Air Fryer Bacon

This post is sponsored by the Ohio Pork Council. All opinions are my own. 

I love bacon - and I'm the weirdo that likes it a little underdone. I'm super picky about cooking it - I've tried a cast iron skillet, the electric griddle and the oven - all are fine - but messy or time consuming.  
I decided why not try the air fryer?! Turns out - it's now my favorite way to cook bacon!!! Keep going to find out why and how you can do it! 

Can you air fry bacon? 

Yes! This would be a super short post if you couldn't! 

How do you air fry bacon? 

I just put five slices in my air fryer - you can fold them a bit - it's fine. Just fit them in how you can. Then turn it on! Now if you like it crispy - just go for 7-8 minutes at 400 degrees - then check it and see if you need to go longer. The add time in 2 minute increments. If you're more of an underdone girl like me - start at 5 minutes and add time from there. 

The longer you cook it without opening - the quicker it will get to the desired doneness - but - you can't undo cooking - so I check it along the way. 

* MOST IMPORTANT NOTE * Be sure to put a slice or two of bread under the bacon. This will absorb the grease and prevent your air fryer from smoking! You can also put water in the bottom but I think the bread works better.

I love bacon in the air fryer and my favorite reason for this cooking method is that when you need cooked bacon for a recipe - you can get the bacon ready while you're prepping the recipe - and you don't have to watch over it! Here are some of my favorite bacon-filled recipes: 

- Maple Bacon & Sausage French Toast Bake
- Seven Layer Salad Dip
- Super Simple Quiche
- Copycat Casey's Breakfast Pizza

Air Fryer Bacon

Air Fryer Bacon

Yield: 4
prep time: cook time: 8 Mtotal time: 8 M
I've tried bacon every which way and this is by far the easiest, quickest and cleanest way to make bacon - whether you like it crispy or a little underdone - you can get it just how you like it! And no greasy splatters!!!


  • 5 slices bacon
  • 1 slice bread


How to cook Air Fryer Bacon

  1. Very important: Place slice of bread in bottom of air fryer
  2. Place bacon in air fryer separated and placed loosely 
    1. TIP!!! If you like your bacon more flat - cut slices in half and air fry in one layer
  3. Air fry at 400 for 10 minutes
  4. Check doneness of bacon, use tongs to re-arrange if needed
  5. Based on doneness, add additional time for bacon. If you like it chewy, you should be good!. If you like it crispy, add 3 more minutes. 
  6. You can always add more time - you can’t undo cooking time!

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