Can you air fry bacon?

Oven baked bacon

In a word yes. Should you air fry bacon? For us…it depends. We realize that flies in the face of a lot of posts out there on air frying sites, but in our book the experience can be highly variable.

We think a lot comes down to the bacon you use. Cheap, overly fatty cuts can generate a lot of fat and a LOT of smoke in our experience. All that hot circulating air and pork fat come together and create billowing amounts of smoke – after just a couple minutes of cooking using our own fryer.

Depending on the design of your fryer, you may also get some residual splattering inside the unit;, that remains for a few more fries. You might not care, but if you have a veggie in the house, they might.

Air fried bacon

For best results we prefer a slightly thinner slice and one with a nice fat/meat balance. Here are some successes we’ve had:

We recommend investing in a kitchen thermometer like the Habor Meat Thermometer to ensure your food is thoroughly cooked. It's quick, under twenty bucks and it's waterproof - and hey - we get a small referral fee for any purchases.

This guide is presented as a reference only. Many variables may influence your own cooking times. If in doubt contact your air fryer or product manufacturer. Please ensure your food is thoroughly cooked before consuming. See here for more info on using our recipes.

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