Can you cook frozen bacon in air fryer? Yes! Air fryer frozen bacon takes 15-17 minutes at 370F (188C). Cut the package of bacon in half before air frying, so the bacon fits in the air fryer easier. After you’ve air fried the frozen bacon 5 minutes, separate the bacon strips as much as you can. Then check and flip the remaining strips every 3 minutes or so, removing bacon pieces that are crispy.
Can you cook frozen bacon without defrosting? Yes! The best way to cook frozen bacon is the air fryer, because it’s faster than the oven and less greasy than the stove.
🥓 Frozen Bacon in Air Fryer
Here are the step-by-step instructions for cooking frozen bacon in the air fryer:
- Cut a 16-ounce package of bacon in half widthwise before freezing. This will make it much easier to fit into the air fryer, and will produce less liquid fat while air frying.
- Put the half package of frozen bacon in the air fryer basket or air fryer tray and cook at 370 degrees Fahrenheit (188C) for 5 minutes. (Use the top rack position if you have an air fryer oven.) Carefully separate the frozen bacon by pulling it apart with tongs.
- Air fry the bacon for 10-12 minutes more, checking on the bacon every 3 minutes. When you check it, separate more bacon strips (if needed), flip the strips, and remove bacon that is fully cooked. Add time if you want more crispy bacon.
- Place the air fried bacon strips on a paper towel to drain, and enjoy.
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Cooking bacon produces smoke because the smoke point of bacon grease is only 325F or 163C (source). To reduce smoking, put a little water in the bottom of the air fryer basket drip pan before cooking.
You can use these air fryer directions for thick cut bacon as well. Simply add a few minutes to the cooking time.
Bacon is best made fresh. However, you can keep leftover bacon in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. You can also freeze leftover bacon, though freshly made bacon has the best texture.
How Long to Cook Ninja Foodi Bacon
You can make frozen bacon in Ninja air fryer using this recipe too. I tested this frozen bacon air fryer recipe in all three of my air fryers to get the time range given.
The Actifry, Nuwave, Cosori, Instant Vortex, Philips, Pampered Chef, Cuisinart, Power Air Fryer, etc. can also air fry frozen bacon. That said, it’s a good idea to keep a close watch on the food the first time you try a new air fryer recipe. Air fryers all cook a little differently, and you may need to adjust the cooking time.
🍳 Air Fryer Breakfast Recipes
Here are some ideas for what to serve with bacon:
- Make an Air Fryer Bacon Sandwich with this Air Fryer Breakfast Sandwich Recipe
- Fried Eggs in Air Fryer
- Air Fryer Toast
- Quark Pancakes
- Protein Pop Tart
How to make frozen turkey bacon in air fryer?
To make frozen turkey bacon in an air fryer, place half a package of bacon in the air fryer. Cook for 15-17 minutes at 370F (188C), separating the pieces and flipping the bacon every 3 minutes.
How long to cook thawed bacon in air fryer?
Thawed bacon in an air fryer takes about 7-9 minutes at 350F (175C). Adjust the time based on your desired crispiness.
How to defrost bacon in microwave?
To defrost bacon in a microwave, use the defrost setting or low power for short intervals, checking and flipping it until it's pliable but not fully cooked.
How to cook frozen bacon in oven?
Can you bake frozen bacon? You bet! To cook frozen bacon in an oven, preheat to 400F (200C), and place frozen bacon strips in a single layer on a rack over a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway, until crispy.
How to cook frozen bacon on stove?
For frozen bacon on the stove, cook on medium heat in a skillet. Flip occasionally until crispy, which usually takes 10-15 minutes.
How to make Instant Pot frozen bacon?
To make Instant Pot frozen bacon, use the sauté function and cook as you would on the stove top. Don’t pressure cook frozen bacon, as it takes longer and doesn’t make the bacon crisp.
👨🍳 More Air Fryer Bacon Recipes
Here are some more easy air fryer recipes using bacon:
- Turkey Bacon in Air Fryer Oven
- Air Fryer Scallops Wrapped in Bacon
- Air Fryer Canadian Bacon
- Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin in Air Fryer
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Frozen Bacon in Air Fryer Recipe (Air Fryer Frozen Bacon)
- 8 ounces frozen bacon 227 grams (from a 16 ounce package cut widthwise)
- Put the frozen bacon in the air fryer basket or air fryer tray and cook at 370℉ (188℃) for 5 minutes. (Use the top rack position if you have an air fryer oven.) Carefully separate the frozen bacon by pulling it apart with tongs.
- Air fry regular sliced bacon for 10-12 minutes more, checking on the bacon every 3 minutes. (Add a few minutes for thick sliced bacon.) When you check it, separate more bacon strips (if needed), flip the strips, and remove bacon that is fully cooked. Add time if you want more crispy bacon.
- Place the air fried bacon strips on a paper towel to drain, and serve.
💭 Expert Tips from a DietitianThis is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). Bacon, while full of flavor, is not considered a “healthy food” due to its high saturated fat and sodium content. It's best enjoyed in moderation as an occasional treat. Consider turkey bacon if you’re looking for a leaner option. Nutrition information is for one serving.
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