If You’re Not Cooking Bacon In The Oven, You’re Doing It Wrong

Back away from the frying pan.

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After you cook bacon in the oven, you won't go back to a frying pan. Photo, iStock.

Sheet-pan dinners are a life saver on busy weeknights. But a cookie sheet can also work wonders at breakfast time if you love bacon but hate grease splatters, standing over the stove and a house that smells like fatty, smoked meat for days. It’s time, dear reader, to put your sheet pan to work and start cooking bacon in the oven.

Why should you cook bacon in the oven?

Instead of using a frying pan to cook a few measly strips of bacon at a time, you can cook an entire pack at once (or about a dozen strips) on one sheet. Line your baking pan with foil or parchment paper and after cooking, you can simply discard it and rinse off your sheets instead of scrubbing a frying pan. And unlike with a frying pan, you can cook all your strips to your desired consistency (extra-crispy, please). So the real question is: Why aren’t you cooking bacon in the oven yet? To get started, try this method with crowd-pleasing maple bacon French toast or maple-fennel bacon, delicious on its own or as a garnish on a brunch-time caesar. Your guests (and belly) will thank you.

How to cook bacon in the oven

  • Preheat your oven to 400 F. Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil or parchment and lay your bacon slices down side-by side—it’s OK if they slightly overlap. The lined pan will catch all the drippings while the bacon cooks, making clean up a breeze.
  • Stick the sheet in the oven and bake until the strips are cooked through and crispy (it should take approximately 15-20 minutes, but be sure to start checking the bacon after the 12-15 minute mark). You don’t have to flip the bacon, not even once! Could it be any easier?
  • To remove some of the oil, just transfer the strips to a paper-towel lined plate before serving.

Originally published April 2018; Updated May 2019.

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