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How to cook Bacon in the Oven

September 16, 2013


I can’t think of any better side to have for breakfast than crispy bacon. Yum! ! Think about it…what is better with Pancakes? French Toast? Eggs? And anything else you can think of! Bacon Lettuce and tomato, Egg salad, cinnamon rolls…..and what’s not to love right by itself? Once you  learn to cook bacon in the oven you may never fry in again!

Toast with crispy bacon stripsI’m a little lazy when it comes to breakfast. It’s just too early to mess things up first thing in the morning….I hate to clean up after all the grease splattering all over the stove and floor.   I know I could get a splatter cover but my kitchen is way over stocked with pot and pans and very little room for anything else…besides, I have a much better way to cook my bacon.

Once I learned to cook bacon in the oven,  I found it so easy to get a head start on breakfast.  I like to cook my bacon ahead of time. I cook a whole package at once and put in in ziplock bags and take out as needed during the week.

No mess to clean up and nothing to watch and turn over in the middle….it just cooks like a charm and all I do is take it out to drain on paper towels! Easy as pie.

All you need is bacon….I love Oscar Mayer Hardwood Smoked Bacon. But any will do…your fav is what I suggest!

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or tin foil. I have used wax paper but it tends to stick and I’m all about hassle free…so use parchment or foil. Make sure you have sides on your pan so the grease doesn’t drip…..

bacon on tray

Preheat oven 375* and bake about 15-22 mins…check at about the 10 minute mark and cook until browned.

baked bacon

Drain on paper towels and enjoy!

bacon draining

There’s nothing better with any meal than…… Crispy Bacon! I usually cook more than I need at  a meal. Once it is cool, I place in plastic bag and refrigerate until needed. Then in the morning I place on paper towel in microwave for about 45 seconds.


Toast with crispy bacon strips

How to cook Bacon in the Oven


  • Bacon, sliced


  1. Preheat oven 375*
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or tin foil.
  3. Arrange bacon in close rows on paper.
  4. Bake in preheated oven approx 20 minutes. uncovered
  5. I check bacon at about the 10 minute mark to see how fast it is cooking.
  6. And watch more closely after 15 minutes.
  7. Bacon is not the same thickness and so thinner sliced bacon will cook much faster. And thicker sliced will take a little longer to crisp.
  8. Some suggest cooking it faster at 425* but that causes the bacon to shrink a lot, so I moved the temp back to 375* and that seems to be the perfect temp....

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