How to Bake the Perfect Bacon (Step By Step!)

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Everyone loves Bacon, and once you try baking it, you’ll love it even more!  It’s just perfectly crisp, amazing flavor, and easy clean up. You will have bacon every morning!

This Perfectly Baked Bacon will go swimmingly with these other “perfect” recipes; Perfect Crepes, Grandma’s Perfect Fluffy Pancakes, or Perfect Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread.

Crispy baked bacon on a plate.

Oven Baked Bacon

Crispy savory perfectly cooked bacon is everyone’s favorite and this will become your favorite way to cook it. It’s so easy, it may take a little more time but you won’t mind after you see the results. The bacon will be straight, it won’t curl, perfect for sandwiches. In the oven it also cooks evenly with no white fatty pieces on one end and burnt on the other.

Another reason you’ll love this perfectly baked bacon is that it’s completely hands off. You don’t have to babysit it, you don’t even have to flip it! How easy is that? And because you bake it in the oven, you can cook large batches at once. And it’s all done at the same time.

What You Need to Bake Bacon:

  • Bacon: 16 oz package will fill your sheet pan
  • Rimmed Baking Sheet: The rimmed baking sheet will keep the grease from dripping.
  • Aluminum foil:  Use non stick aluminum foil.
  • Cooling Rack: This is essential for letting the bacon’s grease drip.

How to Bake the Perfect Bacon (Step By Step!):

There will be no more splattering of grease all over the stove and yourself.  You won’t have half burnt half under cooked slices. And no more stale bacon smell wafting through the house hours after breakfast.

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with non-stick aluminum foil.
  3. Place the cooling rack in the baking sheet.
  4. Lay the bacon on the cooling rack careful not to overlap.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until desired crispness. Remove and set on a paper towel lined plate.

Raw Bacon on a lined cookie sheet getting ready to Bake

Tips for Baking The BEST Bacon:

It’s super easy but here are some tips to ensure it is truly the best.

  • When is it done: Depending on the thickness and how you like your bacon will depend on how long you cook it for. If you have thicker cut, you’ll need to cook it longer. If you like it super crispy, also cook it longer. If you soft and chewy bacon or it’s a thinner cut, you’ll need less time. Every oven is different so I suggest keeping an eye on it till it’s just right for you.
  • Remove: Take the bacon off of the rack or baking tray as soon as you take it out of the oven, it continues to cook as long as it’s in the pan.
  • Flavor:  You can add some kick to your bacon by adding black pepper, or brown sugar on top before baking. Super easy and flavorful.

Perfectly Baked Bacon

Baked Bacon Storage Tips:

  •  Store. Leftover bacon will lose it’s crispness, but stores well in a refrigerator for up to 5 days. Microwave or recrisp your slices in the oven at 375.
  • To Freeze: If you want to freeze your bacon, under cook it slightly, and freeze in ziploc freezer bags for up to 2 months. Then simply reheat what you need in the microwave for 15-30 seconds. It’s such an easy way to have bacon when you need it quickly.

Perfectly Baked Crispy Bacon on a white plate.

Recipes to Use Bacon in:


How to Bake the Perfect Bacon (Step By Step!)

5 from 1 vote
Everyone loves Bacon, and once you try baking it, you'll love it even more!  It's just perfectly crisp, amazing flavor, and easy clean up. You will have bacon every morning!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 4 People


  • 1 16 ounce package bacon
  • rimmed baking sheet
  • non-stick aluminum foil
  • cooling rack*


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the wire cooling rack on top of the baking sheet.
  • Place the bacon evenly in a row careful not to overlap. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until desired crispiness. Remove and set the bacon on a paper towel lined plate.


*I have made it before without the cooling rack and is optional.


Serves: 4

Calories17kcal (1%)Carbohydrates1gProtein1g (2%)Fat2g (3%)Saturated Fat1g (5%)Cholesterol3mg (1%)Sodium26mg (1%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, baked bacon
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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