Crispy, delicious Air Fryer Bacon is so easy to make! No grease splattering all over your kitchen. If you’ve never made bacon in your Air Fryer, today is the day to start!
Today I am showing you how to cook bacon in your air fryer which, by the way, is the easiest way to do it! As a long time bacon fan, I have tried every method and using the air fryer is the best way to make perfectly cooked crispy bacon.
Why this Method Works!
- What I love about cooking it this way is that there’s no splattering grease to deal with. I always hate when my stove top is covered in splatters – with an air fryer you don’t have to worry about that.
- It’s fast! You can cook several strips at the same time in 10 minutes.
- It’s an easy way to cook a big batch of bacon with hardly any mess. Have you ever tried cooking bacon for a crowd on the stove? It’s a challenge! The air fryer makes it so easy.
- It comes out perfectly cooked and crispy. Depending on how crispy you like yours, you can easily adjust the cooking time.
Don’t have an air fryer? No worries! You might like to try my oven bacon which is another easy way to cook a big batch without all of the mess. It just takes a little longer than this air fryer method.
If you have an air fryer, I’m pretty sure you’ll use it to cook bacon from now on and never cook it on the stove again. Serve it with scrambled eggs or use it to make breakfast sandwiches – your family will love it!
Cooking Steps and Tips
Depending on how thick your bacon is the cooking time will vary. I use the thick-cut kind which takes seven to ten minutes depending on how crispy I want it. If you use thinner cut bacon you will need less time to cook it.
- Place the strips in a single layer in the air fryer. Set the temperature to 390 degrees.
- I recommend cooking it for seven minutes and then check on it for doneness. If you want it crispier cook it up for three minutes longer for a total of 10 minutes.
- Transfer it to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the excess grease.
This will depend on the size of your air fryer. You can cook as many as you can fit in a single layer. Avoid overlapping the strips too much otherwise they won’t cook evenly. A little overlap is okay since the bacon will shrink as it cooks.
You can make as much or as little as you like. I can cook 16 ounces in two to three batches. You can keep cooked bacon warm in the oven while you finish the rest.
You don’t have to flip it while it’s cooking. Just leave it until it’s nice and crispy!
I haven’t tested frozen bacon and cannot say for sure how it will turn out. The nice thing about using unfrozen bacon is that you don’t have to do much while it cooks (except check on it). The cooking time will also vary if you use frozen.
I have not experienced this issue, but it may depend on the kind of air fryer you are using. The smoke is caused by the excess grease that drips to the bottom of the air fryer, so placing a piece of bread underneath the basket will absorb it and can help reduce the smoke.
If you have a lot of grease after the first batch, it’s a good idea to drain it off before you cook the next batch. Don’t pour it down the sink, though. You should collect it in a jar or other safe container.
I have also lined the basket with a paper towel to soak up the grease and that helps too!
This will depend on how big your air fryer basket is. I’m able to lay whole strips in mine, but you can cut your strips into smaller pieces to fit more in a single layer.
Breakfast is going to be so much easier once you try this air fryer bacon! It’s perfectly cooked, so crispy and so much easier to make! If you want some ideas for dishes to serve with it, be sure to check out some of these favorite breakfast recipes, too:
- My Spinach Frittata is so easy to make and perfect with a side of crispy bacon!
- Make a big batch of Homemade Pancakes to go with it, too. My recipe is so easy and always a hit when I make it!
- We love a comforting weekend breakfast and my Biscuits and Gravy Casserole is an easy make-ahead breakfast or brunch dish!
- Shortcut Air Fryer Donut Holes are made with biscuit dough and ready in 15 minutes!
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- 16 oz thick cut bacon
- Place a layer of bacon in the air fryer basket making sure not to overlap.
- Set the Air Fryer to 390 degrees.
- Cook bacon for 10 minutes. Check at the 7-8 minute mark for doneness. Depending on the thickness of bacon and how crispy you like your bacon will vary the cooking time.
- When time is done and bacon is cooked to desired doneness remove from the Air Fryer and place on a plate lined with paper towels to drain grease.
- Repeat with remaining bacon.