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How to Cook Bacon in the Ninja Foodi Air Fryer

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See how to cook bacon in the Ninja Foodi the easy way. Ditch the greasy splatter and uneven cooking. This foolproof method unlocks perfectly crisped bacon every time in your Foodi air fryer appliance. This method is not only mess-free, but it also delivers delicious results that are sure to become a breakfast favorite. Ninja Foodi recipes are easy ways to prepare delicious food in a short cooking time without excess grease or oil. Whether you are cooking bacon to go with eggs in the morning, or want to add perfectly crispy bacon to any of your favorite bacon recipes in the afternoon this air fryer bacon recipe will become your new favorite way to prepare it. 

Air frying bacon, like most air fryer recipes, helps reduce fat compared to traditional pan-frying, making it a healthier way to enjoy crispy bacon. Using the Ninja Air crisp function also allows you to cook an entire package of bacon at once with less mess.

crispy air fryer bacon in plate

The Ninja Foodi is a countertop powerhouse that acts as a traditional air fryer, pressure cooker, and slow cooker all in one. Its air crisp function works similarly to a mini convection oven.  A powerful fan rapidly circulates hot air throughout the appliance, ensuring even cooking and crispy results.

Ninja Foodi Air Fryer Bacon

This is one of my favorite recipes that only requires one ingredient-bacon! Can it be called a recipe with only one ingredient?

raw bacon on plate

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Like you, I prioritize quality ingredients when I cook. To truly elevate your air-fried bacon experience, consider ordering thick-cut, high-quality bacon directly from small regenerative farms online. They always ship directly to your door, so you can enjoy delicious, ethically sourced bacon with ease. No matter your bacon preference, lean or marbled, the air fryer delivers crispy perfection. 

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How to Cook Bacon in a Ninja Air Fryer

First, preheat the Ninja Foodi for 3-5 minutes at 390 degrees F.

raw bacon on plate in front of ninja foodi air fryer

Ninja Air Fryer Bacon Settings

The lid must be closed to preheat the Ninja air fryer. Close the lid. Then select the Air Crisp function.

ninja foodi air fryer settings, air crisp function

Next set the temperature to 390 degrees F. For preheating and warming up, set the time for 5 minutes, and press start.

ninja foodi bacon cooking temp

Once your Ninja Foodi is preheated, we’re ready to get started. Unlike traditional pan-frying, air frying utilizes the air fryer basket. This allows the hot air to circulate freely around the bacon strips, ensuring even cooking and crispy perfection. Plus, the bacon grease drips down to the bottom of the crisper basket, away from your food, for a cleaner and healthier cooking experience.

air fryer basket in ninja

Place the raw bacon strips into the basket. You do not need to add water to the pot, you do not have to worry about arranging them in a single layer, and you do not need any oil. Another great thing is that you can cook an entire package at once using this method. 

bacon strips in ninja air fryer basket

Ninja Air Fryer Bacon Cooking Time

Set the cook time for 12 minutes and press start. Roughly every 4 minutes, open the lid and use tongs to toss the bacon into the basket. Make sure to use silicone tongs to avoid scratching the inside of your Foodi. Tossing the bacon ensures all sides are exposed to the hot air circulating in the air fryer, and perfect crispy bacon every time.

The Ninja Foodi air fryer bacon time may vary slightly. Keep an eye on the strips of bacon during the last few minutes (around 8-10 minutes) to ensure it reaches your desired level of crispness. A quick peek ensures perfectly cooked bacon every time. Even with these simple steps, cooking times can vary slightly depending on a few things::

  • the type of bacon: pork bacon or turkey bacon
  • the thickness of the bacon: whether you are cooking thick-cut bacon or regular bacon
  • personal preference for doneness: do you prefer extra crispy bacon or less than crispy cooked bacon
  • the air fryer: different sizes and models may vary slightly
cooked bacon in air fryer

When the cooked bacon is ready remove it with tongs and place it on paper towels to drain the extra grease. 

bacon on paper towels

Ninja Foodi Bacon Recipe

The delicious bacon is perfect every single time. No mess, just simple perfect bacon. 

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In addition to making the best bacon, this method also makes clean up a breeze. As the bacon cooks to a perfect crispy texture the bacon fat renders and falls to the bottom of the pot. 

bacon grease in the bottom of the pot

Once the air fryer is cooled to at least room temperature, remove the basket and wash with warm soapy water. Then either discard the bacon grease or save it in this cute ceramic bacon grease container for later.

What to Make with Bacon

Enjoy your delicious bacon for breakfast with any of your favorite egg poacher recipes. Or try these other tasty methods to make bacon:

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How to Cook Bacon in the Ninja Foodi Air Fryer

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

See how to cook bacon in the Ninja Foodi the easy way. This method unlocks perfectly crisped bacon every time in your Ninja Foodi air fryer. 


  • bacon


  1. preheat the Ninja Foodi air fryer to 390 degrees F for 5 minutes.
  2. then place an entire package of bacon into the air fryer basket.
  3. set the cook time for 12 minutes
  4. toss the bacon in the basket every 4 minutes to ensure even cooking.
  5. when the bacon reaches your preferred level of doneness remove and place on a paper towel to drain excess grease.
  6. enjoy
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 40Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 145mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 3g

nutritional values are estimates and may vary depending on products/ingredients used.

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