Our air fryer bacon recipe is the way to go. It’s quick and much easier to clean up than making it on a stove or griddle. Once you give it a try, you’ll never go back.

a round white plate filled with crispy air fryer bacon

Stovetop vs. Air Fryer Bacon

In my experience and experiments, air fryer bacon is crispier and has a better texture than bacon cooked on the stove, in the microwave, or in the oven.

Stovetop Bacon:

  • Have to cook it in batches.
  • Difficult to get a uniform crispiness.
  • Huge mess.

Air Fryer Bacon:

  • Set and forget it!
  • Consistent results.
  • A self-contained mess.

This air fryer bacon method wins every time.

What You’ll Need

a slab of raw sliced bacon on a plastic cutting board in front of a cosori air fryer

Bacon – Pretty self-explanatory… I prefer to use center-cut bacon.

How to Make It

photo collage showing six steps needed to make bacon in the air fryer
  1. Remove desired strips of bacon from the package. You can cook the whole package, but you’ll want to work in batches.
  2. Next, cut the bacon strips in half. This is optional, but you’ll be able to fit more bacon in the airfryer this way.
  3. Arrange the bacon slices in the bottom of your air fryer basket, trying to avoid overlapping them.
  4. Cook the bacon in the air fryer at 350°F/177°C for 6-8 minutes. The final cook time will depend on how crispy you like your bacon.
  5. Much of the bacon fat will end up at the bottom of the air fryer, but drain the bacon on paper towels to soak up any excess crease and allow the bacon to get super crispy.
  6. Serve and enjoy!
a breakfast plate of two sunny side up eggs, strips of bacon, and fresh raspberries and blueberries. A gold fork rests on the plate, a cup of coffee is above it. The air fryer is off to the side.

Tips and Tricks

Avoid Smoke and Burning

  • Empty the main basket after every batch to avoid smoking
  • Regular bacon takes 6 to 8 minutes in the air fryer.
  • For thick cut bacon, increase the cook time to 8-10 minutes.
  • For softer, less crispy bacon, reduce the cook time by 2 minutes.

Are you cooking with a Ninja Foodi? Learn how to make Ninja Foodi Bacon! The method and time and temp is slightly different for that specific machine.

Other Tricks

Try the “twist method” where you take each piece of bacon and twist it into a ringlet shape. It makes the bacon even crispier.

Try “dump and go” method. Literally, stack your bacon in there and let it cook, stirring one time during the process.

How to Serve

Classic Breakfast: Serve with eggs, fruit and a homemade Dirty Chai Latte, or a bold Cold Brew coffee for the perfect breakfast spread.

Salad Topping: Crumble airfryer bacon over a salad to add some crunch. This Bacon Avocado Caesar Salad sounds tasty.

Season Potaotoes: Crumble bacon finely and mix with salt & pepper to make bacon salt. Bacon salt is amazing on Air Fryer French Fries and Air Fryer Potato Wedges!

Sandwiches: Make a BLT with Air Fryer Bacon! Add to a sandwich spread with mayo or hummus, top with thick slices of fresh tomato and crunchy green lettuce.

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Air Fryer Bacon

Air Fryer Bacon is a quick and easy recipe for the best crispy bacon!
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time8 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 461kcal
Ken

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 package center cut bacon

Instructions

  • Remove the desired slices of bacon from the package.
  • Cut the bacon strips in half so they fit without overlap.
  • Place your bacon in the air fryer in a single layer.
  • Cook your air fryer bacon a 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes. Flip the bacon midway through the cooking process.
  • Remove the bacon from the air fryer and place it on paper towels to soak up the grease.
  • Enjoy!
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Notes

  • If you plan to cook a second batch, it is critical that you empty the second air fryer basket. If you do not empty and wipe it out, it will make your air fryer SMOKE.
  • If you are using thick slices, I would suggest cooking the bacon strips 8-10 minutes. 
  • Just like with anything you cook, you need to monitor the cooking. Bacon can quickly turn from deliciously golden brown to burnt.
  • Readers have shared that if you are using an air fryer unit with a basket you can put a piece of bread between the baskets to catch the grease.
Pro Tip: If you are using the air fryer oven, use the middle rack and select the “Air Fry” function.
Pro Tip: Check your food as it cooks. Each air fryer runs a bit differently. Sometimes airfying is a trial and error process.
Have oven recipes that you’d like to convert to an air fryer recipe? Use our Air Fryer Calculator to help you estimate cooking times and temps! Calculator here: https://airfryereats.com/air-fryer-conversion-air-fryer-calculator/

Nutrition

Serving: 1.25slices | Calories: 461kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 732mg | Potassium: 219mg | Vitamin A: 41IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
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Air Fryers can vary greatly. Please take the time to learn your specific air fryer. You may need to adjust times and temperatures based upon your air fryer. All though this website attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, the information should only be considered an estimate. Varying factors such as different product types, different brands, etc. can change nutritional information. It is your responsibility as a consumer to read all labels to make sure the ingredients fit your dietary needs as well as calculate your own nutritional information as a double check.
Can I cook frozen bacon in the air fryer?

You can cook frozen bacon in the air fryer, it takes just a few extra minutes to thaw the bacon out.

Can I cook turkey bacon in the air fryer?

Yep! See this Air Fryer Turkey Bacon post.

Can I cook vegan bacon in the air fryer?

Yes! Here’s our recipe for a Tempe Vegan Bacon

We recently updated the pictures for this post!

Recently we took some new photos to add to this post. You can see the old photos below. This is the same recipe, but we have also added new tips and tricks to be sure that this is the BEST air fryer bacon recipe yet!

a large pile of crispy brown bacon pieces on a white plate over a striped red and white towel
raw pork bacon laying in an air fryer basket with a red and white towel to the left of the basket
A collage of six photos showing how to make crispy bacon in an air fryer
black air fryer basket full of cooked bacon
Overhead shot of coffee in a white mug to the left. Center of the photo is a white plate with air fryer bacon, toast cut into triangles, fried egg and cherry tomatoes. On the right is a black air fryer basket full of cooked bacon.
a pile of bacon pieces on a white plate on top of a red and white flour sack cloth

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46 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    BACON! 😍I just got a new air fryer, and this recipe sounds perfect for its first fry. The tip about using two baskets for larger batches is great, I’ll be sure to do that. Thank you for sharing!

  2. 5 stars
    Now I need to buy an air fryer. We love bacon at home but like it crispy I use the microwave but now I want an air fryer.

  3. I have never think to cook bacon on airfryer, brilliant! So crispy! I usually cook spring roll on it, so much better than deep fry it.

    1. Hello! I did not preheat the air fryer. I just put it into the air fryer basket and turned it on. I give space between in my air fryer basket, however people in our air fryer facebook group say they stack it up/criss cross and it cooks okay. I haven’t tried yet but that is what they are saying works for them 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    I have tried this fried bacon recipe and added a twist! I twisted my thin bacon, and therefore able to fit the whole package in the fryer. I cooked them at 350 degrees for 8 mins, turned over once and cooked for another 6 mins, they came out crispy and the best and no mess bacon ever. I will not fry bacon any other way. It’s a 5 out of 5 stars recipe!!!

    1. Hi Pinkett! Thank you for coming back and letting us know how this air fryer bacon turned out for you. I like that you twisted your thin bacon to make the entire package fit! Great thinking! Isn’t it great to not have much mess!!

  5. 5 stars
    I purchased an air fryer about a week ago and started right off looking for recipes. I ran across these recipes by Cindy. Since I love bacon and wanted something simple at first, her bacon recipe caught my eye first thing. I am a big skeptic and thought that her bacon looked too perfect and I was out to prove her wrong! Well, I got my bacon started in my air fryer like she said. I kept checking on it to see if it was failing (literally). Well, I gave up and let it cook. So, lo and behold, when it finished (in the time she said), I took it out and found it to be PERFECT!!! Thank you so much Cindy for not only the bacon recipe, but all the others. I have recommended this site to all my friends! Again, thanks!

    1. Mable, that is the sweetest comment. I am so glad that you loved it and it came out perfect! What a testimony! Thank you so much for trying and love our air fryer bacon!

  6. 5 stars
    The best way to make bacon ever in the air fryer. Doesn’t heat up house and so easy to clean up. I put two pieces of bread in bottom pan to soak up the grease.

    1. Fully agree! I love that the air fryers DO NOT heat up the entire house!! The bread tip is a great one to soak up that grease!

    1. HI Chris!! We love our air fryers too! So glad you liked our air fryer bacon recipe! Thanks for coming back and letting us know!

  7. 5 stars
    I love cooking bacon this way. It is amazing. Will never cook on stove again. Who knew? Called and told my son. He is fixing to get an airfryer.

  8. 5 stars
    Have made the air fryer bacon and it’s perfect! No mess, crispy and delicious! Watch the cook time as it can burn easily. Also, I recommend adding a slice of bread underneath the basket to absorb the grease and prevent smoking and flare ups!!

    1. Yes, you for sure have to watch that cook time it can change from perfect to burnt oh so quickly!! I like the bread tip!! 🙂

    1. Hello Betty! So glad you made it and enjoyed it! I appreciate your support! Thanks for coming back and letting us know how it turned out! We are happy to help you in your air fryer journey!

  9. 5 stars
    Honestly one of my favorite things to cook in the air fryer! Thank you for showing me how easily it can be done.

  10. 5 stars
    This was so delicious. I made it today! It was approved by my entire family! I am adding it to the breakfast rotation! YUMMMM

  11. 5 stars
    Well I wasn’t too sure if I was going to like this at first – bacon was always grilled when I was growing up because my Mum wasn’t too keen on the taste of it from the frying pan.
    Well, I tried one rasher and I was hooked! I’ll never grill or pan fry my bacon again! Happy to say that this is doggy approved and hubby approved!
    Thank you Cindy for converting me!
    Veronica xox

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