How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

how to cook bacon in the oven


I swear, this will change your life. I used to juggle multiple pans on the stove at the same time while making breakfast. The bacon grease would splatter everywhere and I would mumble under my breath and gripe and groan. I have actual scars from these morning cooking sessions.


Not anymore.




Because I started cooking my bacon in the oven!




To start, line a baking sheet with foil. This also makes clean up a breeze. {Remember how you used to scrub those pans out? You won’t have to anymore! It’s incredible!}


Next, lay your bacon out. It can be fairly tight next to each other, just not overlapping.


Then, put the sheet of bacon in your cold oven. Now, that’s key. It must be cold. Do not pre-heat!


Turn your oven on to 400-425, depending on how well it keeps the temperature. I’ve noticed that in my oven, I need to get to 425, but in my grandma’s, I do okay just on 400. You know your oven, so I’ll leave that up to you. 🙂


Now this is the really difficult part.




For 20-25 minutes.


Trust me, the smell is worth it. The taste is worth it. The lack of clean up is worth it!


Bacon is worth it!


Once your bacon is done, take it out of the oven and lay the pieces on paper towel to drip off, like you normally would.


Then, serve!


Voila — enjoy!

About Layne Quintanilla

I'm a Child of God, wife, frugal home school mama, and blogger. Living each day intentionally & full of joy!

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11 Responses to How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

  1. Wendy Lindsey June 13, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    Sounds very convincing! lol I’ll have to try this. We usually buy turkey bacon. Have you tried baking that? Wonder if it would bake as well as traditional bacon?
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Layne Quintanilla June 13, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

      Hi, Wendy! I don’t use turkey bacon, but I would assume it would work well! I would just keep an eye on it the first time to make sure the temperature is ok since the fat content is different than regular bacon!

  2. veronica lee June 13, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    Is there a reason why the oven must be cold when you put the bacon in?

    I live for bacon and this certainly will change my life! Thanks!!

    • Layne Quintanilla June 13, 2013 at 11:54 pm #

      I don’t know what the technicality of it is, other than when I pre-heated my oven, the bacon cooked different and wasn’t crisp like it should be!

  3. maribel June 17, 2013 at 5:17 am #

    I never tried cooking bacon in the oven but I know its the best bec it will become crispy.

  4. Pam July 15, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    I will never cook bacon any other way again!! Absolutely delicious, super crispy and no mess!!

  5. Janet Ma'ly December 26, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    I was hoping there was a layer of some sort of paper (parchment perhaps) over the bacon while cooking. Otherwise how does one avoid all the grease spattering around the over, on the racks, etc.? Seems the cleanup would be even more difficult. Or does it not spatter when cooked in the oven?

    • Layne Quintanilla January 5, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

      Hi, Janet. I haven’t experienced splattering doing it this way! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      • Janet Ma'ly January 5, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

        Thanks, Layne! Just realized your are a sister in the Lord. Blessings!

        • Layne Quintanilla January 6, 2014 at 10:07 am #

          Sure am 🙂 Blessings to you as well. Glad you found me!