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Crispy bacon in the oven is SO easy, leaves no mess, and is perfectly crisp every time. Once you try oven-baked you’ll never go back!

Enjoy this crispy bacon with Scrambled Eggs, Breakfast Potatoes, and Orange Juice Smoothies.

Cooking Bacon in the Oven on a sheet pan.

Oven Baked Bacon

Can we all agree that bacon is the best?! It’s one of our favorite breakfast sides.

When I first learned how to make bacon in the oven, my mind almost exploded. OF COURSE! It is so obvious! Why would you do it any other way?? It’s the easiest, quickest, and cleanest way to cook bacon.

Cooking bacon on the stove is SO messy. The bacon grease gets everywhere – on the counters, on the floor, and on you! Skip this all together by baking the bacon in the oven.

Uncooked bacon slices on a tin foil lined baking sheet.

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

Cooking this oven bacon recipe also frees up space on the stove. This is great when you’re cooking a big breakfast and need room to make Pancakes, eggs, and Sausage. Just put it in the oven, set the timer, and forget about it until it’s done cooking.

PREP. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with tin foil (optional, but allows for easy cleanup), and lay out the desired number of bacon slices.

BAKE. Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes or until it’s cooked to your level of crispiness. It will cook perfectly on both sides, no need to flip it!

Alternative oven temperatures:

  • 375°F for 20 minutes
  • 425°F for 15 minutes
  • 450°F for 12 minutes

Air fryer bacon

Air fryer bacon is another way to keep a splatter-free kitchen, though these will not be big batches.

Set the air fryer to 350°F. For regular-cut bacon, fry for 7-9 minutes. For thick-cut bacon, fry for 9-12 minutes.

Bacon Cooking Tips

Oven bacon is quick, simple, and so crispy! I also love the easy cleanup.

Thick or thin. Depending on the cut, the cooking time may need to be adjusted. Keep an eye on it every few minutes toward the end.

Easy cleanup. Using a foil-lined baking sheet marked for easy cleanup. Let the bacon oil cool, and toss the foil. Then wash the pan with soap and water to get rid of any lingering oils.

Splattering oil. Sometimes a thicker cut will produce more grease and splatter. Place the pan in the lower third of the oven, and put a sheet of foil under the bacon.

If it is still splattering, lay a sheet of foil on top, but remove it for the last 5 minutes of cooking so the bacon can get perfectly crispy.

Draining. Place cooked bacon on wire racks or a paper towel-lined plate or sheet pan and allow the extra grease to drip off. 

Large batches. Overlapping the strips of bacon can cause the bacon not to crisp up as well, a single layer works best.

  • To cook a large batch of bacon, overlap the strips just a little. Use tongs to separate and flip the strips during the baking time to ensure all sides are cooked and crispy.

Flavor. This recipe is tailored to pork bacon and may not work when using other types. We love to use hickory smoked or applewood pork bacon. 

  • Add extra flavor to the bacon by seasoning the slices before they go into the oven. Some good bacon flavors are black pepper, sriracha, honey, maple syrup, garlic, chili powder, and brown sugar.

Serving suggestions. Try pairing bacon in the oven with scrambled eggs, hash browns, and a smoothie or your favorite breakfast options!

A plate of scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes and bacon.

Storing Info

STORE uncooked bacon. An unopened package of uncooked bacon can last in the fridge for 2 weeks or in the freezer for 8 months. If the package has been opened the storage time shortens to 5-7 days in the fridge and up to 6 months in the freezer. 

STORE cooked oven bacon. Leftover baked bacon recipe can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days or in the freezer for 4-6 months. Reheat in the oven or air fryer to keep them crispy.

The cooked bacon can be used to add flavor to almost any dish!

Bacon in the oven cooked on a sheet pan.

Recipe FAQ

Can I store the bacon grease produced from cooking bacon in the oven?

Absolutely! Bacon grease can come in handy to oil a pan when cooking other dishes. You can use it to oil the pan for cornbread or add some to a pan before cooking scrambled eggs. Let the grease cool a bit before pouring it through a mesh sieve to remove any bit of bacon. Store the strained grease in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 3 months or in smaller portions in the freezer indefinitely.

What type of bacon can you cook in the oven?

All types of pork bacon can be cooked in the oven just adjust the cooking time according to thickness. You can also cook turkey bacon in the oven. Place a wire rack onto a baking sheet and lay the turkey bacon strips on top. Bake at 400°F for about 18 minutes.

How can I use leftover oven cooked bacon?

Leftover bacon crumbles can enhance so many dishes. I love adding leftover bacon to salads like Cobb Salad, on soups like Cheese Cauliflower Soup, or in sandwiches and Hamburgers. You can even add it to sweet treats like these Maple Bacon Cinnamon Rolls.

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Bacon in the Oven Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Crispy bacon in the oven is SO easy, leaves no mess, and is perfectly crisp every time. Once you try oven-baked you'll never go back!
Servings: 16
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 18 minutes
Total: 23 minutes


  • 1 pound bacon (or as much bacon as you like)
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  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with tin foil (optional, but allows for easy cleanup), and lay out as many bacon slices as you want on the sheet.
  • Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes or until it's cooked to your liking. It will cook perfectly on both sides, no need to flip it!


Calories: 118kcal, Protein: 3g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 187mg, Potassium: 56mg, Vitamin A: 10IU, Calcium: 1mg, Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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  1. JAE says:

    5 stars
    Also, if you twist each bacon piece into a loose spiral you can fit more on the pan! This works good as I have no patience when cooking larger quantities 🙂

  2. jess says:

    5 stars
    besides making bacon in the airfryer, this is the best way to make a bigger amount of bacon. I can only get a few strips in my airfryer. thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe!

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Right?! You can make so much more this way! Thank you so much!

  3. April says:

    5 stars
    This is the ONLY way to cook bacon – it’s so easy and comes out perfectly!

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      I totally agree!! Thank you for sharing that!

  4. shelly says:

    oh bacon whats not to love. i did happen to watch a guy coat bacon slices with flour then fry,he says it came out awesome.i have not tried this,has anyone?

  5. Shelly says:

    I cook bacon like this all the time as well. I saw were someone said she places a piece of parchment paper on the top of the bacon, and there is no grease splatter in the oven. I will definitely be trying that next time I cook bacon.

  6. dorothy bright says:

    5 stars
    i ve cooked my bacon in the oven for years now i have everyone i know doing it that way too love it

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Such a smart way to cook it!! Fast, easy and simple clean up too.

  7. Elsie says:

    5 stars
    You’re correct. It’s easy, delicious, no mess. I line my pan with foil. When it’s done and the grease is cooled, I wad it up being careful not to spill it, and toss it out. Wonderful way to make your house smell good!

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Yes! I love that the clean up is so easy too. And you gotta love the smell of bacon, right? 😉