How to Make Perfectly Crispy Air-Fryer Bacon

Save your pans, stovetop and sink from bacon grease by cooking this breakfast staple in an air fryer.

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Bacon lovers know that cooking bacon on the stovetop is a hassle. The hot oil sizzles and pops, spattering all over you as well as your stovetop, and cleanup afterward is no easy feat. You could bake bacon in the oven, but nothing is faster than air-fryer bacon.

In 10 minutes, an air fryer makes bacon that’s perfectly crispy on the edges and chewy on the inside. Once you know how to cook bacon in an air fryer, you’ll never go back!

How to Make Air-Fryer Bacon

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Step 1: Preheat the air fryer

Preheat your air fryer to 375°F. Arrange the bacon in a single layer on a rack in the air fryer basket. You may need to tear or bend the pieces of bacon to get them to fit.

Step 2: Cook the bacon

Air-fry bacon for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip each bacon slice with tongs, then continue air-frying for another 4 to 5 minutes.

Step 3: Serve the bacon

Once cooked to your desired doneness, carefully remove the bacon with kitchen tongs. Serve bacon with breakfast, in a BLT-inspired recipe or crumbled over a salad.

Tips for Making Air Fryer Bacon

Cook the bacon in batches

Depending on the size of your air fryer and how much bacon you’re cooking, you may need to air-fry in batches. Just be sure to wipe down the air fryer between batches to prevent smoking and clean the air fryer when you’re all done.

Add extra time to air-fry frozen bacon

You can cook frozen bacon in the air fryer, but it takes an extra 3 to 4 minutes. After the first 3 minutes, separate the slices, spread them out on the air fryer rack and cook as directed above.

Reheat leftover bacon at 375°F

Leftover cooked bacon lasts 4 to 5 days in the fridge or up to 4 months in the freezer. Store it in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag. To reheat, place the bacon in an air fryer preheated to 375° and warm for about 5 minutes or until crispy.

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Jenna Urben
Jenna is a recipe developer, food writer and content creator based in Texas. She is Taste of Home’s go-to writer for allergy-friendly and vegan recipes that don’t sacrifice flavor or texture, such as coconut cream, vegan chicken nuggets and kale pesto. As someone with food intolerances herself, Jenna knows first-hand the challenges of cooking in a dairy- and egg-free kitchen. Her food blog, The Urben Life, features hundreds of allergy-friendly recipes that the whole family can enjoy and has been spotlighted by Parade, TODAY Food and Stylecaster.