Oven Fried Bacon

Oven Fried Bacon is the easiest way to make crispy, perfectly cooked bacon every time. When you bake bacon, there's less mess, less fuss, and all of the deliciousness!


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If you've been wanting to learn how to oven fry bacon at home, you're in the right place! Oven frying bacon yields the most delicious, crispy, perfectly cooked bacon with ease.

In this post, I'll explain the basics of cooking bacon in the oven. This includes the cooking time, preparing the pan, and checking if the bacon is cooked.

Once you try this easy, foolproof method of cooking bacon, you won't want to prepare it any other way again!

Oven fried bacon on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

How to Cook Bacon in an Oven?

Baking bacon in the oven is as easy as it gets and the best way to cook bacon. First, you prepare a baking sheet and arrange the bacon slices on it in a single layer. Then, you bake the bacon at 400 degrees F until cooked to your liking. Easy peasy! See below for detailed instructions.

Should I Use Aluminum Foil or Parchment Paper For Baked Bacon?

I like to cook my bacon in the oven on parchment paper, but foil works equally well. That means you can use foil or parchment paper to bake bacon in the oven with no problems. Another choice is to use a sheet pan without foil or paper, but it means more messy cleaning afterward. One baking sheet can hold half a pound of bacon. To cook one pound of bacon, you'll need two rimmed baking sheets. These are the baking sheets I use in my home. I love them!

Oven fried bacon on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

How Many People Will 1 lb of Bacon Serve?

Several things factor into how much bacon you will need per person. First, the size of the package. Bacon usually comes in 12 oz. or 16 oz. packages. If the package is smaller, it will obviously have less bacon. The thickness of the bacon will also be a factor in how many pieces of bacon are in the package. If your bacon is thick-cut, you should anticipate a smaller quantity of slices compared to a regular or thinly sliced package. For a standard sliced 1 lb package of bacon, you can expect 18-20 slices of bacon. With that in mind, one pound of bacon will serve 4-6 people.

How Long to Cook Bacon in Oven

Baked bacon takes roughly 18-25 minutes to cook in the oven. The typical guideline is to begin monitoring your bacon after 10 minutes and periodically check it until it reaches your desired level of doneness. My regular sliced bacon was perfectly cooked for me at 23 minutes. Several things might affect how long it takes for your bacon to be fully cooked:

  • Thickness: Bacon thickness directly affects the cooking time required for it to be fully cooked. Thin or regular sliced bacon will take far less time than thick cut bacon.
  • Fat content: If your bacon is extra fatty, more bacon grease will be released onto the pan during the cooking time. The more fat, the longer it will take for your bacon to crisp up.
  • How much you're cooking: If you're making two sheet pans filled with bacon simultaneously, it will require slightly more time compared to baking just one pan. When baking two pans together, switch their positions after 10 minutes of cooking time. Move the top pan to the bottom and the bottom pan to the top.
  • Oven temperature: Different ovens may cook at slightly different temperatures, so my oven may cook bacon more slowly than your oven. My recommendation for how long to bake bacon at 400 degrees F is 18 -23 minutes. Cooking the bacon at a lower heat will result in a lengthier cooking time, whereas cooking it at a higher temperature of 450 degrees may lead to burnt bacon if one is not extremely cautious.

Oven fried bacon on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

What to Serve With Oven Baked Bacon

If you're making a nice breakfast for your family, bacon and eggs are naturally a perfect combo! My favorite scrambled eggs are goat cheese scrambled eggs. They are decadent and delicious and perfect to serve with your oven fried bacon. Round out the meal with my favorite breakfast potatoes. Another great way to serve this oven bacon is on a sandwich or salad. One of my favorites is a delish chicken BLT!

Oven Fried Bacon Variations

Mix things up a little and try one of these tasty twists on oven bacon:

  • Maple Bacon: Brush bacon with maple syrup before baking for a sweet and salty twist.
  • Spicy Bacon: Sprinkle bacon with cayenne pepper and paprika for a spicy twist.
  • Peppered Bacon: Fresh ground black pepper will add bold flavor to your bacon.

Oven fried bacon on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

What To Do With Leftover Oven Fried Bacon

Leftover crispy bacon is a rare thing in my house. However, when it does happen occasionally, here are my preferred methods to make use of it (aside from indulging in it straight from the refrigerator):

  • top a burger
  • make a BLT
  • crumble over a salad
  • mix into a creamy dip
  • top a cream cheese bagel
  • and so much more!

How To Store Oven Fried Bacon

If (and that's a big if!) you have any leftover bacon, you can store your bacon in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. Cooked baked bacon can also be frozen. Freeze for up to three months.

More Yummy Recipes With Bacon

Looking for some delish recipes that use bacon? Check out these popular bacon recipes from the archives:


If you try this recipe, I'd love to know what you think in the comments below. Enjoy!



Oven Fried Bacon

Yield: 1 lb
Prep Time: 5 MINUTES
Cook time: 20 MINUTES
Total time: 25 MINUTES
Oven Fried Bacon is the easiest way to make crispy, perfectly cooked bacon every time. When you bake bacon, there's less mess, less fuss, and all of the deliciousness!

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INGREDIENTS

1 lb bacon


INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or foil.
  3. Arrange the bacon in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets.
  4. Place the bacon in the oven. After 10 minutes, check the bacon. Then, switch the baking sheets. Move the top one to the bottom rack and the bottom one to the top rack.
  5. Continue baking, checking frequently, for an additional 8-15 minutes, until the bacon is done to your liking.
  6. Remove the bacon from the oven. Using tongs, transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate and serve.


NOTES

When first learning how to bake bacon, it's important to begin checking your bacon early and continue checking it often until it's cooked to your liking.

Author: Becky Tarala

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