How to Microwave Bacon

posted by Steamy Kitchen

How to cook bacon in the microwave, simple, fast, and mess-free! 

Cooking bacon in the microwave is the fastest way to cook it, and who doesn’t want to make bacon faster? With no grease flying all over the stove or skillets to scrub clean, this method also makes for a quick clean up. 

I love this recipe because I can cook bacon in a pinch! When the kids need a quick bite to take with them on the way to school or when I want to top a loaded potato with bacon bits, this recipe never fails! It is so easy to moderate how chewy or crispy my bacon is too, I just keep microwaving it in 1 minute intervals until it’s cooked just how I like it (remember the more bacon cools the crispier it will get too)! 

Microwave Bacon is the Way to Go

  • It only takes 5 minutes!
  • Little to no mess when you cook in the microwave
  • Layer bacon in the microwave to cook just as much as you would on the stovetop 
  • A microwave safe plate and paper towels is all that you need 


  • Package of bacon

How to Make Bacon in the Microwave – Step by Step 

  • Line a microwave safe plate with 2 layers of paper towels
  • Place 4 slices of bacon on plate (without touching each other)
  • Cover with another 2 layers of paper towels
  • Microwave on high for 3-4 minutes
  • Remove and enjoy!

How to Make Bacon Crispier

If you microwaved your bacon for 3-4 minutes, but it still isn’t as crispy as you usually enjoy it, then pop it in the microwave for another minute. Keep microwaving in 1 minute intervals until you reach your desired crunch! Remember that the longer you let your bacon cool, the crunchier it will become too. Try letting it cool for 5 minutes! 

How to Cook More Than 4 Pieces of Bacon in the Microwave

Yes! All you need to do is add another layer of bacon strips on top of the paper towels that are covering the first layer of bacon. Afterwards, cover your second layer of bacon with another 2 paper towels so grease does not splatter your microwave and continue to follow instructions.

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delicious cooked bacon on plate

Cook bacon in the microwave in under 5 minutes! Depening on how many watts your microwave, cook time may vary.

Author: Steamy Kitchen

  • 1 package bacon

  1. Line a microwave safe plate with 2 layers of paper towels

  2. Arrange 4 pieces of baon on the plate (not touching)

  3. Cover with another 2 layers of paper towels

  4. Microwave on high for 3-4 minutes (microwave in additional 1 minute intervals for crispier bacon)

  5. Remove and enjoy!

If you have tried microwaving bacon in the microwave, or any other recipe on my blog, then please rate it and let me know how it turned out in the comments below!


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