Bacon lovers rejoice! Air Fryer Bacon is the quickest and best-tasting bacon ever! Now you can have perfectly cooked bacon ... Every ... Single ... Time. Bacon in the air fryer is the easiest bacon to cook, and you can make it exactly how you like. Crispy or less crispy? No problem. Cook time is just 9 minutes, and cleanup is a breeze with absolutely no splatter! Give it a try! You won't cook it any other way!
Like most people, we love bacon. I mean, who doesn't? It tastes so good served as a side dish with Buttermilk Sheet Pan Pancakes or Buttermilk Belgian Waffles. Or how about served in Oven-Baked Omelet Casserole or a soup or salad for added flavor?
The options are endless in how to serve bacon. Now that we have discovered how easy it is to cook bacon perfectly in the air fryer, we have been enjoying it in homemade BLT sandwiches made with soft and fluffy Air Buns or in 3 Ingredient Flatbread with vine-ripened tomatoes. Yum!
You'll Love Air Fryer Bacon!
- easiest bacon ever to make
- cooks in 10 minutes or less
- no-mess, splatter-free kitchen
- easy clean-up
- perfectly cooked bacon every time
- hands off cooking 🙂
You only need 1 ingredient .... bacon!
I buy bacon from Costco and freeze it. That way, it is so much cheaper, and I always have it on hand when I want it.
How to make Air Fryer Bacon
Preheat the air fryer to 370 degrees F. Add 1 cup of water to the air fryer to prevent smoking during cooking.
Place slices of bacon in a single layer on the air fryer basket. They can be touching each other, don't worry about leaving space between the bacon. It shrivels up a lot, so there will be lots of air circulation.
Air fry bacon for 9 minutes. For more tender and less crispy bacon, reduce cooking time to 7-8 minutes—no need to flip during cooking time.
Using tongs, remove cooked bacon and place on a paper towel to absorb any remaining grease.
The awesome part about using the air fryer is the bacon grease drips down underneath the tray, so the bacon doesn't sit in grease. This results in bacon that is much less greasy than the usual method of cooking bacon.
Air Fryer bacon is crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. It's perfect!
Hint: Add 1 cup of water to the air fryer tray to prevent smoking. Empty the grease in the air fryer between batches and wipe clean with a paper towel.
Change things up by cooking turkey bacon. Follow the same instructions as you would for regular bacon.
Cook thick-cut bacon in the air fryer. It also cooks awesome in the air fryer! Just increase the cooking time to 10-13 minutes.
To make the best bacon, you need an air fryer. The one I use is the COSORI Air Fryer. It was very reasonably priced and has a large basket so I can easily cook for my family.
I also recently bought this Ninja Air Fryer as well (because heck, sometimes you need 2 ;). It has a 5.5 qt basket, and it also dehydrates, perfect for dehydrating fresh mint and hot peppers!
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Store cooked bacon in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
Store cooked bacon in a freezer bag for up to 4 months.
Make sure to add water to the air fryer before cooking.
Empty the grease every time before cooking another batch of bacon. Wipe clean with a paper towel.
I want to point out that the time I cook bacon in the air fryer is based on my own air fryer. All air fryers cook differently, so check periodically to make sure your bacon is not burning toward the end of the cooking time.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Regular-cut bacon - For softer bacon, cook at 370 degrees F for 7 minutes. If you like your bacon more well done and crispy, cook for 8-9 minutes.
Thick-cut bacon - For softer bacon, cook at 370 degrees F for 10 minutes. If you like it crispier, cook it for 11-12 minutes.
Yes! You will have to increase the cooking time by about 5 minutes.
Add 1 cup of water to the air fryer tray before cooking. Alternatively, you can lay a piece of bread underneath the air fryer tray, and it will absorb any grease and prevent smoking as well.
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Air Fryer Bacon
- Air Fryer
- bacon as many slices as you want
- 1 cup water
- Preheat the air fryer to 370 degrees F. Add 1 cup of water to the air fryer to prevent smoking during cooking.
- Place slices of bacon in a single layer on the air fryer basket. They can be touching each other, don't worry about leaving space between the bacon. It shrivels up a lot, so there will be lots of air circulation.
- Air fry bacon for 9 minutes. For more tender and less crispy bacon, reduce cooking time to 7-8 minutes -no need to flip bacon during cooking time.
- Using tongs, remove cooked bacon and place on a paper towel to absorb any remaining grease.
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended