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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

What You Need

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


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