How to Make Perfect Bacon – 3 Ways

Here’s 3 foolproof ways to make bacon. If you struggle making perfect bacon, try one of these easy methods. You won’t regret it.

bacon ready to eat

We all love Bacon. Everything tastes better with Bacon right? I got a t-shirt that says it does. But what I have come to find out is that not everyone knows how to cook bacon properly. So I am now sharing with you How to Make Perfect Bacon – 3 Ways.

There are probably more than 3 ways to cook bacon but I am going to focus on the 3 easiest ways: fry it, bake it and microwave it. Each method requires a different approach so I am going to share all three methods with you.

I know that some like their bacon super crispy while others like their bacon on the “softer” side. It really depends on what you are using the bacon for.

It will be up to you to experiment a bit with the times listed on the recipe card below to find what you are looking for but the cook times I am listing below is a great starting point.

If you’ve ever wondered what part of the pig Bacon comes from check out the picture below. Surprised?

Pork Cuts Diagram

#1 – How to Bake Bacon

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Arrange Bacon on the baking sheet.
Bake for 18 to 25 minutes at 400°F. You do not need to preheat the oven.

raw bacon going into the oven
Cooking Bacon 3 Ways
bacon fresh out of the oven

#2 – How to Microwave Bacon

Cover a plate with paper towels and line up bacon strips. Cover with more paper towels and micro on high for approximately 60 seconds per strip. So if you plated 5 bacon strips then you will need to microwave for at least 5 minutes.

raw bacon on papertowels

#3 – How to Fry Bacon

Place bacon strips in a cold skillet and cook on both sides over medium heat. If you need crumbled bacon, dice before frying.

Cooking Bacon 3 Ways

Show me how the Bacon turns out

My favorite way of making bacon is frying it. I guess I am just old school. It can get a little messy but if you start cooking the bacon with a cold skillet you will get less splatter. Anyways, this is what the fried bacon looks like:

Cooking Bacon 3 Ways

The advantage of baking your bacon is it’s less messy. Especially if you line the baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

Once done baking the bacon, let the sheet cool and simply toss the parchment or foil in the trash. Here’s what baked bacon looks like after 16 minutes in my oven:

Cooking Bacon 3 Ways

And probably my least favorite way of making bacon is in the microwave. Not that it tastes bad or anything but I am just not a fan of using the microwave for anything. Personal preference.

Important to note that you need to microwave the bacon for about 60 seconds for EACH bacon strip. This is what I got after roughly 6 minutes in the micro:

Cooking Bacon 3 Ways

Air Fryer Method

I recently posted on how to make Bacon in the Air Fryer. I realize that some of you may not have an air fryer yet but for those who do, check out my Air Fryer Bacon post.

So now that you know How to Make Perfect Bacon – 3 Ways, check out all the recipes you can make with bacon like my Turkey Bacon Ranch Sliders or my Bacon Jalapeño Popper Cheesy Bread.

For more great recipes with Bacon, I suggest you check these recipes out:

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How to Make Perfect Bacon

How to Make Perfect Bacon – 3 Ways

Here's 3 foolproof ways to make bacon. If you struggle making perfect bacon, try one of these easy methods. You won't regret it.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 473 kcal

Equipment

  • Skillet
  • Baking Sheet
  • Microwave

Ingredients
 

  • 1 lb Bacon

Instructions
 

How to Bake Bacon
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Arrange Bacon on the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 18 to 25 minutes at 400F. You do not need to preheat the oven.
How to Microwave Bacon
  • Cover a plate with paper towels and line up bacon strips. Cover with more paper towels and micro on high for 60 seconds per strip.
How to Fry Bacon
  • Place bacon strips in a cold skillet and fry on both sides over medium heat. If you need crumbled bacon, dice before frying

Notes

→ 1 lb of bacon equals 12 to 16 slices if using thick cut and 16 to 20 slices if using thin cut bacon.
→ If you are wrapping bacon around other food, always use thin cut bacon
→ Always drain your cooked bacon on paper towels to absorb all the extra grease
→ Line baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup

Nutrition

Calories: 473kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 14gFat: 45gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 751mgPotassium: 225mgVitamin A: 42IUCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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2 Comments

  1. Ron says:

    I tried all three ways to cook bacon and liked them all, but my favorite one was the oven method. I could put it in the oven and not have to bother about it until the desired time. But that’s just a preference of mine

  2. Marjorie says:

    I love bacon, but always had troubles getting it right. This is just the recipe I needed to make sure it always came out the way I like it. Bravo to the chef for posting this.