Air Fryer Bacon

Published Date: September 2, 2022


Category: Air Fryer Breakfasts

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After cooking bacon in the air fryer, you will never go back to traditional stove-top or even oven baked methods. Air Fryer Bacon comes out perfectly crispy every time, cooks in under 10 minutes and doesn’t require you carefully turning bacon over hot, spitting oil! You can even let the drained bacon grease cool below the basket and quickly wipe it clean!

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound of bacon (thin, regular or thick cut)

How to Cook Bacon in the Air Fryer

Step 1: Place half of the bacon strips in the air fryer basket in a single layer. (If you are using a basket air fryer and cooking a 1 pound package of bacon, you will need to cook in two batches).

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Step 2: Set your air fryer to 390 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 3: Cook for 5 minutes then remove the basket, flip the bacon and cook for 5-6 minutes more depending on your desired crispiness.

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Step 4: Remove bacon and place on a plate with paper towels to absorb any excess fat. (If you are working in batches, just place the plated bacon in the microwave to keep warm while cooking the rest).

*see recipe card/notes for correct cooking times based on the type of cut you chose

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Cooking Times Vary for Different Types of Bacon

Depending on the type of bacon you choose, there will be different cook times.

  • Thin or regular cut bacon cooks up fast, use the times listed in the recipe card.
  • Thick cut bacon takes longer, cook for an additional 3-4 minutes total.
  • If you prefer chewier bacon, reduce the cooking time for both types of cuts by 2-3 minutes.

Make sure to do a test a batch first if you have never cooked bacon in an air fryer before, times and temperatures vary significantly between models! Different air fryers have varying cook times, and bacon can easily burn.

Re-heating Air Fryer Bacon

You can reheat your bacon quickly in the microwave if you have leftovers but I recommend just making enough for the desired servings…air fryer bacon is best served fresh and warm!

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FAQS & Helpful Tips

Can you put raw bacon in the air fryer?

Yes, definitely! Just law the raw bacon strips in the basket and consume once fully cooked.

Is air fryer bacon healthier?

Since the majority of the grease is drained through the basket grate while cooking, yes, air fryer bacon can be considered healthier than traditional stove-top bacon because its not sitting in and absorbing its own grease while cooking.

Is bacon better in the air fryer of baked in the oven.

Both methods work well but air fryer bacon is MUCH simpler to make because you don’t have to cook it as long as you would in an oven and you don’t have to drain hot grease half way through the process. Air fryer bacon typically gets crispier as well.

Try Some of My Other Favorite Breakfast Air Fryer Recipes

Air fried bacon on a green plate with scrambled eggs.
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Air Fryer Bacon


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Cook Time 8 mins
Servings 7
Calories 270 kcal
Air Fryer Bacon comes out perfectly crispy every time, cooks in under 10 minutes and doesn't require you carefully turning bacon over hot, spitting oil!

EQUIPMENT

  • Air Fryer, Cosori, 5.8 Qt

INGREDIENTS
  

  • 1 lb bacon, regular, thick or thin cut

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Place half of the bacon strips in the air fryer basket in a single layer. (If you are using a basket air fryer and cooking a 1 pound package of bacon, you will need to cook in two batches).
  • Set your air fryer to 390 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cook for 5 minutes then remove the basket, flip the bacon and cook for 5-6 minutes more depending on your desired crispiness.
  • Remove bacon and place on a plate with paper towels to absorb any excess fat. (If you are working in batches, just place the plated bacon in the microwave to keep warm while cooking the rest).

NOTES

Cooking Times Vary for Different Types of Bacon

Depending on the type of bacon you choose, there will be different cook times.
  • Thin or regular cut bacon cooks up fast, use the times listed in the recipe card.
  • Thick cut bacon takes longer, cook for an additional 3-4 minutes total.
  • If you prefer chewier bacon, reduce the cooking time for both types of cuts by 2-3 minutes.
Make sure to do a test a batch first if you have never cooked bacon in an air fryer before, times and temperatures vary significantly between models! Different air fryers have varying cook times, and bacon can easily burn.

NUTRITION

Calories: 270kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 8gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 429mgPotassium: 128mgVitamin A: 24IUCalcium: 3mgIron: 0.3mg
Course Air Fryer, Breakfast
Cuisine American
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