When it comes to a hearty and nutritious breakfast, Canadian bacon is a popular choice for many. In this article, I’ll instruct you how to cook Canadian bacon for breakfast in 3 different ways include on the stove, in the air fryer, and in microwave.

1. Healthiest Way To Cook Canadian Bacon?

Before we delve into the cooking methods, let’s discuss the healthiest way to prepare Canadian bacon. Given its low-fat content, this meat is already a healthy choice. However, to preserve its nutritional value and enhance its flavor, it’s best to opt for cooking methods that minimize the use of added fats.

In my opinion, using the air fryer is the best method for cooking Canadian bacon. Air fryer gives you all the meaty, smoky flavor without the greasiness of frying in butter or oil.

2. How To Cook Canadian Bacon on Stove


  • 4 slices Canadian bacon
  • 1 tsp olive oil or butter
  • Pinch each salt and pepper


Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add oil or butter, tilting to coat pan.

When oil is hot, add Canadian bacon slices in a single layer.

Cook 2-3 minutes per side until lightly browned. Cook in batches if needed to avoid crowding.

Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Serve hot with eggs, on an English muffin, or however you enjoy it!

Cooking Canadian bacon on the stove gives it light caramelization while heating it through. Use a lower heat for thicker slices to ensure the centers get hot. This quick stovetop method seasons the lean Canadian bacon nicely.

3. How To Cook Canadian Bacon in Air Fryer


  • 4 slices Canadian bacon


Pre-heat air fryer to 370°F.

Place Canadian bacon slices in air fryer basket in a single layer without overlapping.

Cook 5-7 minutes, flipping bacon halfway through. It should release easily from the basket when done.

Remove and serve immediately. Sprinkle with pepper or dip in maple syrup if desired.

The circulating hot air crisps the outside of the Canadian bacon slices beautifully. Adjust cook times for thicker or thinner slices. The air fryer lets you skip the added fat for a healthier breakfast meat option.

4. How To Cook Canadian Bacon in Microwave


  • 2-4 slices Canadian bacon


Place Canadian bacon slices on a microwave-safe plate in a single layer.

Microwave on HIGH 45-60 seconds until hot. Time will vary based on slices.

Let rest 1 minute before eating.

Microwaving is great for quickly reheating a few slices to fold into an omelet or sandwich. It brings out the smoky ham flavor of Canadian bacon without added prep or fat.

Canadian bacon is perfect for making easy, protein-packed breakfasts. Whether you choose to use a stove, air fryer, or microwave, remember to focus on minimizing added fats and cooking to your desired level of crispiness. Cook Canadian bacon using your preferred healthy method to enjoy its signature flavors.

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Julia Jane is a home cook inspired by her mother's cooking. With the desire to share my cooking experiences with everyone, she created this website

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