Air Fryer Pork Chops: A Quick and Tasty 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, flavorful exterior.

Here’s a basic guide to cooking air fryer pork chops:


  • 2 bone-in or boneless pork chops, about 1-inch thick
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Your favorite seasonings (optional: paprika, garlic powder, Italian seasoning)


  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels.
  3. Drizzle the olive oil over the pork chops and rub it in to coat them evenly.
  4. Season the pork chops with salt, pepper, and your chosen seasonings.
  5. Place the pork chops in a single layer in the air fryer basket, making sure they are not touching.
  6. Cook for 8-12 minutes, flipping the pork chops halfway through, or until they reach an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) as measured by a meat thermometer
  7. Let the pork chops rest for a few minutes before serving.


  • For thicker pork chops, you may need to increase the cooking time by a few minutes.
  • Use a variety of seasonings to create different flavor profiles.
  • If you don’t have an air fryer, you can bake the pork chops in a preheated oven at 400°F (200°C) for 20-25 minutes, or until cooked through.

Additional notes:

  • It is important to note that the safe internal temperature for cooked pork is 145°F (63°C). Using a meat thermometer is the best way to ensure that your pork chops are cooked through to a safe temperature.
  • Avoid overcrowding the air fryer basket, as this can prevent the pork chops from cooking evenly.
  • Be sure to consult your air fryer’s manual for specific instructions and safety precautions.
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