This oven cooked bacon recipe method is a foolproof way to make perfect cooked bacon in the oven with no mess and no splatters! You’ll never fry bacon again!
How to Make Perfect Crispy Bacon in the Oven!
Let’s talk Bacon!
Ok, I’m kind of a old fashioned gal and it’s really hard for me to change my ways. But this is life changing information that I’m about to share with you!
Forget bacon splatter screens, cooking in batches, wiping up greasy messes, this is the most amazing way to cook bacon!
It’s actually 2 secrets in one! First I’m going to tell you how to make the perfect oven cooked bacon! And I’m going to tell you about the folded bacon trick I learned in the Facebook group called The Bacon Experiment.
So what’s with the folded bacon? Just something simple that changed my life. First you can cook twice as much bacon in the same space. Second the bacon is both crispy and juicy all at the same time (if that is how you like it).
I actually cook mine long enough so that it is crispy crunchy all the way through. Then I can make bacon chips!
You have to try it at least once. If you are like me you will never go back to anything else. But if not, hey, at least you gave it a shot!
Bonus Bacon Tip: When you cook your folded bacon at 350-375 for about 45 minutes, draining off the fat as you go, you greatly reduce the calories and fat. 6 pieces of bacon cooked this way is only 240 calories! Read more about Bacon Fact vs Fiction right here
What you’ll need for this Oven Cooked Bacon Recipe
You really do need the parchment paper. Without it the bacon will stick to the cookie sheet. I find there is a lot less waste using the precut parchment sheets.
Also please don’t use one of those flat cookie sheets, you need to use a sheet with sides like this.
Farberware Nonstick Bakeware 11-Inch x 17-Inch Cookie Pan, Gray (note the sides on this are perfect for the oven cooked bacon recipe!) Kitchen & Beyond Natural Parchment Paper Pan Liner, 12-inch By 16-inch, Unbleached, 50-pack
Instructions for Oven Cooked Bacon Recipe
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper
- Lay your bacon out on the cookie sheet either folded or unfolded (see notes above). If folded, you can cook an entire package of bacon on the one tray.
- Set timer for 20 minutes.
- Check your bacon for desired crispiness. Drain bacon fat into a can or oven proof bowl. Turn bacon over. Add another 10 minutes to the timer.
- Repeat above step (check, drain, turn) until done (see pictures below, I took photos every few minutes)
- Move strips to a plate with paper towel
- Eat the bacon!
Timing Photos for Your Best Oven Baked Bacon
Every oven is different so the important thing to get the best oven bacon for your personal preferences is to do the initial cook for 20 minutes at 350 and then to check it every few minutes.
Because I use convection mode, I am checking mine every 10 minutes. When I check it, I also drain the fat and flip the bacon over.
After First 20 Minutes Five minutes later (25 minutes) Five minutes later (30 minutes)
This is how I like my Oven Baked Bacon it to look when it’s done! This takes about 45 minutes. When you cook it this way, crispy all the way through, 6 pieces of folded bacon is only 240 calories. Read more about that in my Bacon Fact vs Fiction here.
NOTE: Every oven is different so you may need to play with times and temps. I have since moved and now I like it best cooked at 375 in my new oven! Thick bacon takes about 45-50 min and regular bacon takes less time.
I hope that helps! I hope you enjoy oven cooking bacon as much as I do now.
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19 thoughts on “Oven Cooked Bacon Recipe Perfect and Crisp!”
I have been cooking my bacon on a baking sheet in the oven for as long as I can remember. Makes the perfect crispy bacon. I have never tried, or heard of this folded method before. I am super excited to try this and to bake more bacon in one go! Thank you so much for the tip!
I love it because twice as much bacon on one pan!
You get way more bacon on the pan by folding it, that’s why I love it!
O/T- Was diagnosed at borderline hypoglycemic as a teen, and told to beware of diabetes later in life. So 4 months ago my sharp PA advised my A1C was 8/5, and I am Type-2, and put me on Metformin to start.
Fully onboard with me jumping into Keto (again) as well.
Fast forward 3 months to checkup, and my A1C was 5.9, and my PA was over the moon and said she never, ever sees those kinds of regessions. Even more happy when I told her I’d pretty much been unable to take the metformin most of the time because my blood sugar had been sitting pretty near/below 100 all day long.
I eat 4 large eggs with 1/2# bacon every day, and 1 slice of Rye toast (15g carb), and am satiated and don’t even have the thought of food cross my mind all day, not even sweets. Never get the feeling of being hungry or cravings like when I’m on normal carb diet.
Oven bacon rocks, and I’ll try the folded bacon, or just get a 2nd/3rd pan for my oven to reduce the need to flip them.
Cooking at 350/375 is the sweetspot where it cooks, but stays flat, and doesn’t seem to spatter much if at all.
Might be able to bump it up a little higher to 400, and throw some tinfoil over the top too.
Even if someone isn’t looking to get into Keto, a good solid breakfast as I do will give you a very strong start to the day, which might allow you to skip lunch altogether, ultimately making your average caloric intake lower, losing weight.
And my bloodwork is also outstanding for everyone who goes on about the fat content in bacon, HDL/LDL is picture perfect.
On the side, had a Calcium Coronary Scan recently, and on a 1-5, placed a 0 for coronary artery plaque build-up. Tech said she never see 50+ year old guys, or many above the rare teen-twenty-something show that clean.
That might also be becasue I’ve been taking K2 for several years. Shame Trader Joes discontinued it…
I know this was too long and off topic, however you snared me with the bacon topic, and the other posters comment about their doctor pushing away bacon as bad got me riled up.
Wow that’s amazing! Love to hear about people getting away from those meds! We need to get those doctors eating more bacon!
My husband was recently told by our doctor and a nutritionist to give up bacon – and eat “healthy carbs” PLUS six servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Me cooking bacon tonight is really going to hurt! Oy! ;)
On the upside, thanks for the tip on folding the bacon! I have one of those double-wide ovens so I think I can make two packages at at time. Once it is cool, I layer it in wax paper and stick it in a large flat plastic container or gallon zip-lock in the freezer for easy use.
what a crock
I started cooking my bacon this way about a month ago and will never go back to frying. No standing over a hot stove or dodging stray grease bullets. I love bacon!
It’s the best way!
I just cooked some bacon in the oven, put parchment paper on the bottom and on top of the bacon, NO MESS in the oven. Toke 30 min. to cook but worth it.
I will never fry bacon again!
Great suggestion! I love making bacon in the oven for lack of countertop mess but then I have extra oven cleaning to do. Thanks!
It’s less messy if you cover the top of the bacon with parchment paper as well. Just a tip ;)
That’s a great tip!
Oh brilliant! The mess in the oven really bugs me, as we don’t have a self-cleaning oven. Thanks for this! :)
Ok, sounds good, but I know what a greasy mess the stove top becomes when cooking bacon….what about the oven? An oven is much harder to clean than a stove top! How messy is this in the oven?
I do this all the time now and zero mess in my oven! Make sure you use a baking sheet that has a lip all the way around, not those flat ones. After I take the bacon off I let the sheet cool down all day and then I scrape the white fat off the pan with a spatula. That can also be saved in a jar for cooking eggs.
Holy Salivating! I skipped one week of bacon and eating sausage balls. Not a fan. I need my bacon back!!
haha, I know right!?