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Perfect Crispy Air Fryer Thick Cut Bacon Recipe

Savor the flavor of this crispy air fryer thick cut bacon recipe. Perfectly golden, irresistibly delicious & cooked in minutes!

How to Air Fry Thick Cut Bacon

I admit it. From the first time I used my air fryer, I was hooked. It has been a game changer for me, especially on busy mornings or weeknights.

I can make so many different things with it in a fraction of the time it would take for me to cook in the oven. Not only that, but it is so simple to use. The best part is how little oil I need (if any).

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One of the discoveries I made was that I could use my air fryer to make bacon. Bacon is such an easy breakfast food or a delicious addition to sandwiches and salads.

But cooking it always seems to make such a mess!

How to Air Fry Thick Cut Bacon

Today’s air fryer method is my new favorite way to cook bacon. The cooking process gives me perfectly crispy bacon every time and I don’t have to scrub bacon grease off of everything afterwards.

How to Air Fry Thick Cut Bacon

Serve this easy air fryer bacon recipe with breakfast potatoes and pancakes on the weekend. Whip up a few strips of bacon for a BLT or to add to devilled eggs. You are going to love how quick and easy it is to enjoy delicious bacon!

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Supplies

Thick Cut Bacon

Air Fryer Thick Cut Bacon

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 4

Thick Cut Bacon in Air Fryer

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of thick cut bacon – I prefer thicker bacon, but you can use any type of bacon that you like best.
Flip Air Fryer Bacon

Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for about 3 minutes.
  2. While the air fryer is preheating, arrange the bacon slices in a single layer on the air fryer basket. You may need to cook the bacon in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
  3. Place the basket into the air fryer and cook the bacon for 8-10 minutes, or until it reaches your desired level of crispiness.
  4. Halfway through cooking, flip the bacon strips using tongs to ensure even cooking on both sides.
  5. Once cooked, use tongs to carefully transfer the bacon onto a paper towel-lined plate to absorb any excess grease.
  6. Allow the bacon to cool for 1-2 minutes before serving to avoid any burns.
Air Fryer Thick Cut Bacon

Note: Cooking times may vary depending on the thickness of your bacon and the type of air fryer you have. Adjust accordingly.

Air Fryer Thick Cut Bacon

Tips and Tricks

  • The cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the bacon and personal preference for crispiness.
  • Experiment with different types of bacon, like brown sugar or maple syrup flavored varieties, thick and thin bacon strips, or even turkey bacon, and see which you like best.
  • It’s important to check the bacon periodically during cooking to prevent it from burning.
  • Remember to clean the air fryer basket thoroughly after cooking bacon to remove any extra grease or residue.
  • Store any leftover bacon in the fridge in an airtight container.
Air Fryer Thick Cut Bacon

How to Get the Best Results from Your Air Fryer

  • It’s important to preheat the air fryer to ensure even and consistent cooking.
  • Make sure your food is in a single layer, being careful not to overcrowd the basket, as this may lead to uneven cooking. Cook in batches if needed to allow for adequate circulation of hot air.
  • Save on cleanup by lining your air fryer basket with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  • Clean your air fryer! I recommend washing by hand, but check your manual.
Air Fryer Thick Cut Bacon

FAQ

  • Everyone is talking about air frying. How exactly does an air fryer work? An air fryer cooks food quickly by radiating heat into the chamber that is then circulated through convection. This allows for food to be fried without the use of oils.
  • Can I use frozen bacon in the air fryer? You can, but it’s best to use thawed bacon otherwise it will not cook evenly.

More Tasty Air Fryer Recipes

Now that you have experienced just how simple an air fryer is to use, I have tons of other easy air fryer recipes for you.

  • air fryer broccoli
  • asparagus
  • sweet potato
  • traditional French fries
  • BBQ chicken drumsticks
  • air fryer steak
  • steak bites
  • salmon
  • thick cut bacon
Air Fryer Thick Cut Bacon

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How to Air Fry Thick Cut Bacon

Air Fryer Thick Cut Bacon

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Savor the flavor of this crispy air fryer thick cut bacon recipe. Perfectly golden, irresistibly delicious & cooked in minutes!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of thick cut bacon

Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for about 3 minutes.
  2. While the air fryer is preheating, arrange the bacon slices in a single layer on the air fryer basket. You may need to cook the bacon in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
  3. Place the basket into the air fryer and cook the bacon for 8-10 minutes, or until it reaches your desired level of crispiness.
  4. Halfway through cooking, flip the bacon strips using tongs to ensure even cooking on both sides.
  5. Once cooked, use tongs to carefully transfer the bacon onto a paper towel-lined plate to absorb any excess grease.
  6. Allow the bacon to cool for 1-2 minutes before serving to avoid any burns.

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Hello, I’m Heather!

I'm an active mom of twin boys who is always looking for opportunities to inspire creativity through fun crafts, do-it-yourself projects and delicious recipes. This blog has been an integral part of supporting my little family and I am so grateful to have you become a part of our journey! Let's create together... Read more...

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