How to Cook Bacon in the Air Fryer

Simple directions on how to make bacon in the air fryer which is very quick, less messy than traditional frying, and super crispy.

I’m a huge fan of baking bacon in the oven because you can make a large quantity at once, there’s much less mess compared to frying it on the stove, and it’s a pop-it-in-and-forget it kind of thing. That being said, it takes a little longer than traditional frying.

When I want a small amount of bacon quickly, though, I have started frying my bacon in the air fryer, and it is awesome. The air fryer cooks the bacon up really quickly and nice and crisp. It also it much less messy than frying it on the stove top. And I’ve found that air fryers are really easy to wipe or rinse clean and move on. I love air frying bacon.

What’s the best air fryer?

I feel like that comes down to preferences and needs really. I looked at one that was rated #1 but it cost over $300. I didn’t want to pay that much for a new appliance so I went with the Ninja 4 quart air fryer that was “Amazon’s Choice” when it came to my air fryer search. I love it. The only thing I would do differently next time is get a larger capacity. I have a big family and the 4-quart just isn’t quite big enough. I’m pleasantly surprised at how much I use the air fryer and I’m really glad I got one. It cooks things quickly, it’s easy to use, and everything comes out super crispy. I’ll never bake tater tots in the oven again – air fryer all the way!

Tips for cooking bacon in the air fryer:

  • I found that thick cut bacon worked best in the air fryer as it tended to not curl up and get moved around as much by the circulating air.
  • Don’t be afraid to open up the air fryer while it’s running to check on things. If the bacon is getting moved around too much while it’s cooking, simply take tongs and put the bacon back in a single layer.
  • Drain the grease from the cooked bacon before starting a second batch.

Simple directions on how to bake bacon in the air fryer which is very quick, less messy than traditional frying, and makes the crispy bacon you've had.

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How to Make Bacon in the Air Fyer


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 1 min
  • Cook Time: 8 min
  • Total Time: 9 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x

Description

Simple directions on how to make bacon in the air fryer which is very quick, less messy than traditional frying, and super crispy.


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Ingredients

  • 4 strips of bacon, cut in half

Instructions

  1. Turn on your air fryer and preheat it to 375 degrees for 2 minutes.
  2. Place the bacon halves on the rack that came with the air fryer (so they aren’t sitting directly on the bottom) in an even layer.
  3. Cook for 5-8 minutes until cooked to your liking. If the bacon moves or curls while cooking, simply use tongs to keep everything in a single layer.
  4. Use tongs to remove the bacon from the air fryer and place it on a paper towel to absorb the extra grease.
  5. Enjoy hot or use in your favorite recipes.

Notes

  • I found that thick cut bacon worked best in the air fryer as it tended to not curl up and get moved around as much by the circulating air.
  • Category: side
  • Method: air fry
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: how to cook bacon, bacon, bake bacon, air fryer, breakfast

I found that thick cut bacon worked best in the air fryer as it tended to not curl up and get moved around as much by the circulating air.

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Not only does the air fryer lessen the mess, it makes the most uniformly crispy bacon I’ve ever had. No burnt ends and soft ends. The whole thing is cooked to crispy bacon perfection.

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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