How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

I cannot cook bacon in a skillet.  I don’t know why, but I can never get it to cook evenly.  I hate standing over the hot skillet and being hit by flying bacon grease.  Plus, it takes forever to cook a whole pound when you only have one skillet.

Several years back, I found the perfect solution.  Cook the bacon in the oven!  The oven does a much better job of cooking the bacon evenly and cooks a whole pound at the same time! No more standing over the hot skillet and dodging hot grease.

What I really like best about this method is that I can stick the bacon in the oven to cook while I finish the rest of the meal.  For instance, I can put the bacon in the oven while I fix protein packed pancakes, or I can put the bacon in the oven while I make dairy-free potato soup.  It saves me a lot of time!

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. You can line a pan with aluminium foil or parchment paper for easier clean up.  Some people then add a cooling rack to keep the bacon out of the grease.  Both of these steps are completely optional.  I usually just cook the bacon right on the pan.
  3. Place bacon pieces in the pan.
  4. Bake for 15 -17 minutes.  Watch carefully because the bacon can burn fast.  Keep in mind that the bacon will crisp a bit as it cools.

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11 Responses to “How to Cook Bacon in the Oven”

  1. I hate cooking it on the stove, too. Gets grease all over me!

  2. Michelle says:

    The one time I tried bacon in the oven it got grease spatters all over the sides of my oven. Any thoughts on how to prevent this?

    • Nancy says:

      Michelle, I have not had that problem. I use a lasagna pan and a couple of 9 x 13 pans that are fairly deep. Do you think you need to try a deeper pan. You could turn the oven down to 375 and cook it a little longer. I guess you could try lightly covering the pan with aluminum foil. Let me know what you come up with!

      • Michelle says:

        Thank you, I tried it with 1 lb. of bacon divided between two deep 9×13 pans and there were minimal spatters. I cooked it at 400 for 15 minutes, uncovered, and was surprised at how easy and relatively mess-free it was. My new favorite way to cook bacon!

  3. Colette says:

    I am going to have to try that. I hate the pan too. I’ve been doing bacon in the microwave but not completely happy with that either. Next time I’m definitely trying the oven.

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  5. Love this! Just made a pan full of very messy bacon and it’s all burnt. I am going to try this, hopefully in my convection oven.