How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven to save on cleanup, prep and fatWe are always looking for healthier options in the kitchen and bacon is no exception. Many of our team members have started baking bacon in the oven as a way to free up valuable space on the stove top, eliminating extra grease, and making for a quicker clean up. Bacon is always a winner in our book for popularity and that toasty crunch is the perfect palate pleaser!

Here’s our best tips for How to Cook Bacon in the Oven:

-Line a baking sheet with foil. This makes cleanup easier later. Place a metal cookie cooling rack on the pan. This will make the fat drain out of the bacon.

-Arrange the bacon slices on the cooling rack and place the baking sheet on the center rack of a cold oven. (Try not to stretch the slices out. Just gently drape the bacon across the rack.) Close the oven door. Turn the oven on to 400°F. Walk away.

-After 17 to 20 minutes, check the bacon. As soon as the bacon is golden brown, but not excessively crisp, it’s done. The exact time will depend on the thickness of the bacon slices, and also on how quickly your oven reaches the target temperature.

Remove the pan from the oven. Transfer the bacon to another sheet pan lined with paper towels to absorb any excess fat.

Tip #1: FOR EXTRA BACON: You can slightly undercook the bacon, then cool it and freeze it in a zipper bag. Then, to reheat, cook two slices in the microwave on medium power for 30 seconds.

Tip #2: Save the grease for other uses. Store in a small heat-proof dish in the refrigerator.

If you need help figuring out more healthy and inspired breakfast dishes, make sure to check out the eMeals’ Breakfast Meal Plan!

What’s your favorite way to enjoy bacon?

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One thought on “How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

  1. Angela Addington

    We like to slightly undercook it and freeze. When we put burgers out on the grill, we finish cooking the bacon the last few minutes the burgers are cooking. Cooks in some of the flavor. Melting cheese on top is the final touch.

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