Air Fryer Pork Chops

$3.82 recipe / $1.91 serving
by Jess - Budget Bytes
5 from 1 vote
Pin RecipeJump to recipe →

This post contains some affiliate links, which means that we make a small commission off items you purchase at no additional cost to you.

If you’re looking for a simple yet flavorful pork recipe, these Air Fryer Pork Chops are it! Coated in a sweet and savory spice blend and cooked to crispy perfection, this air fryer pork chops recipe is a far cry from the leathery chops you may have experienced in the past. We’re raiding the pantry for this one, utilizing staples that really pack in the flavor for not a lot of added cost. With this easy dinner recipe, you’ll have tender, juicy pork chops in 30 minutes!

partial overhead view of an air fryer pork chop on a white plate with potatoes and green beans.

The spice rub for these air fryer pork chops is the real star of the show. Classic onion and garlic powder combine with smoked paprika for a smokey, savory flavor, while brown sugar adds a balancing sweetness and delightful texture to the crust. A little bit of ground mustard adds pleasant bitter notes and tanginess. This rub is super versatile and also works great on extra firm tofu and chicken!

Ingredients for Air Fryer Pork Chops

Here’s what you’ll need to make Air Fryer Pork Chops:

  • Pork Chops: We were able to fit two boneless center-cut pork chops in our air fryer basket. You’ll want chops that are 1-1 1/2 inches thick to ensure they stay nice and juicy.
  • Seasoning: Smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, ground mustard, and dark brown sugar create a smoky, sweet, savory, and tangy spice rub. Make sure to save extra for dusting on top when you flip the chops– this helps them crisp up beautifully.
  • Cooking Oil: We like budget options like canola or vegetable oil, but olive oil will also work.

MORE SEASONING IDEAS

If you want to switch things up, here are some other ways you can season your air fryer pork chops:

Tips For Making Air Fryer Pork Chops

  • Seasoning the chops with the seasoning rub 20-30 minutes before cooking and letting them sit on the counter at room temp will ensure 1. the flavor is as maximized as possible and 2. the outside doesn’t overcook while the inside gets to the proper temperature. Giving your chops a little extra time on the counter before they hit your air fryer ensures that they will have a nice crust on the outside while remaining juicy on the inside!
  • There should be about 1 Tbsp of the seasoning leftover. Save it and sprinkle it over the chops after flipping them. This will help to ensure they stay nice and crispy.
  • Remove your pork chops from the air fryer as soon as they reach 145°F and let them rest for at least 3 minutes before slicing to lock in the juices.

What to Serve with Air Fryer Pork Chops

These air fryer pork chops are so versatile and pair well with just about anything you can imagine. You could make a simple side saladsteamed green beans, or creamy polenta. Or use your air fryer to quickly whip up some air fryer Brussels sprouts!

overhead view of a partially sliced air fryer pork chop on a white plate with potatoes and green beans.
Share this recipe

Air Fryer Pork Chops

5 from 1 vote
These Air Fryer Pork Chops are the perfect weeknight recipe! They're deliciously seasoned and ready in just 30 minutes!
overhead view of a partially sliced air fryer pork chop on a white plate with grits and green beans.
Servings 2
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Total 30 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl, combine the smoked paprika, garlic powder, ground mustard, onion powder, brown sugar, salt, and pepper.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 420ºF for at least 5 minutes. Pat pork chops dry with a paper towel.
  • Drizzle the cooking oil over top of pork chops on cutting board, then add the seasoning mixture. Rub the pork chops until they are well coated in oil and spices. The brown sugar will caramelize in the air fryer and make the texture of the pork chops perfect! Reserve at least 1 Tablespoon of the sugar seasoning mixture to rub on top when you flip half way through!
  • Place the pork chops in the air fryer basket and cook for 7 minutes. Flip, sprinkling reserved seasoning mixture evenly over top and cook for 8 minutes more.
  • Use a meat thermometer to make sure the internal temperature has reached 145ºF, and if not, cook for 1-2 minutes longer.
  • Remove from heat and let the pork chops rest for 3 minutes and then serve with your favorite simple sides!

See how we calculate recipe costs here.


Equipment

Nutrition

Serving: 1pork chopCalories: 373kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 30gFat: 17gSodium: 1845mgFiber: 1g
Read our full nutrition disclaimer here.
Email Me This Recipe
Get this sent to your inbox, plus get new recipes from us every week!
Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.
three-quarters view of a partially sliced air fryer pork chop on a white plate with grits and green beans.

how to make Air Fryer Pork Chops – step by step photos

spices in a white bowl.

In a small bowl, combine 1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp ground mustard, 1/4 tsp onion powder, 4 Tbsp dark brown sugar, 1 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4  tsp pepper. Preheat the air fryer to 420ºF for at least 5 minutes. Pat 2 boneless center-cut pork chops dry with a paper towel.

seasoned raw pork chops on a red cutting board.

Drizzle 1 Tbsp cooking oil over the top of the pork chops on a cutting board, then add the seasoning mixture. Rub the pork chops until they are well coated in oil and spices. The brown sugar will caramelize in the air fryer and make the texture of the pork chops perfect! Reserve at least 1 Tablespoon of the sugar seasoning mixture to rub on top when you flip halfway through!

spooning spices over seasoned pork chops in an air fryer basket.

Place the pork chops in the air fryer basket and cook for 7 minutes. Flip, sprinkling the reserved seasoning mixture evenly over top, and cook for 8 minutes more.

cooked seasoned pork chops in an air fryer basket.

Use a meat thermometer to make sure the internal temperature has reached 145ºF, and if not, cook for 1-2 minutes longer. Remove from heat and let the pork chops rest for 3 minutes and then serve with your favorite simple sides!

partial overhead view of a partially sliced air fryer pork chop on a white plate with grits and green beans.

These juicy, crispy air fryer pork chops are the perfect weeknight meal!

Share this recipe

Posted in: , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Comments

Leave a Comment
  1. This looks great, but my air fryer only goes up to 400, can I just cook the chops longer at that temp?

    1. That would be fine! I’d do the first flip at around 8 minutes and then check the temp after the second 8 minutes and continue cooking as needed.

  2. It is next to impossible to get pork chops that thick in my area not to mention the cost is now a heck of a lot more. The recipe does sound good though.

    1. You should only need a couple more minutes! I’d do the first flip at 8 minutes and then just check the temp after the next 8 minutes. A meat thermometer will be your best friend in these cases!

  3. Absolutely delicious recipe–these often get posted just in time to try out for lunch, and I always have boneless pork chops in my freezer! Pork is a seriously undervalued meat. It’s perfect for a budget meal, and the price of boneless pork chops benefits from the huge demand for baby back ribs. This cut is removed from the ribs and, compared to the premium price for ribs, is a major bargain, particularly if you purchase a whole or half boneless loin and cut into roasts and chops–your butcher, even in a supermarket, will be happy to do this for you. Cut for cut, pork is leaner than beef, and seriously high in nutrients, particularly thiamin, niacin, vitamins K3, B6 & B12. It’s delicious and full of flavor. For high fat cuts, think bacon–which is definitely high fat–and forget about chops being unhealthy. Lean pork cutlets in particular can be used in any recipe for veal or chicken! Since trichinosis is almost unheard of here in the US, we can enjoy pork cooked to lower internal temps, meaning more tender and juicy dishes than a generation ago. So forget those hockey puck chops your mother might have served and enjoy today’s pork!

    Thanks, Jess, this recipe is yummy–and loved that you pictured them over what looks like cheesy grits! I made those (15 minutes), but cooked broccoli instead of green beans. If you move fast, this is one of those 20 minute meals

    1. Jan, you have amazing knowledge of ingredients! I’m so glad you tried this out for lunch and liked it. It’s so easy– one of my husband’s favorites!