You don’t even need to know how to cook to make bacon in the microwave it’s that easy!
In this post, we’ll teach you how to cook bacon in the microwave in less than 10 minutes for perfect bacon every time.
Bacon is always a good idea. If we’re at the cabin and I’m serving a crowd, I turn to my go-to of bacon in the oven recipe, but if I’m in a pinch and need bacon fast, microwave bacon is where it’s at.
Everything You Need for Microwave Bacon
Do you remember those plastic bacon trays from the nineties that people used to make bacon in the microwave? Guess what, you don’t need one of those to make perfect bacon in the microwave.
Here is everything you need to make microwave bacon:
Your favorite bacon (raw of course!)
A large microwaveable plate that fits in your microwave
3-4 pieces of paper towel
How long to microwave bacon?
Bacon in the microwave will take anywhere from 6 to 10 minutes to cook depending on the thickness of your bacon.
How long you cook your bacon in the microwave will determine the doneness of your bacon. The longer you put bacon in the microwave bacon the crispier it will be.
Bacon Thickness Cook times
Thin bacon: If you are using thin bacon, we recommend starting with 2 minutes and then flipping and cooking for 2 more minutes. After that, microwave in increments of 30-60 seconds until it reaches desired doneness.
Medium/Thick bacon: For medium to thick-cut bacon, start with 3 minutes. Flip and cook for 3 more minutes. After that, microwave in increments of 30-60 seconds until it reaches desired doneness.
Crispy Bacon VS. Rubbery Bacon
There isn’t just one way to cook bacon! Some people like it crispy and some people love their bacon a little on the rubbery side. We don’t judge, we just love bacon.
Can you cook raw bacon in a microwave?
Yes you can cook raw bacon in the microwave. Lay the bacon on a paper towel-line microwave-safe plate. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Flip the bacon over and cook for 3 more minutes. Continue cooking in increments of 30-60 seconds or until done.
How long does it take to cook bacon in the microwave?
It takes anywhere from 6-10 minutes to microwave bacon.
What is the easiest way to cook bacon?
If you need bacon fast, the easiest way to cook it is in the microwave. However, if you’re serving a crowd, the easiest way to cook bacon is in the oven.
Is it better to put bacon in the microwave or oven?
It depends on your situation. If you’re cooking for a group of people, use the oven. If you need bacon fast, use the microwave.
Different Ways to Make Bacon
Bacon in the oven– We like to cook bacon in the oven when we have to cook a lot of bacon at one time. It is a great way to prepare bacon for a group or if you are meal prepping bacon for the week.
Bacon in the air fryer– If you have jumped on the air fryer train than you are going to love preparing your bacon in the air fryer! It only takes 5 minutes and it’s ready.
Bacon on the stove top– Bacon on the stove top is one of the more common ways to cook bacon. You place bacon in a skillet and cook it in it’s own grease, flipping every few minutes. Though this leaves you with delicious and cooked bacon, it does leave your kitchen with lots of grease splatters and a smoking kitchen
Microwave bacon– Bacon in the micorwave is great for those that don’t have an oven or any fancy cooking appliances.
When you have cooked your bacon to perfection add your bacon to any of our favorite breakfast recipes! Check out some of our favorites below!
First, line a large microwave-safe plate with 3 pieces of paper towel.
Then, place 4-6 pieces of bacon on the plate (however many you can fit).
Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Then, carefully flip bacon over and continue microwaving for an additional 3 minutes.
After 6 minutes continue microwaving in increments of 30-60 seconds until your bacon reaches its desired doneness.
Repeat the process until all bacon is cooked.
Tips & Notes
Bacon thickness: if you are using thin bacon, we recommend starting with 2 minutes and then flipping and cooking for 2 more minutes. After that, microwave in increments of 30-60 seconds until it reaches desired doneness.
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