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Top Rated Oven-Baked Bacon Recipes

Why bake your bacon, you ask? Two reasons. First, it cooks more evenly than on the stovetop, and, by using the oven, you free up space to cook more fabulous main dishes like eggs in a hole or omelettes.Plus, I tend to be a cook who watches my food very closely, and this allows me to feel safer about leaving my bacon unattended without worrying that I'm going to burn it. Some of you out there are probably aghast at the idea of preparing bacon in the oven, but I dare you to try it and let me know what you think.Click here to see Lazy Sunday Brunch Recipes.

How To Cook Bacon In The Oven

There are a lot of ways to cook bacon, but after lots of research (we've eaten A LOT of bacon, guys), we've determined the smartest to cook slices is in the oven: there's less mess, it makes serving bacon to a crowd SO easy, and the results are just as crispy.

There are a few exceptions to this rule. If you're cooking only a couple slices, a skillet pan is easier &mdash with water if you're smart! Second, if sautéing bacon is a step in a recipe that leads to something else being cooked in the bacon fat, follow the directions. Don't go rogue and bake instead.

But in 80 percent of all breakfast scenarios, the oven method works best. Here's how to perfectly cook bacon in the oven every single time.

1. Get the oven HOT.

Preheat to 200°C (180ºC Fan) and line a large baking tray with foil. (You'll be thankful once it's time to do dishes.)

Test Kitchen Note: Everyone's oven is different. We highly recommend using an oven thermometer to make sure that the heat is actually at 180ºC Fan. (Many built in thermometers are inaccurate.) If yours is running hotter, you risk burning the bacon.

2. Use your cooling rack.

If you like your bacon extra crispy, put a metal cooling rack inside the baking tray. Elevating the bacon allows the strips to cook from all sides. If you like your bacon with a little chew, or you don't have a cooling rack, skip this step. Your bacon will still be amazing.

3. Bake the bacon.

Lay bacon strips in a SINGLE layer on the baking tray. Do not let them overlap or the strips will stick together. Bake until the bacon is crispy, about 20 minutes, depending on its thickness. Our advice: Start checking after 15 minutes because some ovens are finicky and burnt bacon is sad.

4. Drain the slices.

Per usual, drain the (very greasy) bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate, then serve immediately.

5. Save the bacon fat!

Pour grease into a mason jar (or other glass container) and store in the fridge. Seriously though &mdash saving the fat will be the best decision you make all week. You can use it to cook eggs, roast vegetables, and pop popcorn!

Brown Sugar Baked Bacon:

All of you who love bacon are sure to understand the allure. However, if you&rsquove never had bacon prepared this way, you must give it a try. If you think you liked bacon before, you&rsquore going to fall head over heels for this stuff.

In recent years, recipes like this have been floating around the Internet, so I wouldn&rsquot be surprised if you&rsquove heard of this or something similar. However, since it&rsquos so delicious, I figured tossing my little recipe out there wouldn&rsquot hurt.


This one is easy! You'll simply need 8 oz of bacon. I like to use medium-thickness slices. Not too thick and not too thin. If you use any other thickness, you'll likely need to slightly adjust the cooking time.

If you wish, you can sprinkle the bacon slices with spices before placing them in the oven. But that's completely optional. Tasty options include freshly ground black pepper, garlic powder, and smoked paprika. Maybe a bit of cayenne if you like your food spicy.

The Tastiest Way to Cook Bacon

Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

When I was growing up, my mom was always the master of cooking breakfast with the microwave. I was always amazed at how she could cook a huge bowl of scrambled eggs, followed by a plate of bacon, using the small little microwave in our kitchen. After watching her magical microwave ways, I always settled for cooking bacon in the microwave as I got older. It seemed like the most convenient method, and honestly, the easiest method for cleaning up grease.

But now that I'm what one may deem an educated food editor, I had to question my former thinking: Was cooking bacon in the microwave the best way to do it? Not in terms of cleaning, because we all know bacon just gets messy and wafts in your kitchen for days. But in terms of taste, is microwave truly king? Or are the other two methods—stovetop and oven—the better methods? And no, you do not want to grill bacon.

Here is an easy step-by-step tutorial for you to follow!

I put this logic to the test by cooking bacon in three different ways. Here's what I have concluded to be the tastiest way to cook bacon.

Third place: Stovetop

Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

While this seems to be the classic way to cook a few slices of bacon, cooking bacon on the stovetop was not up to par compared to the microwave or the oven. To cook the bacon, I used a cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat. I watched the bacon as it cooked, flipping the slices when it seemed appropriate to flip—usually after two or three minutes. After the first flip, the bacon was still uncooked. When it was ready to flip again, the bacon on the top still seemed uncooked. But when I flipped it, the bottom was almost charred.

Now I admit, I am not an expert at cooking bacon the stovetop, I've only done it a few times. Bacon needs an even lower heat to cook on a stovetop and a longer period of time. Yet, if bacon on the stovetop is going to be that fickle compared to the ease of cooking it in the microwave or oven, it seems almost pointless to cook bacon using this method.

Once the bacon was removed from the pan, numerous parts were still completely uncooked—while other parts of the slice were burnt to a crisp. It tasted fine—still salty and crispy like a slice of bacon—but it wasn't that pleasant to eat.

Second place: Microwave

Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

I admit, eating bacon cooked from the microwave does spark a hint of nostalgia for me. But after tasting all three styles together, I don't think this is the best way to cook bacon. I find that cooking the bacon for 3 minutes, waiting for 30 seconds, then cooking it for 1 more minute makes the bacon that perfect, crispy texture that I like. However, parts of the slice were not thoroughly cooked all the way. I found myself having some delicious bites of the bacon, while other bites were chewier, which made it difficult to even bite all the way through.

While cooking in the microwave seems easier to control compared to the stovetop, it didn't end up at the top of my list. There was still some inconsistency in the bacon's cooked texture, docking it to second place overall.

First place: Oven

Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

It may take longer to cook bacon in this way, but honestly, it's worth the wait. Bacon from the oven is perfectly crispy and greasy, just like what I would expect from a diner. The texture is consistent, and there were no parts of the bacon left uncooked—each piece was cooked evenly.

To cook bacon in the oven, place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Lay down the slices, and bake it in a 400-degree preheated oven for about 20 minutes. If you like chewier bacon, check it at 15 minutes and see if it's to your liking.

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Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

To make sure your bacon is perfect, continue to read up on these 20 Things You Should Never Do When Cooking Bacon.

How to Cook Perfectly Crispy Bacon in the Oven

This technique offers less mess and evenly cooked meaty strips. Win-win!

Cooking bacon hot and slow in the oven has a lot of things going for it: No stovetop splatter to clean up, a bigger batch prepped all at once and every strip comes out perfectly crisp.

This technique is super simple and only requires three key tools.

Remove bacon from packaging and arrange the slices on a baking sheet, overlapping the lean edge of each slice with the fat edge of the next one.

Preheat the oven for 400 degrees F. Place sheet pan in the oven on the uppermost rack and begin baking. After 12 minutes, switch the pan to the lower rack and continue cooking another 12 to 13 minutes until slices are golden brown and crispy.

FLAVOR UPGRADE: When switching racks, brush the bacon strips with maple syrup and sprinkle with black pepper.

Remove pan from oven and let cool slightly. Layer two-to-three paper towel pieces on a plate. Transfer strips, one by one, to the paper towels and let sit briefly to allow the grease to soak into the towels. Then serve!

Need the stovetop or microwave method? We have those covered too!

Good news! You can now watch our Test Kitchen Secrets how-to videos on Amazon Video &mdash and they're included with your Prime membership! If you're not a Prime member, click here to sign up.

Why Baking is the Best Way to Cook Bacon

Once you give this cooking method a try, you&rsquoll never go back to pan frying. You may even want to have separate baking racks just to use for bacon.

It really doesn&rsquot get much easier than this. And, the strips come out pretty flat and crispy when baking bacon in the oven. To make each one crispier, it&rsquos best to blot up the grease on each strip with a paper towel.

Since learning this method, I use racks to cook anything wrapped in bacon like this chicken tenders recipe. It&rsquos a great way to bake a lot of things instead of frying.

I love that the meat isn&rsquot drowning in the grease. And, there&rsquos less splattering mess as well. So, the food comes out nice and crisp on the outside.

You do need to watch out for fat dripping off the sides of the pan. It may make a greasy and sticky mess on the bottom of the oven. However, having some kind of catch pan underneath if the strips get too close to the edge can help. The other option is to just keep the strips away from the edges.

If you&rsquore on a ketogenic diet, you&rsquoll likely be eating lots of bacon. Some people have actually taken it to the extreme. Take a look at what happens when you eat only bacon for a month!

Oven Baked Pepper Bacon

Want to spice up your breakfast bacon? Try baking it with coarsely ground black pepper sprinkled on it. Delicious!

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Bacon on parchment or foil-lined pan into cold oven. Turn to 425, set timer for 12 minutes. Add more time for crispy.

I concur with the others my dish washer doesn't clean my rack good enough and I'm not scrubbing it. I found that bacon cooked on the rack has a tougher not crispier texture. I've been using parchment paper to line my pan, 400* top rack of the oven rotating the pan at 15 min. for thick sliced bacon. When you get the timing right the bacon is crisp but still melts in your mouth

Stunned that folks don't realize the advantage of using the wire rack is that the bacon is not sitting in all the grease. so not only is your bacon tastier, but healthier. if you're not going to use the rack, you might as well fry it in the pan! And how hard is it to put a wire rack in your dishwasher.

I place my bacon on a naked sheet pan oven in 400. Halfway through I drain excess bacon drippings then flip the bacon. When finished I remove the bacon into paper towels then drain the remaining excess and allow it to solidify and use through out my cooking. Cleaning is a breeze versus wire rack and wasting foil.

I put the bacon under the broiler for 5 minutes, flip it, the 3 minutes.

I'm relieved to read the other comments! I, too, just put the bacon directly on the foil to save myself from cleaning a wire rack with bacon grease on it. I hate to admit it but I'm also too lazy to clean the rack afterwards.

Agree with the other chef, use a baking tray and foil. And I'm not sure where the author came up with 35-50 minutes. I line a baking sheet with foil, add bacon, put in an oven at 375 for 15 minutes. If your oven runs hotter or cooler, add some time. Once you have the time dialed in to how you like your bacon you'll have perfect bacon every time. When it comes out, remove the bacon. When the grease congeals, remove the foil and toss. Nothing to clean.

I've been making bacon this way for years! I do find it easier to just place the bacon on the aluminum foil and flip halfway through instead of using the wire racks, just because I'm lazy and want one less thing to clean.