Air Fryer Bacon – Using an air fryer makes the most perfect, crispy bacon. And it’s SO easy!!
BACON, BACON, BACON, BACON, IT’S BACON!! Oh my gosh, have you ever seen those old commercials for Beggin’ Strips? They crack me up. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, just search for “It’s Beggin’ Time” on YouTube sometime.
And yes, today we’re making bacon in the air fryer. If you’ve never used your air fryer to make bacon, you’re missing out. I always thought that baking bacon in the oven was the best thing ever. Today, I’m pretty in love with making bacon right in my air fryer.
Using an air fryer to make bacon is so convenient especially when you’re making eggs or pancakes on the griddle, have bread in the toaster and are trying to set the table for breakfast all at the same time. Unlike having to stand over a stove and flip the bacon, you just kind of “set it and forget it” in the air fryer.
Prepping the Air Fryer
The first thing I like to do is put a bit of water in the bottom of my air fryer. Sometimes air frying foods like bacon can produce more “smoke” than you’re used to seeing come out of your air fryer. The water in the bottom of the fryer can help minimize that. I do, however, usually have a couple windows open in the kitchen when I air fry bacon.
You’re going to want to cook the bacon in a couple batches. Try not to overlap the pieces too much. The goal is to lay them out even and flat in your air fryer basket. I also use thick bacon rather than regular. I just think the slices are easier to handle and don’t tear as easily either.
Batten Down the Bacon
Each air fryer is a little different, but there’s a possibility the bacon is going to move around a bit during the air frying process.
If you see that happening (make sure you peek in and check on the bacon after five minutes or so to see how it’s coming along), you could always flip an air fryer rack upside down and place it on top of the bacon to hold it down. I’ve done that before, too.
In my air fryer, bacon only takes 5-8 minutes depending on how crispy you want it.
Our family likes our bacon “in between” – so, a little crispy and a little chewy. The results we’ve gotten with the air fryer have never been disappointing!
Beyond breakfast, I often use the air fryer to make bacon when I’m making pasta salads that call for bacon or even lettuce salads and burgers. It allows me to focus on the main course while the air fryer just does its job.
I mean, look at that bacon perfection. Go ahead, take a big bite! Let me know in the comments how your air fryer bacon turns out!
Air Fryer Bacon
Using an air fryer makes the most perfect, crispy bacon. And it’s SO easy!!
- Thick cut bacon (as much as you’d like to make)
- Fill the bottom of the air fryer 1/4 of the way full with water.
- Place a single layer of bacon in the air fryer basket.
- Preheat air fryer to 400º Fahrenheit and cook for 5-8 minutes.
- Check the bacon periodically while cooking to achieve the amount of crispness you prefer.