Baking your bacon in the oven is the easy, mess free and best way to do it! Once you try oven cooked bacon you won’t go back to pan frying. With this method you can also control how crispy your bacon is too, so it comes out to your perfect bacon texture preference every time!
Benefits of Oven Cooked Bacon
Cooking bacon in the oven is the ideal way to do it. The benefits of cooking bacon this way as opposed to on the stovetop are that you will have way less of a mess to clean up. You don’t need extra dishes, such as a splatter screen to keep the grease from flying all over your kitchen. There’s also far less hands-on time, and you don’t need to stand at the stove flipping bacon. Once it’s on the sheet pan, your job is done!
Cooking bacon in the oven also ensures that every piece of bacon cooks evenly. Cooking on the stovetop usually results in some slices of bacon getting cooked faster and others taking longer, and this is because of hot spots from how pans conduct heat. Baking your bacon results in perfectly cooked crispy bacon every time!
Oven Cooked Bacon Method
The secret to cooking bacon in the oven is putting your sheet pan of raw bacon into a cold oven, and letting it preheat while the bacon is inside. You’ll get your bacon ready and laid out on a sheet pan, pop it into the oven and set it for 400 degrees F. Then, cook for 20 minutes.
Keep an eye on it after the 15 minute mark, as ovens can cook differently and to ensure you can pull it out when it’s cooked to your liking. If you want crispier bacon, leave it in for a few minutes longer.
Supplies Needed For Baking Bacon
This method couldn’t be easier. All you really need is a sheet pan and a package of bacon.
Sheet Pans I Love:
- NordicWare Natural Aluminum Pans
- Wildone Stainless Steel Baking Sheets
- USA Pan Aluminized Steel Pans
- Gorilla Grip Nonstick Pans with Silicone Handles
What Type of Bacon to Use:
This cooking method and recipe for baking bacon will work with any type of bacon, including thick cut bacon. If you’re wanting a healthier, no-sugar bacon, I recommend using Pederson’s. However, there are many healthy options and brands available now at almost every major grocery store. You can find one near you with this list of Whole30 compatible bacon.
Recipes to Use Oven Cooked Bacon:Print
- 1 package of bacon (sugar-free)
- Lay bacon out on a baking sheet. Touching is fine, but do not overlap
- Place the baking sheet in the oven and set it to 400 degrees F.
- Bake for 20 minutes, or a few additional minutes if you’d like it extra crispy
- Keep an eye on it after 15 minutes so you can pull it out when it’s cooked to how you like it best
- Find a list of Whole30 compatible bacon here!
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