Air Fryer Pork Chops: A Quick and Easy Weeknight Meal

Air fryers have become popular kitchen appliances for their ability to cook food quickly and with less oil than traditional methods. Pork chops are a perfect candidate for air frying, as they cook up juicy and tender on the inside with a crispy crust on the outside. 

This article will explore the benefits of using an air fryer for pork chops, provide tips for choosing the right cuts of meat, and offer a simple recipe to get you started.

Benefits of Air Frying Pork Chops:

  • Healthier: Air fryers use significantly less oil than pan-frying, making them a healthier option for cooking pork chops. 
  • Faster: Pork chops cook quickly in an air fryer, making them a great choice for busy weeknights. 
  • Crispy and flavorful: The air fryer circulates hot air around the food, resulting in a crispy exterior and flavorful interior. 
  • Easy cleanup: Most air fryer baskets are dishwasher safe, making cleanup a breeze. 

Choosing the Right Pork Chops:

  • Thickness: Thick-cut pork chops (1-1.5 inches) are ideal for air frying, as they stay moist and juicy during cooking. 
  • Bone-in or boneless: Both bone-in and boneless pork chops work well in the air fryer. Bone-in chops tend to be more flavorful, but boneless chops cook more evenly.
  • Quality: Choose pork chops from a reputable butcher or grocery store. Look for chops that are a uniform pink color and have little to no marbling 

Simple Air Fryer Pork Chop Recipe:


  • 2 bone-in or boneless pork chops (about 1 inch thick)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 


  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels. 
  3. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Rub the mixture onto the pork chops. 
  4. Place the pork chops in a single layer in the air fryer basket. 
  5. Cook for 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway through, or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F (63°C). 
  6. Serve immediately with your favorite sides.


  • If your air fryer has a preheat setting, use it to ensure even cooking. 
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket. This will prevent the pork chops from crisping properly. 
  • Cook the pork chops to an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) as measured by an instant-read thermometer.
  • Let the pork chops rest for a few minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute.

With a little practice, you’ll be whipping up delicious and healthy air fryer pork chops in no time!

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