Cooking Bacon in a Cast Iron Skillet

Simple steps for cooking bacon in a cast-iron skillet, perfectly. This recipe is for all of the bacon lovers! I’ve been cooking bacon for years in a heavy cast-iron skillet, resulting in perfectly cooked bacon every time.

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When one walks into a country kitchen and is greeted with the tantalizing smell of bacon sizzling and popping in a cast-iron skillet, they know they are about to experience an old-fashioned farmhouse breakfast cooked to perfection.

Served on the side for a hearty meal of homemade country sausage and buttermilk biscuits or over-easy eggs, pan-fried bacon on the plate is the best way to start the day.

I have been cooking and baking in cast iron skillets for nearly 10 years, and I am here to show you the best technique to get perfect bacon that is crisp every time with the stovetop method.

Is it OK to cook bacon in a cast iron skillet?

What Type of Bacon to Fry?

Before frying bacon in a cast-iron skillet, one must decide what type of bacon to fry. There are many different brands on the market, offering various thicknesses and types. The options range from uncured to cured, hardwood smoked, thick-sliced, organic, and even sugar free. The selections can seem endless.

The thickness can impact the overall texture of cooked bacon. Thinner-cut bacon will result in a more delicate crispy texture, while thick-cut bacon results in a more chewy texture.

My bacon of choice is hickory smoked, no sugar, uncured bacon. Not too thick nor too thin, it cooks up to the perfect crispy taste.

How do you cook bacon in a cast iron pan?

Is it Good to Cook Bacon in Cast Iron Skillet?

A good cast iron skillet is the classic choice for frying up bacon. In fact, when I get a brand new skillet, one of the first things I will fry up is a pound of bacon. Once bacon begins to heat up, it starts releasing the fat, which helps coat the skillet, creating a very well seasoned nonstick layer.

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Kitchen Essentials for Frying Bacon

Ingredients for Frying the Perfect Piece of Bacon

  • Whole pound of bacon, or more, because more is always better.
How do you clean cast iron after cooking bacon?

How do you Cook Bacon in a Cast Iron Skillet?

1: Place slices of bacon close together in a cold cast-iron skillet on the stove top. Strips of bacon can be slightly overlapped in a single layer, but don’t crowd them on top of each other.

2: Turn the burner on medium heat and let the bacon fry. As the fat is rendered out, the bacon cooks in its own fat. Cook the bacon until the desired amount of crispness is achieved on the first side.

3: Use tongs, flip bacon over. Cook several more minutes on the second side.

4: Remove the bacon from the pan as soon as it has reached the desired level of crispness. Lay the bacon on a towel which will help gather excess bacon fat.

5: Remove the cast-iron skillet from the burner.

6: Enjoy the perfectly pan-fried bacon while warm.

7: Once bacon grease has cooled, pour it into a glass jar and store for future use.

Can bacon grease be used to season cast iron?

How do you Keep Bacon From Sticking to the Pan?

Always start with a cold cast iron heavy skillet. When bacon is added to a hot pan with no fat, the bacon caramelizes, which results in a sticky mess. The fat needs to slowly render off the bacon, creating a non-stick frying surface.

Did you know that some brands of bacon have many added ingredients, including a lot of sugar? Sugar can easily burn on the cast iron skillet, resulting in a messy residue that can be hard to clean. So, look for bacon that has all-natural ingredients with little to no sugar.

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How do you Clean Cast Iron After Cooking Bacon?

If your cast iron skillet is well seasoned, cleaning it after cooking bacon should be a simple process. If there are bits of bacon or burnt spots left stuck on the skillet, use a spatula to remove them. Once the bits are removed, use a paper towel or a designated cast iron cleaning towel to wipe up any remaining grease.

Don’t bother to wash the skillet as the extra grease adds to the seasoning, creating a non-stick surface. If you wish to use hot water to rinse the skillet off, feel free to do this but never use dish soap on cast iron.

Can Bacon Grease be Used to Season Cast Iron?

Building up the seasoning on cast iron is one of the easy ways to care for your skillet. When you fry bacon, you add a thin layer of seasoning that forms an extremely durable surface. Bacon grease is a great way to season cast iron as it is fat and will help protect the skillet.

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What do you do with Leftover Bacon Grease in Cast Iron?

Growing up as a young girl, I remember a common scene in the farmhouse kitchen, on the back of the stove, was a can for collecting excess bacon fat. It was like  “liquid gold,” and it’s the kitchen secret that the country cook has known for making foods taste more flavorful for generations.

Bacon grease can be stored in small jars with a tight-fitting lid or in a bacon grease container for storage. I store bacon grease on the counter for short-term storage, and when ready to use, I dip out the amount that I need to use. However, bacon grease will last longer if stored in the refrigerator.

A tablespoon of bacon grease can be tossed in with farm-fresh green beans, used for frying sweet potatoes, making the most flavorful pan-fried chicken tenders, and of course, it makes the best over-easy eggs in a cast-iron skillet!

Use a small amount to season other cast iron skillets before cooking in them. After rinsing out your cast iron, dry it with a towel, Then add a small amount of bacon grease and rub it around with a dedicated cast iron cloth.

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How to Store Cooked Bacon

Skillet fried bacon is nice to have on hand to use in recipes or warm up for a quick breakfast. Once the bacon is cooked, place it in a glass refrigerator storage container with a tight-fitting lid. It can be kept in the refrigerator for up to five days.

Perfectly Cooked Bacon in Cast Iron Skillet

The Secret to Crispy Bacon – Tips and Tricks

  • Check the ingredients: Did you know that some bacon has many added ingredients, including a lot of sugar? Sugar can easily burn on the cast iron skillet, resulting in a messy residue that can be hard to clean. So, look for bacon that is all-natural with few added ingredients.
  • Start with cold skillet: No need to pre-heat the cast iron skillet. The skillet and bacon will heat up together. As the bacon slowly heats up, the fat begins to release, helping the bacon not stick to the skillet.
  • Thinly sliced bacon: If you like crispy bacon, choose thinner sliced pieces to fry. Thick cut bacon usually takes longer to fry and the texture results in a more chewier bacon.

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How do you cook bacon in a cast iron pan?

Cooking Bacon in a Cast Iron Skillet

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

Simple steps for cooking bacon in a cast iron skillet, perfectly. This recipe is for all of the bacon lovers! I’ve been cooking bacon for years in a cast iron skillet, resulting in perfectly cooked bacon every time.

Ingredients

  • 8 strips of good quality bacon - Applegate Naturals (no sugar)

Instructions

Step 1: Place bacon strips close together in a cold cast-iron skillet. Strips of bacon can be slightly overlapped but don’t crowd them on top of each other.

Step 2: Turn the burner on medium heat and let the bacon fry. As the fat is rendered out, the bacon begins cooking in its own fat. Cook the bacon until the desired amount of crispness is achieved on the first side.

Step 3: Using the tongs, flip the bacon over. Cook several more minutes on the second side.

Step 4: Remove the bacon from the pan as soon as it has reached the desired level of crispness. Lay the bacon on a towel which will help gather extra drippings. Enjoy the perfectly pan-fried bacon while warm.

Step 5: Remove the cast-iron skillet from the burner.

Step 6: Enjoy the perfectly pan-fried bacon while warm.

Step 7: Once bacon grease has cooled, pour it into a jar and store for future use.

Notes

The Secret to Crispy Bacon – Tips and Tricks

  • Check the ingredients: Did you know that some bacon has many added ingredients, including a lot of sugar? Sugar can easily burn on the cast iron skillet, resulting in a messy residue that can be hard to clean. So, look for bacon that is all-natural with few added ingredients.
  • Start with cold skillet: No need to pre-heat the cast iron skillet. The skillet and bacon will heat up together. As the bacon slowly heats up, the fat begins to release, helping the bacon not stick to the skillet.
  • Thinly sliced bacon: If you like crispy bacon, choose thinner sliced pieces to fry. Thicker-cut bacon usually takes longer to fry and has a more chewy texture.

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