This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy.

Learn how to cook perfect oven bacon in a few easy steps. Whether you prefer chewy bacon or extra crispy bacon, you’ll learn how to get it just right.

This method is my go-to for perfectly cooked bacon for breakfast or brunch or for some of my favorite bacon recipes, like Bacon and Bean SoupBacon Wrapped Chicken Bites, and Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon.

Bacon on a baking rack and baking sheet.
Pin this recipe for later!Pin This

Why We Love Cooking Bacon in the Oven

What’s so great about cooking bacon in the oven?

  • Less mess – When you cook bacon in the oven all the grease is contained in the foil-covered pan below. Just wrap up the foil and toss it.
  • Evenly cooked crispy bacon – Bacon cooked in the oven is all cooked the same, with each piece nice and crispy and not soggy or super greasy.
  • It’s practically hands off – Just set up your tray, lay out the bacon, and slide it into the oven. No constant babysitting while being splattered with grease.
  • Cook for a crowd – There’s only so much that will fit in a skillet, so cooking bacon in the oven gives twice the room for extra pieces.

Everything You Need to Cook Bacon in the Oven

  • Bacon – You can use any type of packaged bacon you wish. My family loves regular cut smoked bacon, so I keep it pretty simple and straightforward. But you can use thick cut if you want.
  • Baking sheet with a baking rack – This baking sheet and rack set is a kitchen staple at my house. If you don’t have one, get you one – there are so many things you can use it for, from baking BBQ Chicken Wings to cooling Nutella Cookies.
  • Foil – Regular thickness will work fine, but I usually opt for the heavy-duty so I can trust that it won’t tear and get bacon grease everywhere.

How To Cook Bacon in the Oven

  1. Cover the bottom baking sheet completely with foil all the way up the sides and set the rack on top.
  2. Lay bacon pieces on the rack side by side in a single layer. Be careful not to overlap because the meat can end up sticking together.
  3. Place the tray into the cold oven and set the temperature to 400 degrees. Cook bacon for about 15 minutes, or until it’s as crispy as you like it. Remember that it will continue to crisp up a little as it cools. Drain cooked bacon on paper towels.
Raw bacon on a baking rack over a baking sheet.
Cooked bacon on a baking sheet with a baking rack.


How do you know when bacon is done?

You can tell bacon is done when it turns from a light pink color to a golden brown. It should be crispy, but it’s ok to serve it a little chewy if that’s your preference.

How can I use leftover bacon?

There are so many ways to use bacon! It’s delicious as a garnish on salads or stirred into Cheesy Mashed Potatoes. You could make yourself a nice Club Sandwich or just chop it up and stir into an omelet.

Do you need to flip bacon in the oven?

Because we are using a baking rack, there is no need to flip the bacon over. Even if you were to cook it directly on the sheet pan, you wouldn’t need to turn it.

Can you freeze cooked bacon?

Freezing bacon is actually a great way to preserve it so you always have some on hand. To reheat thaw your bacon first, then heat in the oven for in a skillet over medium-high heat. It will only take a few minutes to crisp up.

Slices of crispy bacon on a plate.

How Long Does it Take to Bake Bacon?

The answer to this question will vary by a few factors.

  • How chewy or crispy do you want your bacon?
  • How thick is the bacon?
  • The temperature of the oven.

For example, cooking bacon in the oven at 350 F for 35-40 minutes will more produce a tender, melt-in-your-mouth result. Using a high temperature, say, cooking bacon in the oven at 425 F, will give you an excellent chewy-crispy bite.

Because I tend to walk right down the middle of the road, I went with 400℉. But here are the cooking temperatures for bacon:

  • Tender, melt in your mouth bacon – 35 minutes at 375℉.
  • Perfectly crispy, but not too chewy bacon – 20 minutes at 400℉.
  • Meaty, chewy-crisp bacon – 15-20 minutes at 425℉.

For thick-cut bacon, add 5-10 minutes to the baking time. Watch closely because baking bacon at higher temperatures tends to burn toward the end.

Serving Suggestions

Maybe I’m stating the obvious here, but bacon is the best breakfast food and goes with all things breakfast. From Homemade Hash Browns to Chocolate Chip Pancakes, a little bacon on the side is never a bad thing.

I love to crumble this bacon onto salads, layer in Hasselback Chicken, or top Grilled Hamburgers. There are so many delicious recipes out there just calling for the addition of bacon. With this foolproof method you will always have some on hand!

Expert Tips

  • Put the bacon in a cold oven. This helps keep the bacon from shrinking. Once your bacon is in the oven, turn it on – do not preheat! 
  • Be sure to use an oven safe cooling rack with the baking sheet. As the bacon cooks, the grease drips down instead of absorbing into the bacon itself, and it gets crispier, faster.
  • I prefer a thick cut bacon. All bacon shrinks when cooked, and the thick cut ends up more substantial and meaty after being cooked in the oven. I love the center cut thick cut bacon best because it has the best quality and the least amount of fat. 
  • For storage, refrigerate cooked bacon within an hour of cooking in a shallow, airtight container or wrapped in foil or plastic wrap. Extend the life of cooked bacon by freezing it in those containers for up to 2-3 months. Thawed in the fridge, it will keep for an additional 3-4 days.
Bacon, scrambled eggs and diced potatoes on a plate with a fork.

More Recipes with Bacon


How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

5 from 3 votes
Learn how to cook bacon in the oven! Forget the mess and grease splatters, oven bacon cooks evenly, produces the crispiest result and is totally hands off. 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • cooling rack
  • baking sheet


  • 1 pound thick sliced bacon
Save this recipe
Get this sent to your inbox, plus get new recipes from us every week!


  • Line a baking sheet with foil. Top foil with a cooling rack.
  • Spread bacon in a single layer across the cooling rack.
  • Place bacon in the oven and heat to 375 degrees. Let bake about 15 minutes, checking periodically. Remove from the oven when bacon has reached your desired crispiness.
  • Remove from cooling rack and set on paper towels to help reduce greasiness.


Put the bacon in a cold oven. This helps keep the bacon from shrinking. Once your bacon is in the oven, turn it on – do not preheat!


Calories: 315kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 10gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 500mgPotassium: 150mgVitamin A: 28IUCalcium: 4mgIron: 0.3mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of “Yellow Bliss Road” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.


Amanda blogs at Old House to New Home where she shares easy ways to eat, create, and decorate, all while raising two young girls! Amanda is a Spanish teacher, wife to a great husband, and mommy to the two most beautiful little girls! Amanda loves food, traveling, and transforming their 115 year old house into their home.

Free Email Series
5 Secrets to Dinnertime Sanity
Free email series with tested, tasted & terrific dinner recipes!

You Might Also Like

5 from 3 votes (2 ratings without comment)

Leave a Comment

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


  1. Linda Suppa says:

    Another great tip from Kristen.
    the bacon was cooked to perfection!

    Thank you

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Linda! Thanks for stopping by.