Do you know just how easy it is to make crispy Air Fryer Bacon? Well it’s very easy, and quick too! Stick around and I’ll show you exactly how to cook bacon in your air fryer.
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This may be my new favorite way to cook bacon ever, it’s quick, easy and very convenient, even my kids can pull it off!
We do love our Air Fryer and often use it for convenience over the oven to cook all sorts of things including my kids current favorite which is Air Fryer Chicken Wings, and I usually serve them with a side of Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries.
Air Fryer Bacon FAQ’s
- Do I need to preheat it for this recipe? – No, you don’t need to wait for it to preheat it to cook bacon.
- Can you cook bacon in an air fryer toaster oven? Yes you can but I don’t have one so I’m unable to test it to know exactly how long it would take to cook, but I would think the timing would be similar.
- My Air Fryer smokes when I cook bacon, what can I do? Some models of air fryer seem more prone to this than others. You could try reducing the heat a little to see if that helps, or you could try adding a slice of bread in the drawer under the basket where the grease collects to absorb the rendered fat from the bacon. Others have reported success preventing smoking fat by adding a little water to the grease collecting part of the basket
- Can I double up the bacon slices? No, you need to cook them in a single layer so that the bacon is evenly cooked. If you have a lot of bacon to cook you will need to make it in batches, and don’t forget to empty out the grease between batches.
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How to Make Air Fryer Bacon
Quick, easy, and with minimal fuss this is the quickest and easiest way to cook bacon!
- 8 slices thick cut bacon
TIP: Please note that some air fryer models may smoke a lot when bacon is cooked due to the grease. To mitigate this you can turn the temperature down a bit more when cooking which may help. You can add a slice of bread under the basket (where the grease collects) to absorb the excess fat. Some people have had success adding a little water to the basket where the grease collects instead.
Lay the bacon in strips into the basket of your air fryer in one single layer, do not double up the layers. You may need to cut some of the bacon slices to make it fit. If you overlap those pieces they will not be as cooked as the others.
Heat your air fryer to 350°F and close the drawer (with the bacon!)
Check the bacon after about 4 minutes for thin cut bacon, and at 6 minutes for thick cut to see if it's done, it will probably take 3-5 minutes more but not all air fryer models are the same.
If you want to cook more than one batch of bacon you will need to empty the grease from the basket after every batch to prevent it from smoking.
Once the bacon is cooked remove and place on a plate with paper towels to absorb any excess grease.
Air Fryer Models – If you’re looking to buy an Air Fryer then be sure to check the capacity of the basket first, the smaller models will only cook enough food for about two people at a time. In general the toaster oven style air fryers have a much larger capacity but they are usually more expensive.