Oven-Fried Bacon

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A close up of a plate of food, with bacon

“Dad, I’ll have my bacon crispy.”  If I had a nickle for ever time I heard my oldest son put in his breakfast order, with those words…  For years I made bacon for the gang in the age-old method of frying it down in a skillet on the stove.  Problem always was, depending on the amount, I would usually have to make it in batches and then tend to it constantly to straighten out each piece, rotate them around to ensure even distribution, and then drain the grease from the pan intermittently.  Enter the Quick and Easy Guy, aka, Scott.  “Why don’t you do that in the oven?”

Hmm, “Never thought of that,” is my silent response.  “How did that man learn so much about cooking, growing up in inner-city Detroit,” I muse, again in silence.  “Guess “they” had to eat too,” is my response to myself.  In any event, this method of preparing bacon has elevetd breakfast time at our place several notches higher on the easy scale.  As a side note, using this method,  my oldest son never has to qualify his request of “crisp on the bacon.”  Double bonus.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  Place bacon strips in single layer on baking or cookie sheet (with lip.)_  Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until brown and crispy.   After baking, transfer bacon to absorbent paper towel or paper grocery bag until dry.  Serve and enjoy.

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Dan & Scott split their time between Wisconsin and Southwest Florida and are dads to six boys. Good food runs through their veins, and they love showing others how to cook easy recipes.

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  1. I too have made my bacon in the oven for quite some time now. However, I use a cookie sheet that has a rim and I place a rack like you would cool your cake layers on in the middle of the cookie sheet. I place my bacon strips close together & bake in an oven @ 400°F. from a recipe given to me by a friend for about 19 minutes.
    I’ll have to try it at 425°F. like your recipe, mine comes out less greasy because of the rack but still lovely and crisp like yours. Love your site so much and your recipes!

    1. BTW I forgot to add by putting my bacon on the rack, I’m still able to save my bacon grease. I guess I’m a “bad” girl because I still love to cook fresh green beans with just a dash of bacon grease!

      1. BTW I forgot to add by putting my bacon on the rack, I’m still able to save my bacon grease. I guess I’m a “bad” girl because I still love to cook fresh green beans with just a dash of bacon grease! I can cook about 12 pieces of bacon on the rack which is more than enough for the two of us! Keep your fantastic recipes coming!

  2. Yes! I was actually going to do a post on this in a few weeks, for my “What I Learned in Culinary School” series. I think this is one of the most useful things I learned. I do it all the time now, and tell people about it! No more grease splatters all over, too!

  3. I’ve never done bacon in the oven…don’t know why I never though of that before!!

  4. Oh yeah. I’ve been baking my bacon in the oven as well. It save lots of time especially when making large amount. And my family can always use more bacon. 🙂 hehe…I thought my son is the only one who would “order” food around the house. hahaha…sometimes, I guess he thinks he lives in a restaurant or something. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your tips.

    1. Amy,
      Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Anything to keep our kids’ baacon crispy eh? 🙂

  5. I’ve seen someone’s post about oven fried bacon once and I was going to try but forgot about it till now. This method is perfect especially when I have to make for many people and one frying pan won’t fit all the bacon slices… I’ll definitely try this!

    1. Nami, This truly is a great technique, for anyone making bacon. It takes a lot of the fuss and muss out of the whole equation! Thanks for stopping by the site!

  6. I do mine this way too, except use a broiler pan so the grease drips away from the bacon. I loathe cooking it in a pan because it inevitably splatters everywhere and makes a huge mess.