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Cooked bacon on a baking sheet lined with foil
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How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

Salty and sizzling Oven Baked Bacon is the key for stress-free holiday breakfasts, brunch with friends, or when you need to cook up a whole package of bacon for other dishes, salads, sandwiches, or burgers. It's less hassle and mess to make bacon in the oven and the bacon will turn out perfect every time!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 -8 servings
Calories: 315kcal
Author: Amy Nash



  • 1 lb. bacon classic cut or thick cut

Tools & Supplies

  • Aluminum foil or parchment paper
  • Baking sheets
  • Tongs
  • Paper towels


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. One pound of bacon fits perfectly on one baking sheet but you can cook two pounds of bacon at a time by adjusting your oven racks so that one rack is in the bottom third of the oven and the other is in the top third of the oven.
  • Arrange bacon slices close together in a single layer on the baking sheet. It's okay if the edges touch, you just don't want the bacon to overlap too much.
  • Place the baking sheet(s) of bacon in the oven and bake for 15-35 minutes, depending on the level of crispiness and doneness that you like and the type of bacon you are using. Flip halfway through baking, if desired, to get the bacon evenly crisp on both sides.
  • Remove the bacon from the oven and use tongs to transfer the individual slices to a plate lined with paper towels. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container or plastic bag and refrigerate up to 3 days.
  • If you plan to save the bacon grease, pour it into a safe container while still hot. Or just wait until it has cooled completely, then peel off the aluminum foil with the congealed grease on it for easy cleanup.


Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 500mg | Potassium: 150mg | Vitamin A: 28IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg