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How to Cook Crispy Bacon in the Oven

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How do restaurants make bacon so crispy? This step by step guide shows you how to cook bacon the same way as your favorite breakfast spot.

bacon in a lettuce wrap

Bacon is one of my favorite ingredients. Whether I’m using it to flavor Brussels spouts, provide richness in a split pea soup want to add crunch to a potato salad, nothing beats the smoky, saltiness of the bacon.

crispy bacon

After many years of cooking bacon on the stove-top, microwave and oven, I’ve decided that my favorite technique of them all is, hands down, baking the bacon in the oven.

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Frequently asked questions:

How do hotels make bacon so crispy?

Hotels use their oven to cook the bacon over pan-frying.

Why is cooking bacon in the oven better?

It allows the fat is able to drip off the bacon resulting in the most crispy bacon of any method (without all excess fat/grease!).

How do you prevent bacon from sticking to a pan?

Spraying a cooling rack with cooking spray allows the bacon to not only not stick to the pan but allows the grease to drop off the bacon.

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

Second, I love that baking bacon in the oven is hands-free! I don’t have to mess with it or fuss with it while it bakes. Instead, I can make something else like eggs or sit and drink my coffee.

crispy bacon on a plate

Lastly, I love that it’s mess-free! Whenever I cook bacon on the stovetop it makes such a huge mess with all the splattering grease. Cooking it in the oven using tin foil is much easier for clean-up which keeps me happy.

How to Make Bacon in the Oven

Speaking of happy, is there anything better than perfectly crispy bacon? I hope you love this technique for baking bacon in the oven as much as I do!

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crispy bacon on a plate

How to Cook Crispy Bacon in the Oven

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How do restaurants make bacon so crispy? This step by step guide shows you how to cook bacon the same way as your favorite breakfast spot.
PREP: 5 mins
COOK: 20 mins
TOTAL: 25 mins
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Servings: 8

Ingredients
 

  • 1 lb bacon

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Line a large bacon sheet with foil then place a cooking rack on top. Spray rack with cooking spray to prevent sticking then place bacon in a single layer on top of cooking rack. This will allow the grease to fall off the bacon and on to the pan while it bakes. 
    Cooking Bacon in Oven
  • Bake for 18-25 minutes, depending on your desired level of doneness. I love my bacon crispy so I usually cook it on the longer side. 
    How to Make Bacon in the Oven

Nutrition

Serving: 3slicesCalories: 236kcalCarbohydrates: 0gProtein: 7gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 375mgPotassium: 112mgSugar: 0gVitamin A: 20IUCalcium: 3mgIron: 0.2mg

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