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Air Fryer TikTok Twisted Bacon

TikTok twisted bacon is made in a fraction of the time when using the air fryer. Ready in just 10 minutes this bacon is chewy and crispy and perfect for breakfast or snacks.

Cooked twisted bacon on a square white plate with a fork.
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What is Twisted Bacon?

Twisted bacon is another instantly popular recipe that made its debut on TikTok. It is, quite literally, bacon that has been twisted before its cooked.

The result is delicious bacon sticks, or twists, that have a bit of crunch on the outside while staying a bit more chewy and soft on the inside.

They remind me a bit of the texture of beef jerky.

They are great served with eggs and toast, but because they hold their shape when cooled they make a nice garnish for salads or even Caesars.

Bacon twists are also a delicious low-carb snack.

Piece of bacon that has been twisted, cooked and cooled that holds a straw like shape.

Pro Tip – Thick cut bacon will give a firmer, chewier texture than thin cut bacon which often will dry out and become crumbly.

Instructions

Remove the bacon from the package and separate the strips.

Twist each strip into a rope and place in the air fryer basket. It’s ok if they are touching, but do not overlap.

Place the basket in the air fryer and set to 350°F. Cook for 8-12 minutes depending on the thickness of the bacon you are using and your desired crispiness. You do not need to pre-heat the air fryer for this recipe.

I find 10 minutes is perfect, but you may want to start with a bit less time to ensure you don’t over cook it.

Raw bacon slices twisted into ropes in an air fryer basket.

Remove the bacon from the air fryer and serve.

If you’d like to blot some of the fat you can set the hot bacon on a plate that has been lined with a paper towel.

Pro Tip – The bacon will continue to cook and firm up as it cools so take it out just before it’s fully holding the twist shape.

Cooked bacon in an air fryer basket.

Variations

You can get creative with your bacon twists for different flavours just by adding some sugar, maple syrup or seasonings before you cook it.

Candied bacon – Brush the bacon with maple syrup or sprinkle with brown sugar before cooking.

Peppered bacon – Add some fresh ground pepper to the bacon strips before twisting and cooking.

Spicy bacon – Sprinkle some dried chilli flakes on the bacon before twisting and cooking.

Honey garlic bacon – Twist the bacon, then brush with honey and sprinkle with granulated garlic before cooking.

FAQS

How long will cooked bacon last?

You can store cooked bacon in an airtight container or ziplock bag in the refrigerator and it will keep for up to a week.

How should I clean the bacon fat from the air fryer?

While the fat is still liquid you can carefully pour it into a jar and once cool you can store it in the refrigerator if you want to keep bacon fat for cooking.

If you don’t plan to keep the fat you can pour it into an old can, or a small bowl that you lined with tin foil. Once the fat has solidified just throw the can or tinfoil away.

After pouring the fat wipe the inside of the basket with a paper towel to absorb the rest of the fat then wash with hot, soapy water.

Cooked, twisted bacon on a plate lined with a paper towel.

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Recipe

Cooked twisted bacon on a square white plate with a fork.

Air Fryer TikTok Twisted Bacon

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

TikTok twisted bacon is made in a fraction of the time when using the air fryer. Ready in just 10 minutes this bacon is chewy and crispy and perfect for breakfast or snacks.

Ingredients

  • 8 Slices thick cut bacon

Instructions

  1. Remove the bacon from the package and separate the strips.
  2. Twist each strip into a rope and place in the air fryer basket. They can be touching, but should not overlap.
  3. Place the basket in the air fryer and set to 350°F for 8-12 minutes depending on how thick your bacon is and how crispy you like it. It will continue to cook a bit after you remove it, so be sure not to over cook.
  4. If desired, remove to a paper towel lined plate to absorb excess fat.
  5. Serve as desired.

Notes

How many strips of bacon you can fit in your fryer will depend both on the size of your air fryer and thickness of the bacon. I can fit 8 thick cut slices in my Cosori 5.8qt basket.

Cooked and cooled bacon can be stored in an air tight container or ziplock bag in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 56Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 202mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 4g

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