Cooking Bacon to Perfection (How to Cook Bacon on the Stovetop)

Nitrates are known carcinogens (cancer causing agents).  Things like bacon, hot dogs, ham, and all lunch meat under normal circumstances contain sodium nitrate,  used in the curing process. No one needs extra cancer causing things in their bodies, you get enough of that just being out in the world. So buying Nitrate free products in my opinion is worth the time (to find) and the money.  But if you are going to spend the $5 to $6 per pound for nitrate free bacon, you should know how to cook it!
I just cook a 1/2 slice for each of us; it’s not much, but it tastes good and goes well with breakfast.  I’m all about spreading out the goodness!
How to Cook Bacon on the Stovetop

How to Cook Bacon on the Stovetop

  • Author: Melissa - Bless This Mess
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Serving 1x


  • 2 slices nitrate free bacon


Place a stainless steel frying pan on burner over medium-low to medium heat.  Let pan warm for about a minute.

Cut bacon in half with scissors and place in pan.  The low heat is to allow the bacon to release some of it’s fat so that it doesn’t stick to your pan.  Once the bacon looks slightly translucent you will know it’s time to turn up the heat.

Turn the heat up to medium high and cook until lightly crisp on each side.  This take me about 5 to 7 minutes.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 1 SERVING SIZE: 2 slices
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 233.5 Fat: 22.2g Cholesterol: 37mg Sodium: 370.7mg Carbohydrates: 7g Sugars: 6g Protein: 7.1g Vitamin A: 6.2µg Vitamin C: 0mg

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I have a lot going on, and I’d much rather spend my time enjoying my messes than fretting about what I’m going to make for dinner. Over the past few years, I’ve nailed down a few strategies that helped me keep my kitchen running like a well-oiled machine, so I started Bless This Mess to help other mess-loving parents solve the nightly dinner delimma—no stress, no drama, just really great food your whole family will love. Read more...

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I know we all have our own methods of cooking this and cooking ….. and I would like to throw in my way of cooking bacon. I used to do it in the oven on a cookie sheet and that was years ago and then I just buckle down and went ahead and did it this way . I will post and it’s just far more easier it less time-consuming and last grease.

so I take the bacon and I put it on a couple paper towels on a microwaveable plate ~~~~a dinner plate~~~ and I put each slice out next to each other and then I put two paper towels over the top of it and I do that for about 4 and 1/2 to 5 minutes take a very quick peek at it …..if it still needs cooking don’t take it out just keep on cooking it maybe another minute and take a look at it.

it tastes wonderful so much better than cooking in the oven and cook it in the skillet is far too fatty maybe this will help someone and thank you for a great blog

Bless This Mess - About Me

I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.