How to Cook Bacon in the Microwave


How to Cook Bacon in the Microwave

Jamie here! I truly love bacon, but I rarely went to all the bother of cooking it until I learned how to cook bacon in the microwave. It’s so much less messy, and you can cook just a few pieces at a time for an individual breakfast, sandwiches or to crumble over a salad.


I’ll admit, it seems like  it won’t work – I was a non-believer at first too! But it’s come out crispy and delicious every time I’ve made it 🙂  Add in the fact that you won’t have to clean your entire stovetop afterwards, and I’m completely sold. (Looking for another way to avoid stovetop splatter? See this tip for how to cook bacon in the oven!)

How to cook bacon in the microwave:

  1. Line a microwave-safe plate or dish (a square Pyrex dish works nicely too) with 2 paper towels.

  2. Lie bacon flat on the towels, careful not to overlap or push the edges together. Fit up to 8 pieces on a plate at a time.

  3. Cover the bacon with 2 more paper towels.

  4. Microwave on high for just under a minute per piece. For instance, if you have 3 pieces, do 2 1/2 minutes and then check. Continue cooking in 30 second bursts until it’s as crispy as you like.

  5. Take out just a tad before it’s done because it will continue to sizzle and cook a bit outside the microwave.

  6. Transfer to a plate to cool, otherwise the bacon may stick to the paper towels.

This is a little drier and crisper than when I fry it on the stove, because the paper towels soak up much of the grease. I’m sure not everyone will agree (my 14 yr old, for one) but I actually like it drier and crunchier. Regardless of personal preference, it would be the PERFECT way to make bacon if your intent is to crumble it over salads, baked potatoes, Cheesy Potato Soup, etc…




For another morning time-saver, check out this Apple Cinnamon Freezer Pancakes recipe!

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