Can You Put Pork Chops In An Air Fryer? (read this first)
Pork chops are often met with indifference in our household. Mainly because they’re often overcooked which makes them dry and tasteless. If this is a problem you have encountered, you’re going to be pleasantly surprised with air fryer pork chops.
They are always cooked to perfection, juicy and full of flavour.
Why You’ll Love Air Fried Pork Chops
This recipe for cooking pork chops in the air fryer will soon become one of your “go to” recipes because;
- They’re quick & easy
- A healthy option
- Crispy exterior, juicy interior
How To Cook Pork Chops In An Air Fryer
To cook succulently tasty pork chops time after time just follow this simple recipe.
- 2 Pork Chops
- 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
- Preheat the air fryer to 180 C (350 F) for about 3 to 5 minutes
- Wash & dry the pork chops and brush with oil
- Place the pork chops in the basket ensuring there is space between each one
- Air fry for 6 minutes
- Turn the pork chops and cook for a further 3 to 6 minutes depending on the thickness or until the internal temperature reaches at least 75 C (167 F)
The weight and thickness of your pork chops will affect the cooking time. Which is why it is important to use a meat thermometer to check that the internal temperature is safe.
Air Fryer Pork Chops Cooking Tips
- Always ensure there is a gap between each pork chop to allow the hot air to circulate freely
- Never set the air fryer temperature above 180 C to prevent smoking because pork has a smoke point of 200 C
- All air fryers are different which means cooking times will vary
- The cooking time is also dependent on the thickness of the pork chops
- Always check the internal temperature of the pork chops is at least 75 C before serving
- Allow the pork chops to rest for 5 to 10 minutes to redistribute the juices and relax the meat
Can You Cook Boneless Pork Chops In An Air Fryer?
You can cook boneless pork chops in an air fryer. As boneless pork chops are usually not as thick, you will have to adjust the cooking times down slightly.
This means it’s vitally important that you use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the pork is safe to eat.
Cooking Boneless Pork Loin Chops In An Air Fryer
We love this way of cooking pork loin chops in the air fryer and we’re sure you will too.
- 4 Boneless Pork Loin Chops
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne Pepper
- 170g (½ cup) Plain Flour
- 340g (1 cup) Breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- 4 teaspoons of Olive Oil
- Salt & Pepper
- Mix the plain flour, cayenne pepper, salt & pepper in a bowl
- Set up a dipping station using 3 bowls, the flour mix in one, beaten egg in the next and the breadcrumbs in the 3rd
- Coat the pork loin chops in flour, then dip in the egg before coating in breadcrumbs
- Spray the coated loin chops with olive oil
- Arrange the loin chops in the air fryer basket ensuring there is space around each chop
- Air fry at 180 C (350 F) for 8 minutes
- Turn the loin chops and cook for a further 4 to 6 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 75 C (167 F)
- Remove from the air fryer and serve
Air Fryer Boneless Pork Loin Chops Cooking Tips
- Allow the pork loin chops to reach room temperature before cooking, this will take around 30 minutes from the fridge
- Always ensure an adequate air flow around the loin chops in the air fryer basket
- Never cook pork in an air fryer at a temperature of higher than 180 C to prevent smoking
- Cook until an internal temperature of 75 C (167 F) has been achieved for safety
- Allow the pork loin chops to rest for 5 to 10 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute and the meat to relax
- The cooking time depends on the thickness of the chops which is why using a meat thermometer is essential
- You can mix and/or substitute spices to suit your taste
How Can I Stop The Pork Chops From Sticking In The Air Fryer?
To prevent pork chops from sticking to the air fryer basket you could; Spray the basket with oil or use a disposable paper liner or a silicone liner.
Disposable paper liners are made from baking paper that has been reinforced to keep its shape. You place the liner in the air fryer basket and then place the pork chops in the liner.
After cooking, the liner can be disposed of in the general waste or in some areas they can be recycled.
Silicone liners work in exactly the same way as paper liners except they are made from food grade silicone and can be reused. They are waterproof, non-stick, grease proof, heat resistant and dishwasher safe.
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Frequently Asked Questions
It will take anywhere between 8 to 14 minutes to cook pork chops in an air fryer depending on the size and thickness of the pork chops.
You can put raw pork in an air fryer as long as you cook it so that the internal temperature reaches 75 C (167 F).
Pork chops cooked in an air fryer are less likely to be dry. Air frying seals the exterior of the pork chops whilst allowing the interior to cook but retain all of its juices.
If your pork chops are tough it is because you have overcooked them. Depending on the thickness of the pork chops they will take anywhere between 8 and 14 minutes to cook at 180 C (350 F). You will know they are done when the internal temperature reaches 75 C (167 F).
To prevent pork chops from sticking to the air fryer basket you could spray the basket with vegetable oil or use a disposable air fryer basket paper liner.