The Best Way to Cook Bacon

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Want to cook delicious bacon with grease splattering all over you and your stovetop? This is the best way to cook bacon – I'm never cooking it on the stovetop again!

I LOVE bacon. Unfortunately, my five kids frequently eat it all before I get a piece (I've started hiding some for myself as a precaution).

I grew up making bacon in a skillet, and I always hated the spots and splatters that came once the pan got hot enough, so I figured out a way to get perfect, chewy bacon in the oven.

When I put together my first book (365: One Year of Healthy Meal Plans for Busy Families), I added notes about how to make bacon the easy way – and I got so many questions about it! I was asked to put it up on the blog, and I was surprised that I hadn't already (sorry everyone!).

If you already cook bacon this way, it might be so obvious you'll just want to skip this recipe. 🙂 But if you don't, give bacon in the oven in a try – it's my favorite way to make it!

I use this baking sheet just because it's super cute:

And regular parchment paper works just fine here:

Bacon in the Oven

Prep Time 5 minutes


  • 1 lb bacon


  • 1. Arrange the bacon in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
    2. Place the baking sheet in a COLD oven and close the door, then set the temperature to 400 degrees.
    3. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the bacon is cooked through. When there are tiny bubbles all over the bacon slices, it is usually finished.
    4. When the bacon is cooked, carefully remove it from the oven and use tongs to transfer it to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

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    1. My bacon always turns out better with parchment paper, because…science. 😉

      Just kidding, I don’t know if there’s a scientific explanation, but it is better! It also makes it easier to clean up. But it is just my preference.

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