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How to Cook Bacon in the Oven (No Rack!)

Perfectly cooked crispy bacon in the oven. This oven bacon recipe shows steps to use a foil lined baking sheet, and my #1 trick to keeping your oven clean. Also, how I like to save the bacon grease.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Breakfast, dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten free, how to cook bacon in the oven
Servings: 4
Calories: 43kcal


  • 8-9 Slices bacon


  • See Notes to find out a different technique to keep your oven completely clean while cooking bacon in the oven!
  • Lay the raw bacon out on a sheet pan without a rack.  Place in the middle of the oven and turn the oven on to 400F.  Cook the bacon until crisp, about 20 minutes (or until it is done to your liking) Remove from the oven and drain the bacon on a plate lined with paper towels.



  1. PARCHMENT PAPER OR FOIL - You can line your baking sheet with a wire rack, parchment paper, or foil.  The parchment paper and foil will aid with cleanup and the wire rack will help you avoid draining on paper towels.
  2. STORE COOKED BACON - Store leftover bacon in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  3. FREEZE COOKED BACON -  Cook as much bacon as you like according to the above directions and let cool.  Line a sheet pan with wax paper or parchment paper and place the bacon on the pan in a single layer.  Continue with the paper and a layer of bacon up to 3 thick.  Place in the freezer and freeze for 2 hours.  Transfer the frozen bacon to a freezer bag or container and keep frozen for up to 3 months.  TO SERVE: microwave for 30 seconds and serve.
  4. NO MESSY OVEN -   You guys I have a massive trick to keeping the bacon from popping grease all over your oven!  If you are a conservationist, i'm sorry.  I bought a shiny new oven and I did not want to mess it up with bacon grease like my old oven.  So this is what I do now.
    I place the bacon on the baking sheet and then I cover the bacon with parchment paper.  I cook the bacon at 350F until it is crispy.  This takes about 30-40 minutes at 350.  I've been doing this for over a month and my oven is still spotless!


Serving: 1slice cooked | Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.1g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3.3g | Saturated Fat: 1.1g