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This recipe will show you how to cook perfectly crispy bacon in your air fryer in under 10 minutes! You may never make it any other way!

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Air Fried Bacon

Why is this the BEST tasting bacon you will ever eat? Well, there a a few reasons. First, the taste. It gets perfectly crispy with no extra greasiness like bacon that is cooked in a frying pan. Most of the grease falls into the bottom pan, so it is healthier than pan fried bacon that you cook on the stovetop too.

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Second, the cleanup is a breeze because there is much less mess! If your air fryer parts are dishwasher safe (check with manufacturer’s instructions) all you have to do is put the parts in the dishwasher. If your air fryer manufacturer recommends it, cover bottom pan with aluminum foil. When air fryer is still a bit warm, just wipe the inside walls down with a sponge.

Thirdly, it cooks in less than 10 minutes, if you buy thin regular cut bacon! Thick cut bacon will take a couple minutes longer. Perfect for a quick addition to your meal!

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Be aware of the fact that different air fryers cook at different wattages. Therefore they will cook at different rates. The air fryer that I have based this recipe on the Cuisinart TOA60. I have really enjoyed learning how to cook with my air fryer in the last year. It is such a great time saver!

Tips for purchasing a new air fryer

Before you invest in a new air fryer, do your homework.

Buy an air fryer that is made by a reputable brand. I have heard terrible reviews on some of the knock-off brands.

Buy an air fryer that has a manual temperature control. I have found that I prefer to cook certain smaller items, like this bacon at low temperatures. They have less tendency to burn on the edges, yet finish off super crispy!

Buying an air fryer that is multifunction, increases your cooking capacity. For instance, for Christmas, I had multiple items in my oven, so I cooked a few things on the convection bake mode of my air fryer.

What you will need

All you need is good bacon. No additional ingredients needed.

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Pro tips for cooking the best bacon ever!

Buy good quality bacon. Bacon that has no nitrates or nitrites is healthier and tastes better.

Cook at a lower temperature so that the edges don’t get too browned and the centers not done.

In the basket air fryers, the bacon grease may produce white smoke. The best solution to avoid this is to add a few tablespoons of water to the bottom tray.

If cooking a second batch of bacon, drain the excess grease from bottom tray, prior to doing an additional batch. Do not pour hot bacon grease in your sink, it will clog your drain.

How to cook bacon in the air fryer

  1. Place bacon strips on air fryer basket in a single layer. Do not overlap bacon.
  2. Air fry bacon at 325°F / 163°C. Drain on paper towel, if needed.
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How long does it take to cook?

For my air fryer, it takes 3-4 minutes on the first side. Then I flip them and fry them 3-4 more minutes. If the pieces are thicker, 5 minutes on each side is usually enough. If you check and you prefer more crispy, just add an extra minute or two. We like our bacon extra crispy, so if you like yours less done, just adjust the time.

The first time you try a new recipe in your air fryer, make sure you watch the food closely, to avoid burning!

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What can you use it for?

Other delicious air fryer recipes

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I hope you like this air fryer bacon recipe. Try it today. You won’t be sorry!

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Air Fryer Bacon

This recipe will show you how to cook perfectly crispy bacon in your air fryer in under 10 minutes! You may never make it any other way!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 92kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $3

Ingredients

  • 8 slices bacon

Instructions

  • Line up bacon on air fryer rack. Don't crowd.
  • Preheat air fryer to 325°F/ 163°C for 3-4 minutes.
  • Air fry bacon for 3-4 minutes on first side.
  • Remove for oven and flip over.
  • Continue to cook for additional 3-4 minutes, or until desired doneness
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Notes

 
General Air Fryer Tips
Air Fryers vary in wattage, and therefore in cooking times. This recipe is based using my Cuisinart TOA60. If your air fryer is different, carefully watch food the first time you make it, so that it doesn’t burn.
Preheating your air fryer will give you the best, crispiest result. Check your brand of air fryer user manual to see if preheating is recommended.
Air fryers preheat in about 3-4 minutes. Use cooking spray or a fine mist sprayer to spray food prior to cooking, with the exception of baked goods.
Don’t overcrowd foods so air can circulate all around. Flip foods over half way through cooking.

Nutrition

Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 146mg | Potassium: 44mg | Vitamin A: 8IU | Iron: 1mg
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8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is perfect because I have this exact same air fryer, but I haven’t had much confidence for using it for anything but convection baking. Your bacon looks like it was fried in a pan – so much better than when I oven cook mine and it stay flat. Thanks for all the great tips!

    1. Oh, that’s great Pam! I love mine! Experiment with it some more. Once you get the hang of it, it’s awesome! Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    Bring on the bacon! Looking forward to starting my day off with this tomorrow; love how quickly I can prep this!

  3. I don’t own an air fryer but I’ve been thinking about getting one. And just seeing how well the bacon turned out is one of the biggest selling points for me.

  4. The air fryer is such a versatile appliance I’m learning. I’ve been wanting one for a while I might need to finally invest! Sounds like a lot of fun to use and your bacon looks perfectly cooked!

    1. I really love mine! Do your research on a good one. I love that the fact that mine is multi function too! Thanks Tammy!

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