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Air Fryer Bacon

The best tasting bacon comes from….. the air fryer!! I love using my oven to make large batches of bacon, but for busy mornings and the tastiest bacon I use my air fryer! Get perfectly cooked thick cut bacon in only 15 minutes.

4 strips of crispy bacon on a gray platter

Highlights

  • Just because someone at a cooking magazine says you can’t cook bacon in an air fryer doesn’t mean it’s true! My family loves air fryer bacon.
  • It comes out crispy and cooked perfectly without the mess of cooking it in the microwave or on the stove.  I’ve tested out thin bacon, center cut bacon, thick cut bacon and I can tell you that making it in the air fryer wins for taste.
  • If you know a few tricks about the how to make bacon in the air fryer, I’m pretty sure it will become your new favorite method too.

package of thick cut bacon

Ingredient Notes

  • I used thick cut bacon as I think it yields the best overall results. Feel free to use what you prefer, just remember to adjust the cooking time.

air fryer basket with raw bacon next to bacon package

Preparation Notes

  • Make sure you arrange the bacon in a single layer and try not to have the pieces touching too much
  • It doesn’t have to be perfect and probably will be a little too long but make sure you leave room for the air to circulate
  • Cut the pieces of bacon in half if needed depending on the size of your air fryer basket
  • Flip the bacon after 10 minutes or about 2/3 of the way through to make sure it crisps up on both sides

4 strips of raw bacon in air fryer basket

Equipment Notes

flipping bacon in air fryer basket half way through cookingRecipe Notes

  • To keep the air fryer from smoking add a thin layer of water to the bottom of the basket
  • Once bacon is done cooking move to a paper towel lined plate to absorb any excess grease
  • Use tongs to move bacon easily without burning yourself

4 strips of cooked bacon in air fryer basketHow To Store Leftovers

  • Let cool completely then store in air tight containers in fridge up to 3 days 

4 cooked strips of bacon on a paper towelHow To Make In The Oven

  • See How to Make Bacon in the Oven post
4 strips of cooked bacon in air fryer basket

Air Fryer Bacon

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The best tasting bacon comes from….. the air fryer!! I love using my oven to make large batches of bacon, but for busy mornings and the tastiest bacon I use my air fryer! Get perfectly cooked thick cut bacon in only 15 minutes.
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Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:20 mins

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 slices thick cut bacon

Instructions

  • Lay bacon in single layer in air fryer basket
  • Set air fryer to 350 degrees for 15 minutes
  • Flip bacon after 10 minutes
  • When bacon is done cooking to your preferred crispiness remove to paper towel to remove excess grease

Notes

  • Add a thin layer of water to the bottom of the basket to keep it from smoking
  • Once bacon is done cooking move to a paper towel lined plate to absorb any excess grease
  • Use tongs to move bacon easily without burning yourself
  • Let cool completely then store in air tight containers in fridge up to 3 days 

Nutrition

Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 238mg | Potassium: 71mg | Vitamin A: 13IU | Iron: 1mg
Course: Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 slices
Calories: 150kcal

 

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