Crispy Oven Bacon

crispy oven bacon;

crispy oven bacon;

Crispy Oven Bacon

Yield: 2 to 4  |  Total time: 20 min
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Easy, crispy oven bacon recipe
Easy, crispy oven bacon recipe

Every time someone suggests BLTs, I tend to moan and groan, envisioning the fat-splattered stove top and surrounding areas.  As much as I love bacon, I have to be in the mood to get splattered and greased.  I finally decided to try the oven-baking method and, I am happy to report that it works. And the mess is minimal compared to the stove-top method.

I prefer my bacon limber, chewy, thicker-cut, preferably Niman Ranch's uncured applewood smoked.  You can cook the bacon right on the aluminum foil, which renders crispy edges with a chewier center.  If you prefer your bacon extra crispy, place it on a metal cooling rack on top of the foil. 

This is a basic oven bacon recipe. For more ways with bacon, try these recipes: Maple and Black Pepper Bacon from; Crunchy Asian Pea Salad with Honeyed Bacon from Food and Wine; Cast Iron Roasted Peaches with Bacon, Bleu Cheese and Rosemary from Alaska From Scratch; and Tomato-Bacon Jam from


    • 1 pound bacon
    • Equipment: rimmed sheet pan, aluminum foil, metal cooling rack (optional)


    1. Preheat oven to 400°.
    2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Place bacon directly on the foil or, for crispier bacon, set a metal cooling rack over foil and place bacon on top of rack.
    3. Cook for about 20 minutes or until bacon is cooked to your liking. 

    Date Published: September 16, 2014

    All recipes have been tested by the Test Kitchens unless otherwise noted.

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