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A pile of microwaved bacon on a crumpled sheet of parchment paper

Perfect Microwave Bacon

Eliza Cross
Learn how to microwave bacon without paper towels with this easy recipe and directions. Enjoy perfectly cooked, crispy bacon in minutes!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Cooling Time 5 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Bacon Basics
Cuisine American
Servings 5
Calories 160 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 10- x 15-inch glass baking dish
  • 1 pair tongs

Ingredients
  

  • 10 strips regular- or thick-cut sliced bacon

Optional Ingredients

  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • low-sodium seasoning mix, to taste
  • dark brown sugar, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Lay the bacon strips side by side in a glass baking dish. It’s okay if they overlap a little, as they will shrink during cooking.
    10 strips of uncooked bacon in a glass baking dish.
  • Put the dish in the microwave oven and set the power level for 50%, or half power.
    glass baking dish filled with bacon in a white microwave oven.
  • Cook for 3 minutes at 50% power. The bacon should begin to cook and curl. Your results may vary based on the power of your microwave.
    10 strips of partially cooked bacon in a glass baking dish.
  • Continue cooking at 50% power for 90-second increments, until the bacon starts to brown. If some of the strips cook faster than the others, remove them from the dish. Cook at 50% power in 60-second increments until the bacon is browned and crispy.
    10 strips of brown, crispy microwave cooked bacon in a glass baking dish.
  • Use tongs to remove the bacon from the fat and drain.
    10 strips of cooked bacon draining.

Variations

  • For Black Pepper Microwaved Bacon, sprinkle the cooked drained bacon with freshly ground black pepper and pat lightly so it adheres.
  • For Spicy Microwaved Bacon, sprinkle the cooked drained bacon with low-sodium spice mixture and pat lightly so it adheres.
  • For Sweet Microwaved Bacon, sprinkle the cooked drained bacon with dark brown sugar and pat lightly so it adheres.

Notes

To store cooked bacon, wrap it loosely in parchment paper, folding the sides to make a package. Put the package in a zip lock bag and refrigerate. For the freshest flavor, cooked bacon is best eaten within 48 hours.

Nutrition

Serving: 2stripsCalories: 160kcalProtein: 10gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 640mg
Keyword microwave
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