This recipe for how to make air fryer bacon is just so easy. It’s the perfect way to make a small batch of crispy bacon in 15 minutes.

cooked bacon on a plate

Ways to Cook Bacon

There are several great ways to cook bacon. I love to bake it in the oven, or you can just cook it up in a skillet. Some people even microwave their bacon. As an alternative to those methods, let me introduce you to air fryer bacon!

This method of cooking bacon in the air fryer is perfect for when you:

  • just want to cook several pieces (like to crumble on a salad)
  • don’t want to heat up your kitchen
  • and need to make it fast with easy cleanup.
cooked bacon in the basket of an air fryer

Recipe Steps

Step One

Add 1/2 cup of water to the bottom of your air fryer. This will help keep the air fryer from smoking as the excess grease from the bacon drips to the bottom.

Step Two

Lay your strips of bacon flat in the basket of your air fryer.

uncooked bacon in air fryer basket

Step Three

Cook the bacon for 8-10 minutes. Blot any excess grease from the bacon with a paper towel before serving.

FAQs

What kind of air fryer do you recommend?

I am not tied to one brand. I have had several air fryers and liked them all. This Gourmia air fryer is similar to the one I am using now.

Can I cook turkey bacon this way?

Yes, you can. Just keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t burn.

Is bacon gluten-free?

Not all brands of bacon are gluten-free, so just be sure to read the labels when purchasing.

Other Air Fryer Recipes

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How to Make Air Fryer Bacon

bacon cooked in an air fryer basket

This recipe for how to make air fryer bacon is just so easy. It’s the perfect way to make a small batch of crispy bacon in 10 minutes.

  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Air fryer
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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Ingredients

  • ½ cup water
  • 4 slices of bacon

Instructions

  1. Add the water to the bottom of the air fryer. The water will ensure that you don’t get smoke from the excess grease while the bacon cooks.
  2. Lay your strips of bacon in the basket of your air-fryer. Set the temperature to 375°F and let the bacon cook for 8-10 minutes, keeping an eye on it so it doesn’t burn. The bacon should be bubbling and a medium shade of brown when it is done cooking.
  3. Use tongs to carefully transfer the cooked bacon to a plate lined with paper towels. Blot any excess grease from the cooked bacon.
  4. Serve warm.

Keywords: air fryer bacon with no smoking, small batch bacon, air fried bacon

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