How to Cook Thick Sliced Bacon in the Microwave

by Serena Styles

Thick bacon has an intensified flavor.

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Bacon is traditionally cured strips of pork but can be made from turkey, chicken, beef, goat or lamb. Bacon strips are cut in varying degrees of thicknesses, which affects the texture of the meat. Thicker bacon can be chewier or crunchier, and it often has a richer flavor. Microwaving bacon is one of the quickest and simplest methods of preparing it.

Lay two paper towels over a microwave-safe dinner plate. Place the thick slices of bacon on the paper towels, positioned 1/4-inch apart.

Place one paper towel over the slices of bacon. Set the plate in the microwave. Microwave the bacon on high for six minutes.

Replace the top paper towel with a fresh one and continue microwaving for an additional three minutes. For crispy bacon, microwave for an additional six minutes.

Remove the plate from the microwave carefully. Allow the bacon to cool for three minutes. Serve the thick sliced bacon while hot.


  • Refrigerate leftover bacon immediately and consume it within two days.

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About the Author

Serena Styles is a Colorado-based writer who specializes in health, fitness and food. Speaking three languages and working on a fourth, Styles is pursuing a Bachelor's in Linguistics and preparing to travel the world. When Styles isn't writing, she can be found hiking, cooking or working as a certified nutritionist.