How to Cook Bacon in the Oven


  • raw bacon


  • Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, aluminum foil, or a silicone baking mat. Make sure the baking sheet has a lip (the lip is important as this prevents too much splattering as well as contains the bacon fat as it renders off the meat).
  • Place the raw bacon slices on the lined baking sheet. You can overlap them a tiny bit if necessary to make as many fit as possible.
  • Put the sheet pan in the oven. Allow to bake for 15 minutes or more. How long it takes depends on how well your oven works, how thick the bacon slices are, and how well done you want the bacon to be (floppy vs. crispy). After baking for the initial 15 minutes, continue to bake the bacon in 1 or 2 minute increments until it reaches the desired doneness.
  • Pull the sheet pan from the oven then carefully remove the bacon with heat safe tongs and place the slices on a paper towel or cloth towel lined plate so the excess fat drains off. Allow to rest for 3 to 5 minutes and enjoy!