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Cooking bacon in the oven create a perfectly crispy and delicious bacon. It's also super easy, creates less clutter than cooking on the stove, and lets you multitask in the kitchen. If you've never baked bacon, give it a try!
So what is your bacon good for? Well everything! Including my poached eggs, hard and soft eggs and fried eggs. And you can't forget my paleo pancakes (and dip the bacon in that maple syrup, yum).
Cooking bacon in the oven
When it comes to the most perfectly crispy and evenly cooked bacon, you really can't beat cooking bacon in the oven. But it's amazing how many people have never tried it. It seems that the stove reigns supreme.
Today I will share with you why you should change your habits and cook bacon in the oven. And trust me, once you cook bacon in the oven, you'll never cook it on the stove again!
Cooking bacon on the stove creates splashes across the entire surface of the stove and produces hot spots in the pan. This means that certain pieces of bacon can cook faster than others. And that's why you might have some bacon slices that accidentally get too loaded while other slices are still undercooked.
Cooking bacon in the oven cooks all bacon slices evenly as heat surrounds them. They slowly sizzle, don't splash, and end up cooked evenly. It is a beautiful thing.
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How to cook bacon in the oven
It is incredibly easy! Although it always helps to watch a quick video tutorial. Look the following video!
Baked Bacon – In 5 steps
- Preheat your oven at 400 degrees fahrenheit.
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the bacon slices on the baking sheet.
- Cook bacon 18-20 minutes or until crisp as you like.
- Remove the bacon from the oven and transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper.
Benefits of cooking bacon in the oven
- You can first cook for a crowd (And sometimes that crowd is just your immediate family.) This is the key for vacations or when many people descend to your house. He's also HUGE for helping him maintain sanity in the kitchen with the masses.
- Second, cooking bacon in the oven is cleaner than cook bacon on the stove. I am known for splashing all over the stove because I probably cook my bacon too hot. But when you cook bacon in the oven, you don't get splashing because the bacon just sizzles until it's perfectly crispy (or made to your liking).
- Finally, cooking bacon in the oven allows you to multitask in the kitchen. Because once you throw that glorious bacon skillet into the oven, you're free for about 15 minutes to whip up some eggs or make a batch of pancakes or waffles.
A few more tips
- Cover a large tray with parchment paper (or don't align it at all, but that's messy). Using parchment paper is as simple as tearing off a piece, placing the bacon on top and cooking.
- If you put the bacon on a cooking rack? I do not think so. I tried and the difference is negligible. But then I had to clean a cooling rack (and those bugs are hard to clean).
- 400 degrees Fahrenheit works well for thick and regular cut bacon. Heat the oven and cook the bacon for 10-15 minutes or until it reaches the desired level of crispness. I rotate the pan halfway, just to ensure even cooking, but that's it. And remember that your bacon will continue crispy once it dries.
What to do with bacon fat? Save it!
If you buy organic bacon, as I do, definitely consider rendering and storing bacon fat. Bacon fat not only imparts a richness of flavor to stewed meats and other dishes, but it has a high smoke point, which means it is much more stable for cooking.
Here's how to process bacon fat:
- Once you have cooked the bacon, remove it to a plate lined with kitchen paper.
- Line a fine-mesh sieve with another paper towel (you can also use a bag of walnut milk or cheesecloth) and pour the hot bacon fat over the sieve and into a glass jar.
- Note: It is important to use glass and not plastic as it will melt the plastic with hot bacon grease.
You can see in the photo above that I already had previous bacon grease in my glass jar that is opaque and lighter in color. When I have a new batch of bacon, I just pour it directly on top, then cover the jar and refrigerate it.
So what do I use my processed bacon fat for? Oh, almost everything. It is what I fry my eggs and how I give almost any meat. Also great for stir-fried or roasted vegetables to add depth and flavor.
Tasty recipes with crispy bacon
How to cook bacon in the oven (easy and crispy)
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 slices of bacon
Cooking bacon in the oven creates a perfectly crispy and delicious bacon. It's also super easy, creates less clutter, and lets you multitask in the kitchen. Watch the video above to see how easy it is!
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then place the bacon side by side on the tray and cook for 18-20 minutes or until it reaches the desired level of crispness.
Remove the tray from the oven and transfer the bacon with tongs to a plate lined with kitchen paper.
If you are processing the fat from the bacon, line a fine mesh screen with a paper towel. Then place the sieve on a glass storage container and pour the bacon fat from the leaf tray into the sieve.
Cover the glass storage container and place it in the refrigerator for future cooking needs.
- If you don't have a heavy-duty baking sheet, I recommend buying some. They never warp or bend in the oven!
- Please note that all ovens are cooked slightly differently. It's best to keep an eye on the bacon beyond the 10-minute mark so you can make sure it's cooked to your personal preference.
Serving size: 2 slices of bacon, Calories: 366 kcal, Carbs: 1 g, Protein: 11 g, Fat: 34 g, Saturated fat: 11 g, Cholesterol: 58 mg, Sodium: 582 mg, Potassium: 174 mg, Vitamin A : 35 IU, Iron: 0.4 mg