Make Perfect Bacon in an Air Fryer

Bacon is a keto delicacy, but what if we told you it could be made in 10 minutes and didn’t splatter all over your stove?… This air fryer bacon has a super easy cleanup while still being just as crispy as the regular stovetop bacon. Yet again the air fryer will steal your heart with this recipe!

Cooked air fryer bacon on a black plate

Picking an Air Fryer

The size and type of air fryer you choose really depends on what you want to do with it. If you are purchasing an air fryer with family cooking in mind, it makes sense to get a larger air fryer. We would recommend a 6 qt and above. For a couple or single person 5.8qt and below should be sufficient.

The round egg or square shaped air fryers work best for this recipe. If you use a toaster oven style air fryer it may be more difficult to clean the inside grease that is leftover from the bacon.

Is Cooking Bacon in the Air Fryer Safe?

Yes, cooking bacon in the air fryer is safe as long as you take the necessary precautions. Whenever cooking a food that will create hot grease it’s important to prepare and not let that grease get too hot. We always start by saying whatever cooking you do always have baking soda by the stove or nearby to pour overtop if a grease fire starts. So what should you know when cooking air fryer bacon?

  • Always remove the hot grease in between batches. If you want to cook multiple batches of bacon at a time that’s fine. However, you must properly dispose of the hot grease that is currently in the basket or save it for cooking use later.
  • If you see smoke from the air fryer, open it. That may mean pausing your air fryer first if it locks, but make sure the air fryer is opened and given a moment. There could be bacon stuck in the upper fan, or you may have too much grease heating inside. Fat and oil oxidizes when heated, smoke is just part of the natural oxidation process. If your air fryer is continuously smoking it may be time to give it a deep clean with a towel and degreaser (WHEN COOLED).

You can cook bacon in the air fryer, but it is important to make sure you are following safety precautions when cooking anything greasy to prevent a fire.

How to Make Air Fryer Bacon

Read our tips to find out how to make perfectly crispy air fryer bacon every time.

Ingredients and Tools

This recipe is oh so simple, all you’re going to need is two things! For starters you’ll need an air fryer for air frying the bacon. We got ours off of amazon, but you can get them at most appliance stores now.

The only ingredient this recipe requires is bacon. The bacon you use is all up to preference. We used uncured regular bacon, but you can use cured thick cut bacon if you prefer. Thick cut bacon may take a minute or two longer in the air fryer than thinner bacon. So if thick cut bacon is your jam, make sure to set the fryer for an extra two minutes and check on it occasionally.

Raw bacon on a cutting board

Makin Bacon

The total time for this recipe is only 13 minutes, so what are you waiting for? To begin preheat your air fryer basket to 400F for 3-4 minutes. Remove the air fryer basket and place the bacon in a single layer inside. No need for any parchment paper here.

Bacon going into the air fryer

Cook the bacon for 10 minutes or for thicker bacon 12-13. If the air fryer is smoking at all while making the recipe pull open the basket and check there is no bacon in the fan. This smoke is usually caused by the fat oxidizing, so it is important you keep the air fryer clean. You want to make sure you are wiping down the air fryer with paper towels AFTER cooking the bacon. It must be cool while doing so, as to not burn yourself.

Checking the cooked bacon with tongs

Feel free to place cooked bacon on paper towels to soak up grease in between batches!

Help! My Air Fryer is Smoking

If you want to cook bacon in the air fryer, but see it smoking don’t worry. As stated above, bacon grease just like any oil will oxidize and smoke when bacon is cooked. To prevent this you may need to wipe down your air fryer when it’s cooled to keep it clean. Don’t let old oil heat and re heat. You can also try dropping down the heat to 350 to prevent it from getting too hot inside.

Makin Bacon… but Fancy

If you want to upgrade this recipe and cook bacon that’s a little extra delicious try our tasty tricks. Use a small amount of brown sugar erythritol with a pinch of salt sprinkled on the bacon before cooking. This candied cooked bacon is a game changer in the sweet and salty world.

You can also try a bit of sweet sugar free BBQ sauce smeared on top before cooking bacon in the air fryer. If you want to air fry bacon with extra flavor this is certainly the way to do it!

The Perfect Bacon Pairing

Everyone knows the iconic keto duo is bacon and eggs. With this recipe you can have your air fryer bacon and eggs in under 10 minutes! We have plenty of different egg recipes on our blog for you to try out and pick your new go to:

  • Baked Cheesy Eggs– These baked eggs are quick to prep and hands off while baking. Plus who doesn’t love a good gooey cheese pull?…
  • Masala Baked Indian Eggs– If you want a more ethnic meal to spice up your breakfast routine, try our masala eggs. They’re packed with flavor and pair great with some of our keto naan bread.
  • Sweet Healthy Omelet– Tired of savory bacon and eggs? Check out this delicious sweet omelet that’s the perfect crepe like breakfast.
  • Keto Breakfast Sandwich– There’s nothing better than a bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich. Use our air fryer bacon recipe to complete this low carb sandwich.

There are tons of low carb and keto options to make the perfect breakfast recipes using an air fryer. Paired with eggs your breakfast with be filling and super nutritious (1).

Bacon curing onto one another freshly cooked inside the air fryer

More Air Fryer Recipes

An air fryer is super versatile and can be used to make many different recipes other than just bacon. It makes cooking easy and cleanup minimal. Any recipes with lots of grease will crisp as the oil falls into the bottom basket. Some of our favorite air fryer recipes are:

  • Air Fryer Chicken Thighs– Air fry these chicken thighs and pair them with a flavorful Asian glaze and healthy high fat ingredients.
  • Easy Air Fryer Cookie– An air fryer isn’t only good for foods with a lot of grease, they are also good for sweets and baked goods. They use circulating air to cook whatever is inside the basket, almost like a convection oven.
  • Air Fryer Pork Chops– This recipe uses the air fryer to create crispy “breaded” pork chops. There’s minimal grease, minimal cook time, and no need to even dirty a pan.
  • Easy Air Fryer Biscuits– Delicious flakey biscuits done in an air fryer basket. They take less than half the normal prep and cook time. Top leftover biscuits with some butter and you have a perfect breakfast done in 5 minutes.

Keto Air Fryer Bacon

Crispy air fried bacon is both delicious and nutritious. If you didn’t love cooking bacon before because of the mess, we’re sure you’ll love it now. Cook this recipe for your whole family to have a delicious brunch this week. Trust us, cooking bacon like this is so easy you’ll want to start making it everyday.

air fryer bacon pin
Cooked air fryer bacon

Air Fryer Bacon

This crispy bacon is done in minutes, making it the perfect easy side to your meal. Breakfast, brunch, even Brinner (breakfast for dinner), can now be done quickly and deliciously.


  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F

  • Place bacon in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Cook for 10 minutes

  • Serve warm and make extra batches if needed.



  • You can turn over the bacon at 7 minutes for an extra crispy texture.
  • If you have thicker bacon cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  • If you choose to do multiple batches you can take 1 minute off cook time as the air fryer is already warm

Net Carbs: 1

Nutrition Facts

Air Fryer Bacon

Amount Per Serving

Calories 236
Calories from Fat 207

% Daily Value*

Fat 23g35%

Saturated Fat 8g40%

Cholesterol 37mg12%

Sodium 375mg16%

Potassium 112mg3%

Carbohydrates 1g0%

Protein 7g14%

Vitamin A 21IU0%

Calcium 3mg0%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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