This Air Fryer Pork Chops recipe is simply seasoned and ready in less than 15 minutes
These chops are juicy, tender, and lightly spicy thanks to a flavorful seasoning mix using common seasonings
15 minutes and no more dry pork chops ~ Hurray!
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In addition, these air fryer pork chops have no breading which makes them a protein bomb!
- 2 Bone-in Pork Chops – each chop should weigh 7-8 ounces, and measure about 1.5 inches thick. We prefer to use pork chops with a small bone because they tend to be juicier than boneless pork chops. Our top choice is “rib eye chops” which have a curved rib bone (see more below about choosing pork chops)
- Olive Oil – any oil will work but we like the flavor of olive oil
- Paprika – you could also use smoked paprika if you like the smoky flavor
- Kosher or Sea Salt – any type of salt will work but we prefer flaky Kosher salt, or sea salt because it enhances the flavor of food rather than making it taste salty, and it sticks well to meat
- Garlic Powder and Onion Powder – if you need to use garlic salt or onion salt then delete the Kosher salt
- Black Pepper – freshly ground pepper is always best
You can also substitute our popular Dry Rub for Ribs if you want a spicier pork chop.
How to make Air Fryer Pork Chops (bone in):
This recipe is super simple. The important part is the timing when cooking in the air fryer. The high heat and quick cooking time makes the air fryer ideal for pork chops.
NOTE: Our air fryer fits 2 bone-in pork chops perfectly so we cook 2 at a time. If your air fryer is larger you can cook 4 at a time by simply doubling this recipe. Our chops were at room temperature (65˚F) when we started cooking.
- Set the air fryer to 400˚F and preheat it for 5 minutes while preparing the chops.
- Combine the seasoning ingredients together in a small bowl (paprika, kosher salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper).
- Pat the pork chops dry and coat them with olive oil on both sides and on the edges.
- Generously coat the pork chops, including the sides, with the seasoning blend. Pat the seasonings on to make sure they stick and that the chops are well coated.
- Remove the air fryer basket and spray generously with non-stick spray, or add an air fryer parchment liner to the basket, which makes for much easier cleanup.
- NOTE: If using parchment paper do not add it until you are ready to add the food because the air in an air fryer will cause the parchment to fly around and and can cause the paper to burn. Use parchment with holes in it (we buy them this way) or cut a few holes in yours. This is necessary for proper air circulation.
- Place the chops in the air fryer basket side by side, and cook for 7-9 minutes, flipping halfway through.
- Remove when the pork chops reach an internal temperature of 140˚F. Pork chops will continue to cook slightly while resting.
- Let rest, uncovered, for 3-5 minutes, or until the pork chops reach an internal temperature of 145˚F.
How long to cook pork chops in the air fryer:
- Cooking times will always vary based on the model of your air fryer and the size of your pork chops.
- We highly recommend using an instant-read digital cooking thermometer for the most accurate results. They are an inexpensive, but highly valuable, kitchen tool.
- Cook pork chops until they reach 140˚F, remove, and let rest for a few minutes until the internal temperature reaches 145˚F (3-5 minutes)
Checking doneness without a thermometer
If you don’t have a thermometer there a two good ways to check for doneness.
- Prick the pork chops with a fork and check to see if the juices run clear
- Press the top of the chop with your fingertip (or tongs). The pork should feel firm but spring back to shape with clear juices
Slicing and serving:
These chops can be served whole, or sliced on the bias, and served along with their bone. We love to serve them with Lemon Vinaigrette mixed greens and easy oven Roasted Asparagus for a quick weeknight dinner. If pairing with wine we suggest a buttery Chardonnay, a light Pinot Noir, or a crisp Rosé.
Choosing pork chops for the air fryer:
Pork chops are a lean, mild-flavored, and ultra-versatile cut of meat. They lend themselves to so many flavor combinations but can also overcook quickly and become dry. For that reason, it’s important to consider which cut of chops is best for each cooking method.
For the juiciest air fryer pork chops we like bone-in pork chops. They have so much flavor, thanks to a little fat around the bone. The Ribeye Pork Chop is our top choice. They contain some rib and back bone in them which keeps them juicy.
Learn more about cuts of pork chops from the pork.org website.
A few things to keep in mind:
- Boneless pork chops – cook faster and are ultra lean
- Bone-in pork chops – fuller flavor but slightly higher in calories
Looking for other pork recipes?
- This Pork Loin Roastwith garlic and herbs is simple but so flavorful
- Juicy and authentic Carnitas are also ideal for the air fryer. Great for tacos, burritos and nachos.
- Grilled Chili Lime Pork Tenderloin has a tangy and citrusy flavor.
Air Fryer Pork Chops
- Air Fryer
- 2 8 ounce pork chops bone-in, 1.5" thick, rib eye cut
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon salt (preferably kosher salt)
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
- Preheat the air fryer to 400℉ for 5 minutes.
- Pat the pork chops dry, place on a plate, and coat all over with the olive oil.
- In a small bowl combine all the seasonings (paprika, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper) and mix well to blend.
- Generously coat the pork chops, including the sides, with the seasoning blend.
- Spray the air fryer basket with non-stick spray or line it with a parchment air fryer liner.
- Place the pork chops in the air fryer basket side by side, and cook for 7-8 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking. Remove when the internal temperature is 140℉. Let the pork chops rest, uncovered, for 3-4 minutes until they reach an internal temperature of 145℉.
- Prick with a fork and check that the juices run clear
- Press the top of the meat with your fingertip (or tongs). The pork should feel firm but spring back to shape with clear juices