If you love pork chops like we do, you’re in for a real treat with air fried pork chops. Seriously, this recipe for air fryer pork chops is so simple and delicious, you’ll be blown away.

Air Fryer Pork Chops Recipe for Juicy Air Fried Pork Chops in a basket

Juicy Air Fried Pork Chops with Less Oil

Pork chops can often be tough and dry. Or sometimes you might be using a lot of oil or butter just to get the chops to be juicy. Well, worry no more about making juicy and easy pork chops. Air fryer pork chops come out juicy, tender and always perfect. We’re obsessed with how little oil is required to make these pork chops tender. When compared to other methods, healthy pork chops in the air fryer is totally possible. We hardly used any oil in these air fried pork chops and they were some of the best we’ve ever had!

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Best Pork Chops for Air Fryer

We’ve tried all different cuts of pork chops and they air fry super delicious. But not all pork chops are cut the same and not all air fryers cook the same. Even if it’s the same cut of pork chop, the size and thickness can still vary depending on the market that you buy it from. Best advice we can give you is to air fry one pork chop first. After your first attempt, you will know what the best timing is best for your specific pork chops and model of air fryer. The first air fried pork chop is always the test!

  • bone-in pork shoulder steaks (aka pork butt chops, shoulder chops, blade steaks, pork butt steaks): These are our favorite because they’re super flavorful with dark meat and ribbons of fat. When air fried, these pork shoulder chops are tender and juicy. Even if they’re slightly cold, they’re still tender. Also because they’re usually thinner cooking times are less.
  • Center cup loin chops (aka loin cut pork chops): for the same reasons as mentioned in the bone-in pork shoulder steaks, these center cut loin chops always air fry to juicy perfection. We love the dark meat and bone-in cuts which always gives more flavor.
  • rib chops: they still have an outer layer of dark meat and fat which makes them tender and juicy. They don’t dry out as quick as regular loin chops.
  • boneless chops (aka pork loin filets): these are the most lean and less fatty of the cuts and are best if they are brined first. If you don’t eat them right away they can get dry when cold. Also, boneless chops are often sold as thick chops so cooking times will definitely be longer.

What are the Best Air Fryers for Pork Chops?

What are the Best Air Fryers?

Here’s our extensive write up on Air Fryer World’s Best Air Fryer Guide. There’s so many on the market now. You just need to research and find the ones that fits your needs, capacity and style. We group the basket style air fryers into 2 main size groups: 3-4 qt. range & the 5-6 qt. range.  There’s oven style and basket style. With so many to choose from, we highlight the ones that are most popular for small to medium sized families. Here’s our favorites:

Good Mid-Sized Air Fryers

“That’s a stylish Air Fryer” was said as we unboxed the Cosori. Beyond being stylish, it has cooked great. The basket is not as tall and wider than most in its size group, which is perfect. You’ll have a lot better results in an air fryer with single layered, spread out foods, then with ones piled high and thick.
The non-stick basket style (non-wire base) & smoothness of the basket tray is also great for clean up.

Has a great ceramic coated basket, one of the longest lasting we’ve used. Super powerful fan that will often cook recipes even faster than other air fryers. We initially returned our first one because we thought we wouldn’t like the basket style. After reconsidering, we bought another and are super glad we did. We love it’s basket and just a platform insert. One less bulky thing to wash. This is a great air fryer.

Simple functional panel. Solid basket design that is less likely to come unscrewed or break like other designs frequently do after a few months of repeated use. Great price for the size. They have several color options for the design-minded user.  

Good Larger Air Fryers

This is quickly becoming one of our favorite larger basket style air fryers. Great basket size, good controls, cooks nice. Clean up is great. It has become one of our kitchen favorites.

Most of us are familiar with the Instant Pot Brand of pressure cookers. They now make air fryers and it has become a regular in our kitchen. The Vortex plus 9-in-1 is beyond the conventional air fryer. The “plus” boasts features beyond the hot circulating air: Broil, Bake, Dehydrate, Rotisserie, Roast and Re-heat. 

12 Cooking modes. Connects to your smartphone & has Alexa or Google Assistant integration for voice control. 32 quarts. Large enough it actually has a rotisserie too. 

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Air Fryer Pork Chops

We tested the pork chops in a 3.7 qt Air Fryer. For that size of air fryer, 3 pork chops is about the max without overcrowding the air fryer. If you have larger size, you can probably cook 2-3 more so long as they are still in a single layer. Adjust cooking time for thicker or thinner pork chops. Some brands of Air Fryers will cook slower or faster than others, adjust accordingly.
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  • Three 6 ounce (Three 170 g) pork chops , rinsed & patted dry
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) olive oil , or other preferred oil
  • salt , to taste
  • black pepper , to taste
  • garlic powder , to taste
  • smoked paprika , to taste



  • Lightly coat the pork chops with olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and smoked paprika.
    Uncooked pork chop on a plate and seasoned
  • Place in the Air Fryer and cook at 380°F (194°C) for 10-14 minutes flipping the pork chops at the halfway cooking point.
    Halfway cooked pork chops in air fryer basket
  • Test for desired doneness, and cook a little more if desired. Serve warm.
    Air fried pork chop on a plate with vegetables


Recipes were cooked in 3-4 qt air fryers. If using a larger air fryer, the recipe might cook quicker so adjust cooking time. 
If cooking in multiple batches, the first batch will take longer to cook if Air Fryer is not already pre-heated.
Remember to set a timer to shake/flip/toss the food as directed in recipe.


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 287kcal, Protein: 36g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 113mg, Sodium: 81mg, Potassium: 634mg, Calcium: 12mg, Iron: 0.8mg

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