3 Steps to Perfect Bacon

Making perfect bacon is easier than you might think. I used to make bacon in the microwave but it made a giant mess that was difficult to clean. When I was a dietitian working in food service, I learned about baking bacon and I will never go back to the microwave.



When it comes to the most perfectly crispy, evenly cooked bacon you really can’t beat cooking bacon in the oven. But it’s amazing how many people have never tried it. It seems the stovetop reigns supreme.

Today I’ll share with you why you should change your habits and cook bacon in the oven. And trust me, once you cook bacon in the oven, you’ll never cook it on the stovetop again!

Cooking bacon on the stove creates splatters all over your stove top and produces hot spots on the pan. This means certain pieces of bacon may cook faster than others. And it’s why you might have some bacon slices that accidentally charcoal a bit too much while other slices are still undercooked.

Cooking bacon in the oven cooks all of your bacon slices evenly as the heat surrounds them. They slowly sizzle, don’t splatter and end up evenly cooked. It’s a beautiful thing.


The best way to cook American-Style bacon is to cook in the oven on a rimmed sheet pan.

  • Line baking sheet with non-stick aluminum foil or parchment paper, lay desired number of pieces and put in cold oven.
  • Turn oven on and set to 425 degrees F. Bake for 15-20 minutes depending on thickness.
  • Transfer cooked bacon to paper-towel lined platter.

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