Air Fryer bacon gets incredibly crispy and perfectly cooked in just 10 minutes. Get all the tips to ensure success every time!
Anyone get an Air Fryer for Christmas? Or maybe just want to pull yours out more often?
I love me some air frying.
For an appetizer, we love Air Fryer zucchini sticks that are breaded and delicious dipped in marinara.
Today though, we’re making Air Fryer bacon. Cause that just had to happen. 🥓❤️
The bacon gets so crispy and perfectly cooked in the Air Fryer. The grease drains down and they retain their straight shape, rather than getting all curled up as can happen sometimes when cooking bacon.
It takes just 10 minutes for this salty, savory bacon goodness.
You will love making bacon this way!
First, let’s just cut right to the chase since I know this is the most common question.
How long do you cook bacon in an Air Fryer?
- Cook bacon for 8-12 minutes in the Air Fryer at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Exact timing will depend on your desired degree of doneness and on the thickness of your bacon.
- I set mine for 10-12 minutes and start checking at 7 minutes. Thicker cuts of bacon will take longer than thin pieces.
And of course, some people like their bacon just barely cooked and others prefer it almost burned. To each her own. Adjust your air frying to suit your needs.
OK, let’s delve in more and make some bacon!
Now, I’ve got those notes and tips coming up below on how to make bacon in the Air Fryer. Just tryin’ to be helpful.
If you want to jump on down to the recipe, simply scroll right on through the rest of the text. The recipe card is near the bottom of the page, above the comments section.
Notes on making Air Fryer bacon:
- Bacon: I use a center cut bacon, which is a bit thicker. If yours is a bit thinner, just make sure to check it early. If yours is a thick cut, it may need a couple of extra minutes.
- Timing: I recommend setting your Air Fryer for 10-12 minutes, but checking it at 7 minutes to watch for doneness, adding a minute or two as needed. Everyone has a different take on perfectly cooked bacon - how cooked and crispy - and it also will depend on the thickness of your bacon.
- Layer: The bacon needs to be in a single, even layer. No stacking. This means you may be only able to fit 5-6 pieces at a time.
- Smoke: Fair warning: The Air Fryer produces a lot of smoke as it cooks the bacon and a lot is released when you open it to check for doneness. I position my Air Fryer near my stove vent fan and turn that on. I’ve also opened the back door on occasion to avoid getting it too smoky inside and risking a smoke alarm.
- Batches: If you make subsequent batches, note that they may need slightly less time as the Air Fryer is already hot. Check early.
Speaking of batches, if you are trying to make a lot of bacon, the Air Fryer might not be the best way to go.
Just being honest.
You’re going to need to do at least 3 batches to get a whole 12 oz package of bacon cooked in most regularly sized air fryers. I’d opt for bacon in the oven instead and do all the pieces at once on a sheet pan.
Or if you are just looking to do 2-3 pieces and don't want to mess with it, you can also make microwave bacon.
But if you are just doing 5-6 pieces or don’t mind doing a couple of batches to cook enough, the Air Fryer really does make such beautifully cooked and crispy pieces!
And in case you are in the market for an Air Fryer, I highly recommend both of mine.
Yes, I have two. Don’t judge.
I got the first one as a gift for Christmas a few years ago and it’s been fabulous, but it’s on the small size. (Would be great for singles or couples.)
So two years ago, I bought myself a bigger one for Christmas. 😂 (It’s usually on sale, too, which is nice). I’ve loved it. It’s a better fit for families with children, or just if you’re cooking for bigger groups.
You can check out all of my Air Fryer recipes if you’re obsessed like I am with the magic of this appliance.
And stay tuned because I have many more Air Fryer recipes planned for you!
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OK, last thing… if you have extra cooked bacon that you want to save, here’s what to do.
How to store leftover bacon
- Leftover cooked bacon will keep for 4-5 days in the refrigerator. Place in a small baggie or covered container.
- Sometimes the bacon will be good for up to a week. Usually, I toss it at the 1 week mark to be on the safe side. And if there is any off smell or slimy texture to the bacon, it needs to go straight in the trash.
I hope that helps, and I hope you give this Air Fryer bacon a try for some truly crispy bacon goodness.
- 8-10 slices bacon (adjustable, see notes)
- Put a double layer of paper towels on a flat surface. Arrange the bacon slices in an even layer. Top with a single layer of paper towels and place on a large microwave-safe plate. (You can skip the plate but will need to wipe down the microwave from the grease.)
- Put in the microwave and cook on full power for 6-8 minutes. Start checking around 6 minutes for doneness and carefully remove any pieces that are cooked to your liking. Continue cooking remaining pieces in 30-45 second intervals until done. (See the notes below for tips and tricks and adjusting for different amounts.)
Timing: The rule of thumb is 1 minute of microwave time per slice of bacon, on full power. But it's best to underestimate and do less time until you get to know your microwave - and the type of bacon you buy.
Bacon type: Thick cut or center cut bacon is going to take longer than a regular slice that’s much thinner and will take less time. You’ll need to adjust accordingly.
Amount: Cooking just 2-3 pieces will take about 2-3 minutes, per the formula. But cooking 10 pieces will likely only take 8 or so minutes, not a full 10 minutes. You can adjust based on this for however many slices of bacon you want to make.
Check early and then regularly. Pull out pieces as they are done to your liking and continue cooking the rest. You can always add more time.
Bacon pieces on the outside and on the bottom will cook more quickly than those in the middle.
Leftovers: Cooked bacon, once cooled, can be stored in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Enjoy cold or microwave 1-2 pieces for 15 seconds, until hot. (Add more time if microwaving a larger batch to rewarm.)
Serving Size:2-3 pieces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 135Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 484mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 10g