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Air Fryer Bacon – Perfect Crispy Bacon in Air Fryer Recipe

Love crispy bacon? This Air Fryer Bacon recipe makes them perfect all the time!

We make bacon in air fryer because it’s so quick and easy (under 10 minutes!), and it’s much healthier than cooking in the stove-top or in the oven.


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What is Bacon?

Bacon is a type of salt-cured pork usually made from the belly, but can also be made from other parts like the loin and ribs.

Though bacon is typically associated with pork, you might also find turkey bacon which is a great alternative for people who don’t eat red meat.

Crispy bacon strips

Why Air Fryer Bacon?

Ever heard the saying, Everything’s Better With Bacon? It’s true!

A lot of people wonder if you can put raw bacon in an air fryer.

YES, you can and YOU SHOULD!

I personally love bacon and used to pan-fry them in batches to eat as snacks. But now, I just air fry them!

It’s so much easier because you just set and forget, and it reduces your cooking time by a lot!

Plus you don’t have to worry about it splattering on you or all over the stove.

So if you need a quick snack or topping for your burger or meal like Bacon Cheese Tater Tots, you can just make air fryer bacon!

I honestly enjoy just having these air fried bacon with some beer. It’s why I love Stratford’s Bacon & Ale trail!

Strips of Bacon on an Air Fryer Basket

Is Bacon Healthier in Air Fryer?

You may be wondering, is it healthier to cook bacon in air fryer?

Though air frying bacon won’t make the bacon healthy per se, it’s somewhat healthier than cooking on a pan or in the oven.

Why?

Because when you air fry bacon, all the oil and excess fat falls to the tray automatically so you’re eating less of those.

Air Fried Crispy Bacon

What You Need For Air Fryer Bacon

Equipment

Ingredients

  • Bacon – that’s it! I used the smoked bacon because I love the added flavour of Maplewood on the bacon.

    You can use thin or thick-cut bacon or even your own homemade bacon for this recipe.
Plated bacon made in air fryer

How To Cook Bacon In Air Fryer

Air fried bacon is so simple to make!

Place strips of bacon on the air fryer basket in a single layer without overlapping.

You don’t need to oil the basket because the bacon produces enough oil.

Bacon placed on Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven

How long to cook bacon in air fryer? It only takes 8 minutes at 400F (204C) to air fry bacon strips.

This has been tested with the Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven TOA-60. If you use a different Air Fryer, be sure to consult the manual on proper timing.

Crispy Bacon inside the Air Fryer

Some things to consider:

  • If you don’t want it crispy, you can reduce the time or the temperature.
  • If you are using thick-cut bacon, you’ll need to increase the time (9 minutes) or temperature (450F) to make it crispy. Vice-versa for thin strips of bacon.
Crispy air fryer bacon strips

Air Fryer Bacon Tips & Tricks

Can you reheat bacon in air fryer?

I get this question a lot, and the answer is:

YES!

I usually air fry the entire package of bacon and then just reheat after, which is a great strategy when the bacon is reaching expiration date.

To reheat the bacon, air fry them at 400F for 3-4 minutes.

Help! How can I prevent it from splattering and smoking in the air fryer?

One of the most annoying thing about cooking bacon is the smoke and oil splatters from the high heat.

No matter if you cook it on a pan, in the oven or air fryer, oil will splatter.

Unless you do this trick!

Add a thin layer of water on the drip tray/pan, enough to cover the surface.

The oil drips on the water as your air fry and it will not smoke or splatter anymore.

Travelling Foodie Tip: Cover the drip tray/pan with aluminum foil before adding water on top for easy clean up after!

This has been the best way I’ve found to avoid smoke and splatters in the air fryer while cooking bacon.

Some other tricks I heard were:

  • Put a slice of bread on the tray/pan – I find this a waste of food since you are most likely throwing away the bread after… unless you think it’s good enough to eat.
  • Put a wet paper towel on the tray/pan – I personally feel this can be a potential fire hazard. Also, the oil and water would still go through the paper towel making the drip tray/pan wet and oily after.
Crispy bacon slices

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Air fried bacon on plate

Air Fryer Bacon

Yield: 7 slices
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes

Perfectly crispy bacon all the time! All. The. Time! You will love this quick and easy air fryer bacon recipe that's great for a quick snack, side dish, topping or even a main dish.

Ingredients

  • 7 slices Bacon

Instructions

  1. Lay the strips of bacon on the air fryer basket
  2. Cook the bacon in air fryer for 8 minutes at 400F

Notes

  • Do not overcrowd and overlap the bacon strips so they get evenly air fried.
  • If you prefer a more tender bacon, you can reduce the temperature or the time.
  • If you are using thicker cut of bacon, you might need to increase the time or temperature in your air fryer.

  • Travelling Foodie Tips:

  • For easy clean-up, cover the drip tray/pan with aluminum foil.
  • To prevent smoke and splatters all over your air fryer, add a layer of water just enough to cover the surface of the drip tray/pan.
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    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 7 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 54Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 194mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 4g

    Please note that nutrition information you see is provided and automatically calculated by Nutritionix. This may vary depending on the specific ingredients that you use. To ensure the most accurate information, I suggest entering your specific ingredients into a nutrition calculator.

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    It’s such a great way to make perfectly crispy bacon all the time!


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