How to Make Bacon with Sizzling Success

Think you know how to cook the best bacon? These methods will go beyond the frying-pan or microwave and will impress your bacon buddies.

Don’t forget to try one of our 43 delicious bacon recipes after you read these tips.

The Traditionalist with a Twist: Stovetop, Frying Pan and Water

Bacon in Frying Pan_Cooking

Adding a bit of water to the pan helps the bacon fat render and keeps it from splattering and making a mess. This method, which has been proven by home cooks, results in perfectly-cooked, crispy bacon that’s still tender with just the right amount chewiness.

  • Add just enough water to cover the bacon strips.
  • Turn up the heat to high and bring the water to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium, and continue cooking until the water simmers away.
  • Reduce heat further to medium-low and cook bacon to your preferred level of doneness, flipping once halfway.

 

The Restaurateur: Oven and Baking Sheet

Bacon on Baking Sheet_Raw

Cooking bacon for a crowd? Baking it in the oven allows you to cook an entire package (or more). It requires minimal attention so you can focus on other elements of your meal.

  • Turn the oven on to 400°F (200°C).
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or tin foil, curling the edges up to trap the grease. You can also place a wire cooling rack on top of the baking sheet to allow grease to drip down into the pan.
  • Lay the bacon strips on the baking sheet or rack, and place in the oven while it’s still preheating.
  • Cook the bacon to your preferred level of doneness (approximately 15 – 22 minutes), flipping once about halfway. Cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the bacon.

 

Keep it Flat for Sandwiches: Add Another Baking Sheet

Bacon on Baking Sheet_Cooked

This method is similar to The Restaurateur, but requires the bacon to be sandwiched between two baking sheets. This results in perfectly flat bacon ideal for BLT sandwiches.

  • Turn the oven on to 400°F (200°C).
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or tin foil, curling the edges up to trap the grease.
  • Lay the bacon strips on the baking sheet, place another sheet of parchment paper or tin foil over the bacon and top with another baking sheet to “sandwich” the bacon. Place in the oven while it’s still preheating.
  • Cook the bacon to your preferred level of doneness (approximately 15 – 22 minutes). Cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the bacon. You may find it takes longer for the bacon to obtain a crispy texture as the second tray does not allow excess moisture to evaporate.

Comments are closed.

Close