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How To Cook Bacon In The Oven

Here's how to cook bacon in the oven in less than 25 minutes. No fuss, no mess, just delicious perfectly done bacon.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, baked bacon, easy way to make bacon, how to cook bacon in the oven, oven baked bacon recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 60kcal


  • 12 ounces of bacon


  • If you're making 12-14 strips of bacon at a time, it's best to divide the strips between two baking pans.
  • Position your oven racks so that one rack is in the bottom third of the oven and the other is in the top third of the oven.
  • Preheat your oven to 400℉ and place your pans of bacon on the racks of your oven one above the other. The bacon on the rack above may cook sooner than the one below it. That's o.k. Take that finished pan out and give the second pan a chance to finish cooking about 2-3 more minutes longer.
  • Total cooking time is usually 18-20 minutes. But since ovens vary, start checking your bacon at 15 minutes to be sure it doesn't burn.
  • Use tongs to transfer your bacon to drain on a plate lined with paper towels. Blot the bacon on top with another paper towel.
  • Serve and enjoy.



  • Cook your room temperature bacon on a raised rack fitted into a baking sheet lined with parchment paper so that the hot air circulates around the bacon and the fat drips down into the pan leaving you with perfectly crisp delicious bacon. Aluminum foil can be porous and leak bacon fat into your baking sheet so it's better to line your baking sheet with parchment paper that won't soak up the grease. Less mess!
  • Don’t crowd the pan. Your bacon needs room to crisp up evenly. Overcrowding can make your bacon turn out soggy.
  • Ovens vary so please check your bacon after the first 15 minutes to be sure it doesn’t burn. Then cook it to your desired crispiness.
  • You can store cooked bacon in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • You can save the bacon fat to use in recipes for later. Carefully strain the fat and save it in the fridge or freezer. Or wait for it to solidify on the parchment paper as it cools and just throw it away.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 60kcal