It is SO much easier baking bacon in the oven than to stand over a hot stove getting splattered with grease. And you can make a whole pan at a time, making it great for a crowd. You can even make it ahead! Let me show you how to bake bacon – it’s simple. Originally published June 4, 2017.

strips of crispy, sizzling bacon on a sheet pan.
Table of Contents
  1. The best way to Bake Bacon
  2. 10 Reasons you will love to Bake Bacon
  3. How to Cook Bacon in the Oven 
  4. How to store Baked Bacon
  5. Bake Bacon in the Oven FAQs
  6. How to Bake Bacon in Oven Recipe

Do you guys want to see what’s on my to do list every single day?

  • pray
  • exercise
  • eat breakfast
  • shower
  • sword fight with Truman

I call this my “preliminary to do list” because it’s all the things I want to do every morning before I do the things I actually have to do every day (my “real” to do list), like doing photo shoots for the blog and running errands and answering emails and, you know, stuff.

I’ve been looking back over my planner the last few weeks and just think it’s kind of funny/pathetic that showering is consistently on my to do list. On Thursday it didn’t get done until 5pm, that’s when you know it was a doozie of a day. But the bathrooms got clean!!

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a single piece of baked bacon.

Also pathetic that playing with Truman is on my list. But it is. I was just reading this post about comparing yourself to others called How to Sabotage Your Life. It’s from Amy Lynn Andrews (who runs an online business like me–love her), and she writes:

“I’ve also had to review what I’m trying to do with my work in the first place. What really is my purpose here?

I started out with the idea I would supplement our income so I could preserve my freedom to stay home with my kids and pour into them. Somewhere along the line though, it seems that got flipped around. Many days, as I’m shushing them and telling them to “hold on a minute,” I realize it looks a whole lot more like my work is my focus and my children are secondary.”

Oh boy is this me. So. Sword fighting goes on the to do list. (And Charlotte stuff too of course, but she’s in school in the morning so not on the morning list.)

a hand holding a strip of crispy bacon above other strips on a sheet pan.

Do any of you working moms struggle with this? “What am I trying to do with my work in the first place.” My best friend Sarah started working from home within the last year. She got up to 20 hours a week freelancing (with legit $$) and then decided to quit just a few weeks ago. She says she feels so free. Sometimes I wonder what that would be like. I started my blog just after Charlotte was born, so I’ve had it as long as I’ve been a stay at home mom. What would my life look like without it?

I really don’t know! But I think that’s okay. I love this blog too much to imagine anything else. I’m trying to be zen about work-life balance lately. Letting more stuff go, and trying not to feel lazy about it. (Hence the totally random and off-schedule Sunday morning post (written Saturday night). Good morning everyone!!) I don’t want my kids to look back on their childhood and remember that my face was always shielded by a computer screen or a camera lens. My husband’s old boss used to say, work to live, don’t live to work. It’s so true!

The best way to Bake Bacon

strips of raw bacon arranged on a sheet pan.

But don’t you guys worry. I’m not going anywhere. I’m still comin atcha with:

10 Reasons you will love to Bake Bacon

  • NO splatter! (Can you tell I’m bitter about the splatter thing?? I’ve been zinged one too many times.)
  • You can make it ahead of time. See note below the recipe!
  • You can make a ton of bacon all at once. And even microwave it later after it’s cooked! See note.
  • You don’t have to babysit it. Throw it in the oven, set a timer, and get back to flipping pancakes on your freed up stove. (When are they going to invent baked pancakes already? Or actually never mind, Calvin already has a solution.)
  • The strips of bacon are nice and straight. This is great for perfectionists, BLT’s, and the Grilled Cheese Eggs Benedict with Bacon recipe that I am posting next. IT’S AMAZING JUST YOU WAIT.
  • No need to flip the bacon.
  • No need to bake on a cooling rack. Years ago I read that you need to put bacon on a cooling rack and then put the rack on the sheet pan and then bake. (lots of recipes say this.) But cooling racks are a pain in the neck to clean grease off of, so I started doing it straight in the pan. Guess what, it works better. Think about it: bacon cooks in its own grease when you do it on the stove, right? It cooks faster. In doing research for this post, I saw lots of forums and comments where bakers were saying it was taking 20, 30, 40 (!) minutes to get the bacon crispy. I buy thick cut and it never takes more than 12-15 minutes. Leave that cooling rack in the cupboard. Cooking bacon in the oven is so fast!
  • Bacon is so freezable. I mean when it’s raw. I always have it in my freezer. It’s super quick to thaw, just throw it in the microwave.
  • Did you know that bacon is only 50 calories a slice? Eric read it off the package the other day and I didn’t believe him. That has nothing to do with the baking aspect, just a fun fact. Bacon for dayzzzz
  • Buy high quality bacon. Just remember guys: IT’S WORTH IT.
a package of sliced bacon.

Here’s the local bacon I buy. Made in Manteca CA, my hometown!

a close up shot of crispy bacon on a sheet pan.

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How to Cook Bacon in the Oven 

Here’s a quick overview of how to do it. Full instructions can be found in the recipe card below!

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Line your pan with aluminum foil (optional).
  2. Lay out your bacon in one layer on the ungreased pan. Arrange the strips as close to each other as you can. 
  3. Bake at 400 on the middle rack for 10-14 minutes depending on thickness and your desired crispiness level.
  4. When the bacon is done, remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.

What Temp to Bake Bacon?

I bake my bacon at 400 degrees. Some people go lower, some higher, but 400 degrees is the temperature I swear by for perfectly crispy bacon. 

How to store Baked Bacon

Once your bacon is cooked, the texture is going to deteriorate if you refrigerate it. Of course, you have to, because it’s meat, so here’s what I recommend. Wrap the bacon in a single paper towel and then place it in an airtight container. When you want to reheat it, put that paper towel-wrapped bacon on a microwave safe plate and punch in your desired amount of time. The paper towel will absorb moisture from the bacon while in the fridge and while reheating and keep the texture more crisp (though of course nothing like straight from the oven).  

Bake Bacon in the Oven FAQs

Do you need to flip bacon in the oven?

Nope! Just another reason cooking bacon in the oven is so easy. The heat from the oven circulates around and cooks the top and bottom at the same time. 

Can you cook bacon in the oven without parchment paper?

Yes, absolutely. I never use parchment paper, just cook the bacon straight on the pan. If you want super easy clean up you can cover the pan with tinfoil, but it’s optional. 

Is bacon better in oven or pan?

It is absolutely better in the oven (crispy! perfect! easy!), and here are the reasons why!
No flipping required. This means you are not standing over a hot pan getting your skin burned or your clothes stained with little sizzling pops of screaming hot bacon grease. 
No burning the bacon. When you bake bacon in the oven, all sides of the bacon are getting heated up evenly at the same time.
No limit to the amount of bacon you can cook. Ok, I’m exaggerating. Your oven isn’t infinitely large. But you can definitely put two entire half sheet pans of bacon in the oven at the same time (one on the top rack, one on the bottom) and that is WAY more than you can do in whatever skillet you would have used. 
No curling issues. I hate when bacon curls up in the pan, making some edges burn while others stay raw! This doesn’t happen in the oven.

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How to Bake Bacon in Oven

4.80 from 5 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Let me show you how easy it is to bake bacon in the oven. It's way better than getting splattered with grease. And you can make a whole pan at a time!


  • any kind of bacon
  • Sheet Pan
  • aluminum foil, optional


  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Line your pan with plenty of aluminum foil for easy clean up. (Or don’t. I just wash the pan. No big deal.)
  • Lay out your bacon in one layer on the pan. No need to grease the pan. Bacon is basically grease, so you’re good.
  • Arrange the strips as close to each other as you can. Touching is fine, but don’t overlap. I usually can get 1 or 2 strips at the bottom of the pan, perpendicular to the rest.
  • Bake at 400 on the middle rack. If you use regular bacon, it will take about 10 minutes. (I always buy thick cut, that’s going to be more like 12-14 minutes.) Either way, check on it after 10 minutes. Then set the timer again until it’s done to the crispiness level that you like. The darker it gets, the crispier it will be. Feel free to take one out and test it.
  • When it’s done, remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • My rule for baking bacon is to always bake a full pan. If you need 4 strips for your recipe, you’re wrong. You actually need 4 strips plus 2 or 5 to snack on while you cook. (Seriously though, throw the rest in the fridge and eat it for breakfast tomorrow. You won’t regret it.)
  • If you want your life to be amazing, funnel all the bacon grease you just made into a mason jar and store it in the fridge. Then use it next time you make the Best Pancake Recipe I've ever made. It keeps a long time in the fridge (several weeks.)


Bacon is great for freezing (raw). There’s never a time when I don’t have a copious amount of bacon in the freezer. It thaws so quick and easy in the microwave.
Bacon is a great make-ahead dish. Bake it before your event, throw it in the fridge, then microwave on a paper towel lined plate just before serving. If you plan to do this, you may want to under bake the bacon by a couple minutes so it is perfect when you serve.


Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 366mg | Potassium: 109mg | Vitamin A: 20IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Calories: 230
Keyword: 10 Minute Recipe, bacon, bake, how to
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  1. 4 stars
    Love baking bacon. I use parchment and after the pan is cooled, a brief trip into the freezer makes clean up zippy.
    For reheating bacon, we use our air fryer. We do 380 for 4 minutes. We bake until the bacon is close to done. But I like crispy so before we eat it, it gets another bake.

    1. Hi Mike! That’s a really interesting idea; we haven’t tested it that way, but if you try it come back and let us know how it turns out!

  2. question about your cheesy egg and bacon casserole. For serving 12 you say 9×13 pan. It also calls for the same size pan if you reduce to 4 or 6 servings. Is this right?

  3. 5 stars
    Genious, no more mess! Although, it took about 35 minutes for mine to fully cook. We like our bacon extra crispy.

  4. Love your recipes! Have just used 2 this morning for do ahead brunch (creamy eggs and oven bacon!). BUT please remember that you’re probably popular all over the world and put the oven temp in Celsius also!! 

    1. So happy to hear you are loving the recipes Annabelle! I will keep that in mind, thanks for the input!

  5. WARNING: I read your blog regularly and love using many of your recipes….However, you wrote: “Buy high quality bacon. Just remember guys: IT’S WORTH IT” but then you showed a picture of your preferred bacon, with Sodium Nitrite, Sodium Erythorbate, and
    other chemicals that are NOT indicative of quality–only chemical preservation of the meat from bacteria.

    According to Live Science (and many other reliable science web sites), sodium nitrite can damage cells and also morph into molecules that cause cancer. The other ingredients in your “high quality bacon” are also potentially carcinogenic.
    While baking bacon is a fantastic time-saving idea–and a method I have employed for years–using “high quality” bacon means getting a brand that doesn’t have chemical preservatives or antibiotics, AND treats the hogs humanely prior to slaughter. Consider getting brands like Wellshire Farms, Nature’s Rancher, Maverick Ranch, Greenfield (NOT Smithfield), or Applegate. (Other brands that say “uncured” are also likely to be free of harmful chemicals, but not necessarily humane to the animals.) Another tip: By pouring all the cooled (chemical-free) bacon drippings in a glass jar in the fridge, you have a chemical-free, tasty reservoir of bacon fat to use as “cooking oil” all year round. At room temp, rendered bacon fat is liquid–and it is actually unsaturated and healthier than corn oil, soybean oil, etcetera (see “Know your Fats” by Mary Enig).

  6. If you line the pans first with foil, when finished just wad up the foil and toss and no cleaning pans also I lay the bacon on paper towels as I take it out of pans to get rid of as much grease as possible.

  7. I made this for me and my kids tonight – it’s a delicious and convenient way to make bacon! I like that I don’t have to stand at the stove and babysit the skillet. Will be using this method again!

  8. TRY IT! I first tried it to take along camping. (It was always such a mess to clean up when we used the camp stove!) I just heated it in the microwave to warm it up. You couldn’t tell it wasn’t cooked frsh

  9. Well, I was certainly NOT looking forward to frying up the few strips of bacon I need for the baked bean dish I plan to try with the resulting greasy splatter, so BOY was I pleased to see this method! Took a couple minutes longer than the 10 minutes in the recipe but worked wonderfully well! Plus, the house smells great! LOL!

    1. Better than lighting a bacon scented candle, right Beth? ;) (haha, hopefully that’s not even a thing.) I’m glad it worked out for you! Thanks for the review!

  10. I made this for me and my kids tonight – it’s a delicious and convenient way to make bacon! I like that I don’t have to stand at the stove and babysit the skillet. Will be using this method again!

  11. How did I not know bacon turned out this crispy and delicious in the oven?! It’s the perfect bacon to crumble up or to garnish on runny eggs. Love that there’s no grease splatters all over the hob too, will definitely be trying this!

  12. Line a baking sheet we with parchment.. lay bacon in pan. Bake 30 mins.@ 350. Perfect bacon everytime.

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