Unless you're a vegetarian (though sometimes even then), it's hard to resist the lure of bacon. Knowing how to cook those long marbled strips just the way we like them feels as second-nature as breathing at this point! But just in case it's not quite so instinctive to you, here are three great ways to cook bacon to perfection:
1. In a Skillet - We like using a cast-iron skillet, but absolutely any skillet will do. You also need a set of tongs to help grasp the hot slices and flip them. Set the skillet over medium or medium-low heat - bacon cooks best when you go low and slow.
When the pan is hot, lay down the bacon in a single layer and let the strips cook for a few minutes without moving. We don't normally oil the pan first since the bacon releases so much grease so quickly. Once they start to curl up, flip the slices over to the other side and cook until they're as crispy as you prefer. Lay the cooked pieces on a paper towel to drain while you cook the rest of the package. Pour off the bacon fat between batches so your slices aren't swimming in grease.
2. In the Oven - This is our favorite option for when we're cooking a lot of bacon at once, especially since it leaves the stove top free for other things. Just pre-heat the oven to 350° and lay the bacon on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes and then lay the bacon on paper towels to drain and firm up.
3. In the Microwave - Bacon lovers will probably shudder to hear this, but yes, you can cook bacon in the microwave. It's a decent option if you're in a rush and trying to get out the door with a homemade Egg McMuffin in hand. Just line a microwave-safe plate with a few layers of paper towels, arrange the bacon in a single layer, and microwave on HIGH for 4-6 minutes until the bacon is as done as you like it.
How do you like to cook your bacon?
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