Looking for the best way to cook bacon? Air Fryer Bacon is the way to go! The bacon is crispy and you won’t be cleaning up grease splatters all over the kitchen.
Bacon belongs in it’s own food group, would you agree? It goes with anything for breakfast, it’s the perfect topping on sandwiches or burgers for lunch, and it’s delicious crumbled and sprinkled on top of a salad, soup, or a baked potato for dinner.
Cooking Bacon in the Air Fryer
Air Fryer’s have become very popular over the last few years, and for many good reasons. They give food the crispiness of oil frying, without the oil, and food cooks more evenly. However, the number #1 for owning an Air Fryer in our family is Air Fryer Bacon. We can’t get enough of it. The bacon cooks up perfectly. It is crispy, but still chewy enough to get the satisfying flavor our of every bite. In addition, the bacon is evenly cooked with no pieces of uncooked fat.
Ways to Cook Bacon
There are three ways we like to cook bacon in the kitchen. Here are the pros and cons of each:
Fried bacon in a skillet or on a griddle
- Pros: The bacon cooks up nice and crispy. You can watch it cook and monitor the degree of doneness you prefer. Many pieces of bacon can be cooked at one time.
- Cons: It is messy and the bacon is greasy. Bacon grease splatters all over the stove, and even you and your clothes if you aren’t careful. The smell lingers in the house for hours.
Oven cooked bacon
- Pros: It is less messy because the grease is contained in the oven. The bacon doesn’t have to be monitored as closely as when frying, making it easier to prepare other food as the bacon cooks. A full sheet pan of bacon can be cooked at one time.
- Cons: The bacon doesn’t crisp up as nice, and it doesn’t cook as evenly. You need to have a rack to cook the bacon on so it isn’t sitting in the grease in the bottom of the sheet pan. It also takes longer to cook bacon in the oven, usually 15-18 minutes.
Air fryer bacon
- Pros: The bacon cooks evenly and is crispy. It only takes 10 minutes to cook. Grease from the bacon drips through the rack as the bacon cooks, so the bacon comes out less greasy. The mess is contained to inside the air fryer, no splattering, which also keeps the smell of cooked bacon is more contained. We all love the smell of bacon, but not when it lingers for hours in the house.
- Cons: Depending on the size of the Air Fryer, you can only cook a small amount of bacon at a time.
A slice of bacon is delicious on its own, but it also adds flavor to many other dishes. Here are a few of our favorite recipes using bacon:
- Creamy Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
- Avocado, Bacon, and Egg Sandwiches
- Warm Bacon Cheese Dip
- Corn Chowder with Bacon
- Place bacon in a single layer in the air fryer, try not to overlap pieces.
- Optional: brush a little maple syrup onto the bacon.
- Cook at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, turning once halway through.
- Carefully remove hot bacon onto a plate with a paper towel to cool.
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