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Mastering the kitchen basics means learning how to cook bacon. But it can feel a little intimidating. Cook bacon right, and it’s perfectly crispy and satisfying. Do it wrong, and you’ll end up with either soggy strips or a burnt mess.
But don’t worry, it doesn’t take much practice to master multiple cooking techniques. Here’s everything you need to know about how to make crispy bacon — whether it's regular bacon, chicken bacon or turkey bacon — plus some delicious (and creative) ways to use it.
Chances are, you are used to cooking bacon in a skillet. And this cooking method is a classic for a reason — it cooks your bacon quickly, and allows you to cook enough for a crowd.
Start by prepping your workspace. Cover a dinner plate with a few layers of paper towel (you’ll use them to absorb the excess bacon fat), then start pre-heating a flat-bottomed pan on low to medium heat.
Add the bacon. Turn the bacon once it starts to “buckle,” then continue flipping until it meets the perfect level of crispiness.
Transfer the strips to the paper towel-covered plate, then add a few more layers of paper towel on top to soak up the excess fat.
Want perfectly crispy bacon without all the work? Try making bacon in the oven, instead. Oven-baked bacon is perfect when you’re cooking for a crowd, since you can cook the whole package at once. Plus, baking tends to yield flatter, less buckled strips, which make for perfect sandwiches and burgers.
Start by preheating your oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with two layers of foil — trust us, it makes cleanup much easier — then add your bacon. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, flipping the bacon after 10 minutes. Place the bacon onto a paper towel-lined dinner plate, then add more paper towel on top to absorb the grease.
The techniques above will likely cover most of your bacon-cooking needs, but they’re not your only choices. Give these cooking methods a try, too.
We know your mouth’s already watering thinking about all that bacon. Here are some creative ways to use it.
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