How to Cook Bacon in the Microwave Recipe

Bacon strips
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Cooking bacon in the microwave is fast and easy. It takes only minutes and the strips of bacon come out nice and flat.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 3 to 5 minutes

Here's How

  1. Place a microwave-safe paper towel in a micro dish large enough to fit a single layer of bacon slices (4 to 6 slices).
  2. Cover with another paper towel.
  3. Six slices should take about 4 to 5 minutes on high, depending on the wattage of your microwave and the thickness of the bacon.
  1. Start checking after the first two minutes, and continue cooking at one-minute intervals until you can judge the cooking time for the way you like it.
  2. Remember that foods continue to cook even after the timer goes off in a microwave, so let it rest a few minutes before you dive in to let it crisp up and avoid burns.


  1. Consult your microwave manual for more specific times.
  2. A rotating base in the microwave is highly recommended for even cooking, and most come with one built in these days.
  3. This method reduces curling of the bacon, resulting in flat strips.

What You Need

  • Bacon
  • Microwave
  • Paper Towels
  • Large, flat, microwave-proof dinner plate