The Best Way to Cook Bacon

4.8 / 5 (4 reviews)

There are two excellent ways to cook bacon…

Microwave Bacon
The Best Oven Bacon

The best way to cook bacon!

The best way to cook bacon will depend on how much you are cooking and for what purpose. I mean, obviously the purpose would be to eat it. But are you eating it plain, crumbling it over something, just adding a few slices to a sandwich, etc?

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Growing up, I pretty much only saw bacon cooked in a skillet on the stove top. Add bacon to the fry pan, heat it up, watch out for hot grease, and flip away. If this is the method you prefer, then have at it. The results are great and you can control the level of crispness if you keep an eye on it.But you have to keep your eye on it nearly the whole time and grease tends to splatter and it’s a mess to clean up!

How to Cook Bacon in the Microwave

This method is great if you need 1-6 slices of cooked bacon and quickly. It is also a really hands-off way to go, which is nice so you can work on other things while it cooks. The amount of bacon you can cook at one time will depend on the size of your microwave-safe plate.

  • Line your microwave-safe plate with a few layers of paper towel, about 4 will work. (Or you can use newspaper as the bottom layers with paper towel as the top few layers.)
  • Place the bacon in a single layer on the paper towel-lined plate, then cover with 1 or 2 paper towels.
  • Microwave on high for 5 to 7 minutes, depending on how many pieces of bacon and how crispy you like it. No flipping needed.

I often use the microwave method if I am adding cooked, crumbled bacon to a recipe. NOTE: The bacon seems to shrink a bit more in the microwave and tends to be more on the crispy side.

Bacon cooked in the microwave

Any microwave-safe plate or tray will do, but you can also purchase trays made just for cooking bacon in the microwave, if you want to. My sister-in-law has one that she uses all the time!

cooking bacon in the microwave

How to Cook Bacon in the OvenOven-fried bacon

In my opinion, this method should be crowned as the overall best way! In the oven is great because you can cook a lot more bacon at one time. This method is also pretty hands-off, just rotate the pan once during baking. No flipping needed. Another nice advantage – the bacon cooks more evenly in the oven. You won’t get raw or burnt spots on the bacon, as you might on the stove top. Easy clean-up too!

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil.


3. Arrange bacon on the prepared baking sheet; the slices can overlap slightly, if needed.


4. Cook until fat begins to render, 5 to 6 minutes; rotate the pan.


5. Continue cooking until bacon is crisp and brown, 5 to 6 minutes for thin-cut, 8 to 10 minutes for thick-cut.

bacon in the oven

6. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Serve.


If cooking more than one pan of bacon at a time, switch the oven positions once about halfway through cooking to help with even baking. The amount of bacon you can cook at one time will vary depending on the size of your baking sheet and size of bacon slices. 


Easy clean up! I think this is my favorite part. Simply wait for grease to cool and harden ball up foil and throw in the trash. No soaking or scrubbing required! GENIUS!


Once cooked the bacon keeps in the fridge for a month or more. I like to cut a portion of mine with scissors in bulk and put in an air tight container. You can easily add the bacon to recipes; eggs, sandwiches, breakfast burritos, salads ect. You can also freeze your cooked bacon for longer storage.

You can reheat the bacon in a skillet or microwave if you want a quick reheat. Otherwise, I would use the same method in the oven, but for a shorter time since it is already cooked through.


This bacon was melt-in-your-mouth good. By the way, all of the bacon in my photos is Zaycon bacon!beautiful bacon cooked in the oven

It is not hard to control the level of crispiness, just check on it every once in a while toward the end. There is minimal bacon shrinkage too! I’m telling ya, if you haven’t tried cooking bacon this way yet, you need to. The oven-fried bacon is just as good, if not better, than the bacon cooked in the fry pan! Love it!


One more thing…

Have you seen the bacon image floating around saying that running bacon under cold water before cooking will reduce shrinking by 50%? Is that really true? Well, I decided to try it out. I noticed that the bacon rinsed in cold water maybe curled up a bit less, but I didn’t notice that big of a difference in shrinkage. Maybe my water wasn’t cold enough? I don’t know, but I don’t think I’ll spend any time rinsing bacon again.

This is the best way to cook bacon! Easy clean-up, even cooking, and no flipping.


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Oh my goodness. 🙂 Do you think we might like BACON?!

The Best Way to Cook Bacon

4.8 / 5 (4 reviews)
Prep Time: 3 minutes | Cook Time: 5-7 minutes
Yield: varies - about 4-8 slices | Serves: 1-3


  • Bacon
  • Paper towels
  • Microwave-safe plate or tray


  1. Line your microwave-safe plate with a few layers of paper towel, about 3-4 will work. (Or you can use newspaper as the bottom layers with paper towel as the top few layers.)
  2. Place the bacon in a single layer on the paper towels, then cover with 1 or 2 paper towels.
  3. Microwave on high for 5 to 7 minutes, depending on how many pieces of bacon and how crispy you like it.
Ingredients: Bacon, Pork
Meal Type: Breakfast, Popular, Tips, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Low Carb and Keto
Categories: Meat and Poultry, Oven

Comments & Reviews

  • Rebecca

    I only cook bacon in the microwave. Less fat and I like it crispy. I use paper plates to cook it on under the paper towels, not frugal but easy cleanup. I always cook a whole package at a time, from my freezer. I use 5-6 strips for my potato salad. then I use the rest for a breakfast/dinnner of french toast and bacon.

    • Melanie

      I love how easy and fast it is to cook bacon in the microwave! Love bacon in potato salad. Thanks for sharing your tips and know-how, Rebecca. 🙂

  • Phideaux

    Great how-to on cooking the greatest food in the world! My wife convinced me to start cooking in in the oven some time ago, and is truly the best way. However, I must take exception to one comment made here, “Once cooked the bacon keeps in the fridge for a month or more”. I don’t know how it goes in y’alls house, but around here cooked bacon lasts about 10 minutes. If it lasts a month, it’s only because someone hid it for later and forgot about it!

  • Laura

    Have you tried cooking it on the grill? That is our preferred method. We then keep it in the freezer and warm up a few pieces in the microwave when we want to eat it.

  • Denise

    Oh my. Thank you so much. Just prepared our first batch of oven bacon and I’m SOLD!!! So good. So much faster and less messy than frying in my electric skillet. Thanks so much!

  • Is the bacon left uncovered in the oven method?
    If so, then what keeps the grease from splattering all over the inside of the oven?

    • Hi Julie! You do not cover the bacon when cooking in the oven. Unlike stove top cooking, it doesn’t splatter all over. Another reason why baking it is so great!

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