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How to Reheat Bacon

If you’ve ever wondered how to reheat bacon to make it crispy, this guide will give you 7 different techniques. When you have leftover cooked bacon, you want to reheat it to perfection so it’s as crispy and delicious as when you first made it.

Whether you choose to warm it in a skillet, oven, air fryer, toaster oven, griddle, convection oven, or microwave, these easy directions will help you figure out the best way to reheat bacon and bring it back to hot, crispy perfection!

Two dozen strips of golden brown cooked reheated bacon on a white and red platter.

How to Reheat Bacon in a Skillet

One of the easiest ways to get back hot quickly is with a frying pan.

To reheat cooked bacon in a skillet on the stove, just heat the skillet over medium heat for a couple minutes, add the bacon, and cook it for a few minutes until it’s sizzling.

Turn it over once or twice while reheating for even cooking, and serve hot.

How Long to Reheat Bacon in Microwave

To heat up cooked bacon in the microwave, place the bacon on a microwave-safe plate and cook it for about 30 seconds to 1 minute on 50% or Medium power. Check the bacon and repeat, if necessary, until it’s heated through.

If you like, you can put the bacon strips on a single layer of paper towels first to absorb any grease that gets released during warming.

While we’re on the subject, you might enjoy reading how to microwave bacon so the savory strips come out perfectly cooked.

Reheating Bacon in the Oven

8 strips of cooked bacon on a baking sheet.

If you enjoy cooking bacon in the oven, then it makes perfect sense to reheat your bacon in the oven. This method insures that your bacon stays nice and crispy.

If you want to reheat cooked bacon in the oven, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and then arrange the cooked bacon slices on a baking sheet. Heat in the oven just until it barely begins to sizzle, about 8 to 10 minutes.

For extra-crispy bacon, you can put a wire rack on the cookie sheet and lay the bacon on top before reheating.

How to Reheat Bacon in a Convection Oven

A convection oven is perfect for reheating leftover bacon because the oven’s convection fan surrounds the tray with heat on all sides.

Preheat your convection oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and then arrange the cooked bacon slices on a baking sheet. Cook it for until it’s hot and crispy, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Reheat Bacon on a Griddle

If you have a griddle, you can easily reheat cooked bacon on it. Just heat up the griddle to medium-high heat and then cook the bacon for a few minutes until it’s hot and just starting to sizzle.

Reheating Bacon in a Toaster Oven

If you want to reheat cooked bacon in a toaster oven, preheat it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and then place the bacon on a baking sheet. (You can line it with aluminum foil if you wish, for easy cleanup.)

Cook it until it’s crispy, about 5-7 minutes depending on how close the baking sheet is to the heating elements in your toaster oven. Watch carefully so it doesn’t burn.

How to Reheat Bacon in an Air Fryer

The air fryer works well for reheating bacon. Simply preheat your air fryer to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and then place the bacon on the mesh rack. Heat it for about 5 minutes, or until it’s crispy.

How to Reheat Cooked Turkey Bacon

Five slices of turkey bacon reheated on a griddle.

Any of the methods above will work for reheating cooked turkey bacon, too. Just remember that turkey bacon tends to cook more quickly than pork bacon, and adjust your cooking times so it doesn’t overcook or dry out.

Whichever way you choose to reheat cooked bacon, just make sure that you do so carefully to avoid overcooking or burning it. I think we can all agree that burnt bacon would be a travesty!


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BENSA was founded by bacon expert Eliza Cross, author of more than a dozen cookbooks. She has written three bacon cookbooks including the award-winning Bacon Beans and Beer, the bestselling 101 Things to Do With Bacon, and the popular sequel 101 More Things to Do With Bacon. Learn more about BENSA...

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