Air Fryer Pork Chops

These versatile, juicy Air Fryer Pork Chops are the perfect answer to your busy, on-the-go day. They can be on the table in less the 30 minutes.

These versatile, juicy Air Fryer Pork Chops are the perfect answer to your busy, on-the-go day. They can be on the table in less the 30 minutes.

When my day turns from managed to out-of-control, I often turn to my air fryer to help me get a healthy, quick meal on the table. This recipe for Air Fryer Pork Chops is one of my favorite go-to meals.

If I have planned ahead, I like to brine the chops following this easy recipe. Otherwise, I just season them, put them in the air fryer and have a satisfying meal on the table in under 30 minutes.

Because I like my chops to have a little more color than what the air fryer produces, I add 1/8 teaspoon of smoked paprika to a mixture of salt, pepper, and garlic powder. It adds just a hint of smokey flavor and creates the illusion of browning.

Another favorite seasoning option I like use if I’m serving the chops with corn on the cob or potato salad is my Homemade Pork Rub and Seasoning Blend. It has the perfect balance of sweet and savory.

My preference for the pork chops is typically a center-cut bone-in chop that’s between 3/4-inch to 1-inch thick. I feel like this cut is more flavorful than the boneless version. It tends to be more lean, so the high-heat-quick-cooking time of the air fryer makes it a perfect candidate for this recipe.

If you prefer the center-cut boneless chop, you’ll need to modify the cooking time. I would start with 5 minutes depending up the thickness of the chop. When the time is up, take the internal temperature. The USDA suggests that pork should be cooked between 145˚ – 160˚F. I pull mine out at about 140˚F and allow it to sit for about 5 minutes before serving. The carry-over cooking raises the temperature to between 145˚ – 150˚F. If you like your pork a little more well done, you can choose a temperature up to 160˚F.

You can serve these with your favorite side dish. I choose something simple like roasted carrots, a simple green salad or mashed potatoes.


Air Fryer Pork Chops

  • Author: Leigh Olson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 14 minutes
  • Total Time: 24 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


These versatile, juicy Air Fryer Pork Chops are the perfect answer to your busy, on-the-go day. They can be on the table in less the 30 minutes.


  • 4 bone-in center-cut pork chops, 3/4-inch thick, brined if desired
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil

Optional Seasoning Blend

Homemade Pork Rub and Seasoning Blend


  1. If brining pork chops, follow these instructions.
  2. Pat the chops dry whether brining or not.
  3. In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, garlic powder, and smoked paprika.
  4. Rub 1 teaspoon of olive oil on both sides of each of the pork chops.
  5. Season both sides of the chops with the salt mixture or the Homemade Pork Rub and Seasoning Blend.
  6. Working in batches if necessary, place the pork chops in the air fryer basket without overlapping.
  7. Set the temperature to 390˚F and cook for 7 minutes, or until an instant read thermometer registers between 145-160˚ F, depending on your preference. Turn chops over half-way through the cooking time.
  8. Remove from air fryer basket and keep warm in a pre-heated 180˚F oven.
  9. Repeat until all pork chops are cooked.
  10. Serve with a fresh green salad, roasted carrots or mashed potatoes.


If you use the Homemade Pork Rub and Seasoning Blend, consider serving corn on the cob or potato salad with the pork chops.


Air Fryer Pork Chops

2 Responses to “Air Fryer Pork Chops”

  1. Anna Veach — January 20, 2020 @ 2:44 pm (#)

    These look awesome and I just got an Air Fryer during the black Friday craziness and have wanted to try it out.

    I have another question, do you have any suggestions for recipes that are lower in cholesterol? I’ve been told by my doctor that I need to watch my cholesterol intake and this one looks a little high although I really have no idea how to gauge if it is or isn’t. Thanks so much!

    • Christine Pittman — January 20, 2020 @ 7:26 pm (#)

      We’ve got plenty of Air Fryer recipes for you to explore! How about Crispy Salmon or Chicken Breasts ? It’s often suggested to limit pork and beef if you’re trying to lower your cholesterol. We also have Air Fryer Veggies over on The Cookful!

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