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How to Make Juicy Air Fryer Pork Chops

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One thing I love about air fryers is you can cook just about anything in them. That even includes meats from everything from steak, chicken, pork loin, and pork chops.

They make cooking so easy too. You’ll honestly be amazed and how easy this recipe is and how fast you can cook your pork chops in an air fryer with little effort.

There’s no breading involved, so these are gluten-free and low-carb (yep, they’re keto!)

Growing up, we had pork chops frequently. For some odd reason, we used to eat them dipped in applesauce.

Now that sounds like a horrible combination even to me. I’m not sure why we did it and I don’t recommend trying it.

What I love about this Air Fryer Pork Chops recipe is that it’s pretty versatile. You can use boneless or bone-in pork chops and follow the recipe as is.

You can also use a thin cut or a thick-cut pork chop and adjust the bake time as stated below.

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How to Make Pork Chops in an Air Fryer

First, take your pork chops and season them with salt and pepper. I like to use a ratio of 3:1, double the salt and a little pepper.

When I first started cooking, I used to try to remove as much salt as possible from all recipes. Sometimes I just wouldn’t even add it!

While I do still like to make things lower in sodium, I realized salt is needed to create flavor and that ‘s exactly what the salt does here.

So please, do not make the mistake I did, and just add the salt in.

Air Fryer Pork Chops on a white plate

Once you season your pork chops, place them in a single layer in your air fryer. It’s important to keep things in one layer to ensure the pork cooks evenly on all sides.

Placing them on top of each other will get you half raw and half overcooked pork and who wants that?

If you need to cook more pork chops than can fit in your air fryer, you’ll have to cook in batches. This is the main reason I recommend people buy a larger air fryer from the start.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say they’ve upgraded their small air fryer for that reason. Myself included.

This recipe typically is a no-oil air fryer recipe.

Now, if you’re air fryer tends to stick, spray the basket with a little oil using an oil mister before placing them inside. Here is a list of oils you can use in an air fryer.

Just make sure you are spraying the basket and not the pork chops.

Two pork chops on  a white plate on top of a wood table

Turn your air fryer on to 400 degrees and cook the pork chops for about 10-15 minutes, flipping them over halfway through. The exact time to cook them depends on the thickness of your pork.

If you have thicker pieces of pork chops, they will take longer to cook. Thinner pieces will take less time.

*Note: If you have extra-thick pork chops, they may take up to 20 minutes to cook.

This Air Fryer Pork Chops recipe pairs perfectly with any cooked vegetable (like these air fryer carrots) and a dinner roll.

The best part is it frees up your stove and oven to cook anything else you please. It’s like making two ovens possible in even the smallest of kitchens.

How to Know When Your Pork Chops are Fully Cooked

Your pork chops are officially done when you stick a Instant Read meat thermometer inside them and the temperature hits 145 degrees.

Make sure you are checking the thickest part of the pork chop and check the temperature of each one you cook.

It is completely possible to under cook pork chops just as it is with other meats. I take temperatures of meat very seriously with a 3-year-old in the house.

No need to cause salmonella and get anyone sick because you couldn’t wait an extra 5 minutes.

Once the pork chops are done, pull them out immediately. This means you’ll want to get them as close to 145 as possible.

Pork chops continue to cook for a few minutes outside of the air fryer, making them easy to overcook.

Overcooking pork chops is what makes them taste tough and dry instead of being tender and juicy like they should be.

Keep reading for tips on how to make air fryer pork chops even juicier.

Closeup of Pork Chops on a white plate

A Few Tips to Cooking Pork Chops in an Air Fryer

Although an air fryer keeps its temperature well when opened for a few seconds, it’s important to leave the pork alone as much as possible.

I recommend flipping these pork chops at about 7 minutes and just look at them for a quick second. If they look basically raw still, give them at least another 5 minutes to cook.

If they are starting to brown, cook them for another 3 and then check the temperature.

This helps cook the pork faster and more evenly. Plus, the less time you touch the pork, the juicier the pork will be.

Yes, that is a trick to get magically moist pork chops too (and of course the overcooking part).

Are Pork Chops Good for You?

Pork chops are on the healthier end of meat when it comes to calories and protein. According to Food Diary, 4 ounces of boneless pork chops contain 180 calories and 20 grams of protein!

Pork chops tend to be on the fattier side with 5 grams of saturated fat. This makes for the perfect combination for a low-carb keto-friendly diet looking for the extra fat.

If you’re on any other diet that eats meat, pork chops are okay to eat in moderation.

You typically use less oil (or even no oil) when cooking them in an air fryer, making them even healthier than cooking them in a saute pan on the stove or even in the oven.


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Yield: 4 servings

Air Fryer Pork Chops

Air Fryer Pork Chops on a white plate

Delicious and easy air fryer pork chops perfect for any keto or low-carb diet.

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 pork chops (boneless, bone-in, thin, or thick)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees.
  2. Season each pork chop with salt and pepper generously.
  3. Place pork chops in the air fryer in a single layer.
  4. Cook for 10-15 minutes*, flipping halfway through until the pork chops JUST hit 145 degrees at its thickest point.

Notes

*If using a thicker pork chop, your pork chops may need a few extra minutes to cook all the way through.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 328Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 132mgSodium: 160mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 40g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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17 thoughts on “How to Make Juicy Air Fryer Pork Chops”

  1. Your initial article states:

    “Growing up, we had pork chops frequently. For some odd reason, we used to eat them dipped in applesauce. Now that sounds like a horrible combination even to me. I’m not sure why we did it and I don’t recommend trying it.”

    Are you kidding me. That is the ultimate combination – ask Peter Brady (“PORK CHOPS AND APPLESAUCE!”) I think that a majority of people dip their pork into their applesauce! It’s a natural. That being said, these sound delicious and I am gonna try them out tonight. Will have a big ole bowl of applesauce on the side. I’ll let you know how they turn out – have a blessed day!

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  2. Made these porkchops last night in the airfryer! My husband was thrilled with how they turned out! So grateful for this website! I’ve already used 2-3 air fryer recipes from you in just over a week!

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    • Hi Diana, I would start checking them after about 7 minutes with an Instant-Read Thermometer and then pull them out as SOON as they hit 145 degrees. If you overcook them, that’s how they end up dried out.

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  3. Apple sauce with pork is a British thing and is great.
    Beef you use horseradish sauce.
    Lamb you use mint sauce
    Turkey Blackcurrant jam.
    Hare (Jack rabbit) also Blackcurrant jam.

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    • Thank you, David! I love hearing where different flavor combinations come from and I did not know the British eat pork chops with applesauce!

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      • My mom, old yankee women, always told us girls the reason applesauce is served with pork disses is to stimulate the GI tract so the pork doesn’t sit there. Personally, I love the flavor of pork combined with apples ..

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    • Hi Christie, I would add about another 5 to 7 minutes for frozen boneless pork chops depending on the thickness.

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