Oven Fried Bacon

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Bacon is awesome.  I usually fry it in my cast iron pan in the morning so I can follow up immediately with some fried eggs, but sometimes you need to fry lots and lots and lots of bacon quickly.  Or maybe you just plan farther ahead than I do, have too much on the stove already, or just don't want to deal with stovetop splatters: in any of these cases, oven fried bacon will make your dreams come true.  It has all the delicious taste of bacon cooked in its own grease, without the mess or attention. 

This recipe comes courtesy of my friend Jeff, who likes good food.  Here's a very slightly edited version of his recipe as received via email:

My preferred bacon technique:

-line a cookie sheet or roasting pan with foil
-lay the bacon in it
-put it in cold oven
-turn oven to 400F
-come back in 20 minutes - Bacon!

- remove bacon and put it on paper towels to absorb fat or it will keep cooking on hot sheet.

- If your oven runs hot or the bacon is thin, it may need only 15. Better check at 15 the first time you try in a particular oven.

- If you make multiple batches (and baby, you know you wanna) then you'll need to check much sooner on every one after the first, as the oven will already be hot.
bizzycrafter9 months ago

I've wanted to try this, but am afraid of spatters! I'd rather wipe down the stove top than clean the oven, Do you cover it?? With a foil tent??

canida (author)  tli32 years ago
Bacon is always good!
Lorddrake2 years ago
mmmmmmm bbaaaaaaaaacon *drool*
canida (author)  Lorddrake2 years ago
Indeed. Baaaaaaacon. :)
sunshiine2 years ago
I will have to try this method. I hope to post a bacon related ible soon and it will be perfect to try this method on! Thanks for sharing!
canida (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
Oooh, I can't wait to see your Bacon-related Instructable! As you imagine, I'm a big fan. :)
AKDoug2 years ago
I love cooking bacon like this. Though I've never used foil or parchment paper, and my pans have paid the price. I am definitely going to add paper.
canida (author)  AKDoug2 years ago
Glad to help give your pans a break. :)
steelnix2 years ago
We tried using foil, but one time we were out and I mentioned the full roll of parchment paper in the pantry...

It worked great if not better!!!

We use it all the time now instead of the foil..We also use a broiler pan, seems to work better...
Why better? The parchment I mean.
The bacon seems to cook more evenly
canida (author)  steelnix2 years ago
Interesting. I'd think that the thickness of the pan would make more of a difference than type of liner, though. More fun things to test by making extra bacon!
ynze2 years ago
My family name translates as Bacon. I should really give this a try. Fried Bacon, must be great :-)
canida (author)  ynze2 years ago
Really? That's... kind of awesome.