Simple Technique: Bacon in the Microwave

A long time ago (Oh gosh, maybe 20 years ago now) I learned somewhere how to cook bacon in the microwave, and that began my steady decline into a love affair with bacon. Whether it was bacon wrapped shrimp, a BLT or simply a side nestled next to my eggs in the morning, bacon was my temptation.

Then more than a decade passes, and I have a picky eater who refuses to eat hot dogs, but scarfs down bacon at any given moment.

That’s when I knew I had to bring this technique to it’s full potential. Yes, it was a dangerous food to be playing with for a toddler, but I went head first into a diet of daily bacon for the little guy. Eating bacon every day is not good, but I was pushed to my limits. Well, that lasted a few months when I realized he might go into overload, so we took a break from it. But now we’re back in action and adding bacon to other parts of a meal.

Although this blog is all about expirmenting with flavors for the whole family, I think you’ve got to start with what’s familiar first.  So by adding a little bit here and there, I’ve been able to get my kiddo to try new things. And that was the goal. But in all honesty, who can argue with the crispy decadence that comes with a meal sprinkled with the smoky, saltiness of this meat.

Shopping List and Tools:

1 package of REAL center cut bacon

paper towels

microwave-safe plate


A Simple Technique for cooking bacon fast.

1.  Simply place the bacon on a layer of paper towels on top of a microwave-safe plate. Leave a little space between each slice.

2. Cover the layer of bacon with one paper towel.

3. Microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes and 30 seconds. Depending the thickness and/or type of bacon, you might need to cook it for an additional minute. With this technique all of the fat soaks into the paper towels, so if you like your bacon more chewy rather than crispy then err on the shorter time frame.

Much less mess to clean up!

If you like bacon like I do, check out these other posts that include it.

Egg Salad-Club style

Club Hot Pocket

Stuffed Potato Chowder

Bacon and Apple Stuffing

Brussel Sprout Salad

For a super-cute Father’s Day idea with bacon, check out Our Best Bites’ Bacon Bouquet.

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