Can You Microwave Bacon?

But before you go tossing rashers into the microwave, sticking the timer on for a minute and ruining perfectly tasty bacon, keep reading as we’ll outline the fool-proof method you need for microwaving bacon successfully:

How to Microwave Bacon

It might seem completely wrong, but microwaving bacon is perfectly doable, and the results can be pretty good. The process, however, isn’t as simple as tossing a couple of rashers into a frying pan. If you don’t take precautions, you’ll end up with a grease-laden microwave and soggy bacon pieces.

Instead, follow through with these steps to have flawless bacon cooked in the microwave:

  1. Line Microwave Dish
    Cover the bottom of a microwave-safe dish with three layers of kitchen paper. This will act as a sponge to soak up the excess grease that bacon releases when it is zapped in the microwave.
  2. Count Rashers
    Decide how many rashers of bacon you’re going to cook and make a mental note of it. You’ll need this information when deciding how long to microwave the bacon.
  3. Lay Bacon into Dish
    Place rashers of bacon into the base of the dish on top of the paper towels. Ensure none of the bacon overlaps. Don’t hesitate to cut pieces of bacon in half if it helps fit them in.
  4. Cover with Kitchen Paper
    Now, cover the first layer of bacon with kitchen paper. You only need to add two layers to the top.
  5. Repeat
    Continue to add layers of bacon sandwiched between sheets of kitchen paper.
  6. Microwave on High for 1 Minute Per Slice
    Revert to the number of rashers you have used and multiple it by 1 minute. This is how long you will need to microwave the bacon on high heat. If you have 5 slices of bacon, then microwave for 5 minutes.
  7. Check
    After the first microwave, check the bacon. If it isn’t quite as crispy as you’d like, then continue to microwave in 30-second increments to avoid overcooking it.
  8. Remove from Dish
    As soon as it has finished cooking in the microwave, remove the bacon from the dish as it will stick to the kitchen towel if left too long.

The process isn’t quite as simple as frying it in a pan, but there are some advantages to cooking bacon in the microwave, which we’ve covered further down in this article.

Can You Microwave Bacon Without Paper Towels?

Although microwaving bacon without paper towels is perfectly safe and it will cook, the resulting bacon will not be pleasurable. The paper towels absorb the excess grease, which prevents your microwave from getting splattered in fat whilst ensure your bacon goes crispy.

There is an alternative method for microwaving bacon which involves draping it over the edge of a bowl which is placed atop a larger plate. The flat drips off the bacon and into the plate below. This works for getting crispy bacon but can result in a messy microwave and more washing up.

3 Tips for Microwaving Bacon

When microwaving bacon, we’ve got 3 important tips that are worth following:

  • Count Rashers – Count the number of slices of bacon you’re laying up as you go. You’ll need to know how many there are to determine the length of time to run the microwave. Trying to count the slices when they’re layers between kitchen towel is impossible.
  • Use Paper Towels – Paper towels are essential if you want to avoid splattering your microwave in bacon fat. The main reason for using the microwave is that it is cleaner.
  • Clean with Vinegar – Put a tablespoon of vinegar into a dish with 100ml of water and then microwave for 2 minutes. Leave the door shut for 20 minutes to allow the vinegar to remove any smells from the walls of your microwave.

Advantages of Microwaved Bacon

There are, of course, several advantages to using the microwave for cooking bacon:

  1. No Mess
    With the bacon being sandwiched between sheets of paper towels, no grease or fat gets splatted over your microwave. You know how messy grilling or frying bacon can be. By using the method above, you avoid all this mess.
  2. No Washing Up
    The only thing that will need washing up is the dish you have used in the microwave. All the paper towels can be scrunched up and tossed into the bin.
  3. Hands Off
    There’s no constant flipping, checking or dabbing. This method for cooking bacon is completely hands-off. You only need to set the timer then let it cook away.

Disadvantages of Microwaved Bacon

However, it’s not all good news. There are a few negatives to using the microwave for cooking bacon:

  1. It Won’t be as Crispy
    Microwaved bacon will never be as perfectly crispy as bacon cooked in a pan or under a grill. The direct heat you get from these methods will always result in crispier bacon.
  2. Kitchen Towel Can Stick
    If you don’t act fast, kitchen paper will stick to the bacon. It will find a way of getting stuck in the smallest cracks and crevices, making it nearly impossible to remove. You have two options then: Throw the bacon out or stomach it and eat the bacon with the added towel.

Crispy Bacon Microwave

How to Defrost Bacon in the Microwave

To defrost bacon using a microwave, select the defrost setting, then zap in a microwave-safe dish for one minute. Flip the bacon over, then zap it for a further minute. If the bacon is thick, you may need to repeat this. Keep checking every minute to see if it has thawed through.

How to Reheat Bacon in the Microwave

If you want to reheat bacon, then the microwave is a great option. The method is fairly similar to cooking it. Line a dish with a kitchen towel, top with a layer of bacon and repeat. You only need to use singular sheets of paper towel as the bacon should have less fat when reheating.

Microwave for 20 seconds and check it is hot through. If not, continue to microwave on short 10 second bursts.

Final Summary

Ultimately, it’s possible to microwave bacon. In fact, it will often come out crispy and as good as grilled bacon. There is also the added advantage of it being far less messy. But there are disadvantages such as the fact that kitchen paper can stick to the bacon and isn’t foolproof.