Cooking bacon. We all love bacon. That’s a fact of life. If you don’t know how to cook it, we can help : fry, bake, microwave or air fry it, you only need to choose. All the cooking methods and temperatures are explained here. Translation in French: Bacon.
How do I cook bacon?
- Choosing bacon strips
- Cooking bacon in a skillet (in a pan)
- Cooking bacon in an oven (baked)
- Cooking bacon in a microwave oven
- Cooking bacon in an air fryer
What to pair bacon with?
Bacon is a classic breakfast food and pairs well with eggs (scrambled or sunny side up), toast, and pancakes.
You can add bacon in your salad or make yourself a BLT. A good appetizer idea: wrap bacon around dates, shrimp, or scallops!
Choosing bacon strips
Bacon is usually sold in supermarkets in packages, sliced into thin strips. When buying bacon, it’s important to check the expiration date and make sure it’s fresh. You should also look for bacon that has a good ratio of meat to fat.
Cooking bacon in a skillet
The most common way of cooking bacon is in a frying pan / skillet.
1. Heating a skillet over medium-high heat.
2. Place the bacon strips in the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, or until they’re crispy and golden brown.
Cooking bacon in an oven
You can also cook bacon in the oven (that’s less messy)
1. Preheat your oven at 400°F (200°C)
2. Place the bacon strips on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes.
Cooking bacon in a microwave oven
Less greasy, less messy: my favorite way of cooking bacon is with a microwave oven
1. Place the bacon on a microwave-safe plate. I prefer to spread them between paper towels. Make sure they don’t overlap
2. Cook for 3-4 minutes on high.
Cooking bacon in an air fryer
Cooking bacon in an air fryer. Using your air fryer to cook bacon is good (less mess and you can fry eggs on the stove in the meantime)
1. You do not need to preheat your air fryer!
2. Line the bacon strips in your air fryer basket, making sure they don’t overlap.
3. Cook for 8-10 minutes (thin cut bacon) or 11-13 minutes (thick cut bacon).
Bacon is salt-cured pork that is made from the belly or back of the pig, and is cut into thin strips. Rubbing the pork with salt, sugar, and other spices (that’s what curing means) helps to preserve the meat and give it its great flavor.