How To Cook Bacon In The Oven

How to cook bacon in the oven. Sounds simple enough, right? So, you put some bacon on a sheet pan and pop it in the oven. Easy peasy. Well, maybe not, the bacon sticks to the pan, and it’s all swimming in grease! Yuck! This guide is the best way to avoid gross, greasy bacon and to help you bake it to utter perfection! Plus, it’s so much easier than having to stand over a stove for half an hour and risk getting burnt.

bacon on a piece of parchment

About The Recipe

Admittedly, I actually learned to cook bacon in the oven when I was in the restaurant business. We bought bacon in 40 pound boxes! The strips of bacon were layered with parchment paper. We would just take one (or two) layers off and put them on a sheet pan and put them in the oven. However, we still had the grease problem. We solved it by draining the bacon on paper towels.

These days, we try to cut back on as much waste as possible. So that means paper towels are not always the best answer.

I figured out a quick and easy trick to cut back on waste and NOT have pools of grease in the pan.

Equipment Needed

How To Cook Bacon in The Oven

It seems simple enough and, quite frankly, it really is once you figure out the tricks! First, gather everything you need. Bacon, parchment paper, broiler pan, a knife.

a plate of bacon with parchment paper and a blue broiler pan

Put the parchment paper the broiler pan. Place bacon about 1/2 to a full inch apart. Now, here’s the important part! Take a sharp knife and cut slits in the parchment. That allows the grease to drain down into the broiler pan – and away from your bacon!

Here comes the next thing. I don’t know about you, but I absolutely hate cleaning my oven! So, put another layer of parchment paper on top of the bacon. That keeps it from popping all over the oven and smoking up the kitchen!

bacon slices on a broiler pan with a piece of parchment over them

Place in a 400 degree oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until the bacon is browned and crispy. Carefully take out of the oven and remove the top piece of parchment. Transfer to a plate and serve!

6 pieces of bacon baked on a piece of parchment

Expert Tips

  • You can use any kind of bacon you prefer. The amount is also up to you.
  • Make sure you poke a lot of holes into the parchment!
  • Some draining afterwards may be required.
  • If your bacon is frozen, make sure you thaw it before baking.
  • If you don’t have a broiler pan, you can use a wire cooling rack and a baking sheet to create the same results.

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bacon on a piece of parchment

How To Cook Bacon In The Oven

Traci
The best way to cook bacon! This is the best guide on how to perfectly cook bacon in the oven.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8 pieces
Calories 108 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 8 slices of bacon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Place a piece of parchment paper on a grill pan.
  • Place bacon on parchment.
  • With a sharp knife, cut slits in the parchment.
  • Place another piece of parchment on top of the bacon.
  • Place in oven and cook until browned and crispy, about 15-20 minutes.

Notes

  • You can use any kind of bacon you prefer. The amount is also up to you.
  • Make sure you poke a lot of holes into the parchment!
  • Some draining afterwards may be required.
  • If your bacon is frozen, make sure you thaw it before baking.
  • If you don't have a broiler pan, you can use a wire cooling rack and a baking sheet to create the same results.

Nutrition

Serving: 2slicesCalories: 108kcalProtein: 8gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 387mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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