We’re all obsessed with air frying bacon. It’s hard to not love cooking bacon in the air fryer. The results are always crispy and amazing strips of bacon that can be used in so many different ways.

bacon recipes in the air fryer

Have you tried air frying bacon yet?

If not, you have to try air fryer bacon. It’s so easy to make bacon crispy and fantastic. 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!

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Easy Bacon recipes in the air fryer

Here’s our top recipes that use bacon. You’re going to love these!

bacon recipes in the air fryer

Does this technique work for all types of bacon?

There’s a whole world of bacon that will open up to you once you research this. Pork belly is such a popular dish and there’s so many ways that it’s cured. Here’s a great article about different types of bacon. Our time, technique and tips are for American style bacon because of the higher fat content. If you’re using a leaner type of bacon, then reduce cooking time in half. Check the bacon and if you want it more crisp, then add about 2 more minutes intervals.

If bacon is smoking, read this:

  1. 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.
  2. Try slice of bread to soak oil for minimizing smoking: For the air fryer basket, we like to add a slice of bread under the tray/rack. This can help soak up excess splattering oil and help minimize the smoke. It won’t eliminate all the smoke, but it can certainly help.Lifting air fryer tray to remove bread slice
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. Read our detailed article about why your air fryer is smoking.
air fryer bacon in basket

Air Fryer Bacon

BEST TIP: Test 1 piece of bacon first so you can see what your preferred timing and crispness is based on your air fryer mode. Everyone has a personal preference for bacon crispness. If you find that your Air Fryer can cook it better when it's hotter, then go for it. Timing varies with different size air fryer styles and models. 
Air frying bacon in best in basket style air fryers. Oven style air fryers will be messier.
Thickness of bacon will change cooking time too. Air fry a little longer for thick cut bacon.
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  • 2-4 slices bacon depending on your air fryer basket size
  • optional – slice of bread , to absorb bacon drippings minimizing smoking
  • optional salt & pepper



  • Optional – To minimize smoking, add a slice of bread under the air fryer perforated tray. Place the perforated tray back into the basket.
    Placing slice of bread under air fryer tray
  • Do not preheat the Air fryer (if air fryer is already preheated, reduce cooking time). Lay the bacon slices in single layer in your air fryer basket. Try not to let the bacon overlay each other too much. It will prevent them from crisping evenly.
    Uncooked bacon in single layer in air fryer
  • Air fry at 380°F/193°C for 8 minutes. Flip the bacon.
    Partially cooked bacon in air fryer
  • Continue to Air Fry for 1-3 minutes, or until crisped to your liking.
    Fully cooked bacon in air fryer
  • Discard the bread under the air fryer perforated tray. 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.
    Lifting air fryer tray to remove bread slice


FOR SOFT BACON: For softer bacon, Air Fry at 340°F/170°C. Start with the same timing as above. Add more time as needed. 
GOOD VENTILATION: Make sure to cook 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. Please read the full recipe write up about excess smoking and best practices for cooking air fryer bacon. 

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).


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 91kcal, Protein: 2g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 14mg, Sodium: 145mg, Potassium: 43mg, Iron: 0.1mg