Do you want to enjoy the crispiness of bacon with a unique texture and extra crunch? Air fryer twisted bacon is a unique variety of traditional oven-cooked bacon. It is a more delicious and healthier alternative to deep-fried bacon. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and savory textures, offering a guilt-free treat for bacon lovers.
This recipe got trending on TikTok and was so inviting that it caught the eyes of so many food bloggers. It is just one step ahead of making frozen bacon in an air fryer where you just twist the bacon tightly before putting it in the air fryer. The curl makes the bacon more appealing in looks and attracts every food lover making them a must-try variety and enhancing its visual attractiveness.
You can have them for breakfast with eggs and toast, they are low in carb and low in calories as well, making them an excellent choice for keto lovers. They are also a good source of protein, that’s why I like to make them more often, at least once a week.
How To Make Twisted Bacon Snacks In Air Fryer
I just fell in love when I tried this recipe with honey mustard sauce, it just felt like I am eating bacon snacks. From that day it just made a permanent addition to my weekly food delight. It’s mess-free, easy, and quick just like many other air fryer recipes. No need for a long ingredients list, you can just cook it within 10 minutes.
Fresh one-pound bacon strips
Step-By-Step Guide For Twisted Bacon Recipe
Step-1: Take a pack of fresh bacon or if you have frozen ones, make sure to thaw them before cooking.
Step-2: Hold the two sides of bacon with your hands and start twisting from one side while holding the other side until it gets tightly twisted.
Step-3: Do the same process with all bacon strips.
Step-4: Place the bacon strips in the air fryer basket and cook at 360 F for 11-13 minutes or until it reaches your desired crispiness.
Step-5: Remove the twisted bacon and set it aside on a dish covered with paper towels to catch any extra drippings.
And that’s it, your air fryer twisted bacon is ready. Enjoy!
Tips & Notes
1- One pound of bacon has 16-18 strips, and my Cosori Max xl can accommodate 8-10 strips easily. If you have a small air fryer, you can reduce the quantity.
2- Another tip for twisting bacon is to hold the corners with your two hands and twist oppositely.
3- You can store leftover bacon for 3-4 days in an airtight container in your refrigerator.
4- I made this recipe with a non-preheated air fryer. If you like preheating, then reduce the cooking time by 1-2 minutes.
What is the best bacon to use in the air fryer?
I like to use thick-cut bacon in the air fryer. Thick-cut bacon is sliced about twice as thick as regular bacon. It also stays juicy and tender but takes more time than standard-cut bacon. But if you like to have a more crispy texture, then use standard-cut bacon as it crisps up nicely when air fried.
Variation Of Twisted Bacon Recipe
Here are some variations of air fryer twisted bacon that you can try:
1- Spicy Twisted Bacon:
To spice things up, rub bacon strips with a mixture of cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, and brown sugar before air frying.
2- Maple Glazed Twisted Bacon:
This variation is also known as candid bacon. Brush the bacon strips with pure maple syrup. Sprinkle with a touch of brown sugar for added sweetness.
3- Garlic Herb Twisted Bacon:
For a Mediterranean taste, mix finely minced garlic, dried parsley, dried basil, and dried oregano with olive oil. Rub this mixture onto the bacon strips before twisting and air frying.
4- BBQ Twisted Bacon:
For added BBQ delight, coat the bacon strips with your favorite barbecue sauce.
5- Cheesy Twisted Bacon:
This variation is my favorite. To make the twisted bacon cheesy, after air frying sprinkle it with shredded cheese and return to the air fryer and cook for a minute or two to melt the cheese.
- Ninja Air Fryer
- Fresh one-pound bacon strips
- Take a pack of fresh bacon. Or if you have frozen ones, make sure to thaw them before cooking.
- In order to twist the bacon strips, hold the two sides of bacon with your tip of fingers and start twisting from one side while holding the other side until it gets tightly twisted.
- Repeat the same process with all bacon strips. You can also twist the strips by holding the corners with your two hands and twisting oppositely.
- Place the bacon strips in the air fryer basket and cook at 360 F for 11-13 minutes or until it reaches your desired crispiness.
- Remove the twisted bacon and set it aside on a dish covered with paper towels to catch any extra drippings.