How to Fry Bacon

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Crisp Bacon. Linda Larsen

Frying bacon is one of those kitchen skills it can take some time to master. It seems like a simple operation, but it can be fraught with peril. Learn how to fry bacon to enjoy this popular meat and use it in everything from main dishes to salads to appetizers or just as a snack.

To fry bacon to crisp perfection, start with a cold skillet. Carefully separate the bacon pieces from each other and place them side by side in the cold skillet.

Don't stretch the bacon as you remove it from the package. It can help to roll the package between your hands into a cone before you open it; this will help loosen the slices.

Now place the skillet over medium heat. The bacon will begin to sizzle and turn translucent. Here's the main tip: don't move the bacon until it releases easily from the pan.

You can gently lift the edges as the bacon starts to brown on the first side, but don't lift it or force it until it releases. Then turn the bacon, using tongs, and cook on the second side until it releases easily again. This whole process should take about 10 minutes for thin sliced bacon, or up to 15 minutes or so for thick sliced bacon.

Keep turning the bacon frequently for even cooking. The bacon is done when it looks like bacon! The noise will subside dramatically, and when there are no more pink, white, or translucent areas on the bacon, meaning the fat has been rendered out, it's ready.

Remove it to a paper towel to drain, then eat!

To learn how to bake bacon, see this article.