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Slices of bacon on a white paper towel
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How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

Showing you exactly how to cook bacon in the oven with step by step photos. This is the EASIEST way to cook perfectly crisp and perfectly straight bacon!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Diet: Diabetic
Servings: 8
Calories: 230kcal


  • 1 package bacon (16-20 slices)


  • Heat oven to 400°F.
  • Prepare baking sheet- line a rimmed baking sheet with foil (or don’t use foil- it’s fine without!). Arrange bacon in a single layer with little to no overlap. If you want to cook a full package, use two sheet pans.
    If using foil, you can fold the side up to contain the bacon grease and make clean up easy!
  • Bake- once the oven is up to temperature, place the pan in the oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes (mine takes 17 min). Bacon can go from perfect to over-done quickly, so start really paying attention at 15 minutes!
    If you have two sheet pans, rotate them halfway through.
  • Drain- Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate and allow excess grease to drain off.
    slices of bacon sitting on white paper towel



To avoid foil
I regularly cook bacon directly in the sheet pan to avoid foil. To clean the pan, use a paper towel to remove excess grease, then soak in very soapy water before using a bristle brush to scrub clean.
Cooked bacon may be stored in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 3 months.


Serving: 2slices bacon | Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 365mg | Potassium: 109mg | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.2mg