Perfect bacon is easy and fast with this air fryer bacon recipe that I have tested so you don’t have to, and no smoky mess to clean up!
Making bacon in the air fryer is the easiest and fastest way to cook your bacon without having a huge mess. It also takes away the chance of smoking up your kitchen, or unevenly cooked pieces of bacon.
My favorite breakfast includes air frying some bacon and serving it up with homemade Belgian waffles piled high with butter and syrup. My family loves it when these two items are on the table for Saturday morning breakfast. Because really, who doesn’t love bacon with that’s perfectly crispy?!
I made four pounds of bacon testing this recipe to get it absolutely perfect for you. This means the right temperature, the right amount of water, the perfect amount of time, and the best technique. If you follow each step of this easy recipe, you too can have a stress-free air fryer bacon recipe to enjoy without any grease burns or smoky kitchen.
Why We Love Air Fryer Bacon
Bacon can be tricky to cook. On mornings when I’m already tired and not quite awake yet I want my bacon to be as easy as possible. (Like questionably easy) Traditional stove-top bacon cooking methods leave you with grease splatter all over the stovetop. Also, if you’re not carfeul a couple of bacon kisses. (AKA splatter burns) By using an air fryer you get crispy perfect bacon in a short amount of time with minimal cleanup and no splatter!
I like to put the bacon in the air fryer and move on to something else for a few minutes, which makes getting a full meal on the table much easier. If I need to keep your bacon warm after cooking, put it on a cookie sheet in the oven at a low temperature. This does the trick and everything hits the table hot and fresh with minimal cursing on my part and everyone is happy.
It’s the countertop variation of cooking bacon in the oven and I LOVE IT!!
Bacon: Whichever cut of bacon your family prefers, thick or regular, will work just fine.
Water: This is the secret to perfectly cooking and not having bacon grease smoke leave a cloud in your kitchen.
How to Cook Bacon in an Air Fryer
POUR the water in the bottom of your air fryer.
BACON added to the air fryer basket and pop it into the fryer. Turn the fryer to 350 degrees F.
FRY bacon until it’s cooked through. It will look slightly underdone, but that’s okay.
REST bacon on a paper towel until cooled and crisped up.
REPEAT cooking with the remaining strips of bacon
How Long to Cook Bacon in an Air Fryer
For regular bacon, (AKA thinner bacon) you’ll cook for 8 to 10 minutes.
For thick-cut bacon, you’ll want to cook it for 10-12 minutes.
If you like really crispy bacon, you can add a minute or two to the cooking time. Still, the times listed will give you firm, slightly crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth bacon.
Tips & Tricks
- I use a Cosori 5.8-quart air fryer.
- Water is added to the air fryer to reduce the risk of smoke (and every smoke alarm in your house going off at once).
- Bacon has a smoke point of 375 F so it’s important to cook it at 350 degrees F.
- You do not need to preheat your air fryer.
- The bacon will look slightly underdone, that’s okay. It will continue to cook and crisp up after being removed from the air fryer.
- You do not need to flip the bacon. The air fryer’s convection oven heating method cooks the bacon on both sides at the same time.
How do I store Air Fryer Bacon?
We never have any bacon leftover in our house. But if by some chance end up with extra bacon, you can put it in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to three days.
Will the water make the bacon soggy?
There is a very small amount of water added to the air fryer so that it eliminates the smoke that bacon can create when cooking.
Yes, we are cooking the bacon at a temperature lower than its smoke point. However, any residual bacon grease in the air fryer can begin to smoke if it cooks long enough. (I’m talking repeated batches friends.)
This is not enough water to affect the crispy finish of the bacon fat cooking.
More delicious breakfast recipes
- Baked French Toast Casserole
- Deviled Eggs Benedict
- Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
- Kielbasa and Potato Scramble
- Homemade Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe
Air Fryer Bacon
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 pound bacon
- Add water to the bottom of the air fryer.
- Place 3 to 4 strips of bacon at a time into the air fryer basket, depending on its size. Place the basket into the air fryer and then set it to 350 degrees F.
- Fry the bacon for 8 to 10 minutes for regular bacon or 10 to 12 minutes for thick-cut bacon.
- Remove cooked bacon from air fryer and place on a paper towel-line plate. Let rest for a few minutes before serving. The bacon will finish cooking and crisping up while resting.
- Repeat cooking steps with the remaining bacon. Serve immediately.