How to Cook Crispy Air Fryer Bacon?

by Cookie
Crispy air fryer bacon

Last Updated on November 6, 2020 by Cookie

Crispy Air Fryer Bacon is easy to make and tasty to enjoy. No busy mornings with this simple crispy bacon recipe in an air fryer. No more grease and smoke in the kitchen, just a delicious crispy bacon served next to anything.

If you try making crispy bacon in an air fryer, you will never do it again any other way. 

Cooking bacon in an air fryer or oven is fast, quick, easy, no grease, and smoke. I adore serving crispy bacon for breakfast next to anything. But because it was making me too much mess and smoke I usually avoided cooking it at home. When I have tried this new method I get convinced that bacon is much more tasty, crispy, looks more perfect, and less grease. I adore such now hows as they easier my life and lazy mornings. 

Crispy air fryer baconScrambled or poached eggs with some crispy bacon is one of the combos I simply adore. My husbands is also fond of crispy bacon and is always asking for more.  

What bacon can you use?

Bacon is agreat option, but sometimes I choose Italian pancetta as it crisps so well and the salty taste is just amazing. Crunchy and perfect are just two words that perfectly described these amazing bacon slices. 

I try to use air-fried bacon in salads, you can check my recent pea salad with bacon recipe here. Also, I adore adding crispy bacon to pumpkin soup, next to some roasted meat, or roasted veggies, wrapping meat in bacon or simply as it is. 

Crispy air fryer baconOne more great point about bacon is its usefulness in the Keto diet menu. Anyone following Keto diet can easily introduce some crispy and crunchy bacon to its meals. 

Cooking bacon in an air fryer makes your bacon slices look crispy to perfection with minimal cleaning up. I simply adore such great tasting recipes with minimum effort and less mess. 

 Is air fried food healthy?

Cooking in air fryer is much better and healthier than frying in oil. It cuts calories and burns more fat, thus making the food less fatty. Definitely, there are recipes with fried ingredients that are super delicious and tasty, but when health counts more, than an air fryer is a great choice and a healthier option. 

Can you cook bacon in air fryer?

Crispy air fryer baconIn an air fryer, you can cook anything you want in order to obtain crispy, crunchy, and perfect looks. Potatoes, veggies, or bacon is just perfect for the air fryer. Lay some bacon slices in the air fry basket in a singer layer and fry some minutes until crispy and brown, flip and continue cooking some 5 minutes more until ready to perfection. Usually, I buy bacon slices that are thin so it takes some 2-3 minutes to fry on each side. It depends on the bacon thickness, either to cook it longer or less. 

Is air-fried bacon healthier?

Crispy air fryer baconTheoretically speaking yes, but practically it has lot of fat and calories, as well. It is much healthier and better in an air fryer rather being cooked on a stovetop, and the result is much more attractive. It still has lots of calories so avoid eating crispy bacon everyday, skip it with some other crispy meat in order to make some variations. 

Bacon was always a staple in my house, but I was always mad about the mess it was making when I fried it. Now, it is a simple pleasure to cook it an air fryer – I adore its nice-looking texture, crunchiness, and a less greasy kitchen. 

Can you put foil in an air fryer?

The air fryer uses circulation to cook the food quicker and to make it crisper. However, you can put some foil in an air fryer but it can slower the process of cooking. Keep in mind that if you use foil in an air fryer it should be weighted down by the food and make sure that the foil doesn’t cover it fully. For this recipe, I would not recommend adding foil, if you want your bacon to cook perfect and crispy. 

How to cook bacon in an air fryer?

Cooking crispy bacon for breakfasts became a pleasure and a delight for me. This fatty meat is cooked fast, quick, less smokey, and has much more taste. I adore serving it with some eggs and salad. Cooking it in an air fryer is much healthier and a lot of bacon fat drains away in the basket below. They look perfect and crunchy. If you want more flavourful bacon, just add some paprika powder and it will taste heavenly. 

Crispy air fryer bacon ingredients

The ingredients:

Bacon (smoked or unsmoked) or Italian pancetta. I have used 10 slices of bacon.

Some paprika or cayenne powder just adss a touch of red color that simply looks amazing. 

Brown sugar caramelizes the meat and makes it more flavourful to savor. But you can easily skip it away. 

Preheat air fryer at 350F or 180C. 

Lay some bacon slices in the air fry basket in a singer layer and fry until crispy and brown, flip and continue cooking until bacon is crispy and ready to perfection, about 5 minutes more. 

If you want less crispy bacon then fry it for fewer minutes. Usually, I buy thin bacon slices so it takes me some 3-4 minutes to fry on each side. 

Crispy air fryer baconTransfer cooked crunchy bacon on a plate lined with some kitchen towel to soak up the excess of fat. 

For note: I have rubbed bacon slices in some paprika powder so that it has an irresistible red/brown colour with more flavour and smokey aroma. 

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What to serve with air fryer bacon?

Air fryer crispy bacon pairs just delicious with anything. For breakfast, it goes perfect with eggs prepared in anyways. 

For lunch: crispy bacon is delicious and healthy in salads or soups. 

For dinner: air fryer bacon is perfect next to any meat, in wrapped meat, also in salads, and simply crispy and crunchy as it is. 

Crispy air fryer bacon

How to Cook Crispy Air Fryer Bacon?

Cookie
Crispy Air Fryer Bacon is easy to make and tasty to enjoy. No busy mornings with this simple crispy bacon recipe in an air fryer. No more grease and smoke in the kitchen, just a delicious crispy bacon served next to anything.
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 3
Calories 306 kcal

Equipment

  • air fryer

Ingredients
  

  • 10 slices bacon
  • 2 tbsp paprika powder

Instructions
 

  • Preheat air fryer at 350F or 180C.
  • Lay some bacon slices in the air fry basket in a singer layer and fry until crispy and brown, flip and continue cooking until bacon is crispy and ready to perfection, about 5 minutes more.
  • Transfer cooked crunchy bacon on a plate lined with some kitchen towel to soak up the excess of fat.
  • For note: I have rubbed bacon slices in some paprika powder so that it has an irresistible red/brown colour with more flavour and smokey aroma.
  • Serve as it is or next to anything.

Nutrition

Calories: 306kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 9gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 485mgPotassium: 145mgVitamin A: 27IUCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg
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