How to Make Bacon in the Oven
I’ve just come to the conclusion that cooking bacon in the oven is the best method ever (especially when your cooking larger quantities of bacon). For Easter I needed to cook up a couple pounds of bacon for two casseroles I was making. Now don’t get me wrong I love bacon but I don’t love frying it up. Every time I make it the bacon grease always seems to splatter everywhere burning my hands & making a total mess. Needless to say, I was not looking forward to frying up 2 lbs of bacon but I looked down at the package of bacon in my hands & saw it actually had three different methods listed for cooking it: microwave, oven, or pan fry. I’d never heard of making it in the oven before so I thought I would give it a shot.
After cooking bacon in the oven I thought, “Why have I not tried this sooner?!” The bacon turned out better than I’ve ever made it, it was so easy & the clean up was so easy. You don’t even have to flip the bacon over, it comes out perfectly cooked on both sides! Clean up was a snap, I just took the aluminum foil out of the pan when it was cool & tossed it in the trash.
To cook the bacon in the oven you just need to line a shallow baking pan with aluminum foil (the foil makes for an easy clean-up). Place the bacon in a single layer & place in the oven. I put two pans of bacon in the oven since it didn’t all fit on one & I only had one rimmed baking sheet so for the second pan I used my metal 9×13″ pan. Bake at 400°F for 15-20 minutes or until desired crispness in reached (No turning is necessary). I cooked my bacon for 25 minutes because I wanted it extra crispy. Remove from oven & drain bacon on paper towels to remove excess grease. Enjoy!
- 1-2 lbs. of bacon
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Line a shallow rimmed cookie sheet or 9x13" pan with aluminum foil (the pan has to have a rim to catch the grease).
- Place bacon in a single layer on top of the aluminum foil.
- Cook in oven for 15-20 minutes depending on how crispy you want your bacon & how thick your bacon is. (If you want it extra crispy you will need to leave it in longer).
- No turning is necessary.
- Remove from oven & using tongs place strips of bacon on a plate lined with paper towels so the bacon grease can drain.
Tip: If your not eating the bacon right away you can store the cooked bacon in a plastic bag in the frig for up to 5 days.