There is nothing that says, "I love bacon!" more than standing over a hot skillet with splattering grease and an aroma that makes your mouth water. However, that mouthwatering delight barely lasted seconds on the plate and left a mess no one wants to clean up. There's more to life than, and breakfast, then discovering grease found it's way on you, your clothes, the stop top, and the back-splash.
Originally posted May 2015 - Updated August 2021
This simple how-to "life-hack" has saved me countless times, plus the clean up is a cinch! Follow these steps and actually enjoy the rest of breakfast without all the messy cleanup.
How to Cook Bacon in the Oven
Step 1: Take your large cookie sheet and line it with foil. The foil is really only for an easy clean up. Preheat oven to 400F.
Step 2: Line the foil with the bacon strips. Make sure not to let the bacon touch each other, otherwise they will stick!
Step 3: Place cookie sheet in a 400F oven for 12-15 minutes. It's a little tricky to decide how long to cook, there are so many different thicknesses of bacon that you are just going to have to watch it. Of course if you like crispy bacon like I do, let it cook a full 15 minutes.
Step 4: Remove from oven. I prefer to place bacon on a paper towel to catch any extra grease at this point. Then, just stack bacon on a plate and you are ready to serve!
Step 5: Clean up?! It's a cinch! Once the grease in the pan has had a chance to cool down, it will harden slightly. Then you can easily pull the foil and crumple it into a ball and throw away. The cookie sheet can be washed like normal. No fuss, and very little mess!
I was a skeptic at first thinking somehow the bacon would taste different or have a different texture. Boy was I wrong! It was as good as ever, plus I had more time in the kitchen to worry about other parts of the meal.
Bacon can be enjoy hot with Fluffy Pancakes, or drizzled in Buttermilk syrup. I prefer to oven bake bacon for the ease and clean up. Give it a try and make sure to comment below and let me know how you enjoyed this simple "How To" recipe post.
Recipes that call for Cooked Bacon
- Pancake Dippers
- Deviled Eggs with Bacon
- Baked Avocado Egg
- Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta
- Bacon Ranch Pasta Suddenly Salad
- Caramelized Onion and Bacon Appetizer
- Broccoli Bacon Cheddar Quiche
- Maple Bacon Monkey Bread
How to Bake Bacon in the Oven
- 1 pound Bacon Any flavor or thickness
- Preheat Oven to 400 Degrees
- Line Baking Sheet with Aluminum Foil
- Slice Bacon in half. This is easiest when bacon is cold and still fresh from package slicing through all slices of bacon at once
- Line sliced bacon on baking sheet making sure bacon does not touch each other.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes per side or until desired doneness. For extra crispy bacon bake longer.
Sometimes it's fun to look back at old photos and this post was one of my original posts from back in 2015. Enjoy. I've come a long ways.