While I generally try to eat healthy, bacon is one of life’s little luxuries that I still like to enjoy in moderation. However, if you fry bacon in the oven it is a huge improvement over frying it in a pan. Ever since I discovered this method, I’ve been eating a lot more bacon (which is both a good thing and a bad thing)!
So why should you fry bacon in the oven instead of in a pan on the stove top?
1. The bacon comes out more uniformly cooked. If you fry bacon in the oven, it allows for each strip to be cooked evenly (especially if you turn the pan 180 degrees half way through as I suggest below).
2. It makes it easier to multitask. When you fry bacon in the oven you can make the rest of your breakfast on the stove top (such as eggs, pancakes, etc.) without having to juggle multiple frying pans. You don’t have to keep turning the bacon. In fact you don’t have to touch the bacon at all. Also, it gives you a little more of a time buffer before it burns if you can’t get to it right away because your busy scrambling those eggs.
3. There is no mess! If you line the baking pan with foil there is no mess to clean up after you are finished. No grease-filled frying pan to clean. The bacon grease won’t splatter all over your stove top (the primary reason I didn’t make it very often before discovering this method) or onto your clothes. No bacon grease burns, either!
4. The texture of the bacon is better. Bacon fried in the oven has a crispy outside but is still chewy in the middle. The great debate over crunchy vs. chewy bacon is over! Oven-fried bacon is the best of both worlds!
So how do you fry bacon in the oven?
The instructions below assume the use of thick-cut bacon (because why would you use anything else???). Cooking times may vary from oven to oven and from bacon to bacon.
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil and line a plate with paper towels.
3. Lay the strips of bacon flat on the baking pan with a little space between each strip (no overlap).
4. Once the oven is preheated, put the bacon in the oven and set the timer for 8 minutes.
5. When the timer goes off, turn the pan 180 degrees (to ensure even cooking) and return it to the oven (start making the rest of your breakfast now).
6. Check the bacon every few minutes until it reaches desired doneness (usually about 8 more minutes). Pull it out sooner if you like it floppier or leave it in a little longer if you like it crispier.
7. When the bacon is cooked to your liking, take the baking pan out of the oven. Use a pair of tongs or a fork to move each strip to the paper towel-lined plate to drain the grease. Enjoy!