Best Ways to Cook Bacon

There’s nothing like the delicious smell and taste of bacon. Everyone loves bacon because it’s so quick and easy to cook in a hurry. There are as many ways to cook bacon as there are cuts of bacon itself. 

While there’s no definitive “best” way to cook bacon,  how you cook it can depend on the situation and style of bacon you prefer. Here are four of the best ways to cook bacon. These methods are suited for anyone who enjoys bacon, whether they like it crispy or lightly done. All of these methods require just a basic amount of equipment – and some bacon, of course – so everyone should be able to enjoy them. 

Microwave Bacon For Bacon in a Hurry 

Some people look down on microwave bacon, but the truth is there’s no faster or cleaner way to make bacon than the microwave. You’ll need some bacon, a microwave plate or microwave bacon crisper, and some paper towels. 

Method:

  1. Put the bacon on the crisper 
  2. Cover bacon with a paper towel 
  3. Set the microwave timer to high 
  4. Cook the bacon until crisp – should take around a minute for a standard 800W microwave 

There are lots of different microwave trays for bacon to choose from. These crispers are better than using a regular plate to microwave bacon because they feature ridges to capture the fat and moisture from bacon as it cooks. If you want to use a standard dish for microwave bacon, consider putting paper towels below the bacon as well as on top of it. 

Grill Bacon for Less Fat 

Grilling is another simple method for cooking bacon. Grilling has the benefit of removing some of the fat from the bacon to make it a little healthier. Watch out if you plan on cooking bacon using the grill in your oven. Bacon spits and can mess up your oven. 

Method:

  1. Heat the grill to medium heat 
  2. Spread the bacon evenly on the grill and put it under the heat
  3. Let the bacon cook for a few minutes to your desired crispiness/taste
  4. Remove the bacon from the grill 

Stovetop Bacon for Extra Taste 

Some people say you should always use a cold pan for cooking bacon on the stovetop. You don’t have to use oil this way, as the bacon cooks in its own juices. Using this method is excellent for people looking to avoid fat. You can use a regular pan and use a bit of oil if you’d like, however, as cooking without oil isn’t the best option. You need an excellent non-stick pan to do it properly without the bacon getting stuck. 

Method: 

  1. Preheat the hob to medium and heat some oil in the pan 
  2. Place the bacon into the pan, avoiding hot oil 
  3. Cook for a few minutes until the bacon is about half-cooked, and flip it over
  4. Cook the bacon until it’s how you like it – leave the bacon in the pan for extra crispiness

Some people think that cooking bacon with fat is strange, but it works well and is suitable for everyone. Don’t forget to turn your bacon top to tail to fit more into the pan. 

Oven Bacon for Lots of Bacon at Once 

Have you found yourself in need of plenty of bacon? If so, then it’s time to turn to the oven. We use halogen ovens for bacon because it’s cheaper, quicker, and more manageable. With that said, the principle for cooking bacon in a standard oven is the same. There’s no difference between the two methods. 

Cooking bacon in the oven is great if you want to do something like adding egg and spinach to create a full meal. Even so, cooking bacon by itself in the oven is still a worthy endeavor and an excellent way to cook a pack or two of bacon at once. 

Method: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F
  2. Line the baking tray with greaseproof baking powder to prevent the bacon from getting stuck
  3. Place the bacon on the baking tray
  4. Place the tray on the lower shelf of the oven
  5. Cook the bacon for up to 20 minutes, depending on how you like your bacon

Final Thoughts

Don’t feel like you have to cook bacon in just one way. There’s a lot of choice in how you prepare and enjoy your bacon. Find a method that suits your needs and gets your bacon just right. Whether you cook your bacon in the microwave, oven, grill, or pan, we hope you enjoy some delicious bacon goodness! 

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