Can You Put Bacon In An Air Fryer

Yes, you can cook bacon in an air fryer, and it’s a fantastic method for getting crispy, evenly cooked bacon with less mess than traditional pan-frying. Cooking bacon in an air fryer not only reduces the grease splatter but also makes cleanup easier. Here’s how to do it:

Air Fryer Bacon Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Bacon slices

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Air Fryer: Although not always necessary, preheating your air fryer to 360°F (about 182°C) for a few minutes can help cook the bacon more evenly.
  2. Arrange the Bacon: Lay the bacon slices in the air fryer basket in a single layer. If your air fryer is small, you might need to cut the bacon in half to fit. It’s okay if the slices touch, but try to avoid overlapping them too much, as they will shrink during cooking.
  3. Cook: Air fry the bacon for about 7-10 minutes, depending on your desired crispiness and the thickness of the bacon. Thin slices will cook faster than thick-cut bacon.
  4. Check and Flip (Optional): Halfway through the cooking time, you can check the bacon and flip the slices for more even cooking, although this isn’t strictly necessary as the air circulation cooks the bacon well on both sides.
  5. Drain the Grease: Once the bacon reaches your preferred level of crispiness, carefully remove it from the air fryer. Place the bacon on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any excess grease.
  6. Serve: Enjoy the bacon as is or use it in your favorite recipes.

Tips for Perfect Air Fryer Bacon

  • Avoid Overcrowding: Cooking in batches is better than overcrowding the basket, which can lead to uneven cooking.
  • Adjust Cooking Time: The exact cooking time will vary based on the air fryer model, the thickness of the bacon, and how crispy you like it. Start checking a bit earlier until you find the perfect timing for your preferences.
  • Cleanup: To make cleanup even easier, you can place a piece of bread or a small amount of water in the bottom of the air fryer to catch the grease, but this is optional and depends on your air fryer’s design.
  • Safety: Be cautious when removing the bacon and draining the grease, as both will be very hot.

Cooking bacon in an air fryer is not only convenient but also produces consistently crispy and delicious results. It’s a cleaner and more efficient method than traditional pan-frying, making it a great option for quick breakfasts or adding to recipes.

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