Really easy crispy bacon

Making perfect crispy bacon at home is really simple. Follow these steps and you’ll have perfect bacon every time (and even better it’s really easy and takes almost no effort!).

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Making perfect crispy bacon at home is really simple. Follow these steps and you'll have perfect bacon every time (and even better it's really easy and takes almost no effort!).

I love bacon, it’s so versatile. I’ll happily eat it for breakfast lunch or dinner (I have seen a few recipes about that also use it in cakes but that’s a step further than I’ve gone so far – although you never know!).

The problem is that I always seem to cook it to go along with lots of other things (especially if I’m making a cooked breakfast) so I don’t have time to keep an eye on it in the frying pan whilst juggling the eggs, beans, toast, tea… you get the idea.

So I started cooking it in the oven. There’s a few advantages to doing it this way…

  1. It takes no effort – put it in, take it out – that’s about it.
  2. It doesn’t need lots of attention – perfect when you’re cooking lots of things at the same time.
  3. It always turns out really nicely.

Making perfect crispy bacon at home is really simple. Follow these steps and you'll have perfect bacon every time (and even better it's really easy and takes almost no effort!).

If you’re making a cooked breakfast you should also take a look at my guides to making perfect poached eggs and a healthy fried egg.

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Really Easy Crispy Bacon

Making perfect crispy bacon at home is really simple. Follow these steps and you’ll have perfect bacon every time (and even better it’s really easy and takes almost no effort!).
Active Time 1 minute
Total Time 16 minutes

Ingredients

  • Streaky bacon as much or as little as you need

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan.
  • Lay out the bacon on a baking tray. Make sure that the rashers aren't overlapping.
  • Put into the oven and cook for 15 minutes until crispy.
  • Remove from the oven and serve.

Notes

Have you tried this recipe? Please leave a comment and rating at the bottom of the page to let others know what you thought.

Have you tried this recipe?Please leave a comment and rating at the bottom of the page to let others know what you thought.
Any nutritional information shown is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.

Free From/Suitable For…

The ingredients I used to make this recipe are all free from the following allergens. However, please check any labels carefully for allergens you need to avoid as brands can vary and product recipes can change over time.

  • Gluten-Free
  • Egg-Free
  • Dairy-Free
  • Tree Nut-Free
  • Peanut-Free
  • Sesame-Free
  • Soya-Free
  • Sulphur Dioxide & Sulphite-Free
  • Fish-Free
  • Crustacean-Free
  • Mollusc-Free
  • Celery-Free
  • Mustard-Free
  • Lupin-Free

Making perfect crispy bacon at home is really simple. Follow these steps and you’ll have perfect bacon every time (and even better it’s really easy and takes almost no effort!).

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17 Comments:

  1. I cook mine in the oven also but rather than allowing them to cook in the grease I use one of my metal racks that one uses to cool the cake layers on before putting their cake together. This way the grease drops into the pan & the strips are not as greasy. They still come out looking just like Charlotte’s look! It might be the oven I use but it takes mine about 19 minutes to cook. When using the cake rack to cook them on , I place the strips going across the width of the rack & not lengthwise. I also overlap the strips by the smallest fraction of an inch, not even 1/4 of an inch. This way I can get 11 or 12 strips on my rack depending on the bacon width, if need be & they do separate as they cook. One other thing, having grown up in the southern portion of America, I save my bacon drippings & keep them in the refrigerator as I use them to season vegetables like fresh green beans or a pot of dried beans. I know, I can hear the gasps of all who yell about fat & cholesteral, but the flavor is worth it & one doesn’t use that much of the drippings to season a pot of beans or any other vegetable that you might like to season this way!

  2. So easy – who knew?! I make bacon sandwiches now when I get in from lectures.

  3. Crispy bacon looks so delicious but too high-calorie for me. I don’t eat fried meat cause of trans fats:( Anyway i note your recipe to cooking book and definitely will prepare it for my husband)

  4. My wife’s favorite food is Bacon Sandwich toast. I thought of surprising her on Valentine’s Day, but it failed. Hope I would give a perfect crispy bacon on her birthday which falls on March 5 🙂

    • That’s a shame, it maybe your over operates at a slightly different temperature to mine. Perhaps try leaving in for a bit longer to see if that helps.

  5. I also cook my bacon in the oven, but I pre-heat my oven to 400 degrees and after turning my bacon pieces in a flour mixture lightly salted and peppered, I put them on a baking sheet & cook for about 20 minutes or until the desired crispness. No need to turn over, just check at about the 17 minute mark to make sure they are not too crisp. I prefer crispy and these are fantastic. I have never done it in the oven without the flour as it seems to keep the “splatter” down. Yours is at 200 degrees, so I’m wondering how crisp the bacon would get in the same amount of time.

    • I’ve not tried them coated in flour before, it sounds lovely. Do you mean 400F? I cook at 200C which is about the same as 400F.

  6. Very happy for this new way to bake bacon! Notice other people are telling you about OTHER ways to make it. Appreciate your way, never did it that way. Your way is what this is about and my thanks!

  7. When I seen this I just knew that you discovered the easy way to cook bacon. I started doing this over a year ago. I love it. Don’t have to keep an eye on it like you do on top of the stove.

  8. Cooking it in the microwave is even quicker and doesn’t heat up the
    kitchen on hot summer days, but I will admit it’s tricky- it can burn
    fast, so you have to watch it carefully. I like to lay my pieces on paper
    towel as well; it really cooks nice and not so greasy.

    • Charlotte Oates

      Thanks for the tip. Ive not tried it in the microwave before so I’ll have to give it a try. It turns out brilliantly in the oven but it would be good to have another way for when I’m in a bit of a hurry.

  9. Want fast bacon with 5 minutes plus heat up? Use you George Foreman Grill with drip tray heated up to 200 Celsius and cook thick bacon 4 -5 minutes and drain on a paper towel and serve while everyone else is still watching the oven

    • Charlotte Oates

      That’s a great suggestion. Unfortunately I don’t have a George Foreman grill so I’m going to stick to cooking it in the oven.

  10. I have been cooking bacon in the oven about two years now. I just decided to try it one morning because I didn’t want to stand over the frying pan watching it…solo I started cooking it in the oven.

    • Charlotte Oates

      It so simple isn’t it! I’ve always got other things on the go when I cook bacon so it’s nice to have one less thing to worry about, with the added benefit that it comes out brilliantly each time. Everyone should try it 🙂

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