For perfectly crispy bacon in the oven, arrange the bacon on a wire rack, and cook in a 350°F oven for 20 minutes. Bacon cooks more evenly in the oven at a lower temperature.
Many recipes for bacon in the oven will instruct you to cook bacon at 400°F. This is not bad advice, but from experience, bacon cooks much more evenly when baked in the oven at a lower temperature of 350°F.
A lower temperature is also more forgiving. At a higher temperature, bacon tends to burn quite easily. One moment it’s slightly underdone, five minutes later the edges are burnt.
Baking the bacon at 350°F also enables you to use parchment paper rather than foil, if you’re concerned about exposing your food to aluminum.
I like my bacon crispy, so I arrange it on stainless steel wire racks that I got on Amazon (I do line the pan with foil for easier cleanup).
For crispy bacon, I find that 20 minutes at 350°F is ideal, although you could bake even longer if you like your bacon super crispy. If you like your bacon a little soft, try 15 minutes.
When cooking bacon in the oven, there’s no need to flip the bacon strips midway through baking. They will cook beautifully and evenly, especially if you use a lower temperature and a wire rack.
As for how much bacon you can cook in the oven, one baking sheet fits one 8oz package of bacon, or 8 slices. If you need to cook more bacon, use two or three baking sheets.
Cooking bacon in the oven is so much easier than pan frying, I’m astounded that most packages of bacon still give pan frying instructions as the first option. I haven’t fried bacon in years. Perhaps it makes sense to pan fry if you cook 2-3 slices, but for anything more than that, cooking bacon in the oven is best.
By the way, if you can find pork belly slices at the store, those are also wonderful when baked in the oven, although they do take more time, since they are much thicker than bacon.
Watch the video to see how to cook bacon in the oven:
- 8 oz bacon (about 8 strips)
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and fit it with a wire rack.
- Arrange the bacon slices in a single layer on the wire rack.
- Bake until bacon is as crispy as you want it. I bake 20 minutes.
- Place briefly on paper towels, then serve.