Tired of a messy, grease-splattered stove top? Use this method to bake bacon in the oven and say goodbye to greasy messes!
This method for baking bacon in the oven will leave you with delicious bacon and a clean stovetop every time!
I spent years cooking bacon in a pan on top of the stove. It makes a greasy mess, no matter what you do. I tried splatter guards, lids, different pans, all to no avail.
Once you’ve figured out how to bake bacon in the oven, you’ll probably decide never to go back to the splattery, messy ways of your past. It’s so simple, and doesn’t require you to watch the bacon while it cooks – you can work on something else entirely while its in there getting crispy!
Now, wether you’re making your own bacon or using storebought bacon, the method is the same.
Just know that store bought bacon will be cut a bit thinner than you will be able to slice homemade bacon, so it will cook a bit faster.
How to cook bacon in the oven
Preheat the oven to 400° .
Start with a baking sheet (or two, depending on how much bacon you’re cooking!) These Nordic Baking Sheets are my absolute favorite.
Lay your bacon strips or sausage patties out in a single layer, leaving just a little bit of space between each.
How long should the bacon cook
Place the baking sheet on a middle rack in the oven and bake for 7-10 minutes, then flip over and bake for 5-7 more minutes.
(This is largely going to depend on how much bacon you’re cooking, how thinly it is sliced, and how crispy you like it- make sure you keep an eye on it the first couple of times you try it to learn how quickly your oven bakes your bacon!)
What to do with leftover bacon grease
Allow the grease to cool a bit, then pour it into a jar and store it in the fridge for later. It’s perfect for sautéing up some veggies!
I can’t recommend these NordicWare baker’s half sheets enough. I’ve had them for years now, and they stand up to anything.
They’re not non-stick, so you don’t have to worry about scrubbing them down – I use a sponge or scrubby and a dash of Bar Keeper’s Friend, and they’re good as new. No warping, no flimsy, no grime you just can’t get off.
Here’s to eating more bacon!
- bacon, sausage, or both!
- baking sheet
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- Place bacon slices and/or sausage patties on a baking sheet, spaced a few inches apart.
- Place the baking sheet on a middle rack in the oven and bake for 7-10 minutes, then flip sausage and bacon over and bake for 5-7 more minutes. (This is largely going to depend on how much bacon you're cooking, how thinly it is sliced, and how crispy you like it- make sure you keep an eye on it the first couple of times you try it to learn how quickly your oven bakes your bacon!)
- Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly, then remove from pan and serve.
Don't forget to reserve that bacon grease while it's still liquid, then cook up some veggies in it later! Mmmm.
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