Learn how to bake bacon in the oven. This foolproof method is so easy and you’ll get perfectly crisp bacon every time.
A few years ago I started baking bacon in the oven and I’ll never go back to the stovetop. The oven baking method is so easy, quick to clean up and unfailingly consistent. I’ve taught my older two kids how to do it as well and now they can easily make bacon to add to any breakfast.
How To Cook Bacon In the Oven Recipe
All you need for this method of cooking bacon is a large baking sheet and some foil. Here’s what you do:
- Line the baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup.
- Lay the bacon in a single layer on the baking sheet and place in the oven at 400 degrees F. Cooking time will vary depending on the type of bacon you have so I would start checking around 12 minutes. Ours usually takes 15 minutes to get crispy.
- Once it has reached your desired level of crispiness, remove it from the oven and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels.
- Blot to absorb excess grease before serving.
How To Bake Bacon Step by Step
Watch my 8-year-old bake bacon step by step:
FAQ’s about How To Bake Bacon in the Oven
Here are some frequently asked questions about baking bacon:
Do you need to flip bacon in the oven?
You do not need to flip the bacon. It’s completely hands-off once you put it in the oven.
What’s the best temperature to cook bacon in the oven at?
400 degrees F is the best cooking temperature. You can adjust the cooking time to get the bacon cooked to your liking.
Can you freeze cooked bacon?
Yes! It freezes really well and cooking and freezing bacon is a great way to save time on busy mornings! To freeze, wait until it’s completely cooled, then lay bacon flat on a sheet of wax or parchment paper and freeze for at least 2 hours. Then transfer to a freezer-safe bag.
To reheat, thaw overnight in the fridge and then reheat in a pan or in the microwave. More details here: Can You Freeze Cooked Bacon?
What are other ways to cook bacon?
If you don’t want to try the baking method, you could cook your bacon on the stove, microwave or in the air fryer. Here are some directions to try:
Recipes using cooked bacon
If you have leftover bacon to use up, I love to add it to tuna salad and egg scrambles or use it to top salads and soups. Here are 50 Leftover Bacon Recipes if you need more ideas.
How do you cook your bacon?
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