How to Cook Bacon in the Oven (Easy & Perfect Every Time!)
This oven-baked bacon is the most simple and delicious way to cook bacon! It’s perfect for making the prep for any breakfast or brunch easier.
Do you dislike frying bacon in a pan and having the fat splatter? Same! Whenever I’m trying to get breakfast on the table, I prefer to keep things as clean, simple, and low maintenance as possible. Enter, oven-baked bacon.. the superior way to cook bacon!
This oven-baked bacon will change your world! My husband agrees that it’s the absolute best, and it makes cooking perfect bacon so much easier.
What you’ll need for cooking bacon in the oven
- Bacon. Of course! This method works with any bacon, but I most often use Applegate brand bacon.
- A large sheet pan. Using a sheet pan that has edges helps to keep any fat from splattering.
- Parchment paper. This helps to keep the sheet pan clean.
How to Cook Bacon in the Oven
- Lay the bacon out on the baking sheet. Evenly spacing and making sure that the bacon strips are not overlapping.
- Bake. Transfer to the preheated oven and bake for 18-22 minutes (depending on how thick the bacon is, or how crispy you like it).
- Remove the bacon from the oven when it’s cooked to your liking.
Tips and Tricks for Making Bacon in the Oven
- The cook time will vary depending on how thick the bacon is and how crispy you like it. I find that it will vary between 18-22 minutes so it’s still a fairly narrow window! That’s why keeping an eye on your bacon is important to make sure it’s cooked to your liking.
- Use parchment paper. Not only does it make cleaning up the sheet pan easier, but it also makes it easier to save and transfer the bacon fat so it doesn’t go to waste.
What temperature do you cook bacon in the oven at?
I find that 400 F works best, but if your oven runs a bit hotter, feel free to turn it down to 375 F and cook the bacon longer.
Can you make this bacon ahead of time?
Bacon is definitely best fresh, however, you can also batch cook it and store it in the fridge to eat later.
What do you do with the leftover bacon fat?
You can do so many things with leftover bacon fat! Personally, I love to keep the bacon fat on the baking sheet and add vegetables to cook in the bacon fat in the oven. I often do this with green beans and broccoli, but it really works with just about any vegetable.
Alternatively, you can save the bacon fat in a glass jar and keep it to cook eggs or any other dish that you’d like to cook with bacon!
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- 8 oz bacon (I use Applegate bacon, but any bacon works)
- Preheat the oven to 400 F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Lay the bacon out on the baking sheet, evenly spacing and making sure that the bacon strips are not overlapping.
- Transfer to the preheated oven and bake for 18-22 minutes (depending on how thick the bacon is, or how crispy you like it).
- Remove the bacon from the oven when it’s cooked to your liking. Allow to cool slightly before transferring to a plate and enjoying!
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Baked
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 311
- Fat: 29.6g
- Carbohydrates: 1g
- Fiber: 0g
- Protein: 9.4g
Keywords: oven bacon