When you cook bacon in the air fryer, it’s a lot less messy, and the mess is totally contained within your machine instead of all over your kitchen. Plus, I’ve got some tips to help reduce the grease and prevent your unit from smoking.x
This really is the best way to cook a small batch of bacon for using in your favorite recipes. The air circulates so there is no need to flip it halfway through, and it comes out as crispy as you want it to every time.
Let’s face it, bacon isn’t a health food. But you can make it a little healthier by cooking it until it’s really crispy so more fat is rendered out.
How long do you cook bacon in the air fryer?
The timing depends on a few things, like how crispy you want your bacon to be, how thick the cut is and can even vary from unit to unit. I like my bacon super crispy and just shy of burnt. My husband prefers it to still be a little bit chewy.
Thick-Cut Bacon: Cook at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes for a less done, chewy texture and 10-12 minutes for crispy bacon.
Regular-Cut Bacon: Cook at 350 degrees for 7-9 minutes for a less done, chewy texture and 9-10 minutes for crispy bacon.
When in doubt, pull the basket out and take a look. Your eyes and nose won’t steer you wrong!
How to Prevent Smoking
Lower temperature. The smoke point of bacon fat is between 375 and 400 degrees, so it’s best to air fry at 350 degrees to avoid smoking.
Some people put water in the bottom of their unit to prevent smoking. Consult with your manufacturer’s guide before trying this technique.
If you need to cook air fryer bacon in batches, make sure to wipe the inside of the unit clean after each batch.
Different air fryers can vary, please confirm with manufacturer instructions.
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Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.