Learn How to Cook Bacon in the Oven for perfect bacon every time! This easy recipe is great for make ahead bacon or cooking a large amount at one time!
Crispy, slightly salty bacon is one of my very favorite foods! It’s so good in many other dishes and simply perfect eaten piece by perfect piece! So when I learned what has to be the easiest way in the world to cook the best, most evenly cooked, crispy bacon, I was hooked!
Now I’m about to share this quick and easy tip with you too – How to Cook Bacon in the Oven!
Learning how to cook bacon in the oven is really an essential cooking tip that I think you’ll love!
How to Cook Bacon in the Oven
It’s baked bacon in reality, but my tongue always gets twisted trying to say that. So let’s just stick to bacon cooked in the oven if that’s ok.
Benefits of Cooking Bacon in the Oven
There are so many benefits, I can’t even begin to think of them all, but here are a few main ones that come to mind.
First and foremost, there are no splatters like you’d have with frying bacon. I especially love that I don’t get popped with hot bacon grease early in the morning while making breakfast!
Another positive is that the clean up is incredibly easy when cooking with this method. I really appreciate easy clean up, don’t you?!
If you have to cook bacon for a crowd, this is the perfect for way to cook it to enjoy alongside scrambled eggs or platters of amazing French Toast! You can make a lot at once, which also makes it great for recipes that use bacon, such as BLT Pasta Salad.
If you like to make ahead for easier meals, this method is perfect for that too!
Did I mention no splatters? That could be listed a million times and I would still think it should be listed again!
How to Cook Bacon in the Oven Recipe
Make sure you begin with a cold oven.
You will place a wire rack (optional) onto a baking sheet. Then lay the bacon slices in a single layer onto the wire rack.
Then you will place the baking sheet with bacon into a cold oven. After you’ve added bacon to the oven, turn oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and bake bacon for 15 to 20 minutes. The baking time depends on the desired amount of crispness for bacon.
You will then remove the cooked bacon from the oven and place the cooked bacon on a paper towel lined platter to remove any excess drippings.
Oven cooked bacon is very freezer friendly. To freeze it, you’ll wait for the bacon to completely cool. Once it has cooled, place bacon slices into a zip top freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
To reheat, simply microwave the bacon until it’s heated throughout and enjoy!
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 cooking bacon in the oven. You are going to love it! Well, if you like bacon that is.
You DO like bacon, don’t you?
How to Cook Bacon Recipe
- Arrange a wire rack onto a baking sheet. (optional) Place the bacon in a single layer onto the wire rack. Place the baking sheet into a cold oven. Turn the oven to 375º F and bake bacon for 15-20 minutes, depending on desired amount of crispness for bacon.
- Remove from oven and remove the bacon to a paper towel lined platter to remove any excess drippings.
From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published 2013.