Mess free Bacon is here with this recipe for Bacon in the Oven! It’s easy, splatter free and comes out perfectly crispy every single time!
Say Goodbye to messy stove tops and splattering bacon grease! This Recipe for Bacon in the Oven is easy, quick, comes out perfect every single time and is plain and simply the best way to make bacon. There’s no mess, hardly any clean up, no frying pans you have to tend to like a hawk and all you need is six minutes of your time. Use this perfectly broiled bacon to satisfy all your breakfast, brunch or snacking needs. Or, add it to things like sandwiches, pizza or bowls. Either way, once you make this recipe for Bacon in the Oven, you may never want to pull out that frying pan again!
Bacon. It’s just one of them things, I think we can all agree, makes just about anything taste better. And probably one of them things a lot of people can say they turned to first in learning how to make. It’s easy. Mighty DELICIOUS. And usually quick to make. But, what if I told you there was actually an even EASIER way?! A BETTER way to make bacon? Cause this recipe for bacon in the oven is it. And something tells me that once you discover just how much quicker, easier and *happy dance* less messy (and I mean, WAY LESS MESSY!!!) this oven bacon is, you may never go back to the old-fashioned way of frying it up in a pan, again.
I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM, WE ALL SCREAM FOR BACON
Yeah, so, I know you don’t need me to tell you how good bacon is. Or how perfectly cooked bacon has the magical ability to transform anything it touches into something so mouth-watering and delicious, it should be illegal. Normally I’m one that would agree with the old “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” saying. And not that I think frying bacon up in a pan is broke or anything. But, this recipe for bacon in the oven really has me questioning. I just can’t get over how much quicker, easier and less messy it is (without having to sacrifice my arms against splattering oil in the process!).
All you need to make this recipe for bacon in the oven is well, bacon! And a baking sheet. Some parchment paper helps with the easy clean up. And only six minutes of your time. I mean, technically you can use those six minutes to prepare something else (the fluffiest scrambled eggs, anyone?).
I mean what can I say? Go on, you professional breakfast maker, you.
BACON IN THE OVEN DIRECTIONS (KEY TIPS)
- Use parchment paper or foil to line your baking sheet before cooking. Not only does this help with the easy, breezy clean up. But it’ll help with ensuring the bacon doesn’t stick to the pan, too.
- Give your bacon a little room to breathe and don’t place them too close together on the baking sheet. Line ’em up but try not to have them touch, if you can avoid it. Touching bacon = unable to crisp up and cook properly or evenly.
- The oven rack should be in the highest position about 3-4 inches from the broiler which should be set to high. Normally the broiler part of the oven takes about 5-10 minutes to preheat and you’re going to want it to be hot, hot, hot before adding the bacon.
- Be sure to flip the bacon halfway through baking to ensure even cooking on both sides.
- Keep an eye on your bacon in the last couple minutes of baking. After the flip, since the oven and pan are already super hot and the bacon is cooking in it’s own grease at this point, it won’t take long to crisp up and finish cooking. All ovens are different so just keep an eye and make sure nothing burns or cooks too quickly. PRO TIP: Use the oven light to see inside and keep a close eye on it as it cooks.
- Transfer the cooked bacon to a paper towel lined plate immediately after removing it from the oven. The paper towel will soak up the excess bacon grease so you don’t end up with super greasy and oily bacon. DO NOT skip this step! You can also pat the cooked bacon dry with a piece of paper towel to remove excess grease after a few minutes of it sitting on the plate.
- Save the bacon grease! That stuff is like gold and so easy to keep when you make this recipe for bacon in the oven. The bacon grease collects on the parchment paper and sheet pan making it easy to drain it out into a jar for later use. It adds richness and flavour into dishes and acts as an oil so you can use it to season or fry.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
No, broiling and baking are different and have different functions and settings on the oven. Baking bacon takes about 3 times longer than broiling bacon and you would want your oven rack to be positioned in the middle. Broiling bacon is faster as the bacon is directly underneath the oven’s heat source as opposed to on top of it.
Leftover bacon will last about 3-4 days if stored in an airtight container and kept in the fridge.
This bacon is delicious on it’s own or as part of any good breakfast. Have it with Eggs or Pancakes or next to these Breakfast Sausage Patties for a real treat. Or use it as a topping on things like sandwiches, burgers or chili. It’s good on anything, really!
You mean that liquid GOLD?! Save it! Allow it to cool slightly then simply pour it directly from the baking sheet into a jar. You can use it for many things! It has a high smoke point so it’s great for frying and adds tons of flavour to a variety of dishes like braised meats. It’s also great for popping popcorn, sautéeing or roasting veggies or searing any kind of meat!
- 8 Strips Bacon*
- Turn the broiler to high and place the oven rack in the highest position. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Arrange the bacon strips in a single layer. Try to avoid any overlapping or touching.
- Once the oven is super hot and ready, place the bacon under the broiler (should be about 3-4 inches away) and close the door. Cook for 3 minutes, remove the pan and flip the bacon.
- Return the bacon back to the oven. This is where you're going to want to keep a close eye because it will cook up very quickly (I use the oven light to see inside as it cooks). Cook an additional 2-3 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and immediately transfer the bacon strips to a paper towel lined plate to drain off the excess grease. After a few minutes, you can pat the tops dry with a clean paper towel.
- Serve with all your favourite breakfast foods or add to pastas, pizza, bowls, sandwiches, dips and more!
This recipe is for regular bacon. If you're using thick cut bacon, you might have to add a few extra minutes to the cooking time.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 54Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 194mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 4g
Nutrition is only an estimate and calculated using Nutritionix.
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