The easiest and smartest way to cook bacon strips is in the oven. No need to fry your bacon because baked bacon is as crispy and less messy. Perfect splatter free bacon in 15 minutes! What a delicious way to prepare this American classic for breakfast, dinner and even dessert!
Why cook bacon in the oven?
- To minimize clean up. While cast iron pan is a classic choice for frying the bacon, it’s much easier to get rid of the bacon fat if you bake it!
- Perfect when cooking for a crowd!
- Cooking in the oven avoids bacon grease splatter.
How to choose bacon
Bacon is one of America’s favorite breakfast foods. It’s a cut of pork that is brined in a salt solution and then smoked. And of course there are many different types of bacon to choose from.
- The best bacon in your supermarket will be at the meat or deli counter. Packaged bacon needs to have a longer shelf life, so you are more likely to see more preservatives.
- Make sure to read the ingredients! Less ingredients will yield a higher quality bacon. Ideally, the ingredients list should not contain more than pork, salt, brown sugar, and water.
- Some like it cut thiner than others. In general, the thicker cuts will produce chewier bacon while the thiner cuts will produce crisper bacon. Look for a nice blend of meat and fat, with a little more meat than fat.
How do I bake bacon in the oven?
- First things first, preheat oven to 375 F.
- Next, you will need to prepare a large baking sheet and line it with parchment paper or foil.
- Now lay bacon strips in a single layer on the baking sheet, but do not let the bacon strips overlap or they will stick together.
- Lastly, bake your bacon for 15 minutes, until crispy perfection and drain!
- To drain bacon fat, remove bacon strips from the baking sheet and tilt it to allow bacon fat to drain either into a garbage can or a storage container.
- You can also use paper towels, newspapers or a cutup brown paper bag for that.
How long do you cook bacon?
I bake it for 15 minutes at 375°, until the bacon is crispy. Some cooks bake it at 400 F and I’ve done that too. However at 400 F, you want to check on your bacon at 10 minutes in order to avoid burning it in its own fat! Your bacon is also much more likely to produce a splatter inside your oven when cooking it at temperatures higher than 375 F.
Can you cook it at a lower temperature? Yes! I baked the bacon at 350F and it was crispy at this temperature as well, but it took longer to cook: 20-25 minutes at 350.
WHAT TO DO WITH BACON GREASE?
Even though some cooks save their bacon drippings, I’ve never done so because the bacon grease can go rancid and that’s not something I am willing to risk. If you choose to keep bacon fat – pour it into a glass jar or metal can, and refrigerate.
How to store baked bacon
- Cool it off on a plate.
- You can also place cooled bacon in a resealable plastic bag.
- Once you cooled it off, store it for up to one week in the refrigerator.
- To reheat refrigerate bacon, microwave it or add it to a hot pan to crisp.
Delicious Bacon Recipes:
Easiest way to bake bacon in the oven
- 8 strips bacon
- Preheat oven to 375°
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Lay bacon in a single layer onto baking sheet, making sure not to overlap.
- Bake until crispy, 15 to 25 minutes
- Drain on a paper towel-lined plate and serve.