Knowing how to cook bacon in the oven is going to be your favorite new trick! This mess-free way of cooking bacon ensures crispy bacon with less hassle.

Strips of crispy bacon on a white paper towel.

The tip for getting your bacon crispy on both sides while baking in the oven — and without turning the bacon midway through — is by using an oven-safe wire rack. This lifts the bacon off of the baking sheet so the underside can cook as well. It’s the only way I cook bacon! 

I love finding ways to cook food that includes less mess, less cleanup and less time I have to stand by the stove babysitting food. If you’re the same way, then this is your foolproof way to cook bacon! By lining a baking sheet, you won’t have such a messy pan to clean. Just simply pop the bacon in the oven, set the timer and continue with your day.
I use this oven method in my maple bacon popcorn!

A pile of crispy bacon on a white paper towel.

Ingredients

  • Bacon slices — Regular cut

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. 
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place an oven safe rack on top of the foil in the baking sheet and spray with nonstick cooking spray. 
  3. Line the bacon on the rack. Bake in a preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. Or until your desired crispness. 
  4. Remove from the oven and transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. 
Raw bacon lined on a wire rack resting in a baking sheet.

Tools Used for This Recipe

Baking sheet

Oven safe wire rack

Crispy bacon on a wire rack, fresh out of the oven.

Recipe Tips

Cooked bacon can be stored in the fridge for 1 week. 

You can freeze cooked bacon for up to 3 months. 

Depending on your oven and the size of the bacon you are cooking, the bacon may cook faster or slower than the time it takes in my oven. 

I used regular cut bacon. If you use thick cut bacon you will need to bake longer.

If you don’t have an oven-safe baking rack, you can just put the bacon directly on the foil and turn it halfway through the bake time.

Be sure to spray your rack with non-stick spray before placing the bacon on it — without it you’ll have a harder time getting the bacon off.

Save your bacon grease in a jar in your fridge to use in cooking eggs, searing meat and making popcorn, like in my delicious maple bacon popcorn recipe!

An angled shot of crispy bacon on a wire rack nested in a baking sheet.

FAQs 

Can you use parchment paper in the oven?

Yes! I think the foil will work better with cooking the bacon, but if you don’t have foil, parchment paper can go in the oven.

Is it better to cook bacon in the oven?

In my opinion, definitely! It’s cleaner and requires less attention on your part. Plus, if you want to cook a lot of bacon, it’s much easier to line a full baking sheet with bacon than to use a smaller pan on the stove and cook only a few slices of bacon at a time. The greatest thing is you can pop the bacon in the oven without having to babysit it on the stove, creating more family time.

What can I serve alongside bacon?

Bacon typically accompanies breakfast food items. Some of my favorite breakfasts to serve with bacon include:

Crispy cooked bacon on a white paper towel lined plate.

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How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

Cooking bacon in the oven is the easiest and cleanest way to approach making perfectly crisp bacon. The bacon turns out amazing and clean up is a breeze!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Servings: 12 slices

Ingredients
 

  • 12 slices bacon - regular cut

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Line baking sheet with foil. Place oven safe rack in the baking sheet and spray the rack generously with nonstick cooking spray. 
  • Line bacon on the rack. Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. Or until your desired crispness. 
  • Remove from oven and transfer bacon to a paper towel lined plate. 
  • If you enjoy this recipe, I would be so grateful if you come back to leave a rating and review. Thank you!

Notes

If using a thick cut bacon you will need to bake for longer. Watch it as you go, but I’m guessing it’ll need a solid 5-10 additional minutes. Thick bacon is THICK!
Cooked bacon can store in fridge for 1 week. 
Can freeze cooked bacon for 3 months. 
Nutritional facts are based per serving (12 servings). Nutritional information may differ depending on the thickness and type of bacon used. 

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Nutrition

Calories: 92kcal (5%)Carbohydrates: 1gProtein: 3g (6%)Fat: 9g (14%)Saturated Fat: 3g (15%)Cholesterol: 15mg (5%)Sodium: 146mg (6%)Potassium: 44mg (1%)Vitamin A: 8IUCalcium: 1mgIron: 1mg (6%)
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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