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Crispy Air Fryer Bacon

Making Air Fryer Bacon is so EASY! Enjoy crisp and evenly cooked bacon in under 10 minutes with the easiest cleanup.

Crispy air fryer bacon on a white plate stacked on top of each other.

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Air Fryer Bacon

We love Air Fryer Recipes like Air Fryer Chicken Wings, not only because they cook faster, but they turn out extra crispy with little to no extra oil. If you crave crispy bacon, then this recipe is for you!

The air fryer method is so much easier to make than stovetop or baking in the oven because it’s quick, less messy and there’s no need to pre-heat the oven. You can make that epic BLT Sandwich in half the time.

Crispy cooked bacon laid out on a cutting board.

How Long to Cook Bacon in the Air Fryer

The cook time for this recipe can vary depending on the doneness of your bacon, the thickness of the bacon, and the style of your air fryer. Also, we do not preheat the air fryer for bacon.

  • Regular Cut Bacon – for softer bacon, air fry at 350˚F for 7 minutes, and for crispy bacon, cook 8 to 9 minutes
  • Thick-Cut Bacon – for softer bacon, air fry at 350˚F for 9-10 minutes, and for crispy bacon, cook 10-12 minutes.
Crunchy bacon strips laid out in an air fryer basket.

Which Air Fryer is Best?

We have 2 air fryers so we can thoroughly test air fryer recipes, but it depends on your needs. Not all air fryers are created equal so get to know your air fryer, peek in on your food to check progress, and adjust recipe timings as needed.

  • Basket Style Air Fryer – we have the 5.8 Qt Cosori Air Fryer which takes up slightly less counter space, works well for our family of 4, and has the easiest cleanup because the air fryer basket and liner are dishwasher-safe.
  • Toaster Oven Style Air Fryer – takes up a little more space, but is great for bigger families and you can cook most recipes in one batch. Depending on your particular model, it can cook faster. I cooked the bacon in the toaster oven style for 8 minutes, while it took 9 minutes in the basket style.
Uncooked bacon in air fryer baskets

Common Questions

Can I use turkey bacon?

Yes, if you want to use turkey bacon, this recipe works great. Just cook the turkey bacon as you would regular bacon with no changes.

Do I have to preheat the air fryer?

This depends on your air fryer. Some air fryers recommend preheating, but it is not necessary for bacon.

Should I add oil to the bacon?

The bacon will release grease so you don’t need to spray the bacon or tray of the air fryer for cooking.

How to prevent bacon smoking?

Since the smoke point of bacon fat is 400˚F, we air fry at 350˚F to avoid any smokiness while cooking bacon. Also, if cooking in batches, be sure to drain the drip pan of any oil and wipe clean with a paper towel.

Oil in air fryer drip pan

You only have to try cooking bacon in the Air Fryer once for it to become your new favorite way to cook bacon. It’s perfectly crisp every time and since the air circulates, there’s no need to flip the bacon halfway.

Three slices of crispy cooked bacon laid out on a cutting board.

Use Cooked Bacon for

Crispy Air Fryer Bacon

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Air Fryer bacon on serving plate

Making Air Fryer Bacon is so EASY! Have this ready for breakfast in under 10 minutes. The bacon air-fried is crispy and crunchy and the cleanup is so easy.

Author: Valentina Ablaev
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $2-$4
Keyword: air fryer bacon
Cuisine: American
Course: Breakfast
Calories: 38 kcal
Servings: 5 slices of bacon

Ingredients

  • 5 slices bacon (6 oz regular bacon, or 8-12 oz thick-cut bacon)

Instructions

  1. Place the bacon strips in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Cut strips in half if needed to fit more.

  2. Air fry regular cut bacon at 350˚F for 7-9 minutes, or until bacon is browned and reaches desired crispiness. Air fry thick-cut bacon for 10-12 minutes.

  3. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate then serve. If cooking bacon in batches, be sure to discard any oil in the drip pan before repeating the process.

Recipe Notes

The nutrition label is per slice of bacon so you can easily calculate depending on how many slices you eat. 

Nutrition Facts
Crispy Air Fryer Bacon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 38 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 137mg6%
Potassium 40mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 3IU0%
Calcium 1mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Valentina Ablaev

I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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  • ROSEMARIE ST MICHAEL
    March 21, 2021

    I tried it out the first time in the air fryer and it came out perfect. Thanks Natasha.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 21, 2021

      You are very welcome, Rosemarie. Glad you loved it!

      Reply

  • Hana
    March 12, 2021

    Can you do the trending wool roll bread

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 12, 2021

      Hi Hana, thanks for your suggestion. I’ll try to add that to the list.

      Reply

  • Debbie
    March 9, 2021

    Natasha, I just read your air fryer bacon experience. My question, was it really a very easy clean up, no mess on the machine? What about inside?

    We love bacon, I hate the mess of grease, everywhere, especially in the oven when I have cooked it in the oven.

    Also, I just love all your recipes and your videos. Thank you for sharing your cooking passion.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 9, 2021

      Thank you so much for your good comments and appreciation. Yes, it was very easy and not messy compared to other methods that I have tried. You should give it a try!

      Reply

      • Sue
        March 10, 2021

        I’ve seen posts where people put a slice of bread under the basket to soak up the fat. Personally speaking I save the fat for cooking (roasted veggies/potatoes, yorkshire’s, fried eggs, etc.)k. I will definitely give AF bacon a try now. Thanks so much for all your great recipes and cooking tips and videos Natasha.

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          March 10, 2021

          You’re Welcome, Sue!

          Reply

  • Kristyn
    March 9, 2021

    Heaven on earth!! We go through a lot of bacon. I usually hate making it, since it can take forever & grease gets everywhere, but not this way! It was perfect! Easy clean up & so much quicker!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 9, 2021

      Yay! What a wonderful comment and review, thank you for sharing that with us. Glad you loved this recipe, Kristyn!

      Reply

  • Natalie
    March 9, 2021

    I think this is the best way to cook bacon! Quick & so crispy! I have found my new way!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 9, 2021

      That’s just awesome, Natalie!

      Reply

  • Kim
    March 9, 2021

    Ah, I’m going to try the basket and see how it turns out! Thanks for the tips.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 9, 2021

      You’re welcome, Kim! I hope you enjoy this recipe!

      Reply

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