If you’re a bacon lover like me, you’re going to be obsessed with this Air Fryer Candied Bacon! It’s salty, sweet, and SO crispy.
Bacon makes everything better. I can’t think of many things that wouldn’t taste absolutely delicious with bacon.
Candied Bacon Recipe
Bacon is amazing with savory and sweet foods, and there aren’t many things you can say that about. I might just have to do chocolate covered bacon next.
I keep telling myself I’m going to eat less bacon (for various personal reasons), and it hasn’t happened yet because it’s just so good.
If you were Googling “how to candy bacon” and stumbled upon this post—AMAZING! You’re in the right place!
This recipe is a little different from your traditional candied bacon recipe. Most recipes I’ve seen are for maple candied bacon, but this one uses miso paste too for an addictingly delicious umami flavor.
If you’ve never had Candied Bacon before, and were just looking for an air fryer bacon recipe, don’t leave! I promise you’re going love this style of cooking bacon.
Candied Bacon Ingredients
Full disclosure, there is pretty much nothing healthy about this recipe, but it’s absolutely delicious. You only need a small handful of ingredients:
- white miso paste
- honey or maple syrup
- rice wine vinegar
- thick cut bacon
It’s a great way to switch things up a bit from your standard plain bacon side dish!
How To Make Candied Bacon
1. First, you’ll need to preheat the air fryer to 390 F.
2. While the air fryer is warming up, melt the butter in a small saucepan. Then add the miso paste, honey and rice wine vinegar. Stir until all ingredients are fully combined and bring the mixture to a boil. Then remove it from the heat and set aside.
3. Arrange the bacon strips in the air fryer in a single layer (don’t overlap!) and fry for 3-4 minutes on each side. Using a pastry brush, brush a thin layer of the miso glaze over one side of the bacon and air fry for 1 additional minute. It should be crispy and sticky when it’s finished.
I like to transfer the bacon to parchment paper or a plate while it cools and dries. Usually I like to eat my bacon hot, right out of the air fryer, but I enjoy candied bacon more after it’s cooled.
You can serve candied bacon alone for a snack or serve it as a garnish for a Bloody Mary.
Why Should I Use An Air Fryer?
The air fryer is hands down my favorite appliance in my kitchen. In fact, I use it more than my oven! The air fryer also works wonders on pizza bagels. But that’s not the only reason you should get an air fryer.
Here Are Three More Reasons You Should Get An Air Fryer:
THE AIR FRYER IS A SIMPLE, LESS MESSY WAY TO COOK
Deep fried foods are delicious, there’s no hiding that! But they’re also terrible for you and make a huge mess in the kitchen.
Air fryers crisp food using AIR and minimal oil, so there is hardly a mess! Most air fryer accessories are dishwasher safe, too.
AIR FRYERS SAVE TIME IN THE KITCHEN
When I make bacon in the oven I’ve got It cooking for about 15-20 minutes, sometimes even 25 minutes if I’m using extra thick cut. I can have an entire package of bacon cooked in less than 10 minutes using the air fryer!
They are a highly efficient way of cooking because they can heat food from room temperature to over 300 degrees in less than three minutes. This seriously cuts down cooking time. Air fryers take just a few minutes to heat all the way to 400 F.
AIR FRYERS USE MINIMAL OIL
Crunchy/crispy is my favorite texture when it comes to food. That’s why I love my air fryer so much. I can achieve that crispy texture without using tons of oil!
Air fryers crisp food by circulating hot air around it at a high speed, similar to a convection oven.
Love Bacon? Here’s A Few More Bacon Recipes To Try:
- Caramelized Onion And Bacon Pizza
- Creamy Bacon Smothered Pork Chops
- Air Fryer Cornish Hens With Bacon Gravy
- Guacamole Breakfast Sandwich Sliders
- Creamy Red Wine Mushroom Bacon Gravy
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Air Fryer Candied Bacon
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/4 cup white miso paste
- 6 tablespoons honey, or maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 8 ounces thick cut bacon
- Preheat the air fryer to 390 F.
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Then increase the heat to medium-high and add the miso paste, honey and rice wine vinegar. Stir until all ingredients are fully combined and bring the mixture to a boil. Remove it from the heat and set aside.
- Place the bacon in the air fryer in a single layer (don't overlap!) and fry for 3-4 minutes on each side. Using a pastry brush, brush a thin layer of the miso glaze over one side of the bacon and air fry for 1 additional minute. It should be crispy and sticky when it's finished.
- To catch the bacon grease, you can either line the bottom basket with foil or place a slice of bread at the bottom.