By using heavy duty aluminum foil and creating some valleys for the bacon fat to flow results in perfectly flat, perfectly crisp, yet still succulent strips of bacon. Perfect for a BLT!

Recipe Summary

10 mins
25 mins
35 mins
2 servings


Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Cut a piece of heavy duty aluminum foil about twice as long as a rimmed baking sheet. Pinch and fold every inch or so of the foil to create ridges for the bacon to drain into while cooking.

  • Place bacon side by side on the ridged foil.

  • Bake in preheat oven to your desired level of doneness and a bit of foam forms on the surface, 25 to 30 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Your cooking time is going to vary depending on how thick the bacon is, so I'd start peeking at about 15 to 20 minutes, and go from there. You can crowd the bacon a bit if you need more, and it's okay if it's very slightly overlapping, since it will shrink as it cooks. Just check after about 10-15 minutes, and re-space the pieces if needed.

Nutrition Facts

577 calories; protein 14.6g 29% DV; carbohydrates 0.8g; fat 56.8g 87% DV; cholesterol 85.7mg 29% DV; sodium 1049.6mg 42% DV. Full Nutrition

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50 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 47
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
Having used the foil method for a while now I can vouch this is a great way to cook bacon relatively unattended. Chef John improves of course on the standard oven foil method by introducing the simple idea of making valleys to collect most of the grease. Thank you Chef John for all your wonderful cooking ideas and recipes! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
If I could give this a higher rating I definitely would!! I LOVED IT AND WILL USE IT ALWAYS!!! It worked like a charm, but my biggest problem was the pinch and fold for the foil. My fingers just couldn't do it with my arthritis so I had to do the old method of accordian folding. It took longer but it worked none the less. Thanks so much Chef John for putting this as a recipe. I would've been lost without it!! I'd heard about baking bacon but I'd never done it. It sure made cooking a pound of bacon much faster, and made for everyone eating together instead of individually, excellent! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Bacon baked in the oven is the best. I line a 1/2 sheet pan with foil then place a baking rack on top of the foil spray the rack with non-stick cooking spray so the bacon will release from the rack when cooked easy clean up after toss the foil liner and the rack washes up easy( due to the cooking spray). Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Cleanup is a breeze and I don't get burned by splattering grease. Perfect bacon for a perfect BLT. Nice. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I bought a cookie sheet pan with a rack from Bed, Bath, and Beyond to cook bacon. Definitely worth it. Keeps the bacon above the pan bottom and out of the grease , cooks both sides at once, and cleans up very quickly. I like it better than foil, or parchment paper. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I ve been baking bacon for 10 years no muss no fuss but most of all no popping grease on me. I bake mine at 350 you ll smell the bacon in about 20 min. Then you have to check for the chrisp that you like. Save the bacon grease for other uses like green beans. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This worked great! I always cook my bacon in the oven but never thought about doing it like this. I used the bacon to make party-sized BLT sandwiches which were a HUGE hit YUM! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Amazing!! Best method ever for making bacon and clean up could not get any easier! For some reason I cannot cook bacon to save my life regardless of the method cast iron skillet griddle. I over cook it every time. Until today:) I followed the directions exactly my bacon only took 12 minutes to cook (I used thin low sodium bacon) and it came out beautifully! Thank you yet again Chef John. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Perfect bacon with no mess. Be sure to save your bacon fat! I pour it off into a small wire closure lidded butter/mustard/cheese crock. Let it cool to room temp then place in the fridge. Adds a bit of smoke flavor to stir fried noodles veggies or meats. Read More