Chewy Air Fryer Bacon: How to Cook Bacon in an Air Fryer

You are going to love this air fryer bacon recipe! Bacon in an air fryer comes out perfectly crisp around the edges with a chewy center. It is so good that you may not want cook bacon any other way again!

A white plate stacked with crispy air fryer bacon.

I bought my air fryer a few months ago and have been testing it out ever since. Once I tried bacon (and again, and again), I knew this was the recipe I needed to share with you first! 

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Update: We have experimented a lot with our air fryer! Here are some more easy recipes: air fryer frozen pot stickers, air fryer sausageair fryer grilled cheese, air fryer frozen hash browns, and air fryer frozen chicken nuggets.

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Air Fryer Bacon

Not only does air fried bacon come out perfect every time, but it is way less messy than cooking it on the stove! You can say goodbye to a grease-covered stove forever, thanks to this yummy bacon cooking method! 

Close up of air fryer bacon on a cooling rack.

Cleaning an air fryer is also really easy! I just give mine a rinse and clean it in the dishwasher! *Check your owners manual to confirm your air fryer is dishwasher safe*

Plus, who doesn’t love bacon? Bacon really is my favorite thing to cook in my air fryer so far! If you like making bacon on the weekends, then it may just justify getting an air fryer.

How to Air Fry Bacon?

  1. Start by preheating your air fryer. We recommend 5 minutes.
  2. Create an even layer of bacon. Our basket-style air fryer holds about 6 pieces of bacon at a time. 6 slices of uncooked bacon in an even layer inside the basket of an air fryer.
  3. Set your air fryer to 320 degrees for 10 minutes.
  4. After 5 minutes, flip the bacon and continue cooking. Tongs flipping air fryer bacon inside of air fryer.
  5. Remove from heat and drain any excess grease (there won’t be much). Perfectly crisp air fryer bacon inside basket of air fryer.

Extra Crispy Air Fryer Bacon

This recipe makes a delicious chewy bacon that is crisp around the edges. If you want your bacon to come out crispy in the air fryer, we recommend increasing the cook time to 12 minutes. It’s important to keep an eye on your bacon to make sure it doesn’t burn.

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We have found that bacon will cook faster in an air fryer if there is less bacon in the basket. So, if you are only making one or two slices of bacon, you may not need the fully 12 minutes to make crispy bacon in your air fryer.

How to prevent smoking from an air fryer?

When cooking bacon, it is common to see some smoke come out of the basket of the air fryer. Our method for preventing smoking is to add 1 cup of water to the bottom of our basket-style air fryer. The water absorbs the grease and cuts the smoking way down. 

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Other people swear by the bread method. They simply place a slice of bread in the bottom of the basket to absorb any excess grease and prevent smoking. Either way, it’s important to do your research and ensure that these methods will work with your brand of air fryer. We used a Cosori Air Fryer for this air fryer bacon recipe.

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Air fryer bacon on a cooling rack.
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Air Fryer Bacon

You are going to love this air fryer bacon recipe! Bacon in an air fryer comes out perfectly crisp around the edges with a chewy center. It is so good that you may not want cook bacon any other way again!

Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer bacon, air fryer bacon recipe, bacon in air fryer, how to air fry bacon
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 slices
Calories 54 kcal
Author Aileen Clark


  • 1 cup water
  • 6 slices bacon


  1. Preheat your air fryer for 5 minutes prior to cooking bacon.
  2. Pour 1 cup water to the bottom of your air fryer.
  3. Arrange bacon in an even layer in your air fryer.
  4. Set air fryer to 320 degrees for 10 minutes.
  5. Flip bacon over using tongs after 5 minutes. Continue cooking.
  6. Remove bacon from air fryer and place on a paper towel lined plate to absorb any excess grease.

Recipe Notes

  • We used a basket-style air fryer for this recipe. Check your owners manual before adding water to the bottom of your air fryer.
  • For crispier bacon, increase cook time to 12 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Bacon
Amount Per Serving (1 slice bacon)
Calories 54 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 195mg8%
Protein 4g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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