Crispy Turkey Skin Bacon

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

crispy turkey skin bacon
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!

Crispy Turkey Skin Bacon


  • 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).

    Elise Bauer
    Elise Bauer
  3. Remove from oven, let cool to touch. Crumble and serve:

    over salads, on soup, on twice baked potatoes, etc.

crispy turkey skin bacon
Elise Bauer
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
255 Calories
23g Fat
0g Carbs
11g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 255
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 332mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 80mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.