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Get the most perfect crispy bacon every single time with your trusty air fryer! So easy and quick to make with no mess and an excellent addition to any breakfast!

Air fryer bacon served on a white plate.

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It’s no secret here that I love my air fryer! Such a quick and effortless way to cook so many foods and the results are always so good! Well, bacon is no different!

This crispy air fryer bacon takes minutes to prep and you can cook a whole pack at the same time, perfect if you are feeding a crowd! Make breakfasts a breeze or crumble it on top of soups or other recipes.

Use this air fried bacon on top of Sheet Pan Pancakes or in my Shrimp and Bacon Spinach Salad.

How to make crispy air fryer bacon

  • Lay bacon in an air fryer basket, bacon can overlap.
Raw bacon strips in an air fryer basket.
  • Cook on 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 12-15 minutes, turning every 5 minutes.
Bacon starting to cook the air fryer basket.
Bacon pieces nearly cooked.
  • Remove and enjoy.
Overhead shot of the bacon cooked in the air fryer basket.

My air fryer is smoking when cooking bacon

Some air fryers are known for smoking while cooking bacon, but you can remedy this pretty easily. Place a little water in the bottom of the basket or a piece of bread to soak up the grease can reduce the smoking.

Always use a clean air fryer when cooking bacon or other greasy meats to reduce the amount of smoke, and be sure to clean out the grease before using your air fryer again.

How long does it take to cook bacon in an air fryer?

A full 12 ounce packet of bacon will take between 12 and 15 minutes to cook, depending on how crispy you like it. If you are cooking less than the full pack, it will take around 8 to 10 minutes. Stir the bacon every 5 minutes or so so that it cooks evenly.

How long will it keep?

Once you have cooked your bacon, let it cool and it will keep well covered in the fridge for 4 to 5 days. I like to cook a whole pack of bacon and then I can add it to dishes in the week for a burst of flavor.

You can also reheat it in the air fryer at 375F for 3 to 5 minutes.

5 pieces of cooked bacon in the air fryer basket.

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • Keep an eye on that bacon. Some air fryers will cook bacon faster than others. Watch it closely to avoid overcooking.
  • If you’re cooking less than a pack of bacon, your bacon will cook much quicker, in about 8-10 minutes.
  • This method works for pork and turkey bacon.
  • If you don’t want your bacon to curl, cook less at a time and lay them in a single layer. They’ll still curl a little. I like curly bacon pieces though 🙂
  • I used the oven directions on the back of the bacon to figure out the approximate cook time for the air fryer. I usually go 30 degrees below the recommended oven temperature and I cut the time about 20%. That’s one of the best air fryer tips to have.

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Air fryer bacon served on a white plate.
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Crispy Air Fryer Bacon

Get the perfect crispy bacon every single time with your trusty air fryer! So easy and quick to make with no mess and an excellent addition to any breakfast!
Course Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fried bacon, how to cook bacon in an air fryer, how to cook crispy bacon
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 236kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 12 oz pack of bacon

Instructions

  • Lay bacon in an air fryer basket, bacon can overlap. Cook on 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 12-15 minutes, turning every 5 minutes. Remove and enjoy.

Notes

  • Keep an eye on that bacon. Some air fryers will cook bacon faster than others. Watch it closely to avoid overcooking.
  • If you’re cooking less than a pack of bacon, your bacon will cook much quicker, in about 8-10 minutes.
  • Some air fryers are known for smoking while cooking bacon. Place a little water in the bottom of the basket or a piece of bread to soak up the grease can reduce the smoking. Also, always use a clean air fryer when cooking bacon or other greasy meats to reduce the amount of smoke.
  • This method works for pork and turkey bacon.
  • If you don’t want your bacon to curl, cook less at a time and lay them in a single layer. They’ll still curl a little. I like curly bacon pieces though 🙂

Nutrition

Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 375mg | Potassium: 112mg | Vitamin A: 21IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
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Debra

Tuesday 14th of September 2021

The bacon came out great! I am new to air frying food and I appreciate your tip about putting water in the basket to cut down on the smoke!

Linda

Tuesday 8th of December 2020

Just want to thank you for all the recipes you post. Thanks again

Michael Adams

Tuesday 8th of December 2020

Hi Tanya, thank you for your recipes. I thought I'd share how I cook bacon with you as I always get compliments on the taste. Here's how I do it: I take a pack of frozen bacon and defrost it on a china plate, covered, in the microwave until the pieces completely separate. Throw away the liquid that melts off, this is where the flavour changes, that juice is full of salt & some fat. Now I just cook it in the air fryer or frying pan, on med-low to the colour and texture desired. Take the cooked pieces out and dry them out with paper towels. Let me know if your family finds the taste better.