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How to cook bacon in the Oven

How to cook bacon in the Oven

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

Cooking bacon in the oven is a simple and mess-free way to get perfectly crispy bacon. Here’s a step-by-step guide to make it easy.

Ingredients

  • Bacon strips (thick or regular cut)

Equipment

  • Baking sheet
  • Aluminum foil or parchment paper
  • Wire rack (optional)
  • Tongs or a fork
  • Paper towels

Instructions

  1. Preheat the Oven

    • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Prepare the Baking Sheet

    • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. This makes cleanup easier.
    • If you have a wire rack, place it on top of the baking sheet. This helps the bacon get crispier.
  3. Arrange the Bacon

    • Lay the bacon strips in a single layer on the wire rack or directly on the foil/parchment. Make sure the strips are not overlapping.
  4. Cook the Bacon

    • Put the baking sheet in the oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Regular-cut bacon takes about 15 minutes, while thick-cut bacon may need up to 20 minutes.
    • Check the bacon halfway through to make sure it’s cooking evenly.
  5. Remove and Drain the Bacon

    • When the bacon is done, carefully take the baking sheet out of the oven. Use tongs or a fork to move the bacon strips to a plate lined with paper towels. This will soak up extra grease.
  6. Serve and Enjoy

    • Let the bacon cool a little before serving. It will get a bit crispier as it cools.

Tips for Perfect Oven-Baked Bacon

  • Even Cooking: Make sure the bacon strips are all the same thickness.
  • Watch Closely: Check the bacon during the last few minutes to prevent burning.
  • Save the Grease: You can save the bacon grease for cooking other dishes. It adds great flavor!

How to Cook Bacon in an Air Fryer

Cooking bacon in an air fryer is quick and easy. Here’s how to do it.

Ingredients

  • Bacon strips (thick or regular cut)

Equipment

  • Air fryer
  • Tongs or a fork
  • Paper towels

Instructions

  1. Preheat the Air Fryer

    • Preheat your air fryer to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Arrange the Bacon

    • Place the bacon strips in a single layer in the air fryer basket. You might need to cut the strips in half to fit better. Make sure they are not overlapping.
  3. Cook the Bacon

    • Cook the bacon for 8-10 minutes. Regular-cut bacon takes about 8 minutes, while thick-cut bacon may need up to 10 minutes.
    • Check the bacon halfway through to make sure it’s cooking evenly.
  4. Remove and Drain the Bacon

    • When the bacon is done, carefully take it out of the air fryer with tongs or a fork. Place the bacon strips on a plate lined with paper towels to soak up extra grease.
  5. Serve and Enjoy

    • Let the bacon cool a little before serving. It will get a bit crispier as it cools.

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Cooking bacon in the oven or air fryer is easy and keeps your kitchen clean. Enjoy your crispy bacon with your favorite dishes!

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