Perfect and Crispy Frozen Bacon in air fryer

Bacon has been one of the staples in my kitchen; I especially love my bacon crispy. But cooking frozen bacon in an air fryer has been my go-to method and a game changer as it always gives delicious crispy bacon.

There are days I forget to thaw my bacon in the fridge overnight and want to fix a quick breakfast in the morning. However, I have since found that using the air fryer is the easiest way to cook my frozen bacon in less time, with no need to defrost. 

I have tried oven-baked bacon and microwave bacon but prefer the mess-free air fry bacon. Also, this method provides an easy cleanup with less grease.

Ingredients for crispy air fryer bacon:

  • 1 package of bacon Frozen bacon slices – The only ingredient needed. Any type of bacon can be used.

Instructions

Step 1 – Preheat Air Fryer: Set your air fryer to 360°F (182°C). Let it preheat for about 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of cold water or a slice of bread to the bottom of the air fryer 

Step 2 – Cook the bacon: Drop the frozen bacon in the air fryer and cook for 8 minutes to allow the bacon to defrost; flip the halfway through to make separating the slices of bacon easier.

Step 3 – Arrange Bacon: Use the kitchen tongs to gently separate the frozen bacon strips into individual pieces in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Ensure you don’t overcrowd when cooking. You can cook in batches to prevent overcrowding. 

Step 4 – Cooking Time: Cook for about 10-15 minutes. Halfway through, flip the bacon to ensure it cooks evenly with kitchen tongs.

Step 5 – Check for Crispiness: After 10 minutes, check the bacon. If it’s not as crispy as desired, cook for an additional 2-5 minutes.

Serve: Once cooked to your liking, remove the bacon and place it on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess grease. Serve hot.

Why you will love this easy air fryer bacon recipe 

This method works for both thick-cut bacon and thin cuts; add 5-6 minutes for thicker cuts. 

The air fryer cooking method gives less mess and perfect bacon each time!

My PRO tips for the crispiest bacon

Add 1/2 cup of water or a piece of bread to the bottom of the basket before cooking to prevent smoking from the bacon grease. 

Cook your bacon at a lower temperature to avoid smoking. I suggest cooking at 360°F (182°C). The smoke point of bacon fat is at 374 degrees f

Don’t overcrowd your air fryer basket; place the bacon pieces evenly. You can cook in batches. 

Store leftover bacon in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

FAQs About Cooking Frozen Bacon in an Air Fryer

Do I need to thaw the bacon before air-frying it? 

No, you can cook it straight from frozen. If your air fryer has the defrost setting, you can use it. 

Should I use oil spray on the bacon? 

It’s unnecessary, as bacon already contains fat that helps it cook. I usually skip this step for a much healthier bacon.

Can I use aluminum foil or parchment paper in the air fryer? 

Yes, this also helps to reduce the amount of fat and helps with having a clean air fryer

How do I know when the bacon is done?

Look for a golden-brown color and desired crispiness.

Can I reheat cooked bacon in the air fryer? 

Yes, for a few minutes at 360°F.

Is air-fried bacon healthier?

It can be, as it allows fat to drip off the bacon.

4 Reasons Why Using an Air Fryer is the Better Option

  1. Healthier Cooking: Air frying reduces the amount of fat compared to traditional frying, making it a healthier option.
  2. Convenience: Cooking directly from frozen saves time and effort in meal preparation.
  3. Consistent Crispiness: Air fryers circulate hot air around the food, ensuring even cooking and consistent crispiness.
  4. Easy Clean-Up: Air fryers typically have non-stick surfaces, and many components are dishwasher safe, simplifying the clean-up process.
Perfect and Crispy Frozen Bacon in air fryer

Crispy Frozen Bacon in air fryer

You can still have your crispy bacon when its still frozen!
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Air fryer
  • kitchen tongs

Ingredients
  

1 package of Frozen bacon slices 

    Instructions
     

    Preheat Air Fryer: Set your air fryer to 360°F (182°C). Let it preheat for about 3 minutes.

    • Cook the bacon: Drop the frozen bacon in the air fryer and cook for 8 minutes
    • Arrange Bacon: Use the kitchen tongs to gently separate the frozen bacon strips into individual pieces in the air fryer basket in a single layer.
    • Cooking Time: Cook for about 10-15 minutes. Halfway through, flip the bacon to ensure it cooks evenly with kitchen tongs.
    • Check for Crispiness: After 10 minutes, check the bacon. If it’s not as crispy as desired, cook for an additional 2-5 minutes.
    • Serve: Once cooked to your liking, remove the bacon and place it on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess grease. Serve hot.

    Ideas of what to serve with frozen Bacon in air fryer

    1. Loaded Baked Potatoes: Top baked potatoes with crumbled bacon, sour cream, chives, and shredded cheese.
    2. Bacon and Eggs in a Basket: Cut a hole in a slice of bread, fry it in a pan, and cook an egg in the middle, adding bacon on the side.

    I hope you love this easy Frozen Bacon in-air fryer recipe. When you make yours, kindly share your experience with me.

    About the Author

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    I am Seun, and I love to share my first-hand experience using multiple air fryers. Stick around for yummy delicacies made from the air fryer and many amazing tips on using your newfound Kitchen appliance – the air fryer!

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