Have you made bacon in the oven before? Am I only one who’s behind on this one? Crisp, perfect bacon without all the fuss and mess. There’s no need to stand over it, just set the timer and you can hang out with the family, get ready for work, clean, or whatever, while it cooks to perfection. I’m so impressed with how it comes out too. Look at how perfect it is! I’ve made several batches now and it’s consistent perfection every time.
My skillet bacon never comes out that way, does yours? My fried bacon comes out with part-crispy or over-crispy with the other half being floppy, undercooked and curled up. I know some people microwave bacon and they love it that way. I don’t like the texture of bacon cooked in the microwave and I don’t like the smell it leaves behind either.
If you haven’t tried cooking bacon in the oven yet, I’m so excited I get to be the one to share this little hack with you! If you’ve been cooking bacon this way for ages, why didn’t you tell me? 😉 I could have been doing this for years and had hot bacon all the time! Honestly, the only thing that was keeping me from making bacon more often is that greasy mess. Cooking bacon in the oven doesn’t spatter like it does on the stove, so no more mess! Plus, you can line the sheet pan with foil if you want super quick cleanup. I used a cooling rack in the pan to elevate the bacon from the grease, but honestly, that’s not necessary either. You could also use an oven-proof skillet. I love that oven bacon frees up a burner for big breakfast days. I always feel like I’m juggling the skillets to get everything cooked within the same time frame. Now, it’s just not an issue. Yay!
Notice the plate doesn’t have the 8 strips of bacon I started out with? 😉
If you’re cooking bacon for a large group, bacon in the oven is the way to go. You can easily get 20+ strips in just a few minutes.
How to make perfect bacon in the oven:
Heat oven to 400 degrees
Lay bacon out in a single layer on a sheet pan or in a skillet (no rack needed).
Put the pan in the oven, set your timer for 15 minutes and forget about it.
After 15 minutes, check the progress. I generally then turn the timer on for another 5 minutes and check again. At this point, the bacon is typically pretty close to the way I like it, so I start setting the timer for a minute or two at a time until it’s just the way I want it.
When you have perfectly cooked bacon, remove the pan from the oven and transfer bacon to a paper towel lined plate. I like to pat the bacon with another clean paper towel as well.