Have you ever wondered How to Cook Crispy Bacon? I’ve got the secret for perfectly cooked bacon in the oven.. and it requires only ONE ingredient! We’ll also go over how to get crispy bacon in the microwave and in a pan.
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Let’s be real.. who DOESN’T love bacon?! Especially when it’s super crispy bacon that is whole30 / paleo friendly (and of course served up alongside some eggs and our favorite Crispy Sheet Pan Roasted Potatoes!)
Crispy bacon is one of everyone’s favorite breakfast foods and today I’m going to share how you can cook the crispiest bacon EVER.
I mean seriously… like how are you not drooling just looking at that?! While we don’t eat bacon all the time, it is something we usually enjoy once or twice a week with our meals.
Typically bacon is loaded with fat and has all kind of funky ingredients, so you might be wondering what bacon to buy?
What is the best bacon?
Personally, we think Butcher Box has the best bacon. They use Pederson’s farm bacon which has no added sugar (so it’s paleo and whole30 bacon!). They have a deal going on right now – click here to check it out!
The bacon comes from pork that is raised humanely, vegetarian fed, and has no antibiotics ever. If you’re curious about Butcher Box you can read my Butcher Box Review.
Ok, now let’s get into how to cook crispy bacon. This is going to blow your mind with how easy it is. Here’s what you’ll need to make crispy bacon:
I told you this was going to be easy, right?!
How to cook crispy bacon in the oven:
Cooking crispy bacon in the oven is the best way. There is no splattering and it gets crispy every time!
Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 + prepare a lined baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay bacon on parchment paper. Make sure the pieces are not overlapping, but they can be very close together (they will shrink)
You do not need to cook your bacon on a rack to get it crispy.. it’s unnecessary and creates more dishes!
Step 2: Bake the bacon for 10 minutes, flip with tongs and bake for additional 10 mins. Ta da- crispy bacon!!
Doesn’t it look amazing?!! No floppy gross bacon here! If you like your bacon a little less greasy you can lay it on a paper towel after it’s come out of the oven to help absorb excess grease.
Why cooking bacon in the oven is the best:
When you bake your bacon, you get perfectly crispy bacon every single time. Here’s what we love about it:
- No splattering: When you cook bacon in the oven you avoid it splattering all over your stove/kitchen
- No watching: When you cook bacon in a pan, you have to watch to make sure it doesn’t get burnt.
- Cooks perfectly: No half done mushy bacon on one end and crispy bacon on the other. All of the bacon gets perfectly crispy!
How to cook crispy bacon in microwave:
I would recommend cooking bacon in the microwave because it never gets as crispy or that yummy oven roasted flavor.
If you really don’t want to be bothered with your oven, you can just place your bacon in between two paper towels and microwave for about 3-4 minutes on a microwave safe dish.
Truthfully though, we recommend you take the extra time and turn that oven on!
Can I use aluminum foil instead of parchment paper?
I’ve also tried this on silpat baking sheets and it works well there too, but you have to really scrub to get the bacon grease off!
How to make crispy bacon pieces?
Who doesn’t love bacon bits?! In a salad.. on chicken.. they go well on just about anything. I cook my bacon per the directions in this post, allow it to cool completely and then just chop roughly with a sharp knife on a cutting board!
The bacon is very crunchy so it will easily break!
There you have it! The crispiest bacon with minimal effort! So easy and delicious! Here are some different recipes you can pair it with for breakfast.
Other healthy breakfast recipes:
- Sheet Pan Crispy Roasted Potatoes
- Healthy Carrot Muffins
- Paleo Frittata
- Whole30 Potato Crust Quiche
- Egg White Oatmeal
How to Cook Crispy Bacon
- Preheat oven to 375 + prepare a lined baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Lay bacon on parchment paper. Make sure the pieces are not overlapping, but they can be very close together (they will shrink)
- Bake the bacon for 10 minutes, flip with tongs and bake for additional 10 mins.
- Once bacon comes out of the oven, remove immediately from the pan and put on a paper towel lined piece of paper to absorb excess grease.