The Best Air Fryer Pork Chops Recipe

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The best air fryer pork chops recipe – delicious tender juicy keto pork chops in less than 8 minutes in an air fryer or Instant Pot!

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Air frying is a great way to quickly cook pork chops without drying them out, leaving them tender and juicy.

Because an air fryer circulates air around pork chops quickly, you get lots of browned crunchy bits without drying out your pork.

A lot of our favorite pork dishes like our popular Garlic Butter Pork Tenderloin are naturally keto – and this easy dish is no different – it is great for low carb diets! You can find more keto pork recipes here.

If you love your air fryer as much as we do, please be sure to check out our Air Fryer recipe archives – there are so many delicious easy ways to make perfectly juicy and tender Air Fryer Steaks, Crispy Air Fried French Fries, perfect juicy Air Fryer Chicken Legs, and Air Fryer Cheeseburgers!

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Pork Chop Marinade

Pork chops come from a lean cut of pork – so they don’t have much fat to keep the meat tender and moist.

To soften the meat and keep the juices locked in, a pork chop marinade helps a ton!

Marinating your pork chops a day before baking them will keep them tender and perfect – with no extra work.

I always try to marinate my pork chops for at the very least 30 minutes before cooking them.

Easy Pork Chop Marinades

There are so many flavor combinations for a pork chop marinade – mix and match some of the ingredients below for a great marinade!

Oil/Fat/Liquid – pick one:

  • Olive oil
  • Salad Dressing
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Walnut Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Canola oil
  • Chicken stock
  • Soy Sauce
  • Balsamic Vinegar

Citrus – pick one:

  • Lemon juice
  • Lemon zest
  • Lime juice
  • Lime Zest
  • Orange Juice
  • Ponzu

Herbs – pick any combo you’d like:

To Make The Marinade:

When you have your pork chop marinade ingredients together, put them and chops in a large ziploc bag or bowl and refrigerate to marinate for 30 minutes to preferably 24 hours.

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What Air Fryer to Use

We designed this recipe to work with countertop air fryers, as well as Instant Pot and Ninja Foodi pressure cookers when using their crisping/broiling lids and air fryer baskets.

Instant Pot Air Fried Pork Chops

This recipe can be cooked in an Instant Pot with broiler lid and air fryer basket – or a Ninja Foodi with the broiler lid.

Set Instant Pot at 400 degrees to broil (unfortunately Instant Pot doesn’t go to 450 which we prefer, but it still works great).

If you want an Instant Pot with broil features, click here.

If you need the broiler lid for your Instant Pot, click here.

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What To Serve With Pork Chops

Pork chops pair well with a lot of recipes – they are mild, with a delicious flavor that works with all kinds of side dishes!

Other Pork Chop Recipes You’ll Love

We LOVE pork dishes in our house – and pork chops are so easy and quick to make, they are always a big favorite!

For even more pork chop recipes – and more tips on how to cook perfect pork chops – please visit our Ultimate Guide To Pork Chops here.

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Recipe FAQs

How long to cook air fryer pork chops?

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, flipping after 8 minutes.
For thin cut pork chops, reduce cook time to 10 minutes.
Bone-in chops will take about 5-10 minutes longer. Check temperature with a digital thermometer.

What temperature to cook pork chops to?

Use a digital thermometer to measure pork chops as you cook. Pork is cooked at 145 degrees – cooking pork chops over 145 will result in dry pork chops.
This might contain a little pink – pork can be a little pink and still fully cooked.

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The Best Air Fryer Pork Chops Recipe

The best air fryer pork chops recipe – delicious tender juicy pork chops in less than 8 minutes in an air fryer or Instant Pot!
Course Air Fryer
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer pork chops, easy pork chops, keto air fryer pork chops
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 462kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add lemon juice, 2 tbsp olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, pork chops, salt, and pepper to a ziploc bag and marinate for at least 3 hours, and up to overnight. 
  • Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees.
  • Season pork chops with salt and pepper. 
  • Add pork chops to air fryer basket, without crowding the pan.
  • Close oven and cook to browned on one side – about 7 minutes. 
  • Flip pork chops and place back in air fryer. 
  • After 6 minutes, check pork’s temperature. If pork chops are thinner, they cook much faster – pork chops are done when they are 145 degrees internally. 
  • If pork chops are not done, keep cooking until they are (cooking time will vary widely based on the thickness of your pork chop, whether or not there is a bone, etc. – so I find it’s best to go from temperature instead of time.) 
  • When pork is 145 degrees internally, remove from oven and let rest 5 minutes before serving. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1pork chop | Calories: 462kcal | Protein: 56g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 184mg | Sodium: 702mg

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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  1. William says:

    Great chops very tasty ? I should k ow I have atein thousands of chops