Sizzling, crispy bacon is a breakfast or brunch must-have for a lot of people. Even better though is when you can make it healthier for yourself. How? By making it in an air fryer. Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about bacon in relation to air fryers (check prices on Amazon) is down below, including answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.
Is Air Fryer Bacon Healthier?
Yes, it is slightly better for you than traditionally frying bacon. The meat itself has a higher fat content, so keep that in mind when choosing your cooking method. In addition, you won’t be using nearly as much oil like you would in a deep fryer or even when traditionally frying bacon. Air fryers mostly use air to cook and crisp foods.
Can You Put Aluminum Foil in an Air Fryer?
According to Phillips (check the prices on their top air fryer), one of the largest electronic companies in the world, you can use aluminum foil in an air fryer. You just should not put it directly on the bottom of the pan/basket where the grease collects; nor should you put foil in without placing food on it, or else it could burn.
One of the benefits of using aluminum foil in an air fryer is the fact that grease drips through the holes of the air fryer basket. If you line that basket with foil, it will be caught mostly on the foil and you can easily remove it after cooking. This way, it will be less mess to clean up.
Just make sure to poke holes in your aluminum foil so as to let the air fryer do its job otherwise the effectiveness will be reduced.
If you want to line your basket with aluminum foil, that is ok to do, just make sure the foil does not go over the basket
Important tip: Never put aluminum foil on the bottom of your air fryer, only use it in the basket and remember to put holes in it.
Watch below for all the details.
How Do You Cook Bacon Slices in an Air Fryer?
You will first want to preheat your air fryer, then lay down the bacon in single layers. A recommendation is 400 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy. Feel free to check the slices halfway through and rearrange with tongs if needed.
Preheat before putting the bacon in for 2 – 3 minutes.
Operate on a level heat resistant surface with a hand length distance between the air fryer and wall.
Spray oil on the bacon strips and the bottom of the cooking basket to avoid sticking.
Space bacon out in the basket to allow for air to circulate without any crowding. Avoid piles of bacon.
For optimal results give your bacon strips space. Pause at times to shake the basket to make sure each piece is cooked.
Can You Cook Frozen Bacon in an Air Fryer?
For foods like bacon, depending on the thickness of the cut, you will need to adjust your cooking times accordingly if it starts out frozen. Traditionally oven-made bacon takes 20 minutes at 400 degrees. You’ll want to cut that time in half for an air fryer (10 minutes), as it has a very powerful heat source in a smaller space than an oven.
How to Cook Air Fryer Bacon and Eggs?
If you want to air fry eggs along with your bacon, you will need an air fryer pan, which is specially designed to go into the air fryer and cook an egg or eggs. Check out this air fryer accessory set on Amazon for purchase options.
Cook bacon in your air fryer basket first. Make sure the bacon strips are spaced out. See above for instructions.
Remove the bacon with tongs from the air fryer.
Take out the basket, leaving the grease from the bacon in the bottom of your air fryer pan.
In your air fryer pan, simply crack the egg/eggs into it, set the temperature to 375 degrees, and set a timer for approximately 3 minutes. Check your egg(s) after that and see how they are. If you want them to be firmer, add another minute. Remember: the higher the temperature, the less cooking time you’ll need.
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