add more flavor to eggs, add some bacon grease when cooking the eggs.
- Soups: When sautéing vegetables/herbs for a soup, use the bacon grease for another level of flavor.
- Marinades: Add a little bit of bacon grease to marinades.
- Salad Dressings: Yep, dressings! Adding a little bit goes a long way and it's SO good!
How To Cook Bacon In The Oven
- 1 pack thick cut bacon
- Preheat your oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Line the bacon on the baking sheet side-by-side.
- Bake the bacon for 18-20 minutes, flipping half way through, until your desired level of crispiness. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to soak up the excess fat.
- Cooked bacon stays fresh when stored in a zip-topped bag in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- Make Ahead Instructions: Cooked bacon stays fresh when stored in a zip-topped bag in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- Bacon Thickness: Any thickness of bacon can be used though I prefer to use thick-cut bacon. The less thick the bacon is, the less time it needs to cook.