How to Cook Bacon in the Microwave

The Editors at Food Fanatic | Food Fanatic

Wondering how to cook bacon in the microwave? We’ve got you covered!

If you’re like most people, you probably use your microwave mainly to reheat food or coffee. (

But, did you know the microwave is fantastic for cooking bacon? You can quickly cook up to six slices at a time without flipping them, and cleanup is a cinch.

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Plus, there’s less of a lingering smell in your kitchen.

The microwave is this editor’s go-to method for cooking bacon. In fact, bacon’s the only food I cook in the microwave.

Sometimes, I make bacon to go with breakfast, but most of the time, I’m cooking a few strips to cut up and add to pasta or soups. It’s a great way to add flavor to dishes without all the grease from cooking bacon on the stove.

A little bacon makes everything taste better, right?

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How to Cook Bacon in the Microwave

  1. Line a microwave-safe plate with two layers of paper towels. Place bacon strips in a single layer on the paper towels. Cover with two more layers of paper towels.
  2. Cook the bacon for 2-4 minutes, until just cooked through. Wear oven mitts when removing the plate from the microwave, as the dish will be very hot.
  3. Let the bacon sit for a couple minutes before serving. It will continue to cook a little more as it cools.
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While it’s super convenient to cook bacon in the microwave, if you need to make a large batch, it’s best to use the oven instead. Check out How to Cook Bacon in the Oven for all the details.

And now, the best part. Here are some fabulous recipes to make with bacon!

What’s your favorite way to cook bacon?

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Bacon Recipes

    This Pancetta Mushroom Fettuccine can make an easy weeknight dinner, or a date night dinner. It comes together quickly, but feels fancy!
    This Mexican Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit Bake is the all-in-one casserole that your weekend breakfast spread is begging for. Filled with plenty of spices, crispy bacon, eggs, cheese, biscuits, and topped with avocado, it’s a simple recipe to whip up! You’ll love making this time and time again.
    Instant pot baked beans are a delicious homemade recipe using fresh ingredients like onions, bacon, brown sugar and other spices. Done in about two hours’ time and can feed a large crowd!
    Low Carb Pizza Meal Prep Bowls are an easy way to make work lunch fun and good for you too. Who needs pizza dough with flavors like this?!
    A plate full of BLAT Eggs Benedict is the one wake up call no one is going to want to miss. It's brunch time, y'all!
    This Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf is pure comfort food! This classic dinner recipe gets upgraded with yummy flavors and a bacon wrapping - the best way to serve this traditional family meal!
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