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How to Bake Bacon in the Oven

A clever technique to crisp bacon and rein in spatter, all in one swoop, oven baked bacon is so easy and takes all the messiness out of frying bacon at home. Baking bacon in the oven is the busy home cook’s shortcut to perfectly cooked bacon!

Oven baked bacon - baking bacon in the oven creates perfectly crisp bacon!

SoupAddict loves the Interwebs for many reasons, including the ability to connect with people who are much smarter than she. Despite the fact that SoupAddict regularly prepares bacon for various dishes, including soups and sandwiches, it has never once crossed her soup-addled mind to put the bacon in the oven. It’s enough to make SoupAddict kick herself in the bee-hind with her heel.

Then, SoupAddict read this blog, where the thing with the bacon in the oven was mentioned (about a third of the way down), and SoupAddict ran to her kitchen, squealing like a school girl, and grabbed a pan and some bacon, and lo and behold, a half hour later, there was !bacon!, crisp and perfect, and angels sang and puppies frolicked and butterflies swarmed. SoupAddict’s kitchen smelled wonderful, and SoupAddict happily ate all three slices.

The whole exercise also brought to SoupAddict’s mind some distant memory of bacon dredged in flour, which spurred SoupAddict to squeal and make another batch of !bacon! (same angelic, puppic and butterflyly activities), only coated in flour and spices. SoupAddict’s house smelled like bacon for hours, and SoupAddict happily ate all three slices of delicious pepper-crisped bacon.

But then, when everything was said and done, SoupAddict got the best surprise of all, which you’ll have to wait until the end of the post to learn about.

(For those of you who don’t watch news on TV, this technique is called a “teaser,” which is unofficially defined as a completely unnecessary delay in the sharing of knowledge for the purpose of manipulating the viewing audience into doing what they’re likely to forget they were the slightest bit interested in doing 5 seconds later anyway. Hm, what were we talking about?)

Flour dredge for oven baked bacon

Okay. First, add flour or fine corn meal to a big plate. Then grind lots of fresh black pepper and stir, if you’re a fresh pepper kind of person.

You can also add a sprinkle of garlic powder or onion powder. Or brush the bacon strips with maple syrup first. Really, anything that sounds good.

Preparing the pan for oven baked bacon

Cover a rimmed pan completely with foil. Here, SoupAddict is exhibiting some latent OCD traits by fashioning a sort of drainage ditch, which will allow the bacon grease to drain down the center of the pan out to the edges.

Not required, unless you are similarly latently OCD’ed. (Or, even easier, just lay an oven-proof cooling rack in the foil-covered pan, and place the bacon on the rack, although clean-up will not be quite as easy as with foil.)

Dredging bacon strips in flour

Lay a slice of bacon into the flour mixture; then flip over. No need to really drag the slice through the flour: you don’t want a breaded coating, just a dusting.

Dredging bacon strips through flour

SoupAddict’s right hand wasn’t doing anything particularly useful, so she put it work.

Two-fisted bacon coating action: bacon akimbo!

Flour dusted bacon strip

You can see that the slices are not thickly coated – just dusted – with flour.

The goal here is to help set the crispy outsides of the bacon slices once they’re fully cooked.

Flour dusted bacon strips on foil-lined pan

Arrange the slices on the pan. If you’re baking the entire pound, just scootch the slices closer together.

Baked bacon holds its straight shape wonderfully with minimal curling.

Oven baked bacon

10 minutes in: the fat is only just starting to render — not quite “done” enough to my preferences.

But the kitchen is definitely starting to smell divine.

Oven baked bacon

20 minutes in: now we’re talkin’. The bacon is browning and juicing up nicely.

Oven baked bacon

The tong test reveals a slice that is only slightly bendy. If you like bacon that’s just short of crisp, this slice is for you.

Here … take it. Go on, take it. Well, alright, if you’re going to be that way, then it’ll just go back on the pan.

Oven baked bacon

25 minutes in: the slices have produced the familiar fat foam, which indicates to SoupAddict that they’re done to her bacon-lovin’ tastes.

Time to dig in!

Crispy oven baked bacon, ready to eat!

SoupAddict likes her bacon crispy, and not one little bit blackened (except for the black pepper flakes, which are black). Perfectly browned, with a snap! when you bend it.

Oven baked bacon

Blot with paper towels.

Is there a piece in there that’s significantly shorter than the others? Why, SoupAddict has no idea [crunch] what you’re talking about [nom nom nom].

Oven baked bacon

Now to the teaser. Why the foil, you might ask? You’re used to scrubbing out the bacon skillet, so what’s the big deal with the pan? SoupAddict will now tell you.

Pay attention. This could be complicated. It’s nothing like cleaning a grease-burned skillet. No, sir. This is a secret passed from generation to generation, now shared with you:

Pull up all the edges of the foil rectangle, untucking them from the pan edges if you tucked them under.

Oven baked bacon

Gather up the edges to form a pouch, like a drawstring bag, being careful not to tip the bundle over.

Oven baked bacon

Gently twist the top half to seal everything in. Open garbage can lid. Drop in grease packet. Put spotless pan away. Go eat some bacon.

Didja get all that? Yeah. SoupAddict thought you would.

Karen xo

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Burn Your Bacon No More - Bake It

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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: Karen Gibson


  • flour or corn meal enough to cover a plate or small pan
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • bacon pork or turkey


  • Pre-heat oven to 350°
  • Lightly dredge bacon slice through flour, then repeat on other side. Arrange on foil-covered, rimmed baking pan. Repeat with remaining slices.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes, until the slices reach desired crispness. Transfer to plate and blot with paper towels.
Nutritional information, if shown, is provided as a courtesy only, and is not to be taken as medical information or advice. The nutritional values of your preparation of this recipe are impacted by several factors, including, but not limited to, the ingredient brands you use, any substitutions or measurement changes you make, and measuring accuracy.
Recipe Rating

Karen L

Saturday 3rd of February 2024

This is the best tasting bacon I have ever eaten! It did take about 35 minutes to cook, probably because I had thick cut bacon. It was a very easy clean up. I put pepper and garlic in the flour.

Karen - SoupAddict

Saturday 3rd of February 2024

Thank you for trying it and stopping back to let me know how it went!


Wednesday 22nd of November 2023

Just tried this. Heard Gomer Pyle did this on the show back in the day. Do you find it takes away some of the bacon taste? I did with and without and there definitely less flavor.

Karen - SoupAddict

Wednesday 22nd of November 2023

Gomer Pyle? Lol wth. I don’t think it takes away from the flavor and it gives a better texture. I believe america’s test kitchen eventually started doing it this way. But everyone has their own tastes!

Diana G

Sunday 18th of June 2023

You wasted the best part. Never throw away the bacon grease. Pour into a mason jar. Use to fry potatoes, add flavor to vegs, add to anything you would use butter in. Enjoy true flavor. Fyi: it will keep on the top of the stove. Add more as you make it.

Patty A.

Friday 28th of April 2023

I used 2 pans and switched pans at half way time. My bacon was thick cut and 30 minutes was perfect. It shrunk less and did not curl up. When I was preparing my bacon my husband said, why are you dipping the bacon in flour. I said hopefully it will shrink and curl less. Thank you so much for recipe. I will never fry my bacon again.


Thursday 12th of May 2022

Delicious! Plus an added bonus if you're a real bacon fat chef, as in yummy breakfast fried potatoes, when you carefully make that little pouch of foil when all is done, hold that pouch over your bacon fat jar or can and allow it to drain. No more messy pouring fat from pan to jar.


Thursday 12th of May 2022

That’s a great tip! :)