Frozen bacon in air fryer comes out so crispy and good! So easy to do if you forgot to defrost this breakfast pork. Use your Cosori, Air Wave, Ninja Foodi or any brand to learn how to cook frozen bacon.
Ok so I had to experiment with frozen bacon in air fryer because I forgot to take it out, period. Yes I am one of those who has a lot going on and I don’t always remember to defrost frozen meat first. Now I know how to make this easy air fryer recipe as is. (affiliate links present)
Frozen Ninja Foodi Bacon
If you have been following me for any length of time you know I have a few different machines. Which is great so I can experiment and make sure the temperature and timing is the same across the board. I first made air fryer bacon when I first got my Foodi, that was amazing.
Luckily I didn’t have a forgetful issue with this for years but alas it happened the other day so I had to figure that out too. There are many brands and styles out there to choose from. I prefer regular to thick bacon because I feel it comes out crispier.
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Air Fryer Frozen Bacon
You can see my favorite brand below here, if I can find uncured that is by far the best too. I wanted to figure out how to cook frozen meat to tender right out of the package without defrosting it at all at the beginning. Why? Because that is what I would do and assume everyone is similar too.
No matter what size you have, your basket is not going to be wide enough to fit a whole piece without folding it over. Since it is rock hard you for sure won’t fit the whole thing as is so you’ll need a sharp knife for this first step. Yep, we’re going to cut it in half widthwise, and throw it right in that way!
- Package of frozen bacon
- Sharp knife
- I like having small tongs to lift it all out and separate the pieces
Frozen Bacon in the Ninja Foodi
Yep, we will show you how right here. You’ll need to slice your strips in half with a sharp knife and throw that right in to defrost in your Ninja Foodi, Cosori or air fryer brand of your choice. In 10 minutes you’ll be able to separate the pieces and get them super crispy!
It really isn’t a big deal to slice it, but you will need something more substantial than a butter knife. What I do is cook half of it for breakfast that day and put the other half in a baggie. That half can go in the fridge and be turned into air fryer candied bacon the next day!
There are only 4 of us left at home at this point (yes one has flown the nest already) so half is plenty. If you need to feed more then just do one side at a time so it will be nice and fresh and get super crispy. I wouldn’t slice and put both halves in at the same time. They will overlap too much and won’t be as good.
Frozen Turkey Bacon in Air Fryer
It wouldn’t make a difference whether you were cooking pork or turkey bacon this way. I would follow the same temp. and timing.
The biggest difference is going to be how long it takes to crisp depending on the thickness. The thicker the slices the longer it will take to get crunchy of course.
- Preheat air fryer to 380 degrees f for 5 minutes. Open your package and cut your slices of bacon in half widthwise.
- Lay 1 half inside the air fryer basket and cook for 2 minutes.
- Open basket and flip the bacon hunk over.
- Cook for another 3 minutes. At this point you should be able to use a fork to separate the pieces.
- Separate and spread out in a single layer inside your basket, overlapping the least possible. Close basket and continue cooking for 5-6 minutes moving pieces around halfway thru timing.
Timing will vary slightly but this works perfectly for us with regular thicknesses. Air fry until you have as crispy bacon as you’d like and enjoy!
Air Fryer Frozen Bacon and Eggs
We did a duo when we made air fryer sausage so you could take a peek at that post and do the same thing. You may not be able to fit the silicone cups in the basket though until your pieces have been separated. It’s kinda’ fun though being able to cook it all at the same time.
How to save leftover cooked bacon – You can put it in a baggie and refrigerate for later if you want. I generally don’t save unless I am going to need fresh bacon bits for a recipe the next day, it is great for that. Like If you wanted to add it into our breakfast bundt, it’s great.
How Long to Cook Frozen Bacon in Air Fryer
So the general rule is 10 minutes for half. I do not suggest putting both hunks in at the same time as you want the hot air to circulate all around it and overloading your basket will inhibit this. I think pork is best hot fresh out of the machine anyway so cooking in batches is most effective in the long run.
Nutritional information is below but will vary according to the brand you purchase. For the most accurate information on that refer to the back of your package.
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Frozen Bacon in Air Fryer
- 1/2 package bacon frozen
- Preheat air fryer to 380 degrees f for 5 minutes. Open your package and cut your slices in half widthwise.
- Lay 1 half inside air fryer basket and cook for 2 minutes, open basket and flip hunk over. Cook for another 3 minutes. At this point you should be able to use a fork to separate the pieces.
- Separate and spread out in your basket so they are overlapping the least. Close basket and continue cooking for 5-6 minutes moving pieces around halfway thru timing until they are as crispy as you'd like.