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Air Fryer Bacon Recipe: Perfectly Crispy Every Time

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Air Fryer Bacon

Air fryer bacon is a game-changer for anyone who loves crispy bacon without the mess. You can make it in just a few minutes and with less grease, it’s a healthier option too.

Lay your bacon strips in a single layer inside the air fryer basket. Set the temperature and cook until it reaches your preferred crispiness. Cleanup is easy, making it a perfect solution for breakfast, lunch, or even a quick snack.

Give it a try, and you’ll see why air fryer bacon is becoming a staple in many households. It’s fast, tasty, and mess-free – what’s not to love?

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

To make crispy air fryer bacon, you need just a few simple ingredients.

Main Ingredient

  • Bacon: Use regular or thick-cut bacon. You can find these in most grocery stores, usually in the refrigerator section.

Possible Substitutes

  • Turkey Bacon: For a leaner option, you can substitute with turkey bacon. It cooks quickly and gets crispy.
  • Veggie Bacon: If you prefer a plant-based alternative, opt for veggie bacon made from soy or other meat substitutes.

Optional Seasonings

  • Smoked Paprika: Adds a smoky flavor.
  • Black Pepper: A classic to season bacon.
  • Maple Syrup: For a sweet touch, brush a little maple syrup on the bacon before cooking.

Tools Needed

  • Air Fryer: Ensure you have an air fryer with a basket or tray.
  • Paper Towels: For draining the cooked bacon.

Always remember to keep your bacon slices spaced out and avoid overlapping for even cooking. Enjoy experimenting with different flavors!


Step 1: Preheat your air fryer.

Set your air fryer to 400°F (200°C). Let it preheat for about 3-5 minutes.

Step 2: Arrange the bacon.

Lay bacon slices in a single layer inside the air fryer basket. Don’t let them overlap for best results. If needed, cut the strips in half.

Step 3: Cook the bacon.

Set the air fryer to 400°F (200°C). Cook for 8-10 minutes. Flip the bacon halfway through cooking to ensure even crispiness.

Step 4: Check and modify if needed.

At around 5 minutes, you might want to check the bacon and rearrange the slices if they have moved. Continue cooking until they reach your preferred level of crispiness.

Step 5: Remove and drain.

Once done, transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels. This will help soak up any extra grease.

Cooking Times
Regular Cut
7-9 minutes at 350˚F
10-12 minutes at 350˚F

For a crispier outcome, adjust cooking times and temperatures slightly based on your air fryer model and personal taste preferences.

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Use thick-cut, uncured bacon for the best flavor and texture. It crisps up nicely in the air fryer.

Arrange bacon slices in a single layer without overlapping. This helps the bacon cook evenly and get crispy.

You can lightly sprinkle bacon with smoked paprika or mixed peppers for extra flavor.

Temperature and Timing

  • Crispy Bacon: Set your air fryer to 400°F for about 10 minutes.
  • Medium Bacon: Try 380°F for 10-12 minutes.
  • Adjust time based on the thickness of your bacon.

If your bacon strips are very thick, you might need to cook them longer.

Storing Air Fryer Bacon

  • Refrigerator: Store leftover bacon in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Reheat the bacon in the air fryer for a couple of minutes to maintain crispness.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Try different seasonings for your bacon. Sprinkle smoked paprika, black pepper, or garlic powder on your bacon slices before cooking.

You can also experiment with sweet flavors. Drizzle a bit of maple syrup or honey on the bacon before placing it in the air fryer.

Thickness matters. Use regular-cut for a quicker cook time, around 7-9 minutes at 350°F. For thick-cut bacon, cook for 10-12 minutes.

Serving Suggestions

Classic Breakfast: Serve your crispy bacon alongside scrambled eggs and toast.

Salads: Crumble the bacon and use it as a topping for salads.

Burgers and Sandwiches: Add a few slices of bacon to enhance the flavor of your burgers or club sandwiches.

Sides and Snacks: Offer bacon as a standalone snack or side. It’s also great dipped in ranch or blue cheese dressing.

Try these variations and serving suggestions to keep your meals exciting.

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.