Easy Microwave Bacon

"Disclaimer: Based on a review, I DO NOT recommend using a paper plate. This is a quick and easy way to get nice crispy/chewy bacon in the microwave. I've been making it this way for years, and thought I would share. This method sure beats the spattered grease mess all over the stove top from pan frying, or having to use the oven in the hot summertime. Enjoy! NOTE: Cooking times will vary according to your microwave, the type of bacon, and your desired level of crispness/ chewiness, so feel free to adjust cooking times as necessary. If this is the first time you use my method, be sure to closely monitor the process and check often."
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6 slices bacon


  • 6 slices thick slice bacon (such as Hormel Black Label 'Thick Slice')
  • 3 white paper towels


  • Note: I DO NOT recommend a paper plate due to danger of fire.
  • On a microwave-safe dish (such as a Corelle dinner plate/or 8 x 10-inch Pyrex glass baking dish), lay down 2 sheets (double layer) white paper towels. Place 6 thick slices bacon on the paper towels (not overlapping each other). Cover the bacon slices with 1 sheet of white paper towel.
  • Microwave on high for 5 to 6* minutes.
  • Rotate dish and microwave on high for about 5 to 6* minutes more (*note: microwave ovens vary, so cooking times may vary; time is for my microwave), or until done to your liking (I like mine crisp). Be careful not to burn the bacon.
  • Remove from microwave. Your bacon is ready!
  • NOTE: You can use regular slice bacon as well, just reduce cooking time by a minute or two.

Questions & Replies

  1. Don't recommend paper plates due to risk of fire? What about paper towels? Somehow they aren't a risk? Neither are a risk. Paper doesn't burn until 451 degrees F. And even then it requies some prolonged exposure.
  2. What heat time do I set a 1000 watt microwave for real thick bacon?


  1. That's a great way to cook bive or six slices, but if you need to cook more there's a better way. There's a new product, it's called the Bacon Pro. Granted, I am biased, since I’m the inventor, but it cooks more than 20 slices of bacon all at once in the microwave. It is quick, clean, easy, and healthier. The fat drips away. With this device, you'll be able to cook enough bacon to prepare BLTs this summer. This is not some cheap drug store bacon cooker. It is the best bacon cooker ever made. You will never go back to cooking bacon in the oven or on the stove-top. Check it out at http://www.baconpro.com and watch the video about how it works.
  2. I've been doing this for some time, have never had a problem. I use a good quality paper plate and paper towels, but never more than about four slices. Timing depends on the type of bacon, how you like it done and power of your microwave. You have to experiment with this. When I open a new package of bacon, I start with three slices for two minutes, and adjust from there. Even the same brand and thickness can change from package to package. You can always add time, cannot take it back, so start conservatively. I like the easy clean up and I find the bacon to my liking.
  3. i didnt cook it as long and it was still hardly edible, sucks !!!
  4. This my favorite way to cook bacon--so fast and no mess! Also frees up the stove for making other parts of a meal (and one less pan to wash). I shorten the cook time to 3-4 minutes since I like my bacon soft and chewy.
  5. Rule of thumb: 1 minute per slice and no more than 5-6 slices at a time.


  1. Try parchment paper on the bottom, keeps all oil/grease from cookware --no mess cleanup.
  2. I used 8 pieces of bacon, so of course it needed more time. As stated by someone else times vary due to the type of microwave you have. I did change the wax paper & paper towel halfway through the cooking time. My over all opinion- I like this recipe and would recommend this way to cook bacon.
  3. Listen for the pops! Once the bacon is done popping then it’s probbaly done. Depending on how crispy you like it.


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