Air Fryer Pork Loin

You’re going to love this pork loin roast! Cooking it in an air fryer means the outside forms a crisp golden crust that locks the juices inside for perfectly tender meat.

Serve this juicy pork roast with a side of mashed potatoes and your favorite green vegetable for the perfect Sunday dinner.

Pork loin roast on a blue plate with green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy in background.

Pork Tenderloin Vs. Pork Loin

Pork tenderloin and pork loin can be easy to mix up, but they’re totally different! Pork tenderloin is a long, thin piece of meat that comes from the muscle that runs along the backbone. Pork loin, or pork loin roast, is a larger piece of meat that’s wide and thick, similar to pork chops.

While pork tenderloin is delicate and well suited for quick cooking methods like grilling or sauteing, pork loin is perfect for roasting. In fact, it’s often labelled pork loin roast!

For this recipe, you’ll want a boneless pork loin.

The size roast you can make will depend on how big your air fryer is. A 3 pound roast fit perfectly in my 2.6 quart air fryer.

How To Season Pork Loin Roast

Traditionally, pork roast is flavored with earthy seasonings like garlic, rosemary, sage, or thyme.

You can make your own seasoning rub from scratch or use a store bought seasoning mix. Poultry seasoning actually works really well!

Note: If your seasoning mix already contains salt, reduce the amount of kosher salt in this recipe to ¼ teaspoon.

Making Pork Loin In An Air Fryer

Cooking pork roast in the air fryer is pretty simple. Trim away any excess fat from the outside of the pork loin, then rub it down with salt and spices and give it a quick spritz of oil spray to help the outside of the roast crisp and brown.

Tip: Using an oil mister is great to get the perfect amount of your favorite oil on the outside of your meats or to prep your cooking surface.

Cook at 370°F for 12-14 minutes per pound. I highly recommend using an instant read thermometer here – you want the internal temperature of the roast to be between 145°F (for medium) and 160°F (for well done). Let the pork roast rest for 5 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute before you slice it.

What About The Gravy?

No roast is complete without gravy! Since the air fryer locks in all of the juices, you won’t have any pan drippings to work with. Luckily, I have you covered. My recipe for how to make gravy without drippings is so delicious!

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Air Fryer Pork Loin


  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American

Description

You’re going to love this pork loin roast! Cooking it in an air fryer means the outside forms a crisp golden crust that locks the juices inside for perfectly tender meat.


Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. pork loin roast
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt*
  • 1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning
  • Oil spray

Instructions

  1. Heat your air fryer to 370°F.
  2. Trim away any excess fat from the outside of the pork loin.
  3. Rub the pork all over with salt and poultry seasoning.
  4. Spritz with oil spray.
  5. Place the pork roast in the basket of your air fryer. Cook for 12-14 minutes per pound, or until the roast reaches an internal temperature of 145-160°F. A 3 pound roast will take about 40 minutes.
  6. Transfer the pork loin to a cutting board and let rest 5 minutes before slicing.

Notes

*If your seasoning mix already contains salt, reduce the amount of kosher salt in this recipe to ¼ teaspoon.

Air Fryer Pork Loin

6 responses to “Air Fryer Pork Loin”

  1. Sharon says:

    Made this last night, had a 3 lb roast, did 40 minutes and it was at 115, so did 10 and 10 to get to 145 and it was so overcooked, very disappointed. Any suggestions?

    • Christine Pittman says:

      Sharon, I’m actually confused by your question. Are you saying that it got to 145F but at that point it was overcooked? If that is what you’re saying, then I think your thermometer might be broken. Pork at 145F is on the rarer side. Pork can be eaten safely over 145F but it will still look a bit pink. If your thermometer says that it is 145F but the meat is dark and dry, then I think the problem must be with the thermometer. If I misunderstood your question, please let me know and I can try to help more.

  2. Donna Cox says:

    Do you need to flip a pork loin half way through?

  3. michael carpenter says:

    Can you cook the pork loin in an air fryer after marinating it in bbq sauce?

    • Christine Pittman says:

      Yes, you could, Michael, but if the BBQ sauce has a high sugar content it might blacken as it cooks. You can wipe excess sauce off the pork before cooking and then baste it with more sauce as it nears the end of cooking to try to avoid that or use foil to cover it.

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