Cooking your bacon in the oven is the most efficient way to cook it as far as I'm concerned. Using your oven makes cooking bacon for a crowd nice and easy and frees up your stovetop for all the other breakfast foods you're undoubtably wanting to stuff your face with. :D
And the best part? The bacon comes out nicely cooked every time and the trays clean up easily.
Read on to learn how to cook perfect bacon in the oven.
P.S. Lots of commenters are recommending cooking it at a lower temp. I have never ever had smoke or god forbid, FIRE, happen when cooking these at 400 F, but if you skip the parchment paper there's a chance - you don't want the bacon directly on the hot sheet pan. Use your best judgement if your oven runs hot. :)
Step 1: What You'll Need:
- a rimmed baking sheet
- parchment paper
- an oven set to 400 F
And that's it! Dead simple.
Step 2: Lay Out the Bacon
Lay the bacon down on the parchment paper so none of the pieces are overlapping. If you overlap them, they won't crisp up as well.
Step 3: Bake!
Bake for 15-20 minutes at 400 F or until it's as crispy as you like! Don't flip it, just let it hang out.
If you're doing multiple trays of bacon, switch the racks they're on halfway through.
The first photo is the bacon 8 minutes in - the second is the finished bacon after 16 minutes. :)
Step 4: Drain & Serve
Once it's done, shake off the excess fat and drain on paper towels.
For extra credit, strain the drippings and store them in your fridge. :D