I highly recommend using an air fryer if you want to cut down on using so much grease and fat in your cooking. I use mine for all sorts of foods that would normally be cooked in a vat of oil, and I think it will probably add a few years of my lifespan.
You don’t have to sacrifice any of the great flavor and texture of fried foods when you use the air fryer, so I’d highly recommend it for something like air fry pork chop.
I like how air frying makes the food taste so juicy and how quickly it cooks something like pork chops. A lot of foods in the deep South are made with a deep-frying method, like pork chops, and this can be very unhealthy.
If that’s the kind of food you like, but you want to live healthier, try this air fryer variation that uses only a fraction of the oil.
How Long to Air Fry a Pork Chop?
You might be curious as to how quickly you will be able to air fry a pork chop. It’s a lot faster than some of the other methods you could use, and it usually takes about 10-15 minutes, if you use the method I will lay out for you in a moment.
You want to flip the pork chops halfway through the cooking time, and you want to ensure that the cooking oil is hot before you put your pork chops in. That will keep the chops cooking evenly.
You want to be careful about overcooking them, as they can turn crispy and tough. They will dry out and hardly be edible any longer. The air fryer should cook the pork chops until they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit before you take them out and serve them up.
How to Air Fry a Pork Chop
Let me share with you a really flavorful recipe for fried pork chops that are easy and fast to make in the air fryer. Feel free to change up some of the seasonings as you see fit and just use whichever ones appeal to you.
- 1 pound of boneless pork chops (which would be about 3 pieces)
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- ¼ teaspoon of black pepper
- 1 teaspoon of onion powder
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon of paprika
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- ½ teaspoon of Italian seasoning
- Mix together your seasoning sin a bowl- paprika, salt, black pepper, Italian seasoning, onion powder, and garlic powder.
- Heat up the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing it to heat fully (which should take about 5 minutes).
- Cover the pork chops on all sides with cooking oil and then use your seasoning mix to coat them.
- Place the pork chops into the air fryer basket and cook for 10-15 minutes. They should be flipped about halfway through the cooking time. The internal temperature should reach 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
This method for air frying pork chops is really simple and should be tough to mess up. You may need to make adjustments or cook the pork chops in batches depending on the size of your air fryer and how many pork chops you are planning to cook. There is no need to coat the chops with flour or any other breading, since you are not making pork chop steaks.
The texture you get with this air frying method is really wonderful and pairs well with contrasting textures, so you’ll want to consider that when you plan your meal out. Try pairing the fried pork chops with mashed potatoes, green beans, a salad, soup, and pasta, or any combination of these dishes.
How Do You Air Fry a Pork Chop Steak?
If you want to bread the pork chop and cook it in the air fryer that way, then you can. You will need to adjust the recipe a bit, though. The chop should first be dredged in buttermilk or egg, and that will help the breading stick to it.
Then, you can mix a breading by mixing all of the seasonings I listed earlier for air fryer pork chops and mixing those with some flour. You will get seasoned flour, and you can dredge the pork chop in that and shake off the excess flour before frying it up.
From that point, you can just cook the pork chops the same way that I gave you above. How long to air fry pork chop steaks for? Cook them for the same 10-15 minutes that you would regular un-breaded pork chops.
If you want a heavily breaded pork chop with a thick crust, you can dredge it back and forth between the buttermilk/egg and seasoned flour. Dip your pork chops into the buttermilk and then the flour, and then back again through the whole process.
This makes for a really thick outer crust, so if that’s a draw for you with this dish, then try dredging the chops multiple times to get them coated with a nice and thick outer layer of breading.
The best thing to serve with breaded, fried pork chops is a white gravy. Sausage gravy is the traditional garnish, and it’s thick, heavy, and very fatty, so you know it is bursting with flavor. This gravy helps to keep the pork chops from tasting too dry, and it’s an excellent pairing with the crispy, crunchy breading.
However you want to fry pork chops, I think that using the air fryer is the simplest and fastest way to do it. If you have an air fryer but have never tried making pork chops in it, then give it a go. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the different texture this gives you and how fast and easy it is for cooking pork chops.
I love that it gives me wonderfully fried chops with the perfect texture and not nearly as many calories as deep frying them.