Crispy Perfection: Cooking Bacon in the Oven

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Bacon is a tasty treat, but it can be tricky and messy to prepare. The high fat content causes a lot of splattering on the stovetop, and it can easily burn if it's left in the pan for even a few seconds too long. Luckily, there is an easier method of cooking bacon. Follow these tips for cooking bacon in the oven for a hassle-free breakfast.


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place one or two racks in the center of the oven.

2. Lay out the bacon strips in a single layer on a nonstick baking sheet. Alternatively, line the sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil before adding the bacon. The foil keeps grease from sticking to the sheet, making cleanup after breakfast quick and stress-free. Another option is to lay the bacon out onto a wire rack so the grease can drip down onto the pan. This helps reduce the fat content.

3.Add the baking sheet to the preheated oven. Cook the bacon for around 15 to 20 minutes. A longer cooking time produces crispier bacon.

4.Remove the bacon from the sheet with a pair of tongs. Use paper towel to absorb excess grease from the slices.

5.Pour the grease from the baking sheet into a non-meltable cup or container. Set it aside to use as cooking fat in other recipes. Or, pour it into a foil-lined cup. Let the grease harden and then discard it in the trash. Never pour bacon grease into the sink, as hardened grease can clog plumbing.

6.Serve the bacon while it's still hot. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. Reheating bacon takes just a minute or so in a pan and around 30 seconds in the microwave. Leftover bacon slices are also great additions to sandwiches, egg dishes and salads. To store leftover bacon for longer periods of time, wrap the slices in a paper towel and add them to a freezer bag. They can keep for up to six weeks.


  • Up to 2 pounds of bacon
  • Parchment paper or aluminum foil (optional)
  • Paper towel