How to cook bacon
Want to know how to get perfectly crispy bacon every time? Read our guide on how to cook bacon, plus find top chefs' tips and bacon recipes to try at home.
Bacon is a cured pork product that comes in both smoked and unsmoked versions. Streaky bacon has a higher fat content and is thinner in shape, while back bacon is leaner. Both versions cook quickly and can be chopped and added to dishes, or eaten for breakfast, stuffed into a sandwich or piled onto pancakes. Follow our guide for different cooking methods and top tips.
Try our best ever bacon recipes for mouthwatering breakfast spreads, salads and satisfying lunches. Plus, make sure your kitchen kit is up to scratch with our review of the best non-stick frying pans.
How to cook bacon in a frying pan
Put 1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil in a frying pan and heat over a medium-high heat until hot. Add the bacon and cook for 2-4 mins on each side, depending on how crispy you like it.
How to dry fry bacon
Put the bacon in a non-stick frying pan set over a medium heat. When the fat starts to run out from the bacon, increase the heat and cook for 1-3 mins on each side, depending on how crispy you like it.
How to grill bacon
Heat the grill to its highest setting. Line a baking sheet with foil and add the bacon. Grill for 2-4 mins on each side, depending on how crispy you like it.
How to get bacon really crispy
To achieve super-crispy bacon, opt for the streaky type. It can be used in salads, crumbled over macaroni cheese or sprinkled on soups. Try our best ever crispy baocn recipe.
- Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and line a non-stick baking sheet.
- Put the bacon on the prepared baking sheet and top with a second baking sheet, then a heavy casserole dish or ovenproof frying pan to weigh it down. Bake for 15-20 mins, or until very crispy.
Top 5 bacon recipes to try
1. Egg-in-the-hole bacon sandwich
Give a classic breakfast sandwich a twist with our egg-in-the-hole bacon sandwich. Slice to enjoy the runny yolk, and use smoked streaky bacon for a savoury, crispy base. Sourdough bread makes this extra satisfying, and the perfect indulgent weekend breakfast.
2. Spinach, bacon & roquefort tart
Whip up our spinach, bacon & roquefort tart using just six ingredients. Transform a humble sheet of shop-bought puff pastry with creamed spinach, sweet cherry tomatoes, cheese and streaky bacon. If you're entertaining at short notice or need a no-fuss lunch for a crowd, look no further.
3. Leek & butter bean soup with crispy kale & bacon
Our leek & butter bean soup with crispy kale & bacon is a favourite winter warmer. The butter beans make this soup creamy and silky smooth, and also help to thicken the base. It's a simple, healthy recipe that's sure to please the whole family. The toasted hazelnuts, crispy kale and salty bacon add an extra punch of flavour and texture.
4. Best ever fluffy American pancakes with cherry-berry syrup
Need a simple but stunning brunch dish? Stack up our fluffy American pancakes with cherry-berry syrup with rashers of crispy bacon. The combination of the tangy cherry syrup and salty-but-sweet maple bacon is simply irresistible. Spread on a layer of creamy mascarpone and tart fruit between each pancake.
5. Posh BLT
Add some oomph to the classic with our posh BLT. It's made with homemade maple bacon, sundried tomato paste and fresh sourdough bread to upgrade the go-to sandwich.
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