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A dozen oven-cooked bacon strips on a cream stoneware fluted square plate.

Cook Bacon in the Oven (Easy Recipe)

Eliza Cross
Enjoy a lazy weekend breakfast with this foolproof method for cooking bacon in the oven. You might never pan fry bacon again!
5 from 54 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Cooling Time 5 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Bacon Breakfast Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 134 kcal


  • baking sheet
  • aluminum foil
  • parchment paper
  • tongs
  • paper towels


  • 1 pound smoked sliced bacon

Optional additions:

  • freshly ground black pepper
  • cayenne pepper
  • brown sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cover a large baking sheet with foil. Line it with a sheet of parchment paper.
  • Arrange bacon slices on the prepared baking sheet. It's okay if they overlap a little.
  • Cook the bacon until it's browned and crispy to your liking, about 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let the bacon cool on the pan for 5 minutes. Use a tong or spatula to transfer to paper towels. Drain and serve.
  • Optional: For oven-baked spicy bacon, sprinkle the bacon with freshly ground black pepper and/or cayenne pepper during the last 10 minutes of baking. Turn the bacon strips over with tongs, sprinkle the other side with pepper, and continue baking until done.
  • Variation: For sweet glazed baked bacon, sprinkle brown sugar on top of the bacon strips during the last 15 minutes of baking.


Allow the bacon grease to cool to room temperature, and drain it into a container for reuse or discard it.
After draining the bacon grease from the pan, clean up is easy.  Carefully fold the foil towards the center of the pan to contain the grease, scrunch it into a ball, and discard it. 


Serving: 2slicesCalories: 134kcalCarbohydrates: 0.4gProtein: 9.2gFat: 10.4gSaturated Fat: 3.4gCholesterol: 27.3mgSodium: 573.7mgPotassium: 140.3mgVitamin A: 9.2IUCalcium: 2.7mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword bacon, bacon cooking methods
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