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My air fryer bacon recipe has been tested more than 50 times by my family now because my kids keep wanting it for breakfast! If my 5 year old wants it every morning, it’s a recipe worth keeping!

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Air Fryer Bacon on a white plate

My Family Loved Air Fryer Bacon Recipe

One morning I was making breakfast for the kids and my son requested bacon. I looked at my air fryer that was already cooking hash brown patties and wondered, can you air fry bacon?

So I pulled a few bacon strips out of the fridge and put them in our air fryer. I didn’t want to dirty any more pans, so why not try? Well, it was absolutely delicious and we were converted!

And when I tell you I’ve tested and ate this recipe more than 50 times now, I am not exaggerating. It’s probably a lot more by the time you’re reading this.

It’s caused my son to be bacon obsessed and now we always have a package of it in the fridge. But it’s all good because it’s quick to make and easy to add to our breakfast!

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It also doesn’t hurt that I love the recipe too and it’s the crispiest bacon I’ve ever had.

And, if you love bacon in the air fryer, try my frozen bacon, bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers, bacon wrapped asparagus, brussels sprouts with bacon, bacon wrapped hot dogs, and bacon wrapped shrimp recipes.

Why Should I Cook Bacon in the Air Fryer

  • It gets super crispy
  • It’s done air frying in less time than it takes my oven to preheat
  • I can cook it with other air fryer breakfast recipes at the same time
  • It cooks evenly every time
  • It helps drain off bacon grease unlike a frying pan
  • No splatter on the stove
Cutting  raw bacon in half with a knife

How to Cook Bacon in An Air Fryer

STEP ONE: Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees F.

STEP TWO: Place the bacon in an even layer inside the air fryer basket or tray. If your bacon is too long, cut them in half so they fit easily.

STEP THREE: Cook at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, until it reaches your desired crispiness. Remove and enjoy immediately!

Raw bacon in air fryer basket with a piece of bread under the basket

Air Fry Bacon Tips

  • Use these long tongs to remove any bacon from your air fryer. It’s saved me from burning myself plenty of times.
  • Use thick, uncured bacon. It’s the most flavorful!
  • Only cook in a single layer or your food will not cook evenly. Cook in batches if needed.
  • Flip the bacon halfway through to get it nice and crispy. It’s not mandatory, but I’ve found it gets that second side just a little crispier.
  • Season it with pepper, maple syrup, or brown sugar for some added flavor!
  • Place the cooked bacon on a paper towel after air frying to drain any remaining bacon grease.
  • Store leftover bacon in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days and reheat in a preheated air fryer at 330 degrees for about 2 minutes.
Air Fryer Bacon cooked on a white plate

WAys to Use Cooked Bacon

I love to cook a few extra strips of bacon each time we make it and use it for my lunches such as in my chicken bacon wrap, BLT pasta salad, turkey sandwich, and broccoli salad.

I also air fry my bacon when making recipes like my greens beans and bacon, potato skins, green bean casserole, twiced baked mashed potatoes, and bacon mac and cheese.

Air Fryer Bacon FAQs

Can You Put Raw Bacon in an Air Fryer?

Yes, I just pull the raw bacon out of the fridge and put it right in the air fryer! I find fresh raw bacon tastes the best when air fried. I’ve also pulled bacon straight from the freezer and air fried it in a pinch.

Crispy Air Fryer Bacon on a white plate with small brown cutting board

How to Keep Your Air Fryer From Smoking When Cooking Bacon

If using an air fryer basket, place a piece of bread or a little water underneath the air fryer basket to catch any grease.

If using an air fryer oven, place a drip tray lined with aluminum foil.

Do I Need to Preheat My Air Fryer?

Yes, every air fryer preheats differently, so I find I get the most codnsistently cooked food when I preheat my air fryers before putting food in it. It also helps get the bacon nice and crispy too!

How Long To Cook Bacon in The Air Fryer?

  • Regular bacon: For crispy bacon, cook at 350 degrees F for 8-9 minutes. For non-crispy, cook for 7 minutes.
  • Thick cut bacon: For the crispiest version, cook at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes. For non-crispy, cook for 9-10 minutes.
Closeup of Air Fryer Bacon on a white plate

How do you keep bacon from splattering in an air fryer?

I find cooking bacon in the air fryer higher than 350 degrees F causes it to splatter, so keep the temperature low. If I do notice any splatter, I will stick a piece of bread under my air fryer basket or use a drip tray lined with aluminum foil in an air fryer oven.

More Air Fryer Breakfast Recipes

Air Fryer Bacon on a white plate

Crispy Air Fryer Bacon

Samantha Erb
Crispy air fryer bacon cooked to perfection. Includes directions on how to make it extra crispy.
4.45 from 49 votes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Course Air Fryer Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 268 kcal

Ingredients

  • 7 ounces of bacon approximately 8 bacon slices

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees.
  • Place bacon in the air fryer evenly in one layer and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until your desired crispiness.* Cut the bacon in half if too long.

Video

Notes

To prevent splattering grease:
  • Air fryer basket: Place 1-2 pieces of bread or a little water underneath the basket.
  • Air fryer oven: Use a drip tray or a piece of aluminum foil under the crisper tray.
 
*Cook bacon an additional 1-2 minutes to make extra crispy and for recipes that calls for bacon bits.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 268kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 18gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 902mgSugar: 1g
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21 thoughts on “Air Fryer Bacon”

  1. I’ve trying the bacon in the oven air fryer right now. It’s at 350% and it’s been in there for 30 minutes and it’s still not done. Not sure what’s up with that.

    Reply
    • Hi Sandra, have you used your air fryer oven before? If it’s not done after 30 minutes, that sounds like there may be an issue with your air fryer not hitting temperature correctly.

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