How to Cook Bacon

Whether sizzled in the frying pan or baked in the oven, learn how to cook bacon with these easy tips.


Place a single layer of slices in an unheated skillet. Cook over medium heat, turning frequently, 8 to 10 minutes or until crisp.


Place in a single layer in a shallow baking pan and cook at 400° for 10 to 12 minutes or until crisp.


Place in a single layer on a paper towel-lined plate. Cover with additional paper towels. Microwave on high until desired crispness. For two slices: 1-1/2 to 2 minutes. For four slices: 2-1/2 to 3 minutes.


Grill over medium heat, turning frequently. Be careful to avoid flare-ups.

More Tips for Better Bacon

  • Use it or lose it. Opened bacon will last for about a week in the refrigerator. To keep it from going bad, freeze for up to 1 month.
  • When freezing bacon, roll up each uncooked strip into a pinwheel and put all the rolls in a plastic freezer bag. Remove any air, seal and freeze. When you need a slice or two, remove them from the bag and thaw at 10-second intervals in the microwave until you can unroll them.
  • If you're cooking more bacon than your pan will hold, fold each piece in half and cook until slightly brown. Flip the folded strip. By the time the bottom side is cooked, they've shrunk enough to unfold and still fit in the pan.