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oven-baked bacon on a baking sheet

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

Learn how to cook bacon in the oven in 30 minutes or less! This easy oven-baked bacon recipe is truly the best, hands-free way to make perfectly crispy bacon. Avoid mess and a smoky kitchen with this foolproof method, and enjoy the perfect breakfast side any time!

Course Breakfast, How to
Cuisine American
Keyword how to bake bacon in the oven, how to cook bacon in the oven, oven baked bacon
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 1 8oz package bacon


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place each slice of bacon in a single layer on the tray without overlapping.
  3. Cook the bacon for 20-30 minutes, depending on the bacon’s thickness and desired crispiness level. Everyone’s oven temperatures can vary slightly, so be sure to start checking the bacon around 20 minutes.
  4. Once bacon is cooked to your desired crispiness, remove the pan from the oven. Remove each slice of bacon and place it onto a plate lined with paper towel to help drain the grease.
  5. Drain the excess bacon grease into a disposable can or cup in order to dispose of it, or drain it into a sealable glass jar & place it in the fridge to use it for cooking later.

Recipe Notes

For a sweet kick: brush the bacon with maple syrup or sprinkle with brown sugar or coconut sugar.

For a spicy kick: sprinkle the bacon with a little cayenne pepper.