Air Fryer Pork Chops

by KetoFocus.com

Air Fryer Pork Chops are a delicious, juicy, and easy 3 ingredient meal that can be cooked in just 10 minutes – perfect for any busy weeknight!

Besides chicken, pork chops are one of the easiest and most delicious dinners you can make in the air fryer. Don’t bother getting the grill out or preheating the oven for juicy, perfectly seasoned pork chops when you can let the air fryer do the work for you!

Three juicy, roasted pork chops cooked in an air fryer basket and heavily seasoned.

Why bother with an air fryer? Cooking pork chops in an air fryer allows the meat to cook faster, so you get juicy pork chops with the most perfect caramelized edges. This makes them extra impressive without the extra time or effort. You only need 3 ingredients and 10 minutes to get dinner on the table with this recipe.

And once you’ve got the air fryer out and preheated, make the most of it by serving these boneless pork chops with air fryer asparagus for a delicious and easy keto meal!

How to cook pork chops in the air fryer

  1. Prep the pork chops by patting them dry with a paper towel and brush each side with olive oil.
  2. Season both sides of the bone-in or boneless pork chop with a special seasoning blend.
  3. Air Fry: Place pork chops in the air fryer basket or tray that’s been pre-heated to 375 degrees. Length of time depends on the thickness of the pork chops and if they are bone-in or boneless pork chops.

Pro Tip: Make sure there is at least ¼ inch of space surrounding each pork chop. Having even air circulation will allow the edges to get perfectly caramelized and for everything to cook evenly.

You may need to work in batches if your air fryer tray or basket is not big enough for all four pork chops. If you’re using an air fryer oven, place the tray on the top or middle rack.

Looking into an air fryer basket with four raw, but seasoned, boneless pork chops inside.

Key ingredients for juicy pork chops

  • Pork chops – Choose bone-in or boneless pork chops for this recipe. Different thickness will work for this recipe. See the tips below for cooking time and the type of chops to buy, depending on your preference.
  • Olive oil – Use light olive oil or other light-tasting oil, such as avocado oil.
  • McCormick Chipotle & Roasted Garlic Seasoning – One of my favorite seasoning blends to use for pork chops. It adds a smoky, savory flavor. But of course, you could keep it simple with just kosher salt and pepper.

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How long to cook pork chops in the air fryer

The time it takes to air fry your pork chops depends on the thickness of your chops, whether they’re bone-in or boneless, and how “done” you prefer them. Boneless pork chops will take anywhere from 8 to 12 minutes to cook through, depending on the thickness and how caramelized you want them to be.

Depending on the level of doneness you prefer, here is the internal temperature to look for, according to the National Pork Board:

  • Medium-rare: 145-150 ℉
  • Medium: 150-155 ℉
  • Medium-well: 155-160 ℉
  • Well done: 160 ℉

The safe internal cooking temperature for fresh cuts of pork is 145° F. 

Bone-in pork chops will take 6-10 minutes longer to cook in the air fryer than boneless pork chops.

A thin pork chop won’t take as long to cook compared to thick pork chops.

Juicy pork chops in an air fryer basket seasoned with chunky seasoning all over.

Seasoning options

I love using the McCormick Chipotle & Roasted Garlic Seasoning on my pork, but the options are limitless. Besides the tried and true, kosher salt and pepper, try some of these other seasoning choices that pair well with pork:

  • Brown sugar (this caramelized sweetness stands up well next to the savory pork)
  • Cumin
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Lime
  • Rosemary
  • Chili powder
  • Paprika (even smoked paprika)
  • Mustard
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder

For store bought seasoning options, these seasoning go well with pork:

Bone-in vs. boneless pork chops

While you may have become accustomed to buying one over the other or thinking that they’re interchangeable, there is a big difference between bone-in and boneless pork chops.

Flavor: Bone-in pork has more fat, which adds a bit more flavor and juiciness to the meat than you’ll get with boneless chops.

Cooking time: Bone-in pork will take between 6 to 10 minutes longer to cook than boneless pork chops, depending on the thickness of the meat.

Prep: Boneless chops are easier to prepare and serve since there is no extra step of cutting the meat off the bone.

Availability: Almost all grocery stores and markets will sell boneless pork chops, but bone-in chops can be more difficult to find.

A dinner plate with two seasoned pork chops on it next to broccoli.

Difference pork chop cuts

If you’re under the impression that a pork chop is a pork chop, you’re in for a treat. There are actually five different cuts that pork chops can come from.

Porterhouse pork chop: This comes from the hip and loin area and will have a classic T-bone shape.

Ribeye pork chop: From the center of the loin and rib area. Very tender in texture with a little more fat than center cut-chops.

Sirloin pork chop: From the hip area. This cut can be tough and includes a large portion of bone with the meat.

New York pork chop: Also known as center-cut chops, they’re boneless and very lean. This cut comes from above the loin closer to the head of the animal.

Blade pork chop: Also known as shoulder chops, these are from the beginning of the loin in the shoulder area and are often thicker and marbled.

Storage information and reheating instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days.

To reheat pork chops in the air fryer, just add them to the basket or tray and air fry at 350 degrees until warmed through.

You can also reheat leftovers in the microwave by warming for 30 seconds at a time until heated through.

Air Fryer Pork Chops: FAQS

Can you cook pork chops in the air fryer from frozen?

To cook frozen pork chops in the air fryer, preheat it to 400 degrees for 5 minutes, then air fry them for 18-22 minutes or until heated through. The length of time will depend on the thickness of the chops and if they’re boneless or bone-in.

Can you put aluminum foil in an air fryer?

You can use aluminum foil in the air fryer, just be sure to leave some space in the basket for air to circulate through. If your air fryer has a grease tray, you can line the grease tray in aluminum foil for easy clean up.

Can pork chops be pink in the middle?

Yes! The color of the pork doesn’t matter, as long as the internal temperature has reached at least 145 degrees.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Air Fryer Pork Chops

Servings: 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 255
Fat 13.5g
Protein 34.5g
Total Carbs 0g
Net Carbs 0g

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  1. Air fryer pork chops are a delicious, juicy, and easy 3 ingredient meal that can be cooked in just 10 minutes – perfect for any busy weeknight!

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