This easy bacon recipe comes out perfect and crispy every single time without shrinking. Also say goodbye to the annoying splatter and clean up!
Bacon: America’s favorite past-time. Bacon is a great ingredient to use for somebody wanting a tasty high protein meal. Many people get so annoyed by it because it will shrink to a quarter of the size in the pan while making a huge greasy mess.
By baking our bacon in an oven, we eliminate not only the splatter, but the shrinkage of the bacon as well. Our bacon will remain a decently large size compared to pan fried bacon.
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When buying bacon, there are so many options to choose from. Do you go with pre-cooked bacon, a smoky apple wood flavor, or a super expensive organic pasture raised one?
The answer is to try to get the best quality possible, and to always avoid the pre-cooked bacon. Try to look for bacon with no nitrate or nitrite added and with minimal amounts of ingredients and preservatives. My personal favorite is the Never Any! bacon from Aldi due to quality and price ($4.50 for 12 oz.)
If possible, go with bacon that is organic or pasture raised / certified humane as well. This will not only end up tasting better, but it is better for the environment and the life of the pig. This comes at the trade-off of a much higher cost, so it is up to each individual to decide what they are willing to spend on bacon.
Another important note when choosing bacon is to go for bacon strips that have a thick layer of fat in them. All this fat will render slowly into the bacon over the course of the cooking time and result in a great taste and texture.
This easy oven bacon recipe only requires four things: bacon, an oven, aluminum foil, and a cookie sheet. We use foil on the cookie sheet to make clean up even easier and make the surface non-stick.
Bacon can be extremely cheap or pretty costly depending on the quality. I would highly recommend that the minimum quality you get is bacon that does not have any nitrite or nitrate added. The bacon used in this recipe is the Never Any! bacon from Aldi which costs $4.50 for 12 oz / 12 strips. Since this recipe is two hefty servings (three strips each) and still only uses half the package, we are looking at about $0.38 per bacon strip.
Each serving (three strips) of the bacon used in this recipe will have about 105 calories, 9 grams of protein, 7 grams of fat, and 3 carbs. Because of the nutritional content of this bacon, this recipe is both keto and paleo approved.
Feel free to serve with some eggs or sausage, or top your favorite sandwich or burger with this bacon. You will definitely not be disappointed. If you are a fan of pork, check out this herb crusted juicy pork chops recipe.
Easy Oven Bacon Recipe
- Cookie Sheet
- 6 strips bacon
- Preheat oven to 400F
- Place foil on a cookie sheet and wrap around edges so cookie sheet stays clean
- Lay bacon on to the foil on the cookie sheet
- When oven reaches 400, place bacon in oven and wait for 18 minutes
- Once time is complete, place bacon on paper towels and cover with more paper towels to remove excess grease
- Serve with any dish once grease is removed