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Ninja Foodi Bacon Recipe

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Did you know that you can make an entire package of bacon at once in the Ninja Foodi Air Fryer?

so easy to make perfect air fryer bacon in the ninja foodi, bacon crisping on plate

Makin’ the Bacon

There are so many ways to make bacon. From skillet to oven baked bacon, but my very favorite FULL PROOF crispy bacon is to make it int he Ninja Foodi Air Fryer.

Truly easy, no bacon grease splatter, and the ability to crisp to exactly your bacon type, the Ninja Foodi has revolutionized the way I make breakfast for dinner around my house. 

Now this is a super simple method but it works every time. Prior to doing it this way, I had tested out putting bacon over the air fryer sides, doing a few at a time, pretty much every “air fryer bacon method” out there.

And they all worked to an extent – but took WAY too long to get through the package. No more! Making air fryer bacon is probably the easiest thing you will do today – so no matter whether its early morning or you are waiting for a BLT, please never settle for precooked microwave bacon again!

Also to note- if you love working with a Ninja Foodi, and seriously who doesn’t, there is so many other awesome recipes to enjoy!

I have been experimenting with mine and trying to expand my recipes here on Salty Side Dish.

I realize I use it SO often but don’t blog it as often, so def changing that to share my favorites with all of you that need inspired.

You can try my pressure cooker popcorn (SO FUN!), air fryer Oreo beignets, husk on corn on the cob, easy ninja foodi hard boiled eggs, ninja foodi white chicken chili, and my very favorite side dish so far, pressure cooker red potatoes with Parmesan butter

Ninja Foodi Air Fryer Bacon

Incredibly easy with no special pots or products, Ninja Foodi bacon is the crispiest, easiest, and best bacon you will eat this week. Gone are the days where bacon requires time and standing over it to crisp up- this bacon method is so easy you can be having an entire plate just about 10 minutes from now.

Let’s get started on that bacon!

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All you need to make the best bacon ever, which is also keto friendly and low carb, in the Ninja Foodi Air Fryer, is 

BACON NOTE: I purchased Great Value Original Bacon, Naturally Hickory Smoked, 12 oz from Walmart. Its one of our favorite bacon packages. 

peeling bacon from package till separated

 

 

Prepping the Ninja Foodi Air Fryer

Please note that this is using the 6.5 quart Air Fryer. 

As your bacon is cooking in the air fryer, bits of bacon grease will fall down to the pressure cooker bowl.

While you do not HAVE To do this, adding a piece of bread in the pressure cooker pan prior to adding the air fryer basket, helps soak up the extra grease.

Then when the bacon is done, just throw the bread (which should feel like toast at that point) out. 

add piece of bread below air fryer basket to soak up grease

 

Air Fryer Bacon Method

After you have prepped the air fryer, peel each pieces of bacon from the package and using tongs, place in piles into the air fryer basket.

You can add approximately 12 – 14 slices of bacon, which is a standard package. 

stack bacon up in air fryer basket ready for ninja foodi cooking

Close lid and set your Ninja Foodi to AIR FRYER, 390 Degrees and on 11 minutes.

Start. 

At the 5 minute mark, OPEN THE FOODI and using tongs, rearrange the bacon.

It will NOT be done yet. 

5 minutes of cooking bacon in the air fryer basket

 

Close the lid and let continue cooking. 

Around the 9 minute mark, check the bacon for YOUR level of doneness.

I like my bacon to be crispy, so I take it around between 11-12 minutes and place on plate.

super crisp bacon in the ninja foodi

Keep in mind that bacon is hot and will continue to cook just a tad, crisping up to the final level on a plate.

Your entire package of bacon will cook perfectly this way.

No need for special equipment at all.

Remember that bacon texture is a personal choice, so if you like a softer bacon, you may want to take out around 9 minutes.  

12 minutes to perfect air fryer bacon

Bacon isn’t done yet

In the case of an extra small air fryer (where bacon needs to be rotated more often) OR really thick bacon, you may need to add an additional 5 minutes to get your desired crisp level. 

Get a Ninja Foodi

Do not have a Ninja Foodi yet? I LOVE mine. I bought an all in one steamer, air fryer, pressure cooker and slow cooker in one – eliminating my need for multiple kitchen items.

I have found that this machine products the best results in an instant and having tested the Instant Pot, Vortex, and the Ninja Foodi, I ADORE this machine.

Check out the specs and see if its a fit for you: 

CHECK OUT THE PRICE ON AMAZON HERE

Make sure you check out my video and ask any questions below. Have another bacon method? I love to try new things, so please make sure to leave me a comment and tell me what works best in your home! 

5 from 14 votes

Ninja Foodi Crispy Bacon


Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Bacon, everyone's favorite appetizer, breakfast food and snack, is now even easier with the Ninja Foodi. Cook up your entire bacon package at once with this easy and simple Ninja Foodi Air Fryer method to make crispy, delicious bacon in just about 10 minutes. Keto friendly, low carb protein!

Ingredients
 

  • Package of Bacon approx 12 oz

Instructions

  • Air Fryer Bacon Method
  • Prep the air fryer by adding a piece of uncooked bread underneath the air fryer basket, but inside the pressure cooker basket. See article for example. This helps soak up the bacon grease as it drops from the Air Fryer pan. If you are using an Instant Pot instead of a Ninja Foodi, you can still use this method.
  • After you have prepped the Ninja Foodi, peel each pieces of bacon from the package and using tongs, place in piles into the air fryer basket. You can add approximately 12 - 14 slices of bacon, which is a standard package. It is fine if the bacon overlaps and touches other pieces.
  • Close air fryer lid and set your Ninja Foodi to AIR FRYER, 390 Degrees and on 11 minutes. Hit Start. The air fryer should instantly begin.
  • At the 5 minute mark, OPEN THE FOODI and using tongs, rearrange the bacon. It will NOT be done yet. 
  •  Close the lid and let continue cooking. 
  • Around the 9 minute mark, check the bacon for YOUR level of doneness. I like my bacon to be crispy, so I let cook and take it out around between 11-12 minutes and place on plate.
  • Keep in mind that bacon is hot and will continue to cook just a tad even after removal from the basket, crisping up to the final level on a plate in a minute or two. Your entire package of bacon can be cooked at once.
  • Remember that bacon texture is a personal choice, so if you like a softer bacon, you may want to take out around 9 minutes.  
  • Please see Ninja Foodi Air Fryer Bacon VIDEO to see how its done.

Video

Notes

PREVENT GREASE FROM STEAMING UP
As your bacon is cooking in the air fryer, bits of bacon grease will fall down to the pressure cooker bowl. While you do not HAVE To do this, adding a piece of bread in the pressure cooker pan prior to adding the air fryer basket, helps soak up the extra grease. Then when the bacon is done, just throw the bread (which should feel like toast at that point) out.  See the article for instructional images.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 27kcal | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 97mg

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7 Comments

  1. I’m so glad I found your version. Came out fantastic and I love being able to cook the whole package at one time! I put a piece of cheddar, garlic bakery bread on the bottom. No way was I going to throw it away; it got just enough grease to be delicious. I used the rest of the fat (plus those super yummy bits) for another dish. Next time I’d try to keep the fat from splattering up to the crisper lid.

  2. Anon Y Mouse says:

    a) What is the clean-up effort with this recipe?

    b) Twice you mention a corresponding video, but there’s no link to the video. 🙁

    1. I never find working with the ninja foodi that messy, just wipe out the grease with a paper towel and then clean the pots.

      As far as the video, it loads automatically in the post but may take a few minutes to load so if you scroll too quickly, you might miss it.

      I hope that helps!

  3. Do you preheat the Foodi first? I find this the most confusing about my new toy. I’m not sure when preheating is necessary and when it isn’t. Since you don’t say to do that, I’ll try it that way first. But I’m searching for a little guidance on this issue. Thanks!

    1. No, there is no need to preheat to make your bacon (and is not included in the timing on the recipe)

    2. ANNE RUBECK says:

      Thanks! It worked great!

  4. I used a full package of bacon, 14 slices, and did not pre-heat my foodie. The bacon did turn out beautifully, but at the recommended 390 degrees I ended up cooking my bacon for 19 minutes, and it was still shy of the crispy stage. Still much better than standing over the splattering frying pan. Glad I found this recipe, will definitely use again!

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