How to Precook Bacon

Updated February 21, 2017

If you love bacon for breakfast but don't have time to cook it in the morning, you can precook your bacon and heat it quickly in the microwave. Precooked bacon makes a handy addition to salads and sandwiches and will keep for weeks in the freezer. For small households, where it can be difficult to use up a pound of bacon before it goes bad, precooking bacon prevents waste. Cooking bacon this way also makes less of a mess in the kitchen than frying it on the stove.

Arrange grill rack on pan. Preheat the oven to 218 degrees C. If you do not own a grill rack, place a wire baking rack on a baking tray.

Arrange bacon on the rack, separating each slice. The slices may touch each other, but try not to let them overlap. Use two pans if necessary.

Cook the bacon for 5 to 7 minutes. Monitor the bacon and remove it from the oven when the edges just begin to brown.

Turn over each slice of bacon, using the tongs. Return the pan to the oven and bake for another 5 to 7 minutes, or until brown and crisp.

Drain bacon on paper towels and newspaper. Store the cooked bacon slices in a zip-top bag in the freezer.

Reheat bacon in the microwave. Wrap bacon slices in a paper towel and cook at full power 10 to 15 seconds per slice.


Pour the melted bacon fat that collects in the bottom of the pan into a jar and save it in the refrigerator. Use it to flavour vegetables or in place of shortening in cornbread.

Things You'll Need

  • Grill pan
  • Tongs
  • Paper towels
  • Zip top plastic bag
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Cynthia Myers is the author of numerous novels and her nonfiction work has appeared in publications ranging from "Historic Traveler" to "Texas Highways" to "Medical Practice Management." She has a degree in economics from Sam Houston State University.