How to Bake Bacon

Have you ever wanted to have bacon that was cooked perfectly crisp and flat? Baked bacon is perfect for use in recipes, and in making a bunch of bacon for a large gathering. Scroll down to find out how to bake bacon with ease.

A pound of bacon that has been cooked in the oven.

Have you ever wondered how you could bake bacon?

I normally have breakfast out, I am not a morning person, and making coffee and wearing matching clothes is pretty much all I can do in the morning. I have breakfast at the same place every day, it is in the building where I work. Every day they have perfectly crisp, and perfectly flat pieces of bacon. So I asked them what do you do? They bake bacon, and so can you.

Baking Bacon is Easy to Do!

Preheat your oven, grab a jelly roll pan and a wire rack and you place slices of bacon on the wire rack, and you can cook bacon in no time at all.

Honestly, there are many advantages to cooking bacon in the oven. Cleanup is easy. Maybe you can cook bacon without it splattering everywhere, but I cannot, bacon for me goes, pretty much everywhere.

Flat pieces of bacon are no problem, sometimes cooking bacon in a frying pan means uneven pieces. Cook a whole package of bacon at once! Excess grease simply drips away.

Give baking bacon a try soon!

Cooked bacon on a baking sheet.

Use your perfectly cooked bacon for these recipes:

A pound of bacon that has been cooked in the oven.

How to Bake Bacon

Learn how to bake bacon. 
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bacon Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 236kcal


  • 1 pound bacon


  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with foil, you can leave the foil a little crinkled so the grease doing pool under the bacon. 
  • Do not use a flat cookie sheet, use a bar pan. A flat cookie sheet will get you a mess in your oven, as the grease forms it will drip down the pan.
  • Lay out bacon one strip at a time on the cookie sheet. The bacon should not touch. You can leave about a quarter inch between of space between each slice of bacon. 
  • Place cookie sheet with bacon into the oven and bake for 15-17 minutes. When the bacon is browned and crispy, you will drain it on paper towels. Now wasn't that easy?



What to do with all of this bacon goodness

  • You can precook bacon for a whole week on the weekend, and simply reheat just before serving.
  • Store cooked bacon in an airtight plastic bag, and use as you like
  • Be sure to save the bacon grease for cooking in other recipes.


Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 375mg | Potassium: 112mg | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.2mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Ellie

    5 stars
    Hi! I wanna try baking bacon since I have never done this. Honestly I microwave mine a lot and it’s a mess. But is there a certain type of bacon that gets crispier than others? I really don’t know much about bacon just that I like it. I really love crispy type the best and I seem to end up with chewier bacon. When I google it I just seem to get a lot of information about cured vs uncured. Nothing that tells me how to choose a bacon for crispiness 🙁

  2. Chuck

    I just recently started baking bacon but used parchment paper instead of the foil. It comes out pretty good and it’s a lot neater that using the cast iron pan, trying to get the temperature right, the fact that I can only get about 6 pieces in the pan at a time and what seems to be uneven cooking (burnt and what looks like raw on the same piece). I can get almost a full pound on the pan I use and just set it and forget it for a while.

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