Now that bacon is the new darling of the food world, some savvy (and lazy) cooks want to know how to cook bacon in the oven.
That’s right – no more standing over a hot frying pan! If you love bacon but are tired of babysitting it while you shift batch after batch for a large crowd, this article is for you.
It’s amazing how many ways people have come up with to incorporate this tasty, fatty, salty, umami flavor into such a wide variety of foods. They range from old standards like mashed potatoes to the simply weird, like ice cream and cupcakes.
Unfortunately, cooking bacon can be a real pain. It's time-consuming and messy, and sometimes dangerous, thanks spattering grease.
Luckily, you can shove it in the oven and walk away unscarred if you know the tricks of the trade. Read on to find out how to make perfect, and less dangerous bacon, right in your oven.
Why You Need to Learn How to Cook Bacon in the Oven
So many reasons! If you’re scrambling to get a whole meal together – like a special breakfast or brunch – it’s one less thing to worry about. You can cook enough for six or eight people at one time, so it will all still be hot when it's time to eat.
Once you learn how to cook bacon in the oven, you'll save your clothes and skin with less grease spatter and clumsy burns. And best of all, when you make it n the oven, it cooks flat instead of curling up around itself into knots.
How to Cook Bacon in the Oven
There are several techniques you can use to make scrumptious bacon in the oven, and they all depend on what kind of oven and bacon you use. Let’s start with the basics.
How to cook bacon in a conventional oven
There are two great techniques for cooking your bacon easily in your regular oven. How you set up the pan depends on how crispy you like your bacon.
The total cooking time to will depend on the thickness of bacon and your oven’s accuracy. If you like crispy bacon, buy thinly sliced bacon, because thicker bacon often burns before it gets crisp. Once done, drain on paper toweling.
Some other cool chef tricks for making bacon in the oven:
If you don’t have cooling racks, and still want crispier bacon, create an accordion grill out of aluminum foil. Place it on your baking sheet and lay the bacon strips on top to elevate them.
Keep your oven clean by covering the bacon with foil until the last few minutes. This keeps most of the grease spatter off the inside of your oven.
Let the pan cool down entirely for easier cleanup. You can even put it in the freezer or fridge for a few minutes to let the grease solidify. This makes it easier to roll up the aluminum foil and throw it away without any liquid grease spilling all over the kitchen.
How to cook bacon in a microwave oven
For making smaller batches, consider making bacon in your microwave. There are some who complain that this technique gives uneven results. But you can remedy that problem by only cooking small batches in the microwave.
You can make enough for one or two, which makes it the perfect technique for singles or couples. It’s also great for those with small kitchens, like those in studio apartments or dormitories.
Add Some Sugar and Spice
Now that you know the basic techniques for how to cook bacon in the oven, let's spice things up for a little variety. Try adding the following for an extra kick:
For those who like their bacon to bite back, there’s no need to buy expensive “peppered” bacon. The regular stuff will do, just add coarsely ground peppercorns before baking:
There's something about the flavor combination of sweet and salty that makes the human brain explode with pleasure.
Bacon candied in brown sugar and baked to perfection is sure to send your neural network spinning. And the name is completely appropriate because you’ll feel like you’re living the high life with this recipe:
You'll have ready-to-eat “candied” bacon after a few minutes. Remove and discard the parchment paper as soon as possible, so the hardened sugar doesn't glue it to your pan.
How to Make Bacon Cups in the Oven
Speaking of keto diets, these bacon cups are simply perfect for your low-carb lifestyle. Once they’re cool, they’re the ideal crispy container to fill with egg salad and other goodies.
How to Cook Eggs in the Oven
Now that you know how to cook bacon in the oven, why not make your eggs the same way. Here are a few techniques to try:
If you’ve ever made poached eggs in the classic way, you might not appreciate how easy this is. The traditional method involves creating a little whirlpool of boiling water while you coax one egg at a time to cook perfectly without falling apart. It’s a terrific bother and easy to ruin, which is why poached eggs aren’t the go-to breakfast anymore.
But if you’ve got a hankering for Eggs Benedict, try this quick tip for poaching eggs in the oven so you can whip up a big batch for the brunch crowd in no time at all.
Microwave oven-poached eggs
If you don't have room in your regular oven, then put your microwave to use with this quick tip for poached eggs in the microwave. You can only make one at a time, but they only take a minute to cook. Check out the easy directions in the video:
How to hard boil eggs in the oven
If you like your eggs hard-boiled, you can cook those in your oven too. Cook a whole dozen at a time for breakfast or save them for later for egg salad to stuff into those bacon cups.
Some people say baked hard boiled eggs peel a lot easier, too, which makes for perfect deviled eggs.
Make an Entire Breakfast in the Oven
If you love to entertain for brunch and hate standing in the kitchen, why not make the whole meal in the oven? Breakfast is a meal best served piping hot. But, trying to turn out four or five hot dishes at once can leave you in no mood for company. Here are some ideas for cooking the whole meal in just your oven (with a little help from your microwave).
Bacon and eggs breakfast bake
Did you know you can fry eggs in the oven? This recipe features fried eggs, tiny smoked sausages, and bacon. The seasonings and tomato add for a sweet and tart tang.
Baked ricotta and thyme eggs
These are perfect for entertaining on a special occasion. Elegant and delicious, this is also a keto-friendly dish that’s sure to impress.
Baked orange French toast
If you’re not following any kind of diet, you need to try this delicious recipe. Not only is it simply delicious, it’s a great way to use up stale bread. And it goes great with bacon in the oven, too.
Now You Know How to Cook Bacon in the Oven
Plus, a few other oven techniques for delicious breakfast dishes. There’s no reason to stand over a hot stove while frying up batches of bacon, getting splattered with grease, while your favorite silk pajamas start to smell like a smokehouse.
Cook bacon, eggs, and other breakfast dishes in your conventional and microwave oven, instead.
While they bake, grab a mimosa and chat with your guests. Just relax while the oven does the dirty work. Then dig in and enjoy.