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Oven-Baked Bacon Recipe (VIDEO)

Learn how to cook bacon in the oven for perfectly crispy bacon. Baked bacon is so easy since there’s no need to flip it and you don’t need a wire rack. Using a baking sheet allows you to make a big batch for a crowd and it’s hands-free so you can work on the rest of your breakfast menu while the bacon sizzles in the oven. 

Bacon makes everything better from Cobb Salad to Omelettes and Burgers. If you are a bacon lover this Oven-baked bacon recipe is a must-try and it’s perfect for regular or thick-sliced bacon.

Baked bacon on a paper towel

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Why you’ll love Baked Bacon

Bacon is at the top of our family’s favorite foods list and half of the bacon is eaten before it ever gets to the table with all the ‘sampling’ going on. This is my favorite method for cooking bacon and here’s why:

  • Stays flat – unlike stovetop methods, the bacon will stay relatively flat without curling in the oven.
  • Clean – you won’t mess up your stove with oil splatter and if you cut your parchment paper to size, you probably can just toss your parchment paper and don’t have to wash your baking sheet either. 
  • Convenient -You don’t need to flip or babysit the bacon so you are free to multi-task
  • Big Batch – perfect for cooking bacon for a crowd

Baked Bacon Video

Watch Natasha bake bacon in the oven and stay tuned till the end to see how you can use those pan drippings. You will be surprised at how easy this is. Now go forth and bake some bacon.

How to buy the best bacon

There are so many options and types of bacon, it can be overwhelming. You may not have something available that checks all these boxes, but you can pick better quality bacon. Here’s what to look for:

  • Uncured (bacon without sodium nitrate added to it)
  • Ingredients – bacon should have a small list of ingredients that you can easily understand.
  • Center-cut – has 25-30% less fat at the ends
  • Humanely raised or certified humane
  • USDA Organic – ensures non-GMO feed

Pro Tip: When looking at the ingredient list, try to avoid bacon containing sodium phosphates (preservatives), sodium nitrite, nitrates, and processed sugar.

Good quality baked bacon strips

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

  1. Preheat the oven to 400˚F. Line a heavy-duty rimmed baking sheet with parchment. 
  2. Arrange bacon slices so they are touching but not overlapping.
  3. Bake Regular cut bacon for 15-20 minutes and thick-cut bacon for 20-30 minutes, or to your desired crispiness
  4. Transfer bacon from the baking sheet to a paper-towel-lined plate and serve. 
Bacon on a parchment lined baking sheet before and after it is cooked

Pro Tip: Keep the rendered pork fat (especially if you have high-quality bacon). Use it for making Hash Browns or Roasted Brussels Sprouts. Let the bacon grease cool for 10 minutes then pour it into a container and refrigerate until ready to use. 

How to strain bacon grease through a sieve

Common Questions

Can I use a rack?

A rack is not necessary and we prefer not to use a rack. Bacon can stick to a rack even if it’s non-stick and it doesn’t brown and crisp as well since it isn’t cooking in its own fat. You’ll have prettier bacon without a rack. 

Can I line with foil? 

We prefer using parchment paper, but you can use foil if that is what you have on hand.

Can I double the recipe?

You can double the amount of bacon and bake 2 baking sheets at a time on 2 separate racks, just be sure to rotate the baking sheets halfway for even baking.

Can I make this in the Air Fryer?

Absolutely! We have a tutorial for Air Fryer Bacon and it’s faster, but you will have to air fry in smaller batches.

How much bacon fits on a baking sheet? 

A half sheet will fit 12 ounces of thin-sliced bacon or 16 ounces of thick-sliced bacon. Make sure you don’t overlap your bacon slices or they will stick together. They can be touching, but not overlapping.

Bacon cooked on parchment lined baking sheet

Pro Tip: Use a heavy-duty baking sheet that won’t warp in the oven. These are extra-thick aluminum pans and the types used in a commercial kitchen. 

To store Baked Bacon

  • To Refrigerate: Let bacon drain on paper towels then cool completely to room temperature. Transfer to a zip-top bag, remove excess air and refrigerate for 4-5 days.
  • To Reheat: You can re-crisp bacon on a skillet, in the oven, or in an air fryer. I don’t recommend reheating in the microwave because it gets chewy and rubbery.
Bacon cooling on a paper towel

Recipes with Bacon

These are our favorite ways to serve crispy baked bacon. Let me know your favorite things to make with oven baked bacon in the comments.

Oven Baked Bacon Recipe

5 from 12 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Crispy Oven Baked Bacon on paper towel lined plate

Oven baked bacon is easy and convenient. You don’t need a wire rack and you don’t need to flip them. It’s our favorite method because it’s effortless, and mess-free. You can also bake a big batch of bacon for a crowd, even baking 2 baking sheets at a time.

Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $5-$8
Keyword: baked bacon, how to cook bacon in the oven
Cuisine: American
Course: Breakfast
Calories: 236
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • 12 oz regular sliced bacon, or 16 oz thick-sliced bacon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400˚F. Line a half sheet rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Arrange slices so they are touching but not overlapping.
  3. Bake regular cut bacon for 15-20 minutes or thick-cut bacon for 20-28 minutes. Timing varies depending on the fat content in the bacon and your desired crispiness. If baking 2 baking sheets at a time, rotate the baking sheets halfway.

  4. Use tongs to remove bacon from the baking sheet and transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate and serve.

Nutrition Facts
Oven Baked Bacon Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 236 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Sodium 375mg16%
Potassium 112mg3%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 21IU0%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Mari Ronne
    May 23, 2022

    I love your cooking. The flavour of the food is always top notch. Found it hilarious when watching your cooking bacon video and you drank what I thought was the bacon fat!!! Especially when you also swirled it in your mouth. Very funny

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 23, 2022

      Thank you, Mari! So glad you enjoy my recipes. I’m happy that I could make you laugh 🙂

      Reply

  • Kay Carlisle
    May 20, 2022

    Wanted to comment on your cooking bacon in the oven!

    I have found a better way to heat cooked bacon for breakfast!

    I put cooked bacon in ss flat container and just turn my toaster oven on 400 degrees bake and just leave in till it sizzles and normally turn it one time and then turn toaster oven off! It makes it like freshly cooked bacon!

    I had been reheating in microwave but microwave makes it tough! This method is so much better!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 20, 2022

      Thanks for sharing your tips, Kay!

      Reply

  • joe
    May 10, 2022

    i am so sorry for your country i know ukraine will win your brave solders are willing to die for your country.. i love your recipes

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 10, 2022

      Thank you Joe!

      Reply

  • Hamman Samuel
    May 2, 2022

    Game changer! Baked bacon is a big break-through. Easy cleaning, no oil splashes to clean, crisp and straight like restaurant-quality!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 2, 2022

      Thanks for the awesome feedback!

      Reply

  • Elizabeth Rivera
    May 2, 2022

    Ohmygoodness! I love bacon but can’t stand the mess on the stovetop. This recipe is perfect!! I wish I knew about it sooner. I will never fry my bacon again! 🥓 🎉 💯

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 2, 2022

      I’m glad you found this recipe!

      Reply

  • Ripa
    May 1, 2022

    Thanks for the recipes but could you add fahrenheit to celsius in them

    Reply

  • Angie simon
    April 30, 2022

    Natasha I have been making my bacon in the over I love it ! No mess and I actually keep it in the refrigerator and keep it in there for at least 3 weeks for when I might need it I would never go back to the stove top

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 30, 2022

      Isn’t that the best! I love that bacon lasts in the fridge! I’m glad to hear you’re also making it in the oven.

      Reply

  • Lourdes
    April 30, 2022

    Please help. I tried this once and the entire inside of my oven was covered in bacon grease. The bacon splattered grease everywhere inside the oven. It was an awful mess. Where did I go wrong?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 30, 2022

      Hi Lourdes, I have not had this experience but some of my other readers are recommending using a parchment paper on top of the bacon to reduce the splatter in the future.

      Reply

  • Sandy
    April 30, 2022

    The only way to cook bacon!! I don’t pre-heat the oven I put the prepared bacon in a cold 400 degree oven. Works prefect!!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 30, 2022

      Thank you for sharing, Sandy. 🙂

      Reply

    • Elaine
      May 9, 2022

      Do you cover the top of the bacon with another sheet of parchment? I would love to try baking it but I don’t want my oven to be all greasy from the splatter…

      Reply

  • Betty
    April 30, 2022

    Sounds so yummy! What do you do about the inevitable bacon splatter?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 30, 2022

      Hi Betty, I have not had this issue but some of my readers are recommending putting a parchment paper on top to reduce the splatter.

      Reply

  • Susan cartney
    April 30, 2022

    Oven Baked Bacon, great idea! It was easy, clean and bacon was perfect. Love your ideas. Thanks

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 30, 2022

      You’re very welcome! Thank you, Susan!

      Reply

  • Georgiana
    April 30, 2022

    This sounds really good.
    However, Doesn’t the bacon throw grease all over the oven?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 30, 2022

      This hasn’t been an issue for me but some of my readers are recommending putting a piece of parchment paper on top of the bacon to reduce the splatter.

      Reply

  • Gita
    April 30, 2022

    Or just throw them into the airfryer at 200 Celsius and adjust the time for degree of crispness.
    My husband considers himself a masterchef everytime he makes bacon in the airfryer. 😂

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 30, 2022

      That’s great! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Betsy
    April 29, 2022

    Genius! Love cooking bacon in the oven to free up the cooktop! We eat a lot of bacon in our house because we had to cut out onions & garlic due to a low FODMAP lifestyle. Bacon helps to bring flavor back into our foods! Love the tips & tricks here!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 29, 2022

      I’m happy to help! Thank you for sharing, Betsy!

      Reply

  • Eden
    April 29, 2022

    The easiest way to make bacon! This turned out so good and is so much easier than on the stovetop!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 29, 2022

      Thanks for sharing, Eden!

      Reply

  • Kathy
    April 29, 2022

    I love the bacon cooked in the oven. Thanks Natasha. Love all your recipes. Yum

    Reply

    • Natasha
      April 29, 2022

      I’m so glad you love our recipes. Thank you for the wonderful feedback and I agree bacon in the oven is the best method. So easy and mess free.

      Reply

  • April
    April 29, 2022

    This is the BEST way to make bacon! Comes out perfectly crispy every time.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      April 29, 2022

      Yes! I love my bacon crispy with most of the fat rendered and this uniformly crisps up every piece.

      Reply

  • shirley
    April 29, 2022

    can put brown sugar on each slice to make candy bacon but have to watch it so it doesn’t burn also can put red pepper flakes

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 29, 2022

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Shirley! I hope you try this recipe soon!

      Reply

  • Lillian
    April 29, 2022

    Natasha, I have also put the bacon 🥓 on the grill, and they come out fantastic 👍

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 29, 2022

      Yum! Thank you so much for sharing that with me!

      Reply

      • Angie simon
        April 30, 2022

        Natasha I have been making my bacon in the over I love it ! No mess and I actually keep it in the refrigerator and keep it in there for at least 3 weeks for when I might need it I would never go back to the stove top

        Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          April 30, 2022

          That’s so great! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

          Reply

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