Air fryer bacon is crispy, hands-off, and fast. You’ll never want to make bacon another way again.
Frying bacon is always a chore – you have to be patient enough so that every strip is perfectly crisp, times two because one package of bacon does not fit in a standard frying pan.
There have been countless hacks to get around this: microwaved bacon, oven-baked bacon, heck, I’ve even seen bbq bacon. But the easiest, crispiest, best way has got to be in the air fryer.
8-10 minutes at 360°F.
Both thick cut and regular bacon crisp up perfectly in the air fryer. Thin cut takes a little bit less time, so pop it in for 8 minutes; thick cut can take up to 10 minutes. As for which bacon is better, that’s up to you!
The best way to cook an entire package of bacon is to use air fryer racks. You can lay out the bacon (it’s okay if it touches as it’ll shrink when it cooks) on the racks. To ensure even crisping, check halfway and rearrange the bacon strips as needed.
Regular flat bacon is great but even better is twisted bacon! These bacon-y straws are simultaneously crispy and chewy in the best way, and you can definitely make them in the air fryer. Read more about them here.
Fast and perfect every time!
Arrange your bacon strips in the air fryer basket, a little overlap is okay, using racks if you have them to stack multiple levels.
Air fry for 8-10 minutes at 360°F, checking and flipping halfway. Remove the bacon from the basket, and let cool and drain on paper towels or a wire rack. Be sure to empty out any grease in the basket before cooking a second batch, if needed
If using thick cut, add 2 minutes to the cooking time.
Air Fryer Bacon
Amount Per Serving (2 strips)
Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 2g13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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