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cooked bacon in an air fryer

Air Fryer Bacon

  • Author: Kathleen
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Did you know that you can cook bacon in an air fryer? Air Fryer bacon is so easy, hands off, and no splatter mess! Worried about smoke? I include a tip so you can cook bacon without any smoking issues. It takes 10 minutes or less to cook some easy, crispy bacon.


  • 12oz Bacon slices


  1. Arrange Bacon in Air Fryer. Lay the bacon slices in the air fryer. It’s okay if they overlap slightly as the bacon will shrink as it cooks. But you don’t want to fully stack the bacon on top of each other. I recommend doing multiple batches, if needed. Optional: if you prefer, you can line the air fryer basket with foil for easier cleanup. This will limit the hot air circulation and won’t allow the fat to drain off.
  2. Add Water to Basket. Cooking higher fat foods, like bacon, in the air fryer can cause smoking. I like to add a little water – about 2-3 tablespoons to the bottom of the air fryer basket. This will reduce any smoke issues. 
  3. Air Fry. Air fry the bacon at 400 degrees F for 8-10 minutes, depending on bacon thickness and air fryer. I recommend flipping or moving the slices around about halfway through so they cook evenly. Drain cooked bacon on paper towels to absorb excess grease.
  4. Repeat. Repeat with remaining bacon. I recommend cleaning the excess grease out of the basket in between batches.
  5. Enjoy!


The bacon amount is really up to you! You can cook just 2 or 3 slices or make multiple batches.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Air Fryer Bacon, Cooking Bacon in the Air Fryer, Easy Bacon, Crispy Air Fryer Bacon

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