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Cooked bacon strips on a baking sheet.

How to Fry Bacon

Once you bring home that bacon, don’t just fry it up in a pan—you have options! Learn how to fry bacon in the oven, which leaves you with a sparkling clean kitchen. That means more bacon, more often, for everyone!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 (2 slices each)
Calories 267kcal



To fry bacon in the oven:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil for easy clean up. Set a rack on top if using.
  • Arrange the bacon in a single layer. Bake until bacon is cooked to your desired doneness (start checking at 10 minutes; I usually bake it for about 15 minutes).
  • Remove from oven and drain on paper towels.

To fry bacon on the stove:

  • In a cold skillet, arrange bacon in a single layer (don't let it overlap too much). Turn the skillet to medium heat and cook, flipping the pieces often to promote even browning, until they reach your desired doneness (8 to 15 minutes).
  • Remove from skillet and drain on paper towels.



Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 974mg | Potassium: 286mg | Vitamin A: 21IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg