Can You Fry Frozen Bacon?


Last updated on August 13th, 2022 at 08:41 am

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Bacon is a much loved type of meat. Many breakfasts feature bacon as a sizzling side or stuffed into a casserole. Even some burgers have a slice of the crispy meat as a topping.

There are different ways to cook bacon such as on a griddle, in a frying pan, and so on. But what if you have frozen bacon? Can you fry it?

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You can fry frozen bacon. Like with other frozen foods, it will take a bit longer to fry since it will need to thaw and cook all at once. But, if you have frozen bacon that you just can’t wait to thaw, you can fry it right away.

Bacon is cut from the side of the pig and long layers of fat make up this type of meat. It is cured and often smoked before being packaged for you to purchase at your local grocery store and then cook at your home. Bacon is delicious and should be cooked before you eat it. 

There are several ways to cook the meat, the most popular being to fry it. Usually people thaw bacon and then fry it but what if you want to fry frozen bacon? Can you? 

The answer to this question is yes, you can fry frozen bacon.

Is It Safe To Cook Bacon From Frozen?

So, you forgot to take the bacon out to thaw. Waiting for it to thaw would take way too long and you need to cook it quickly. Well, good news, you can fry frozen bacon. But, how safe it is to cook frozen bacon.

Although it is recommended to cook thawed bacon, it is completely safe to cook bacon from frozen. This can save you the time it takes to thaw but will make the cooking time a little longer than usual.

Usually you defrost meat before cooking it as it  will take the meat longer to cook if it is still frozen. If you want to cook frozen bacon in a skillet, this can be done as well. This method isn’t really recommended, but it is safe to do as long as the bacon is thorughl;y cooked through.

One thing to consider however is that often the way bacon is packaged it is very difficult to separate while it is still frozen. So you might have to get a massive pan to put the frozen bacon in until it has thawed enough for you to separate it. 

Do You Need To Thaw Bacon Before Cooking?

So, if you are in a hurry and need to cook bacon quickly, you can simply place the whole thing in the skillet and fry away. This is safe to do. 

But some of you may still be wondering, do you “need” to thaw bacon before cooking it?

It is recommended to thaw bacon before cooking it, but it isn’t necessary. Frozen bacon will still cook well and it is safe to eat if you cook it all the way through. The cooking process thaws and cooks all in one step.

The safest way to thaw bacon is in the refrigerator, in a bowl of cold water, or in the microwave. If you are in a time crunch, you can just cook the frozen bacon. You should never defrost bacon on the kitchen counter at room temperature. 

Do You Have To Thaw Bacon Before Air Frying/ Cooking In The Oven?

Most people love bacon. Whether it is a crispy side to a breakfast or used to top a cheeseburger, bacon is so delicious. We already mentioned that you don’t have to thaw frozen bacon before frying it, but do you have to thaw it before air frying it or cooking it in the oven? 

If you are in a hurry, you don’t have to thaw frozen bacon before cooking it in an air fryer or oven. It is safe and easy to thaw and cook all in one step in the air fryer and can get you yummy bacon in no time.

Once you have heated the frozen bacon up in the air fryer or oven so that its slices are easily separated, pull them apart and cook at a higher temperature. This will cook them all the way through. 

Then you can enjoy your air fryer or oven cooked bacon.

How Long Should You Defrost Bacon For?

Like we’ve been discussing, you can thaw and cook bacon in the frying pan. This can eliminate thawing the meat since that takes a while to do. It is still recommended to defrost bacon before cooking it, but how long does it take?

It usually takes about a day to thaw bacon in the fridge, about 10 minutes on the defrost setting of the microwave, and about an hour in a bowl of cold water. So, you need to plan ahead if you are going to be thawing a package of bacon.

If you forget to thaw that package of bacon, don’t worry! It will take a tad longer but you can skip the thawing process completely and head straight to cooking the strips of meat. 

So, if you are in a  rush, you can fry frozen bacon since bacon usually takes a while to defrost.

How Do You Cook Frozen Bacon?

It is recommended to thaw bacon (as well as all meat) before you cook them, but if you are in a rush or simply forget to take it out to defrost, you can fry frozen bacon. 

So, how exactly do you cook this frozen bacon?

When you fry frozen bacon, be sure to use low heat. Once the slices begin to separate from each other, you can begin increasing the heat. Then fry the separate slices of bacon until they are thoroughly cooked through. 

Some people like more crispy bacon while some like it a little more fatty. Then some like it in between. No matter how you like your bacon cooked, you can pop it puit of the freezer and put it straight into the frying pan without waiting for it to thaw first.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, you can fry frozen bacon. It is safe to fry frozen bacon as long as it is cooked all the way thought. Frozen bacon can be cooked in a skillet, air fryer, or oven. This can save you the time it would take the bacon to thaw which is usually a while.

Frying frozen bacon just adds a little bit of time to cooking the meat strips. It is recommended to thaw bacon (as well as any meat) before cooking it, but you don’t have to. If you are in a hurry, you can just put the frozen bacon in a skillet over low heat, separate the slices once it is defrosted, and then cook at a higher heat until cooked through. 

So, yes, it is easy and simple and you can fry frozen bacon.

Hannah R.

Hey, I'm Hannah and I'm the founder of Get Eatin'.

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