Why Cooking Bacon in an Air Fryer Is Not A Good Idea

Cook Bacon in an Air Fryer

Air fryers have a reputation for being near-miracle kitchen appliances. Whether it’s crispy chicken wings or gooey chocolate chip cookies, whatever you make always seems to turn out better.

But not everything tastes better in an air fryer, and there are also a few foods you shouldn’t prepare.

Is it safe to cook bacon in an air fryer? It is not safe to cook bacon in an air fryer. By air-frying it, you aren’t accomplishing much. You’re just putting bacon fat in your air fryer. It will finally flame and smoke to the point of being unsalvageable.

Read on to learn more about why it is unsafe to cook bacon in an air fryer.

Cooking Bacon in an Air Fryer

For bacon, it’s better to forego the air fryer. Opt for a different cooking process, such as baking it in the oven or frying it in a skillet. However, if you’re set on using your air fryer for cooking bacon, you’ll have to deal with the dripping grease.

Some bloggers suggest putting water in the tray underneath the basket to keep the grease from burning and smoking. Remember, while this can minimize smoke, it isn’t the best solution because combining hot oil and water can be hazardous.

You can also start working in small batches and draining the grease between them. However, this will slow down the process, and draining hot oil can be risky.

Overall, it doesn’t appear to be worth the effort or the risk. Make crispy bacon on the stove or in the oven instead of using the air fryer.

Safest Way to Cook Bacon

There are many methods you can use to cook bacon. These other methods will ensure your bacon will not be swimming in a pool of fat as it cooks.


Cooking bacon on parchment paper in the oven is a splatter-free choice.

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Put a baking sheet lined with parchment paper on top of the bacon.
  3. Evenly space the bits (don’t overlap).
  4. Place the soon-to-be-yumminess in the oven.

If you want crispier bacon, here is a technique:

  1. Put a wire rack on top of the parchment paper-lined baking sheet and place the bacon slices on the rack. This will allow the grease to drip away from the slices as they cook. The cooking time varies between 15 and 18 minutes.

  2. Using a paper towel, blot the bacon to absorb any extra grease before eating. This process is tried, and it yields crispy, crunchy bacon that everyone can enjoy.


Looking for a healthy bacon-preparation idea that you can do outside? I recommend grilling your bacon to allow the fat to drip away.

Using the grill to cook your bacon can help to remove excess grease. It also helps infuse the meat with a smoky taste that is difficult to achieve anywhere else. Grilling bacon often leaves it smooth, reducing the need to use the spatula to prevent it from curling.

  1. Allow 10 minutes for your bacon to reach room temperature before putting it on the grill.

  2. While the bacon strips are frying, hold them a couple of inches apart. Don’t put too many bacon strips on the grill at once. Your bacon will catch fire from all the fat dripping into the heat.

Grilling bacon necessitates constant attention, and you can turn it until the bottom side appears crisp. Bacon takes about five to seven minutes to cook on the grill.

Note that the consistency of the bacon can affect how well it cooks. Although thicker slices are recommended for grilling, you can keep them safe by purchasing thinner slices.

Remember to always keep an eye on it so you know when it’s crispy enough.


If you’re in quite a hurry but want to be healthy, make use of the microwave.

  1. Begin by lining a microwave-safe dish with a couple of paper towels to absorb any grease. The dish you use should be large enough to fit three or four strips of bacon on it, with some space between each slice.

  2. Remove the bacon once it’s cooked through and set it aside for a minute to ensure a crunchy, crumbly finish.

  3. Remove any extra grease with a paper towel before serving.

The aim is to cook the bacon all the way through. This will require from two to four minutes, depending on your microwave’s capacity. On sandwiches and salads, microwaved bacon is a great choice.

On the Stovetop

The classic approach continuously yields perfectly crispy strips.

  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet with medium heat until browned and as crisp as desired, for five to seven minutes.
  2. Halfway through, flip the bacon.
  3. With a slotted spoon, remove and place the bacon on a paper towel-lined plate to soak up any excess fat.

Cook With Bacon

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Tenders With Cucumber-Ranch Dressing

A good rule of thumb for a fair amount of bacon per person is around half an ounce. That’s around 61 calories and 5 grams of fat per person, or one thick slice per person.

Plus, one slice of bacon has many flavors and goes a long way, mainly when used as part of a larger recipe, such as wrapping chicken tenders in it.

Cauliflower Soup

Instead of using bacon as the main ingredient, use it as a garnish, as we do with this delicious cauliflower soup. When you sprinkle bacon on top of a plate, it will look good.

Plus, it gives the feeling that there is a ton more bacon per serving (when there isn’t). This makes you even happier.

Broccoli Salad With Bacon

Bacon has a salty, umami-rich flavor, as well as a subtle smoky aroma. You’ll find a significant difference in the amount of smokiness between different types of bacon if you buy and taste them.

Bacon that has been double-smoked or cob-smoked is a good option. You can use less of it to get a better taste.


Bacon cooked in the air fryer sounds like a fantastic life hack. For bacon and air fryers, though, this may not be the case. Instead, it would be a monumental disappointment. The air fryer will start spewing thick white smoke after around three minutes of cooking at 350 degrees.

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