How to Bake Your Bacon Instead of Frying It

Pack of bacon
Pack of bacon | Source

If the thought of having to take out a pan, potentially smoke up the kitchen and get burned by oil does not sound like a great way to start the morning, try baking your bacon instead of frying it. I came to love baking bacon after I was tasked with cooking up huge batches of bacon for a function each year. Clearly the stove top was not going to do the trick. So, I turned to baking the bacon to get more bacon done. While I still fall behind in serving up enough to satisfy all the hungry mouths, everyone always asks how I make the bacon in the oven. So, here’s what I do:

Raw bacon on foil lined tray
Raw bacon on foil lined tray | Source

Steps

1. Start preheating the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

3. Place strips of bacon on the baking sheet.

4. Put the baking sheet in the oven.

5. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until desired crispiness is reached.

6. Drain bacon on a plate covered with paper towels.

Bacon after cooking for 30 minutes
Bacon after cooking for 30 minutes | Source

Tips

  • Make sure the foil goes over the edges of the pan for easy clean up.
  • The preparation for the bacon is so fast that often the oven is not done preheating. Chuck the bacon in the oven in as soon as you are done lining the pan. It makes no difference on the end product.
  • Once the oil solidifies on the pan, you can just roll up the foil and throw in the trash. Clean up is quick and easy.
  • You can also put used (like after drying your hands) paper towels on the tray to soak up oil. Then you do not have to wait for the oil to solidify as much.

Parents especially love this approach because they do not have to worry about oil splatter hitting their children if they walk into the kitchen. Also, you do not have to baby sit a pan hoping it won’t burn. This allows time to cook eggs or tend to other parts of breakfast or life in general. I even bake crescent rolls about midway through the cooking time for the bacon: two uses for the same heat from the oven. 

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howcurecancer 5 years ago

Perfect, I learn new cooking tips.


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StephanieBCrosby 5 years ago from New Jersey Author

howcurecancer, I am glad you picked up some new skills.


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DIYweddingplanner 4 years ago from South Carolina, USA

This is brillant, why have I never done this...or even thought of it, for that matter? I'm going to try this!


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey Author

DIY, I thought the same thing once I learned you could bake bacon and it would come out just as crispy. It was also great because we had to make big batches for a function and did not have to worry about the splatter everywhere.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I love bacon, and that looks really yummy!Thanks for the idea!


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey Author

No problem, rebeccamealey. I love bacon too. The only time bacon does not look good is when it is half raw looking from not being crisped up enough.


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KevinMillican 4 years ago from Stilwell, OK

This is the best way to cook bacon in my opinion. In comparison, the bacon is flatter this way than by using a frying pan, which makes it perfect for BLTs :D


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hi KevinMillican. I agree. Whether I make thin or thick bacon it comes out flat. And I do love this method for making BLTs, which is my favorite sandwich of all time!


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Wesley Meacham 4 years ago from Wuhan, China

Interesting. I don't have an oven but I can see how this would be useful. I also like the easy clean up factor. Voting up, useful, interesting and sharing.


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey Author

When I first saw this done on television, I was a bit skeptical that the bacon would come out crispy. But I was pleasantly surprised. And the biggest selling point was the easy clean-up. Thanks for reading!


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Radcliff 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

I had to look at this Hub because Bacon is in the title. :D

I always cook my bacon in the oven! It cooks so much more evenly, and you can just set the timer and leave it. I have to admit that I don't use the aluminum, though--I find it doesn't stick too much for me.


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hi Radcliff,

Yes, bacon is yummy. However, now I am eating for my blood type, so that means pork bacon is out and turkey bacon is in. I sure do miss my BLTs with pork bacon. But overall health is better than a few slices of bacon! Thanks for reading and commenting :)

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