How to Oven-Fry Bacon

Don’t you just want to bite into that crisp piece of salty bacon? I think everyone can agree (except maybe vegetarians) that bacon is one of the best foods on the planet. The sizzle when it fries, the delectable salty aroma, the crave-worthy crisp texture. Bacon makes everything better.

But sometimes frying up some bacon is a pain. Especially when you’re using your stove-top to make pancakes and eggs and there’s just no room for the bacon. When you oven-fry bacon you free up room on your stove and you don’t end up with bacon grease all over your counter and shirt. In fact, cleanup is a breeze with oven-fried bacon. And the bacon is just as crisp, promise.

Bacon makes sandwiches, breakfasts, pastas, and salads so. much. better. So here’s a tip so you can add bacon to anything, anytime in less than 2 minutes:

For bacon throughout the whenever, roast the bacon on soft side of being fully cooked. Store cooled bacon in an airtight container in freezer for future use. Reheat 2 slices of bacon in microwave on medium-high heat for 30 seconds or until warm. Cook longer when reheating more slices. Do not reheat with high power, it burns the bacon. Remember, you’re simply warming the bacon.

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Oven-Fried Bacon

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

12 slices bacon, thin or thick cut

Directions:

Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange the bacon slices on a rimmed baking sheet lined with tin foil. Roast until the fat begins to render, 5 minutes, then rotate pan front to back. Continue roasting until the bacon is crisp and browned, 5-6 minutes for thin-cut bacon and 8-10 minutes for thick-cut (less time altogether if freezing for later, see tip above). Transfer with tongs to a paper-towel lined plate to drain.

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4 Responses to “How to Oven-Fry Bacon”

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    Erin — May 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Mmm crispy bacon is the best!

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    Maria — July 13, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    This works even better if you have a cooling rack set on the baking sheet, then the grease drops to the bottom and they cook up really nicely!

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    Connie T. — September 11, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Made bacon in the oven for the first time recently. Turned out great! I was a little leary of this method. I was picturing having bacon spattered all over the oven. Miraculously, it doesn’t! On top the stove it is always messy, even when I keep the heat down. Plus, you can make more at one time. I would still watch it closely though. Times are approximate, depending on the thickness of the bacon.

    • Tessa replied: — September 11th, 2014 @ 11:34 am

      Awesome! Since there’s no direct heat it won’t splatter the grease as much as the stovetop. Glad you liked this method :)

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