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Crispy Bacon in the Air Fryer

Bacon in the air fryer is a game changer! Grease drips away and it get crispy in no time at all for breakfast. Try Ninja Foodi bacon this morning and see. 

Bacon in the Air Fryer

Bacon in the air fryer is the way to go y’all! If you love this keto friendly low carb food you can now make it super crispy without it laying in all that grease. Let us explain why cooking bacon in air fryer is our new favorite air fryer recipe. (originally published 2/20, affiliate links present)

Bacon in Ninja Foodi

OH MY this is going to be a major game changer for y’all too. I mean, the grease drains away and it is so crispy.

If you love air fryer recipes too, here are some resources to start with:

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Ninja Foodi Bacon

Can you cook bacon in an air fryer?

I figured I would try a few pieces and if it didn’t work I would just use a pan. OH boy I should’ve tried this so much earlier y’all!

What are different types of bacon?

1. Smoked bacon. Yes you can smoke your own bacon on the grill, or buy smoked bacon in the supermarket for added flavor.
2. Turkey bacon is usually much lower in fat than traditional pork cuts. Keep in mind it has a different taste and texture.
3. Canadian bacon
4. Pancetta

air fryer bacon

Cooking bacon in air fryer

This is so much easier in my opinion because you don’t have to stand there and watch it. A BIGGER plus is there is NO splattering on your hands!

  • This is the brand and style I picked up at the store. I personally do not like thick slices because I like it to get really really crispy and that style stays softer.
  • The BEST bacon I’ve ever eaten I actually got from ButcherBox (you can get free bacon + $15 off your order too here). It is uncured with an amazing flavor.

If you can get uncured meat of any kind in the store I’d recommend it because there’s TONS of flavor. 

ninja foodi bacon

I started with 6 slices so they weren’t overlapping too too much. You can see how I set them in here. I didn’t lay them flat, rather plopped them in on to themselves.

  • What’s the most important part of cooking bacon in air fryer? Moving it around every 5 minutes is key!
  • Just like crisping it in a pan it is necessary to make sure all edges get crispy.

I think using a pair of tongs is easier than trying to flip it with a spatula. Air fryer baskets are typically not square and spatulas sometimes are awkward to fit in and grab anything.

How long do you cook bacon?

  • Using a Blackstone 22 griddle it’s about 10 minutes to very crispy (how we like it). For thicker cuts like air fryer pork belly it takes a bit longer but so worth it.
blackstone 22 inch griddle

Bacon in the oven: Arrange bacon on baking sheet, on top rack so they’re evenly spaced apart and don’t overlap. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes. Works in a large convection oven too.

  • Flip over every 5 minutes and cook until the bacon is golden in color and as crispy as you want.
    • Timing will depend on whether it’s a thick cut or regular, and the amount of high fat content.
  • On the stovetop: Heat skillet, lay slices down in a single layer, flip every 3-5 minutes until they’re as crispy as you’d like. Put on paper towels to absorb grease and serve.

Air frying: Put slices into preheated air fryer without overlapping them too much. Cook at 390 degrees with the circulating hot air for 15 minutes, flipping every 5 minutes until you have crispy bacon.

bacon in ninja foodi

Air fryer bacon

What is the best way to cook bacon?

  • Depends on whom you ask but not THIS is my go to. You want to know the biggest reason I love cooking air fryer bacon?
  • Other than not getting splattered on I love that all the bacon grease drips away from the meat!

When using an air fryer, the basket has holes in the bottom which means it’s perfect for cooking fatty meats like this and air fryer pork chops

cooking bacon in air fryer

Looking for more of the best bacon recipes?

We love these smoked bacon wrapped pork chops here.

Time needed: 15 minutes.

Bacon in the Air Fryer

  1. Preheat

    Preheat air fryer at 390 degrees for 5 minutes.

  2. Add food

    Place 6 -8 pieces of bacon into your air fryer basket, trying not to overlap pieces.

  3. Cook

    Set air fryer for 15 minutes cooking time. Use tongs to move bacon around, flip to other side every 5 minutes. Remove when they’re as crispy as you’d like.

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Bacon in the Air Fryer

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, bacon, ninja foodi
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 4kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer at 390 degrees for 5 minutes.
  • Place 6 pieces of bacon into your air fryer basket, trying not to overlap pieces.
  • Set air fryer for 15 minutes. Use tongs to move bacon around, flip to other side every 5 minutes. Remove when they're as crispy as you'd like.

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Nutrition Facts
Bacon in the Air Fryer
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 4 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 7mg0%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 1g2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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