Crispy Air Fryer Bacon

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Air fryer bacon comes out deliciously crispy every time!

Air fryers and bacon make a perfect working partnership. The air fryer is the jack-of-all-trades for making everything in a short time and making clean up a breeze, bacon is no exception!

cooked Air Fryer Bacon in the air fryer

I rarely fry bacon anymore, no more popping bacon grease or turning the strips over halfway through, either! It’s a win-win! As much as I love making bacon in the oven, I find the air fryer quick and easy to make small batches (although it’s easy to make enough for a crowd too) and cleanup is a breeze!

This is the air fryer I have (and love).

Air Fryer Bacon is Easy

We love this method for cooking bacon because it is no fuss, no muss, and the fat drips away.

The bacon comes out crisp and evenly cooked bacon every time

Best of all, its ready in no time at all for the perfect blt grilled cheese or to crumble up for a broccoli cauliflower salad.

How to Cook Bacon in an Air Fryer

  1. Add a little bit of water to the bottom of a preheated air fryer.
  2. Place strips in preheated air fryer and cook eight to eleven minutes or until crispy.
  3. Remove and place on paper towel-lined plate to absorb any remaining grease.

PRO TIP: Adding a touch of water to the bottom of the air fryer is a tip I picked up in an air fryer book. This keeps the grease in the bottom from smoking. Be sure to clean out the bottom of the air fryer between batches.

Air Fryer Bacon before cooking

Tips for Making Air Fryer Bacon

  • Use strips that are uniform in size and have an equal ratio of fat to meat.
  • If the strips are too long, cut them in half and fry in batches.
  • Once all the bacon is done cooking, put the whole batch back in the air fryer for 1 minute so it’s all warm and crispy!

top view of Air Fryer Bacon on a plate

How to Store Air Fryer Bacon

  • Keep cooked strips in an airtight container or zippered bag in the refrigerator.
  • When it’s time to use a piece or two, simply reheat in the microwave ten seconds at a time until warmed through or in the air fryer 1-2 minutes.
  • Chop or sprinkle on salads or casseroles! Air fryer bacon is always ready when you need the perfect topper.

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cooked Air Fryer Bacon in the air fryer
5 from 9 votes
Review Recipe

Air Fryer Bacon

Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Author Holly Nilsson
Air Fryer Bacon turns out perfectly crispy every time!



  • 8 slices bacon
  • water

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  • Preheat air fryer to 360°F.
  • Once preheated, place a small amount of water in the bottom of the air fryer.
  • Place bacon slices in the air fryer in a single layer. (Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cut them in half).
  • Cook 8-11 minutes or until crisp. Remove bacon and place on a paper towel lined plate.
  • Clean the bottom of the air fryer if you will be cooking more batches. Repeat with remaining slices.
  • Once all of the bacon is cooked, add it all back into the air fryer and cook 1 minute to heat through and serve all at once.

Recipe Notes

Cook in batches, dab the bottom of the tray with a paper towel to remove grease between batches.
Thinner bacon may cook quicker and thicker bacon may need longer.
Once all of the bacon is cooked, add it all back into the air fryer and cook 1 minute to heat through and serve all at once.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 92, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 146mg, Potassium: 44mg, Vitamin A: 8IU, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Air Fryer Bacon, Air Fryer Bacon recipe, best air fryer bacon, how to make bacon in the air fryer
Course Air Fryer, Breakfast, Pork
Cuisine American
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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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