The easiest way to make bacon is in the air fryer. It’s crispy, quick, and makes very little mess. Try it next time you make breakfast.Jump to Recipe
Even though only half of the people in my household eat bacon, we still tend to cook some up almost every weekend. Tyler and I are in the “we don’t eat bacon” group and Justin and Ryan are part of the “give me all I can eat” group. For the longest time, Justin would pan-fry the bacon on a flat pan on the stovetop. While this worked, it was very messy.
A few months ago, during Prime Day on Amazon, I purchased an air fryer for myself. I had been wanting one for a while and found a great deal. One of the first things Justin made was air fryer bacon. And he hasn’t made it another way since then!
Advantages to Using the Air Fryer to make Bacon:
- It’s Healthier
- There is less mess to clean up
- The smell doesn’t permeate the house as much
- Set it and forget it, the air fryer does all of the work
Step by Step
Making air fryer bacon couldn’t be easier as you can put it in the fryer, set it, and walk away. We like to line the drip pan (NOT the tray) with foil to make cleanup even easier. Spread the bacon in a single layer on the air fryer tray. Justin likes to cut the bacon in half so it fits nicely on the tray.
Place the tray in the middle of the air fryer.
Bake at 400F until desired crispness. We have found the following times seem to work well:
- 8 mins = slightly chewy
- 9 mins = crispy
- 11 mins = very crispy/almost burned
Use a paper towel to blot off any excess grease from the bacon and serve warm.
Any leftover bacon can be stored in the refrigerator then reheated either in a pan or in the microwave until warm
Originally Published On: February 22, 2021
Air Fryer Bacon
- 6 slices bacon
- For easier cleanup, line the drip pan with foil
- Spread the bacon in a single layer on the air fryer tray
- Bake at 400F for about 9 minutes, until desired crispness
- 8 mins = slightly chewy9 mins = crispy11 mins = very crispy/almost burned
Air Fryer Bacon FAQs
The less fat you have on the bacon in the end, the healthier it will be. Because the fat is allowed to drip off as it cooks, rather than sitting in it, you will have less on the final food. Also, the crispier you make your bacon, the more fat will cook off, giving it less calories.
As an air fryer doesn’t need to preheat, it only takes as long as you need to cook the bacon. The longest we cook it is 11 minutes for very crispy bacon.
We find this is the easiest method as well as the quickest. You don’t have to wait for the oven to preheat. It doesn’t splatter grease as with cooking on a stovetop. And it gets very crispy unlike in a microwave.
As long as you aren’t adding any extra oil or fat to the bacon, it is safe to cook in the air fryer. In fact, I find it safer since you don’t run the risk of the bacon grease splattering as you try to flip it in the pan.