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Crispy Air Fryer Bacon

# Crispy Air Fryer Bacon

Crispy Air Fryer Bacon is juicy, crunchy, and savory. When you air fry bacon, you get all the deliciousness you desire without the greasiness of pan-frying. Add this flavorful bacon to a croissant egg sandwich or pair it with air fryer asparagus for a delightful meal.

## Recipe Details

I discovered how amazing bacon can taste in an air fryer. This quick method creates the crispiest and tastiest bacon that you’re sure to love.

– **TASTE:** Savory, salty, and scrumptious, this air fryer bacon is delightful with any meal or on its own!
– **TEXTURE:** The bacon turns out perfectly crispy and crunchy with just the right amount of chew, without any sogginess from excess grease.
– **TIME:** It only takes 10 minutes to make, quicker than using an oven!
– **EASE:** Quick, easy, and mess-free, air frying bacon is the way to go.

## Ingredient Notes

– **Bacon:** Thin slices cook faster, but thick-cut bacon works well too.
– **Air fryer:** Whether you use an oven air fryer or a basket air fryer, adjust the temperatures and times accordingly.

## Add-ins and Substitutions

– **Substitute thick-cut bacon:** You can use thicker bacon slices, but adjust the cooking time for a crispy texture.
– **Add maple syrup:** Coat the bacon with maple syrup before cooking for a sweet flavor and caramelization.
– **Add black pepper:** Sprinkle ground black pepper on the bacon for a spicy kick.

## How to Make Air Fryer Bacon

1. **Place the bacon in the basket:** Lay the bacon flat in the air fryer basket, ensuring it’s evenly spaced and in a single layer.
2. **Cook:** Air fry the bacon at 390°F for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through. For basket air fryers, cook at 360°F for 6 minutes, flip, and cook for an additional 2 minutes.

*Pro Tip:* I prefer using an oven air fryer with foil-lined trays for easy cleanup.

## Recipe Tips

– **Use thinner slices:** Classic cut bacon crisps up better than thick-cut.
– **Flatten the bacon:** Lay the strips flat to ensure even cooking.
– **Don’t overcrowd:** Leave space between bacon slices for proper air circulation.
– **Avoid grease smoke:** Place paper towels in the drip tray to absorb excess grease.

## FAQs

– **Do you have to flip bacon when air frying?** It’s not necessary, but flipping ensures both sides are crispy.
– **Do you put foil in the air fryer when cooking bacon?** For oven air fryers, line the bottom pan with foil for easy cleanup, but avoid covering the basket.
– **Is bacon healthier in an air fryer?** While bacon is bacon, using an air fryer reduces fat since drippings collect at the bottom, resulting in perfectly crispy bacon.

Enjoy your crispy air fryer bacon!Close up image of crispy cooked on an air fryer wire rack.

Serving Suggestions

This crispy Air Fryer Bacon is delicious, savory, and perfect with breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Serve it with sandwiches, vegetables, eggs, or pancakes.

  • Eggs: Serve this crispy bacon with Easy Poached Eggs with Caramelized Onions, Quiche Lorraine, Shakshuka, or Eggs Benedict.
  • Pancakes: Pair this savory bacon with some sweet Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes, German Pancakes (VIDEO), Buttermilk Pancakes, or Cottage Cheese Pancakes.
  • Sandwiches: Enjoy it with a Classic BLT Sandwich, Brisket Sandwich, Breakfast Sandwich (3 Ways), or Turkey Croissant Sandwich.
  • Vegetables: Serve this Air Fryer Bacon with Sauteed Garlic Asparagus, Air Fryer Baked Potatoes, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, or Super Creamy Mashed Potatoes.

Make This Recipe in Advance

Make ahead: Make this bacon ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator. Place the cooked bacon back into the air fryer and cook for about 4 minutes at 360 degrees Fahrenheit to reheat.

Storing: Store this Air Fryer Bacon in an airtight container or in a ziplock bag in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Freeze: You can freeze this bacon once it has cooled by placing it in a freezer ziplock bag for up to 3 months.

More Tasty Air Fryer Dishes!

  • Air Fryer Hash Browns
  • Juicy Air Fryer Steak Bites
  • Air Fryer Pork Chops (VIDEO)
  • Air fryer Asparagus

Full Recipe Instructions

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Crispy Air Fryer Bacon

Air Fryer Bacon is by far the BEST method to make the crispiest and tastiest bacon ever. It’s also easy and mess-free!

5 from 1 vote

Print Pin Rate

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 0 minutesPrep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 183 kcal
Author: Dina

Ingredients
– 10 strips of bacon

Instructions
1. Place the bacon on the bottom of your air fryer basket. Make sure not to overcrowd the bacon strips.
2. For OVEN air fryer – Preheat your oven air fryer to 390 degrees Fahrenheit and air fry for about 6 minutes then flip the bacon over and cook for 5 more minutes or until it reaches your desired crispiness.
3. For BASKET air fryer – Preheat your basket air fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit and air fry for about 5 minutes then flip the bacon over and cook for 5 more minutes or until it reaches your desired crispiness.

Notes
– What can I make with leftover bacon?
Bacon is a staple in our home for breakfast. Leftovers can be used in frittatas, quiche Lorraine, omelets, or added to a croissant breakfast sandwich. It also goes well in breakfast burritos recipes.
– How to reheat cooked bacon: Place it back in the air fryer and cook for about 4 minutes at 360 degrees Fahrenheit.

Nutrition
– Calories: 183 kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein:Protein: 6g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 291mg | Potassium: 87mg | Vitamin A: 16IU | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg

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