How to Cook Bacon in the Oven
I won’t waste your time telling you bacon is good. I mean, hi. You know bacon is good. Bacon in the oven, though? Bacon in the oven is GREAT. It’s easy and hands-off and consistent, and it works for a few or a crowd. Here's how to cook it.
We especially love thick-cut applewood smoked bacon, but it's hard to go too wrong.
Cooking bacon in the oven
Bacon in the oven doesn’t splatter all over the weird spaces between the burners that you just wiped down like five minutes ago. It doesn’t talk back while you cook it. It still makes your house smell like bacon, but somehow not for as long as the stovetop method. And it doesn’t need constant tending. It understands its place to the point of being almost too humble. You’ll want to reassure it. “You complete me,” you’ll almost feel the need to say.
Protips for cooking bacon in the oven
Cooking time will vary by thickness, so just watch ya bacon closely as it gets close to your desired doneness.
Using a piece of foil helps marginally with cleanup and also helps support the shape of thinner slices as they cook.
It's okay to overlap slices slightly when placing them on your rimmed sheet pan, since they'll shrink substantially during cooking. This is rare advice when roasting or baking, but it's better to crowd bacon a little so it cooks in plenty of its own fat like it would on the stovetop, rather than spacing it out anemically.
To make bacon for a bigger crowd, place two sheet pans on oven racks the top and bottom thirds of the oven, and simply swap the position of the baking sheets about halfway through cooking time.
There's truly no need to flip when cooking bacon in the oven.
- 1 pound thick-cut bacon
- Preheat oven to 375°F with a rack in the center.
- Line a rimmed half-sheet pan with aluminum foil. Arrange bacon in a single layer. (If you have to overlap the slices a little, it's okay — they'll shrink.)
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, more or less, until crisped to your liking. Watch carefully toward the end. Cooking time will vary depending on thickness.
- Drain on paper towels and serve.
To make bacon in the oven for a bigger crowd, double the recipe. Use two baking sheets, one in the top third and one in the bottom third of the oven. Switch pans halfway through baking.