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Baked Bacon

Baked Bacon is, hands down, the BEST way to cook bacon! Once you learn how to cook bacon in the oven, you'll never go back to a frying pan again!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time22 mins
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 43kcal
Author: Michelle / Now Cook This!


  • 8 slices bacon


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the oven rack in the center of the oven. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil (I use a 17.25 x 11.5-inch pan).
  • Place the bacon in a single layer on the pan. Don't overlap the slices and don't let them touch because they will stick together.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the bacon reaches the desired level of doneness/crispness. The cooking time will depend on the thickness of your bacon and your oven. I suggest keeping an eye on it starting at about 15 minutes because, during those last minutes of cooking, it can go from perfectly cooked to burnt very quickly.
  • Transfer the bacon to a plate or tray lined with paper towels; top with additional paper towels and carefully blot to remove any excess grease.

Recipe Notes

  • For easy clean-up, line the pan so that the foil at least comes up the sides of the pan to prevent the grease from leaking under the foil. I fold two pieces of foil together to make a large piece that completely covers the whole pan, and I put an extra sheet on top to cover the fold line. I often don't even need to wash the pan!
  • You don't have to line the pan with foil; the clean-up just won't be as easy.
  • If you're cooking a large amount of bacon and using two pans and two racks, I suggest rotating the pans once during cooking to help ensure even cooking.
  • If you like super crispy bacon, you can place a wire rack in the baking pan and put the bacon on the rack. Personally, I feel the bacon gets plenty crisp without the rack (plus, no messy rack to scrub!).
  • Cooked bacon is freezable!
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