Crispy Turkey Skin Bacon

Turkey Leftovers

Turkey skins, seasoned with salt and pepper, and baked until crispy. Use like bacon!

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Okay, so this isn’t really bacon, but it tastes like bacon and you can crumble it over twice-baked potatoes or sprinkle it over bean soup.

This comes from a tip from a reader, who heard about it from Jacques Pepin.

Just take leftover skin from your Thanksgiving turkey, place it fat-side down on a baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and bake until crispy. Oo la la, this is good!

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Crispy Turkey Skin Bacon Recipe


  • Turkey skins (either already cooked, or raw)
  • Salt and pepper


1 Preheat oven to 375°F (or 350° convection).

2 Bake: Place turkey skins in a single layer fat-side down on a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Bake at 375°F until well browned and crispy (5-10 minutes if already cooked, longer if starting out raw).

3 Remove from oven, let cool to touch. Crumble and serve over salads, on soup, on twice baked potatoes, etc.

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  1. JJ

    You are the spawn of Satan! This just isn’t fair!

  2. hotredcar

    Just used this recipe..20 mins for raw skin to cook and great new item to use for seasoning and snacking.


  3. Glitterati

    Sorry, what is this “leftover turkey skin” of which you speak? ;) But if I ever do have any leftover, I’ll definitely be crisping it up. (And then eating it straight!)

  4. laurie

    This is great…I do the same thing with Salmon on the BBQ. Start skin side down, then flip, peal off the skin and then crisp both sides. A little sea salt and yummy. Thanks

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  5. Renee

    Very good idea! We love to eat the skin along with the turkey breast meat because of all the yummy herbs and spices that I put on it. However, I usually throw away whatever is left after cooking the meat off the carcass. This is a great way to use it instead! Thanks!!

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