Jul 29

How To Bake Bacon In The Oven

How To Bake Bacon

I'm always amazed at how many of my friends don't realize that you can bake bacon in the oven... And it dawned on me tonight while I was baking a batch that if they don't know, chances are a good portion of you may not be aware of how to bake bacon either!

And it would be such a shame not to share the knowledge, because baked bacon is such a pleasure. Baking bacon almost always yields perfectly cooked bacon! But even better, it creates much less of a mess, and there's less of that lingering scent of fried bacon.

How To Bake Bacon

I understand if you're a little skeptical, but just give it a try once. I really think you'll be a baked bacon convert! Especially if you're cooking for a crowd -- baking bacon in the oven makes big batches a cinch.

How To Bake Bacon In The Oven

Are you ready for this? Simply lay the bacon slices out on a cooling rack that's placed on top of a rimmed baking sheet, making sure that the slices don't overlap. Pop the whole thing into an oven that's been preheated to 400 degrees. Bake for 15-20 minutes (depends on the thickness of your bacon and how crispy you like it), and cool before serving.

How To Bake Bacon Oven

I mean this was a total game changer for me! No more standing at the stovetop for 30+ minutes watching and turning bacon while trying to avoid the grease splatters that threatened to singe my arms.

How To Bake Bacon

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Yield: 8-12 slices of bacon

How To Bake Bacon


  • 1 pkg. bacon


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Lay bacon slices out on a cooling rack that's placed on top of a rimmed baking sheet, making sure that they don't overlap. More than one tray can be baked at the same time.
  3. Place the tray in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. Actual cooking time depends on the thickness of the bacon and desired crispiness.
  4. Cool before serving.


Saving Bacon Grease

Tip: Don't throw out the flavorful bacon grease that collects in the baking sheet! Drain it off through a strainer lined with a coffee filter, and store it in the refrigerator to use for sautéing veggies and so much more.

by Tara | 2 comments

  • How bad does it splatter in the oven.

    • Actually, because the bacon cooks more slowly, there's virtually no splattering! And the rimmed baking sheet will catch any excess grease that drips off while baking.

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