Ultra Crispy Air Fryer Bacon

Air fryer bacon is ULTRA crispy and so simple to cook. No more bacon splatter all over your stove top makes it even easier to clean up after!

The air fryer is my favorite way to cook crispy chicken wings, and crispy chicken thighs, so why not use it to cook crispy bacon?

plate with air fried bacon on it

While I love baking bacon in the oven, the air fryer is great if you don’t want to heat up the house. Perfectly crispy, and alert in 12 minutes, it’s hands off and simple to cook.

Enjoy your bacon as is, or use it in a cobb salad or in bacon pancakes!

Reasons you’ll ♡ air fryer bacon

  • it’s so crispy, and lots of the grease drains off
  • it’s alert in 12 minutes
  • it’s a really hands off way to cook it

Recipe video

Watch the video below to see exactly how I cooked my air fryer bacon. It’s so simple! You can find more of my recipe videos on my YouTube channel.

hand holding a strip of air fryer bacon

Twist the bacon to fit

Depending on the size of your air fryer model, you may be able to fit whole slices of bacon all the way across, or not. For my smaller air fryer model, I twisted the bacon ever so slightly to obtain it to fit properly into the air fryer basket.

It’s fine to have a bit of overlap with the bacon slices, but you don’t want too much or your bacon won’t cook through evenly and obtain crispy.

Cook on a lower heat

While testing air fryer bacon, I tried several different temperatures: 300°F, 350°F, 365°F and 400°F. The top results came at 350°F/175°C, where the bacon cooked through evenly, and the grease did not smoke excessively. At higher temperatures, the bacon was more prone to cooking unevenly, and the grease smoked out my kitchen.

Prevent smoking

The issue with cooking greasy foods in the air fryer is that the grease drips through the basket and can smoke. For this air fryer bacon, I recommend cooking at 350°F, which helps a LOT with the smoking issue.

I also recommend breaking up 1-2 pieces of bread and arranging in the bottom of the air fryer. The bread absorbs grease as it drips down and really helps reduce the smoking. Make sure you do not place the bread right agains the basket as this will avoid air flow and your bacon will not cook properly. Breaking into pieces helps disperse the bread and still allows air flow.

While the lower temperature and bread do help with smoking, there still is some that occurs. I recommend placing your air fryer near an open window or under your range hood fan.

collage image showing how to cook bacon in the air fryer

Cooking bacon in the air fryer

  1. Heat air fryer to 350°F or 175°C.
  2. Place pieces of bread in the bottom of the air fryer, under the basket.
  3. Arrange bacon in the basket.
  4. Cook for 6 minutes, flip the bacon.
  5. Cook for 6 or so more minutes, until crispy and cooked through.

Turkey bacon

I also tested this method for turkey bacon and it works great! Here are some tips for cooking turkey bacon in the air fryer

  • since it’s leaner, you won’t need the bread slices as the air fryer does not smoke
  • turkey bacon seems to cook through quicker, so I recommend reducing the cook time to 10 minutes total
  • while it’s tempting to cut the bacon to fit, it flew around the air fryer and didn’t cook well at all, so I recommend leaving the pieces whole
  • note that turkey bacon is much leaner and does not obtain as satisfyingly crisp as regular bacon. It is slightly crispy and also a bit chewy.

overhead view of bacon in an air fryer basket

Recipe tips

  • while it’s OK to have a small amount of overlap in your bacon slices, you don’t want complete overlap; this prevents bacon from cooking through evenly
  • when cooking batches, dump out grease from the bottom of your air fryer between each batch
  • store cooked bacon in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days
    • reheat in the air fryer at 350°F for 3-4 minutes, until warmed through

More air fryer recipes

Air Fryer Bacon

Course: Breakfast

Cuisine: American

Keyword: air fryer, bacon, low carb

Calories: 270kcal

Author: Denise Bustard

Servings: 7

Air fryer bacon is ULTRA crispy and so simple to cook. No more bacon splatter all over your stove top makes it even easier to clean up after!

Prep Time2 mins

Cook Time12 mins

Total Time14 mins

  • Heat your air fryer to 350°F/175°F.

  • Place 1-2 torn slices of bread under the basket.

  • Arrange the bacon slices, twisting slightly to fit.

  • Cook for 6 minutes, then flip the bacon.

  • Cook for 4-6 more minutes, checking for doneness.

  • Lay bacon on a paper towel-lined plate while you cook additional batches.

Bacon can be stored in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Heat the air fryer to 350°F/175°C. Cook bacon for 3-4 minutes until warmed back through.
Turkey bacon
There is no need to add bread to the bottom of the air fryer as turkey bacon does not release much grease.
Cook for 8-10 minutes before checking for doneness.

Serving: 2slices | Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 429mg | Potassium: 128mg | Vitamin A: 24IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg

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