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Learn how long to cook bacon in the oven with this handy guide! We also cover tips on how to cook bacon easily including temperature, cuts, tips and tricks. Whether you prefer crispy or chewy oven baked bacon, read on for all the tips you need!
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How to Cook Bacon in Oven

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How Long to Bake Bacon, How to Bake Bacon, Oven Baked Bacon
Servings: 8
Calories: 534kcal
Author: Cindy



  • 2 pounds bacon any type
  • nonstick cooking spray recommended when using a rack


  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment. If using a wire rack, place it on top and spritz several times with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Arrange the bacon slices in the pan or on rack in a single layer with no overlap.
  • Place the pan in the oven and turn it on to 400°F (or whatever temp you are using) with convection or forced air on if available.
  • Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until it reaches your desired doneness (note that thick cuts will take 2 to 4 minutes more). Meanwhile, line a large plate with a double layer of paper towel and set aside.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and transfer the bacon to the prepared plate, dabbing with paper towels to remove excess fat as desired before serving.


  • Storage and Reheating: Leftover cooked bacon will last for up to 3-5 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can also freeze cooked bacon for up to 3 months. Reheat in the microwave for 30-60 seconds on High power.
  • Parchment vs Foil: You can line your baking sheet with parchment or foil for easy cleanup, although parchment is a greener option that's slightly easier to work with in my opinion.
  • Grease: You can save bacon grease for later use in a mason jar with a tight-fitting lid. If you wish to discard, always put grease in the garbage as it will plug your drain.


Calories: 534kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 1947mg | Potassium: 572mg | Vitamin A: 42IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg