How to Cook Bacon Recipe

I’m about to share a quick-tip with you that will rock your bacon-lovin’ world – How to Cook Bacon in the Oven!

Are you ready?


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Learning how to cook bacon in the oven is really an essential cooking tip that I just had to share with you.

It’s baked bacon in reality, but my tongue always gets twisted trying to say baked bacon. Whatever.

Anyway, back to this bacon cooked in the oven.


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There are so many benefits, I can’t even begin to think of them all, but here are a few.

  • No frying bacon splatters to pelt you in your sort of asleep, near wake state in the mornings as you make breakfast
  • Easy cleanup
  • Works great for cooking a lot of bacon at one time for a crowd or later use
  • Did I mention no splatters? Uh, yeah. That could be listed a million times and I would still think it should be listed again

How to Cook Bacon |


This is truly one of those kitchen tips that every single person in all the land should know about. It’s life changing.

So, here’s my recipe for how to cook bacon in the oven. You are going to love it! Well, if you like bacon that is.

You DO like bacon, don’t you?

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Learn how to cook bacon in the oven for perfect bacon every time. Use in numerous bacon recipes.
Serves: 6-8
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  1. Place bacon on a baking sheet and into a cold oven. Turn oven to 375 degrees F and bake bacon for 15-20 minutes, depending on desired amount of crispness for bacon.
  2. Remove from oven and drain bacon on paper towels.
  3. Method 2:
  4. Line rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place wire rack into baking sheet. Arrange bacon onto wire rack. Place baking sheet with wire rack into cold oven. Turn oven to 375 degrees F and bake bacon as directed above. Remove from oven and serve.
To Freeze: Once bacon has cooled, place bacon slices into a zip top freezer bag. To reheat, simply microwave until heated throughout.

Robyn xoxo


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  1. 1

    Ann says

    Discovered how to cook bacon in the oven 15 years ago. Have not done it another way since! We’re big campers and this works great on the top rack on a grill or open fire pit as long as the flame is not high. We use disposable aluminum pans for outdoor grilling.

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    Lisa T. says

    I just talked with a co worker yesterday about this!! She stopped eating bacon for years because of the mess and someone told her about baking bacon. She was even told about boiling it but I thought that method wouldn’t be good. My uncle used to bake bacon all the time when I was a tot and I tried it once but didn’t care for it too much. I would like to try it again and will do so this weekend!

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      I can’t wait to hear how it works for you, Lisa. It makes all the difference in the world. I will never forget the weekend my sister-in-law, Cindy, taught me that trick. Totally life-changing!!!

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      So very true! I will say that I sometimes cook a huge pack of bacon while I cooking it and then pop the pieces into a freezer bag to make those weekday mornings so much quicker. :)

      • 7

        Lucille says

        I wait until it comes on special and then buy a few pounds and I cook a few pounds at a time so I usually always have bacon in freezer.

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    I do the second one listed with the rack. I love it that way. I have a question. The hubs and I love bacon and order from a NY place that we adore. I received a large amount from a place in TN as a gift from my broter. It is deliciously smoky, but the hubs couldn’t eat it as it was tooo salty for him. Any ideas? I am just thinking to cook with it a piece or two at a time instead of him trying to eat it. Thanks for your thoughts.

    • 9


      What a great gift! I would try adding a slice or two to greens, beans or peas when cooking them for the added flavor, similar to how my Grandmother would sometimes use salt pork. It will lend a great flavor and you won’t need to add as much salt to your greens, beans, or peas when they are cooked.

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      judy morano says

      For Winnie: Years ago when my mother had an Easter ham that was too salty she would simmer it for awhile in water to remove some of the salt. I think this procedure would also work well for your bacon. Try it with a few pieces to see. Hope it works for you.
      I have been baking my bacon in the oven for years. Only way to make it!

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    I love this method, too. I honestly can’t remember the last time I cooked bacon on the stovetop. I line my baking sheet with parchment and when all is finished, I drain off the bacon fat into a jar (you *know* us Southerners *have* to keep a little on hand), toss the parchment in the trash and that’s about it. Very little clean-up needed for the pan.

    • 17


      Oh my, I can’t even tell you the last time I was without a jar of bacon grease! I think I’d lose my Southern card or something if I did! {Well, my Grandmother would have disowned me, at the very least!}

    • 18

      Steph says

      So glad to hear others save their grease… We use ours mostly to pop popcorn. It cuts down on how much coconut oil we use… Which is so expensive!!

      And I love baking bacon – a few months ago another blogger mentioned it- we haven’t gone back!!! Need to keep spreading the word.

      • 19


        Isn’t it the best? Love it. My grandmother always saved her bacon grease for cooking so many things. My favorite was always her eggs! So delicious!!!

  5. 20


    this has been the only way i cook bacon for years. #1-no greasy stove to clean up and #2-can cook more at one time when you have a crowd to feed and oh yeah, #3-it doesn’t seem to shrink up as much or curl up like fried does.

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      You are so right about it not seeming to shrink as much, Nancy. I think it has a lot to do with cooking slowly, too. More fat seems to render off of the bacon, in my opinion.

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    For all of the sweet & savory lovers out there, a sprinkling of brown sugar on each piece before the bacon goes into the oven makes for crispy, candied bacon that is completely delicious magic!

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    ElizaBeth says

    We cook ours on the foreman grill. All the grease drains off, to be stored for later use in gravy biscuts and such.

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    Denise says

    Done this for years–love this way to cook bacon. I use my broiler pan so the grease drips down into the bottom. First I spray it with non-stick spray for easier clean-up.

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    Saltwater says

    Cooking bacon in the oven is great if you have to make a lot but there’s something to be said about bacon fried in a cast iron skillet. To me frying bacon in a cast iron is actually good for it and helps keep cast iron seasoned.
    Also, don’t for get to save the melted bacon grease…

  10. 35

    Bits says

    I have never cooked bacon on the stove. Only in the oven, my 25 years of marriage. Even back then, Hormel had instructions on their package for baking it and I wondered why anyone would do it any other way? :-)

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    I love this method, no major mess is a plus, and I like a crispy bacon. I have to ask, what do you do with bacon grease in the jar? Sounds like something I need to know!:)

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    Lou says

    I love this method!It’s quite handy to have that bacon already cooked and in the freezer for a quick BLT in the summer.

  13. 40

    carol says

    I think my favorite thing about baked bacon is how flat it is. So much nicer to fit it in a wrap, sandwich, etc. Found that I actually use less bacon per sandwich because baking it seems to keep it longer instead of kind of shrunken.

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    Dee says

    Another great idea ! I love bacon &.have been microwaving it, but that takes so much time & effort to cook one package. I am definitely going to try this. I hope I like it so I can make & then freeze some for later use.


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