How to Bake Bacon

The old saying that all things are better with bacon is true. Sweet or savory, recipes with bacon are more exciting. Whether serving bacon strips with breakfast, sprinkling crumbled bacon on a salad or using candied bacon in a fun dessert, you can’t go wrong. Typically bacon is cooked on the stove which can get tedious (and messy). We’re going to share a simpler way to cook bacon - in the oven!

It’s so much easier to pop a cookie sheet filled with bacon in the oven and let it do its thing. Not only does it create extra time and stovetop space to work on the rest of the meal, but it also fills the kitchen with the irresistible smell of bacon. When the baked bacon comes out of the oven all crispy and perfect, it's magic. Good luck getting that bacon to the table because people will line up to get samples.


  • 1 lb regular sliced bacon
  • Cooking spray
  • Heavy duty aluminum foil


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cover a cookie sheet with foil. Spray with cooking spray.

2. Lay the bacon slices onto cookie sheet. It’s ok if the slices touch, but they should not overlap.

3. Put the bacon in the preheated oven on the middle rack for 10 minutes.

4. Take the bacon out and flip the slices.

5. Place bacon back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes depending on preferred crispness.

6. Take the cookie sheet out of the oven.

7. Drain cooked bacon on a plate lined with paper towels.

8. The oven-baked bacon is ready to serve.

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Linda Y - Oct 31, 2019
Since I only make a few slices at a time I use my George Forman and it cooks in minutes...I mean minutes.
Denny Felizzi - Oct 24, 2019
... and save that bacon fat!!!! Great for frying...anything! And Keto!
Sue M - Oct 24, 2019
I put mine on foil or parchment paper and put it in a cold oven set to 400 degrees. As the temp rises the bacon fat renders out without spattering. It is cooked crisp in about 25 minutes.
Willie Higgs - Oct 24, 2019
I recently buy a Airrfryer! What a pleasure to put it on the sieve and in 6-8 min it is done and crispy! The fat drain through the sieave and you catch it up for use in other recipes. Great!
Sue Hathaway - Oct 23, 2019
I have been cooking Bacon in the Oven for many years! Its great when you have company & need a big batch but it's also great because less work & mess. I do mine a little different thru trial & error. I put the Foil on the cookie sheet but then put a Rack on the sheet & then put the Bacon on the rack. THEN put another rack on top of the Bacon! Then set the oven on 450 & put it on the bottom rack. When the Bacon looks like you usually cook it, done wise. Get silicon oven gloves or pot holders & grab both racks & flip it all over. Squeeze tight so they don't move! Then cook until the other side looks right, usually just another few minutes. My Oven runs kind of hot so I can't tell you the times. You know when Bacon looks cooked the way you like it.Then the racks go in the dishwasher, the Tin Foil gets thrown out & the pan gets put away. ;)
Brenda Grant - Oct 23, 2019
I cook my bacon in a toaster oven. No splattering grease.
Janet Alleva - Oct 23, 2019
I do my bacon out on the grill-no lingering bacon smell in the house. If you have gas or electric it’s easy to do, if you use charcoal you really have to watch it, I’ve been doing it this way for years.
CB C - Oct 23, 2019
Thank you for your post. I, too favor baking in the oven, and as other commenters suggested, I also use a relatively low temperature of 275-300. I line the sheet pan with foil, and then line the foil with a few layers of conventional paper towels. I then place the bacon directly on the paper towels so that the bacon grease will be absorbed directly into the paper. I have not had a problem with sticking, and no problems with ignition of the paper towels at the low oven temperature. I turn the bacon once during the baking, and when finished, I just ball up the foil-paper towel and toss. No fuss, no mess.
Juliann Hanback - Oct 23, 2019
I have been baking bacon for years, lining the pan with heavy duty aluminum foil to ease clean up. However, I always use a lower oven temperature in an attempt to reduece nitrosamine production. Never over 350 degrees F but preferably 300 or 325 if I have the time. Oh and if you thinkthe answer is to use uncured bacon, guess again. It isn't really "uncured" it is just cured with veggies that are high in nitrates, like celery and beet.
Vicki Langstaff - Oct 23, 2019
Nancy Sanders me too. I put mine on a foil lined sheet no spray, and I turn the cookie sheet around in the middle of the 20 minutes. 400 degrees.
Linda Kelber - Oct 23, 2019
I cook my bacon in the oven but I put the bacon on a metal cookie rack and as the bacon is cooking the fat drains off the cookie rack!

millicent dew - Oct 23, 2019
I cook my bacon in a 350 degree oven on parchment paper lined-pan. It doesn't need vegetable spray, doesn't stick and the bacon comes out perfectly cooked and crisp every time.
Deena Costley - Oct 23, 2019
I cook bacon in the oven too, but I use a rack over a baking sheet. That way the bacon doesn't lay in it's own grease that has drained and it doesn't splatter the inside of your oven with grease. I bought a non-stick rack just for this purpose. Works great.
Judy Maugans - Oct 23, 2019
I do mine on a broiler pan in the oven. Low and slow to avoid so much spattering---usually 250-275 dgrees. Grease drains away from bacon off rack into pan. I save the grease for other purposes, so when the pan is cool enough to handle I just pour it into my grease storage container. I love crispy, crispy bacon and this is the way to achieve those results with nice flat bacon strips.
Emily- Lee Rzeplinski - Oct 23, 2019
I've used my cake wire racks over a sheet pan. Works great!
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