The method for baking bacon in the oven is much easier than frying it up in a pan. With oven-baked bacon slices, the strips come out straight and crispy. Plus, there’s no standing at the stove with grease splattering everywhere!
Who doesn’t love the delicious taste of crispy bacon?
I absolutely hate the mess that results from frying the strips in a pan. The hot grease splatters everywhere and it seems I’m cleaning up for years after.
Plus, I end up spending a long time standing at the cooktop because the whole package never fits in one frying pan. Or, if I try to squeeze too much in, the bacon gets all shriveled.
Baking bacon in the oven solves all these issues! If you have not tried this cooking method, you must give it a try. You'll get perfect bacon every time with easy cleanup!
Cooking bacon in the oven is the easiest way to cook a lot of bacon at once! The best part is that a whole package can be cooked at once with less mess and better results.
Here is the method for baking bacon plus a bunch of helpful tips, along with some questions people have asked about how to bake bacon in the oven.
Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of steps used to make this low-carb recipe.
Place On A Large Baking Sheet
When cooking bacon in the oven, all you have to do is to lay the pieces out on an oven-safe cooling rack in a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet or cookie sheet. Parchment paper can be used as a liner as well to catch the bacon fat.
Because you use a wire rack, the strips are raised up while cooking, so they don’t get soaked in bacon grease. And, you don’t even need to flip the bacon once!
For the best results, arrange the strips in a single layer so they aren’t overlapping.
It’s best to bake bacon between 375°F and 425°F, but a temperature of 350°F should work too. It just takes longer to cook with a lower temperature. For crispy strips, it’s better to go with a higher temperature.
There’s also no need to pre-heat the oven. Of course, it does take a few more minutes to cook in a cold oven. However, the meat does cook as the oven heats up.
Bake Until It Is Crispy
Now that you know the cooking temp, how long do you bake bacon in the oven? The exact baking time depends on a few different things – the temperature of the oven and the thickness of the bacon.
To determine the cooking time, you can use the following times as a guide when baking in a preheated oven.
- 350°F: 23-27 minutes
- 375°F: 20-24 minutes
- 400°F: 18-22 minutes
- 425°F: 16-20 minutes
If the oven is not pre-heated, about 5 minutes should be added to each time range. And thick-cut bacon may need to be cooked longer.
Before we get to the recipe card just a little further below, here are some questions people often ask.
Is baking bacon messy?
Unlike pan-frying, the grease doesn’t splatter everywhere while bacon cooks in the oven. Plus, most (if not all) of the grease should drip down from the rack into the baking sheet.
There’s very little cleanup after making baked bacon. You just have to pour off the grease in the pans and scrub down the racks. Even if using a dishwasher, it’s best to hand wash first.
How do you clean up after baking it?
You will need a good scrubber to wash the rack off. After the initial scrub, it’s best to run everything through the dishwasher because it’s the best way to clean the grease off.
To make cleanup even easier, you can line the pans with aluminum foil and make racks out of foil to lift the strips up. Then, when it’s all done, just toss the used foil in the garbage.
Is this really the best way to make bacon?
Once you give this cooking method a try, you’ll never go back to pan-frying. You may even want to have separate baking racks just to use for bacon. It really doesn’t get much easier than this.
The strips come out pretty flat and crispy when baking bacon in the oven. To make each one crispier, it’s best to blot up the grease on each strip with a paper towel.
Since learning this method, I use racks to cook anything wrapped in bacon like this chicken tenders recipe. It’s a great way to bake a lot of things instead of frying.
I love that the meat isn’t drowning in the grease. And, there’s less splattering mess as well. So, the food comes out nice and crisp on the outside.
Will fat drip off the sides of the pan?
Yes, this is a possibility. You do need to watch out for fat dripping off the sides of the pan. It may make a greasy and sticky mess on the bottom of the oven.
However, having some kind of catch pan underneath if the strips get too close to the edge can help. The other option is to just keep the strips away from the edges.
If you’re on a ketogenic diet, you’ll likely be eating lots of bacon. Some people have actually taken it to the extreme. Take a look at what happens when you eat only bacon for a month!
There’s a ton of recipes that call for cooked bacon. Here are some of my favorite keto-friendly recipes.
- Low Carb Breakfast Casserole can be prepared the day before and baked just before serving. It's great for holiday breakfasts!
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts Soup is a tasty way to eat your veggies. And roasting makes the vegetable slightly sweet.
- Bacon Ranch Chicken Crust Pizza is a nice change from the standard dough crust and red sauce.
- Southern Green Beans With Bacon is a staple side dish that is effortless to prepare.
- Bacon-Wrapped Egg Muffins are a fantastic grab-and-go breakfast food that fuels you first thing in the morning.
- 1 no sugar bacon
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Set cooling racks on top of jelly roll pans and spray lightly with non-stick spray.
- Arrange the bacon on racks in baking pan. Be careful not to overlap.
- Bake for about 20 minutes.
- Transfer cooked slices to paper towels to absorb excess grease.
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Originally published January 2011 and updated with new information on July 13, 2021.