Crispy Air Fryer Bacon
If you’ve never made air fryer bacon before, you will from now on. This air fried bacon is a game changer! Wow, we’ll make this short and quick: Cooking bacon in the air fryer is amazing!
Easy Air Fried Bacon Recipe
Making Crispy Air Fried Bacon in the air fryer is a game changer for so many reasons. First of all, the bacon comes out crispy and fantastic! It’s easy to customize the texture if your bacon by lowering the temperature or cooking it a little less or more. You adjust the time to get the bacon to your own perfect crisp. There’s something for everyone when it comes to personalizing bacon crispness. Second of all, clean up is WAY easier than cooking it on the stove top. All splatters are perfectly contained in the air fryer basket. No messy cooktop!
Video Making Bacon & Baked Eggs in the Air Fryer
How Do You Air Fry Bacon in the Air Fryer?
- Bacon slices vary in thickness so adjust cooking times to get the bacon to your perfect crispness.
- Add a bacon slices in single layer. Add as much as your air fryer allows, but don’t let the bacon touch.
- Don’t crowd the basket with bacon or you will have excess oil burning. Thus, smoking.
- Flip the bacon at least once during cooking to get an even crispness. All the details are in the recipe box below.
Best Temperature to Air Fry Bacon?
We have some quick and easy temperature guidelines to follow for general results for bacon crispness. There’s several schools of thought for cooking bacon and every air fryer guide or manufacturer has their own recommended temperature. All details are in the recipe box below.
- Remember: test 1 piece of bacon first and see what your preferred temperature and time is.
- After that, you’re an expert and can customize the timing to your favorite crispness.
What are problems with cooking bacon in the air fryer?
The one main problem that everyone talks about is that if you cook too much bacon at once at a higher temp, oil will splatter on the heating element and cause smoking. Make sure to have the air fryer in a well ventilated kitchen or under the vent hood. It is more contained then when you pan fry the bacon, but the air fryer will still emit bacon steam. And only other issue is that if you walk away or don’t flip the bacon, you might get burned bacon.
Why is My Air Fryer Smoking? How to Prevent Air Fryer Bacon from Excess Smoking
- We have not had bacon smoking issues. But we think that if you cook too much bacon at once, all the oil will cause splattering, thus smoking. Try not to cook more than 4-6 pieces at a time for a large air fryer. And for smaller air fryer, try cooking 2-3 pieces at a time. The logic is simple, the more bacon you cook, the more oil that will splatter on the heating elements. The results are burning bacon grease and lots of smoking.
- Is your air fryer basket or trays/racks clean? If you have leftover oil, tidbits, residue from dinner three days ago then it’s very likely that will cause some smoking. Keep your air fryer cleaned and maintained for optimal cooking for the next dish.
- MAKE SURE TO HAVE GOOD VENTILATION: Air Fry the bacon in a well ventilated area. Turn on your kitchen exhaust fans and open up a few windows. You will get some smoking because that’s the nature of grease cooking at hot temperatures like air fryer bacon.
- There’s different methods that people have suggested. One of the most popular bits of advice is to add a little water at the bottom of the basket. If you’ve tried adding water at the bottom and it works, let us know!
Air Fryer Bacon Recipe
- 2-4 slices bacon depending on your air fryer basket size
- optional salt & pepper
- Lay bacon in single layer in your air fryer basket or tray. Try not to let the bacon touch each other. You want to allow hot circulating air to air fry between the pieces.
- Air fry the bacon to your desired crispiness – Here’s our general guidelines: For crispy bacon – 380-400°F for about 8-10 minutes, flip, For a less crispy soft bodied bacon – 340-360°F, 10-12 minutes, flip halfway, if needed.
- If you like the timing and temp for the way the bacon turned out, write it down and save it! If not, make adjustments on your next batch. If needed add a touch of extra salt &/or black pepper for extra deliciousness.
If your air fryer is preheated or if you are cooking multiple batches, you may need to reduce timing by a few minutes (unless preheating is called for in the recipe).
This recipe was originally published in 2019.