Can you cook bacon in an air fryer? Let’s find out!
Ahhh bacon…who can resist a slice of crispy, oh so satisfying bacon? Is there any other meat that compliments so many dishes so well? I think not! But can you cook bacon in an air fryer? Certainly you can! It not only turns out delicious, but cooking bacon in an Air Fryer results in less fat!
In this article, we’re going to talk about why you would want to cook bacon in an Air Fryer, how to cook bacon in an Air Fryer, and which Air Fryer is best for cooking bacon. Of course, there are many other uses for Air Fryers, so feel free to check out the site for more informative articles.
Why Is It Better To Cook Bacon in an Air Fryer Rather than a Pan?
There are many ways to cook bacon, but traditionally it is cooked in a pan over a stove top. The bacon cooks in it’s own grease, which is often painful (ow, bacon stings) and potentially dangerous. Maybe you won’t burn the house down, but it can still be a dangerous proposition!
Also, a lot of that fatty bacon grease stays right on your food, because it’s got nowhere else to go! There’s got to be a better way!
Lucky for us all of us bacon fiends, there is. Cooking bacon in the Air Fryer is fast and easy. Not only is it more safe to cook bacon in the Air Fryer, but much of the fat drips off of the bacon and falls into the pan under your cooking basket. This means much less fat content on your bacon!
Clean up with the Air Fryer is a breeze. The pan and basket of the Air Fryer are both dishwasher safe. After draining the pan of bacon grease, you can either give it a quick wipe by hand or throw it the dishwasher!
I’ve been cooking with Air Fryers for a couple years now and I’d love to tell you how it’s done, and here is my friend Boo to actually show you how it’s done. She uses a De’longhi Multifry Air Fryer in this video.
How To Cook Bacon In Your Air Fryer
Prepping Your Bacon
Depending on the size of your Air Fryer, you can usually fit 5-1o slices of bacon in the frying basket. You’ll want to have all of the bacon you intend to cook set out and ready to go, so you won’t be fumbling around when it’s time to start the next batch. You Should have a plate with a little paper towel ready so you can lay your fried bacon on it when it’s finished. Can
Tongs would also be a wonderful thing to have ready so you can snatch your bacon out of the Air Fryer when it’s finished.
Prepping Your Air Fryer
First of all, bacon grease that falls from the fryer basket into the pan tends to smoke as the Air Fryer heats up to maximum temp. You can preemptively avoid this smoke by putting a little water into the pan before you start cooking. The bacon grease will land in the water and cool down enough to the point where it won’t smoke. Cool trick huh?
Ok, we’re going to want to preheat the Air Fryer at it’s highest setting, which is usually 375-400F. This normally takes 3- 5 minutes. There is absolutely no need to use any additional oil when cooking bacon in an Air Fryer. The bacon will cook just fine in its own grease.
Cooking Your Bacon
You’re Air Fryer should be preheated and ready for cooking now! It normally takes 8-10 minutes to cook, but it can take a little longer if you like it crispy! Go ahead and place your bacon in the basket. You should get some nice hissing action if your Air Fryer is properly preheated.
Slide the basket back in the Air Fryer and let it cook for about 5 minutes. At this point, we’re going to slide the basket out and check on your bacon. It should be sizzling and browning up nicely.
You shouldn’t have to flip the bacon because the Air Fryer forces air completely around the basket. If you really loaded the basket up though, you might want to give your bacon a flip.
Go ahead and slide the basket back into the Air Fryer and let the bacon cook for another 3-5 minutes. At this point you should see some blackening on the tips of your bacon, and it should be looking like it’s close to being finished. This is all up to taste, of course.
Note that your bacon will look a little different from what you’re used to seeing when you pan fry it. We’re using a totally different method of cooking, so it stand to reason that our results will be a little different as well. I think you’ll still love the taste and texture of your bacon though!
Now that your bacon is looking mighty fine, you can either grab it with the tongs, or unclip the basket from the pan and dump it out onto your plate. Whatever you do, just don’t try to dump it out while your basket and pan are still clipped together. There’s water and grease in there and you won’t be happy if all of that ends up on your plate along with the bacon! Can you cook bacon in an Air Fryer?
You can now reload your basket and do it all over again if you have a bit of bacon left to fry. When you’re completely finished, just leave the basket out to cool for a few minutes, then it’s time to clean up.
So now we’ve got a little water and grease left in the pan to take care of. I normally put it in a container and seal it. When, it’s full, I take I take it to a local restaurant’s grease container. There are number of ways you can take care of grease properly though.
After the grease is out of the pan, you can wipe it out with a little dish detergent and hot water. The fryer basket itself should be completely dishwasher safe, so you can either throw it in with the rest of the dishes or wash it by hand. Well, that should about do it, my friends!
I hope your bacon turned out beautiful and delicious. Sometimes it takes a little trial and error to get it just right, but you’re going to be reaping the rewards of bacon containing less fat and calories!
More Resources at The Air Fryer Guide
Thanks for reading through this little guide. There are many resources for Air Fryers available to you if you want to know more about the Air Fryer! Can you cook Bacon in an Air Fryer?
If you are thinking about purchasing an Air Fryer, I would love to help you find one that suits all of your needs. There are is a brand new guide to the best air fryers for 2018 with in depth reviews to help you find the best Air Fryer for your kitchen.
As always, if you have a question or comment, I’d love to hear from you. I promise I’ll always get back to you! (or I’ll clean your chimney this winter) Thanks for visiting The Air Fryer Guide, and take care!