How to cook baconJanuary 11, 2024
Thin pieces of salted, cured pork, this versatile breakfast staple can be prepared in various ways to fully maximize its delectable flavour. Fried, grilled or oven-baked, enjoy the smokiness of the bacon on the side of your favourite dish – salted or sweet – with these exciting HelloFresh recipes.
How to fry bacon
To fry bacon, add a small amount of oil to a pre-heated frying pan on medium heat. Once hot, add the rashes of bacon and cook for three minutes on either side. If you prefer bacon crispierm, then leave each side for four minutes instead.
For a healthier frying method, skip the oil at the beginning and dry fry your bacon in the pan. This allows the meat to cook in its own fat and reduces the amount of added fat to the final dish.
How to grill bacon
Grilling bacon can be a healthier option than frying, as the fat can drip off into the grill, reducing the overall amount. To grill bacon, preheat your grill to a high temperature. After heating, cook the bacon rashers for two minutes on each side until they reach your desired level of crispiness. For those who prefer their bacon well-done with crispy edges, grilling is the better option.
How to cook bacon in the oven
Preheat the oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with aluminium foil. Place the bacon rashers on the tray, making sure they are spread out and not overlapping each other. Bake for 15 minutes and then continue to check every 30-second until the bacon is cooked as you like.
Whichever method you choose to cook your bacon, use some paper towel at the end to rest the meat and drain any excess fat before adding it to your recipe.
Everyday bacon recipes
Although bacon for breakfast is a classic choice, the versatility of bacon knows no bounds. Here are just a handful of the ways you can incorporate bacon into everyday recipes, for a crispy, salty twist.
Bacon in pasta
Cut through the creaminess of your favourite pasta sauce with pieces of crispy chopped bacon. Recipes like this Bacon and Mushroom Linguine or the Bacon Crusted Cheese and Spinach Penne Bake experiment with ways of cooking bacon for extra flavour and texture.
Bacon and gravy
While Brits will put gravy on anything, this pairing really works! Try recipes like these Bacon Wrapped Sausages with mash and gravy, which balances the saltiness of the bacon.
Adding bacon to a classic burger, sandwich or wrap will elevate the flavours of this quick and easy meal. Try the Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger or rise and shine to a Bacon and Sausage Breakfast Sandwich.
Take a look at the variety of recipes on the HelloFresh menu and discover new ways to cook bacon, and all of your other favourites, at home.