Baking bacon in the oven is the ultimate hack for perfect hands-free bacon. It saves time and stovetop space and perfectly crisps the bacon without spattering oil all over the counter. If you’re cooking brunch for a larger crowd, it’s highly convenient to be able to throw several strips of bacon in the oven so you can focus on the many other breakfast tasks.
If there’s anything I can’t stand about skillet bacon it’s the curly shriveled pieces with both crispy and rubbery edges. Baking bacon solves this problem because the bacon rests much flatter as it cooks so it doesn’t shrivel up and cook unevenly.
Why This Recipe Works
- Easier for a crowd: you can easily cook a full package of bacon all at once without the need to shuffle it around in a skillet or cook it in several batches on the stovetop.
- Foolproof: baking bacon cooks the bacon slowly and uniformly. This gives you a longer window to cook bacon to your desired level of crispiness.
How to Bake Bacon in the Oven
Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. It works best to fully cover the sheet for easier cleanup. Lay bacon out flat as tightly as possible with minimal to no overlap for best results.
Bake bacon for 15-20 minutes (20-25 for thick cut), or until the desired level of crispness is reached. No need to flip.
Remove bacon and let drain on a paper towel-lined plate for 5 minutes before serving. Note, bacon will continue to cook/brown as it cools.
Different Baking Techniques
There are a few different methods when it comes to baking bacon in the oven:
- Directly on the baking sheet: for crispier bacon, some swear by placing the bacon directly on a baking sheet to better fry/crisp the bacon on a hot cooking surface. Baking bacon directly on a baking sheet will cook the bacon faster but also narrows your window for perfect bacon. Not to mention the cleanup can be a bit of a headache. Line your sheet with foil for easier cleanup.
- Wire rack method: place the bacon on a wire rack stacked on a baking sheet. The wire rack keeps the bacon elevated off the pan for more even 360-degree cooking. This method takes a little longer since the bacon will not be in contact with the sizzling bacon fat. I recommend lining the baking sheet with foil to collect the drippings.
- Baking sheet lined with parchment paper: lining a baking sheet with parchment paper is my preferred method because it’s the best of both worlds. The paper will absorb some of the excess fat rendered from the bacon while still taking advantage of the hot pan and grease. This makes for easier cleanup and reduces the risk of burning the bacon.
Frequently Asked Questions
Baking time will vary depending on the volume and thickness of the bacon. At 400°F, regular bacon usually takes 15-18 minutes while thick-cut bacon will take 20-25 minutes.
Always bake bacon uncovered. This helps the bacon cook faster and get crispier.
On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Tips & Tricks
- I usually opt for thick-cut bacon over regular bacon because personally, I think regular bacon is too thin.
- Lining your baking sheet with parchment paper will absorb some of the extra grease and decrease your chances of scorching the bacon and the pan. Aluminum foil will behave similarly to placing the bacon directly on the baking sheet.
- Bacon benefits from resting and will continue to brown and crisp even after it’s taken out of the oven.
- You can cook two trays of bacon in the oven if you rotate the pans halfway through cooking. You may need to add more time cooking time as well.
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The simple “hack” of perfectly preparing bacon right in the oven. No flipping required.
- 1 pound thick or regular-cut bacon.
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Lay bacon out flat as tightly as possible with minimal to no overlap for best results.
- Bake bacon for 15-20 minutes (20-25 for thick cut), or until the desired level of crispness is reached. No need to flip.
- Remove bacon and let drain on a paper towel-lined plate for 5 minutes before serving. Note, bacon will continue to cook/brown as it cools.
If you like extra crispy bacon, you may need to add an additional 3-5 minutes.
I usually opt for thick-cut bacon over regular bacon because personally, I think regular bacon is too thin and shrivels up too much.
Lining your baking sheet with parchment paper will absorb some of the extra grease and decrease your chances of scorching the bacon and the pan. Aluminum foil will behave similarly to placing the bacon directly on the baking sheet.
Always cover your baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper for quicker cleanup!
Bacon benefits from resting/draining and will continue to brown and crisp even after it’s taken out of the oven
- Serving Size: 2 slices
- Calories: 206
- Sugar: 0g
- Sodium: 878mg
- Fat: 15.9g
- Saturated Fat: 5.2g
- Carbohydrates: 0.5g
- Fiber: 0g
- Protein: 14.1g
- Cholesterol: 42mg
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