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Air Fryer Bacon is quick, easy and delicious! Learn how to make crispy bacon in your air fryer and you’ll never go back to the stove or oven method again!

hand holding slice of crispy bacon

Cooking bacon in the air fryer is an absolute game changer. If you love making bacon for breakfast but hate the mess, this easy air fryer recipe is for you!

I love me some crispy bacon, but I hate cleaning up a greasy stove or oven afterwards. I mean, who wants to spend the weekend cleaning the kitchen?!

That’s why I am so in love with air frying bacon. You get crispy, perfectly cooked bacon without the mess. And, it only takes a few minutes to cook!

How to Cook Bacon in the Air Fryer

For this recipe, I used my Instant Pot Vortex Plus air fryer. It’s a larger one, but you should be able to use the basic recipe for any type of air fryer.

First, you’ll want to slice the bacon in half so that it fits better on the tray or in the basket. Note that if you have a smaller air fryer, you will only be able to cook a few pieces at a time.

raw bacon on air fryer tray

How Long to Air Fry Bacon

Then, place the bacon on the tray, while you preheat the fryer to 390. When the temperature reaches 390, pop the tray into the air fryer oven, and set the time for 8 minutes.

Turn the bacon over about half way through the cooking time. The first side should be nice and crisp.

Of course, all air fryers are different, so you may have to adjust the time a little. You can also cook the bacon for a minute or so longer for extra crispy bacon.

turn bacon over with tongs

Then, air fry the other side until crispy and done to your liking. Remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to absorb the grease.

There’s really not much, but I like to do this anyway. You could also just dab the bacon with a paper towel. Totally up to you!

crispy cooked bacon on air fryer tray

And that’s all there is to making crispy bacon in the air fryer! SO easy and so good!

Better yet, there’s no greasy mess in the kitchen to clean up! If you want to make more bacon, just repeat the process until you’re done.

cooked bacon in hand over platter of crispy bacon

Leftover Cooked Bacon Ideas

If you have leftover bacon, try using it in one of these easy recipes:

close up of cooked bacon in hand

Air Fryer Bacon Recipe

5 from 6 votes

Air Fryer Bacon

By: Dee
Air Fryer Bacon is quick, easy and delicious! Learn how to make crispy bacon in your air fryer and you'll never go back to the stove or oven method again!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 6


  • Instant Pot Vortex Plus Air Fryer


  • 1 pound bacon
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  • Cut the bacon strips in half
  • Place bacon strips evenly on air fryer tray
  • Preheat air fryer to 390 degrees
  • When temperature reaches 390, place the tray into the air fryer and cook for 8 minutes, turning about halfway though. Repeat process until all bacon is cooked, or store uncooked bacon in refrigerator.
  • Remove cooked bacon to paper towel-lined plate to remove grease. Serve immediately


Cooking times may vary with different cuts of bacon and different makes/models of air fryers.


Calories: 315kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 30g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 50mg, Sodium: 500mg, Potassium: 150mg, Vitamin A: 28IU, Calcium: 4mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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  1. Luanne says:

    Leftover bacon?!?

    1. Dee says:

      Hard to imagine, right? But I like to make extra to have during the week.

  2. Charlie Trotter says:

    I just make this following your recipe. This is so delicious. I enjoyed this with my whole family. Thanks for share this recipe.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Glad you liked it! Thanks!

  3. Suzy says:

    I love how crispy the bacon comes out! So good!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      So glad you like it, Suzy. Thanks!

  4. Cathy says:

    This looks like the PERFECT bacon!

  5. Katerina @ diethood .com says:

    YUM!! This bacon looks incredibly delicious!!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      We love bacon this way. Thanks!

  6. Chrissie Baker says:

    Amazing!!! So easy and virtually no mess!!! Best bacon ever!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      So glad you liked it, Chrissie. Thanks!

  7. Jen says:

    Such a great idea! I hate the mess too but my boys are bacon addicts, haha! So perfect!

    1. Dee says:

      Air fried bacon is so much easier to cook!

  8. Sara Welch says:

    Another great recipe to make with breakfast tomorrow! This is great for busy mornings; looking forward to this, indeed!5 stars

  9. Natalya says:

    We make bacon this way all the time. Mess-free and so crispy! Love it

  10. James says:

    What a difference. The clean up is much easier and the crispiness is awesome. I used to cook it outside so it would be easier to clean up. Now it’s the air fryer every time!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you so much, James! It’s definitely a game changer.