How to Cook Crispy Bacon – 3 Ways

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Extra crispy, golden bacon adds the perfect flair to a variety of dishes. It is a hearty staple for breakfast and pairs wonderfully with fluffy scrambled eggs. It accentuates creative omelets filled with an array of brightly colored vegetables.

Bacon provides a satisfying, crisp texture nestled within a sandwich. It gives dinnertime meals an additional zing of flavor.

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There are numerous techniques for incorporating bacon into your meals and savoring its delectable taste. However, finding the best way to achieve a crisp texture and rich color can be challenging.

To Begin

In this step by step guide, we will teach you how to cook deliciously golden brown bacon that will make your meals stand out. We will show you how to cook crispy bacon using three convenient methods: grill pan, oven, and microwave.

If using frozen bacon, be sure to thaw it first. Also, keep in mind that bacon does get a little more crispy as it cools.

Option #1. How to Cook Crispy Bacon Using a Grill Pan

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Grill pan option: Place the bacon in the cold grill pan on the stove. Turn the heat to medium and fry until crispy on the bottom. Turn it over and continue grilling until it’s golden and crispy on both sides (about 7 to 10 minutes total).

Option #2. Using an Oven

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Oven option: Preheat an oven to 350ºF/180ºC. Place the bacon strips on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil (do not overlap the bacon). Bake in the preheated oven, until they are very crispy and get a nice golden color (about 20 minutes or until desired crispiness).

Option #3. In the Microwave

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Microwave option: Place the bacon on a microwaveable plate covered with paper towels. Microwave on full-power for about 2 minutes. Open the microwave, turn over the bacon, and cook for about 2 more minutes, until cooked through and crispy.

Final Step: Remove Excess Grease

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Using paper towels, remove the excess grease from the bacon. Serve & enjoy!

Sample Preparation

You can add crispy bacon to a wrap with scrambled eggs and take a lunch from great to amazing!

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Crispy bacon egg wrap.

Enjoying the delightfully special flavor of scrumptious bacon with your meals is easy to do with our assortment of recipes. Use our techniques to add variety to your lunchtime sandwiches or liven up your dinner time favorites.

When you are pressed for time, try our microwave method to quickly prepare a satisfying treat before you head out on the go.

Relax and indulge in a more elaborate meal with loved ones on weekends, while you utilize our grilling or baking options. Your home will fill with the comforting scent of cooking bacon as you draw in excited family and guests, eager to begin devouring the feast.

Please let us know in the comments, which of our step by step recipes is your favorite for perfect, crispy bacon.

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How to Cook Crispy Bacon – 3 Ways

Joss D
Extra crispy, golden bacon adds the perfect flair to a variety of dishes. We will show you how to cook it to crispy perfection using 3 different methods: grill pan, oven and microwave.
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time6 mins

Equipment

Tongs

Materials

  • Bacon
  • Paper towel
  • Foil - (for oven method)

Instructions
 

Option #1. Using a Grill Pan

  • Place the bacon in the cold grill pan on the stove. Turn the heat to medium and fry until crispy on the bottom. Turn it over and continue grilling until it’s golden and crispy on both sides (about 7 to 10 minutes total).
    How to Cook Crispy Bacon - Step 2 raw bacon image. inthekitch.net

Option #2. Using an Oven

  • Preheat an oven to 350ºF/180ºC. Place the bacon strips on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil (do not overlap the bacon). Bake in the preheated oven, until they are very crispy and get a nice golden color (about 20 minutes or until desired crispiness).
    Slightly cooked bacon on a pan lined with foil.

Option #3. In the Microwave

  • Place the bacon on a microwaveable plate covered with paper towels. Microwave on full-power for about 2 minutes. Open the microwave, turn over the bacon, and cook for about 2 more minutes, until cooked through and crispy.
    How to Cook Crispy Bacon - Step 4 image in microwave. inthekitch.net

Final Step for All 3 Methods:

  • Using paper towels, remove the excess grease from the bacon. Serve & enjoy!
    How to Cook Crispy Bacon - Step 5 image, cooked bacon on paper towel. inthekitch.net

Notes

Keep in mind that bacon gets more crispy when it cools.
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