How to Crumble Bacon

Crumbled bacon has a variety of uses and can be added to recipes for texture and flavor. Salads, soups, casseroles, baked potatoes and stuffings are just a few of the dishes that crumbled bacon can enhance. Bacon is high in sodium, fat and cholesterol, with a whopping 11 milligrams of cholesterol in one slice, fried. For a leaner option, try turkey bacon.

Stovetop Cooking

Step 1

Place the bacon in the pan. Do not overlap the pieces so that they cook evenly.

Step 2

Place the pan over medium-low heat and cook until the bacon is browned to taste. Turn frequently.

Step 3

Remove the bacon from the pan and place it on a plate lined with paper towels to dry.

Step 4

Wait until the bacon cools and crumble with your hands.

Microwave Cooking

Step 1

Line a microwaveable plate with 2 paper towels.

Step 2

Lay 4 strips of bacon on top of the toweling. Do not allow the strips to lay on top of each other.

Step 3

Cover bacon strips with another paper towel.

Step 4

Microwave for 3 to 4 minutes for chewy bacon, or 4 to 5 minutes for crispy bacon. If you are using turkey bacon adjust time to 2 1/2 to 3 minutes for chewy, and 3 to 4 minutes for crispy.

Things You'll Need

  • Bacon

  • Pan

  • Paper towel

  • Kitchen shears

  • Slotted spoon


Cooking bacon in the microwave cuts down on fat consumption, as the fat soaks into the paper towels while the bacon cooks.