How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

Bacon in the OvenThis is one of those recipes (or cooking techniques) that once you have used it, you will be forever asking yourself, why did I ever cook bacon any other way?

This method of cooking bacon is incredibly easy and totally frees you up to be doing something else. Another bonus, one that I really love, there is no bacon grease all over the cooktop, counters, floors, walls and my shirt.

Am I the only one that has needed to spend 30 or 40 minutes cleaning the kitchen after frying bacon on the stove? Not to mention the number of shirts that have been splattered with grease and permanently ruined.

This is the only way that I now cook bacon. Depending on your oven temperature and how well done you like your bacon you may need to adjust the cooking time a bit. The first couple of times you use this method, until you can judge a time to suit your wants, keep a close eye on the bacon as the end time for cooking draws near.

Bacon in the Oven

Try not to overlap the bacon slices as the overlapped areas will not cook as well.

Bacon in the Oven

We like our bacon crispy, this was after 20 minutes.

Bacon in the Oven

Set some paper towel into the pan to absorb some of the grease. This is wise for safety reasons as well as for making for easier cleanup.

Bacon in the Oven

5.0 from 1 reviews
How to Cook Bacon in the Oven
  • Bacon slices
  1. Line a rimmed sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Place bacon on a sheet pan, close together but not overlapping.
  3. Place pan in middle of the oven.
  4. Turn oven on to 400 degrees F.
  5. Time will vary with the thickness of the bacon, oven temperature, and your taste.
  6. Check back in 18 minutes and then every minute or so until bacon is cooked the way you like it.
  7. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate.
  8. I like to then put a couple paper towels on top of the parchment paper in the sheet pan to help absorb any grease and prevent spills.
  9. Drain bacon on paper towels.
If you use thick cut bacon increase the cooking time by a few minutes.

Turn oven on AFTER you put bacon in.

Hope you give this recipe for How to Cook Bacon in the Oven a try and if you do, let me know how it turned out.

If you have any questions at all, feel free to ask and I will do my very best to answer them.



  1. Stephanie R says:

    This is how I cook my bacon as well, it sure beats standing around a pan of bacon with bacon grease popping everywhere.

I Love Comments


Rate this recipe:  

CommentLuv badge