How to Cook Bacon in the Oven, Freeze, and Warm up Fast!

Recently I have discovered the amazingness of baking several pounds of bacon, freezing it for later use, then pulling it out to reheat and serve in about 2 minutes.


Where has this tip been all my life?

I already knew how to make Bacon Bits ahead of time for ease in making salads and bacon-cheesy eggs. But strips of bacon? Well, I’d never tried making it ahead before. I will make bacon this way from now on because it is an incredible time saver!

Also, it keeps my hair from frequently smelling like bacon, so I think we can all be grateful for this delightful bonus.

How to Cook Bacon Ahead, Freeze, and Warm Up Fast

  1. Lay bacon on a a broiling rack in a single layer.
  2. Place the rack of bacon on a baking sheet to catch the grease as it bakes.
  3. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 15-30 minutes (time varies based on thickness of bacon).
  4. Pull bacon out of oven just before it has reached the crispiness level you prefer.
  5. Allow bacon to cool on paper towels.
  6. Transfer cooked and cooled bacon to a gallon-sized freezer bag. (I leave the cooked bacon on the paper towels when putting it in the freezer bags. That way I can do two-pounds at once with a paper towel in between layers of bacon.)
  7. Freeze up to three months.
  8. Rewarm bacon by taking desired amount of cooked bacon slices directly from freezer and heating them in a skillet for about 1 minute on each side.

Can you believe how easy this is?


I recommend that you lay the bacon on a broiling rack like this and place it on a baking sheet like this. This will allow the bacon grease to drip into the pan and prevent a mess.


Once the grease has cooled and thickened, I recommend transferring it to a jar in your fridge. Bacon grease stirred into green beans or other veggies makes for a super flavorful side dish!


Being able to offer my family bacon with zero effort on a busy morning has been a life saver. After all, as my men will tell you, bacon is a necessity of life.

Do you usually cook bacon on the stove or in the oven? Ever tried making it ahead of time and freezing it as described above?

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  1. Brandette W. says

    I have heard of cooking bacon this way for awhile now. But, I have never tried it. I am worried about tons of bacon grease splattering inside my oven. Does it make a big splattering mess?


    Laura Reply:

    No mess! It cooks slowly so the grease drips down into the pan under the rack. :)


  2. Tracy says

    I cook bacon like this all the time. I line the pan with foil to help with clean up. When I want to reheat it I just pop it in the microwave.


  3. says

    I don’t bother with the rack. It’s just one extra item to clean. I even line my cookie sheets with foil and do 4-6 lbs at a time. Just have to remove the cooked bacon and put raw bacon back on and they basically “fry” faster in the hot oil in the oven. I have been doing this for 4- 5 years and it’s one of my favorite timesavers in the kitchen. Of course, with lots of boys, we rarely bother to freeze any of it :)


  4. says

    I have done this for years! I freeze the bacon right on the cooling rack then put in baggies. Keeps them from sticking together and no layering needed!


  5. Jill says

    I cook bacon this way all the time and love it – mostly because I don’t have a cloud of bacon smell in the house for the rest of the day.

    But if I followed your steps, somewhere between step 5 and 6 all the bacon would disappear unless I stood guard over the kitchen. :)


  6. Kristin says

    Cooking bacon in the oven is the best! I love being able to cook enough bacon to feed my whole family at once. I cook it right on the pan and rotate halfway through. I find the pan isn’t hard to clean up. I also save the leftover grease for wilting greens in, yum.


  7. Stephanie says

    I did this for years to save cooking time while camping and I also did it with waffles and even pancakes. Everything warms nicely in the oven with no cleanup. It really helps save time serving lots of people at one time.


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