Did you know that air fryer bacon is a thing? Let me show you the best way to cook bacon in the air fryer.
And let me tell you, it is the most perfect, most delicious bacon I have ever had. Seriously! Even if you’re not a big bacon eater, this method will change your mind. It makes the crispiest bacon that will become your new favorite way to cook it.
Why is air fryer bacon so amazing? Well, it’s so much easier and less messy than traditional methods like stovetop, microwave, or oven baking. It’s simple, mostly hands-off, and the bacon grease effortlessly falls off into the bottom of the basket. It’s the king of easy recipes, giving you the best bacon with the least effort.
But wait, it gets even better! You can wash the air fryer parts in the dishwasher, making cleanup a breeze. Not all models may be dishwasher-approved, so double-check yours. Personally, I recommend the Avalon Bay Air Fryer for its consistently great reviews and reasonable price.
Now, let’s get down to business and learn how to cook bacon in the air fryer.
How to Cook Bacon in the Air Fryer
Here’s how you can cook bacon in the air fryer. Note: I used a twelve-ounce package from Trader Joe’s and did it in two batches.
The cooking process is simple. Start by arranging the bacon slices in a single layer in the air fryer basket. It’s okay if there are a few folds, but avoid overcrowding the pan.
Next, it’s time to air fry the bacon!
Air Fryer Bacon Cook Time and Temperature
How long do you air fry bacon? Ten minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit will do the trick. You can check halfway through to see if anything needs to be repositioned using tongs. Remember, bacon shrinks quite a bit when cooking.
After ten minutes, check if you want it any more done. I prefer mine well-done, so I usually go for an extra minute and a half. It turns out perfectly crispy and delicious.
Use tongs to transfer the air-fried bacon strips onto paper towels to blot and drain off any excess grease.
Crunchy outside, chewy inside, with a beautiful dark edge — just perfect!
By the way, I recommend emptying out the bacon grease before cooking the second batch. Trust me, once you try cooking bacon in the air fryer, you may never want to make it any other way again.
And if you’re a big bacon lover, getting an air fryer just for cooking bacon would be totally justified. It’s that good!
Now that you know how to cook bacon in the air fryer, get ready to explore more cooking possibilities with this amazing appliance. Stay tuned for more delicious air fryer recipes.
How to Prevent Air Fryer from Smoking
I’ve received feedback from some people who experienced smoke issues with this recipe. Here are a few tips to help prevent smoking:
- Add a cup of water to the lower pan.
- Alternatively, add a slice of bread to soak up the bacon grease.
- Try using rock salt (not regular salt) to absorb the grease.
- Line your air fryer basket with parchment paper made specifically for air frying. It allows for air circulation and prevents sticking. Check your specific model for the correct dimensions.
How Long Is Leftover Bacon Good For?
If you have any leftover cooked bacon, it can be stored in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days or in the freezer for up to one month.
Recipes with Bacon
Here are some other delicious recipes where bacon can be used:
- Chicken BLT salad with avocado.
- Classic club sandwich.
- Cobb salad.
- Irish potato leek soup.
- Chicken corn chowder.
And here are a few of my favorite breakfast recipes that pair well with bacon as a side:
- Egg muffins.
- Banana bread.
- Breakfast veggie scramble.
- Breakfast casserole.
- Whole wheat pumpkin spice muffins.
- Instant Pot hardboiled eggs.
- Blueberry oat muffins.
- Strawberry muffins.
- Irish corned beef hash.
- Double chocolate mocha muffins.
- Pumpkin spice bread.
- Tomato basil frittata.
Crispy Air Fryer Bacon Recipe
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