The Best Juicy Air Fryer Pork Chops

Rubbed with a blend of brown sugar and spices, then air-fried to delicious perfection, these Juicy Air Fryer Pork Chops are ready in just minutes! They’re a sizzling, satisfying weeknight dinner idea!

Thick and Juicy Pork Chops Made Easy!

Have you ever had pork chops turn out dry? That’s a common issue with cooking pork chops at home. But, I’m here to tell you, it doesn’t have to be that way! My secret weapon for no-fail juicy pork chops? Air frying! Using your Air Fryer, it’s easy to make thick, juicy pork chops, every time.

Why does air frying pork chops work so well? The short answer is convection heating. Essentially, air fryers are mini convection ovens, which bake much more effectively than normal ovens. With convection heat, pork chops cook quickly, developing a crispy exterior while staying juicy inside.  

This recipe for air-fried pork chops uses a seasoning rub, but no breading, so the finished chops are also low carb and keto-friendly. 🍽

The spicy rub is full of flavor, and slightly sweet to complement the natural sweetness of the pork. And, there’s no need for excess oil! Air frying uses a minimum amount, for maximum results!

two air fried pork chops served on a black dinner plate.

What You’ll Need

When you taste the blend of spices in this recipe, you’ll want to use it for everything! Ground mustard is not as common as prepared mustard, but it’s a great way to add tangy, deep flavor to lots of dishes. I recommend making a double or even triple batch of the rub, and saving the extra to sprinkle over chicken, pork, steak, etc…

  • Pork Chops: Bone-in, center cut pork chops, about one-and-a-half inches thick.
  • Olive Oil: For rubbing on the pork chops. You can also use avocado oil here.
  • Brown Sugar: A little brown sugar makes the spice rub extra flavorful. Light or dark brown sugar is fine.
  • Chili Powder, Paprika, and Ground Mustard: The perfect spice trio for pork! I use sweet paprika, but hot is fine if you want a bit of a kick.
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Garlic and Onion Powder: These two powders add intensity of flavor with no chopping or mincing.
two raw bone in pork chops in an air fryer basket

Can I use boneless pork chops in the air fryer?

  • Yes, you can! This recipe is great with thick-cut boneless pork chops, but you will not need to air-fry them quite as long, so be sure to check for doneness a bit earlier using an instant read meat thermometer.

Can I use thin pork chops in the air fryer?

  • You can, but they will cook much more quickly and are easy to overcook. Depending on just how thin they are, they might take only a minute or two per side (for quarter-inch chops) to maybe four minutes per side (half-inch chops). Again, it’s best to use a meat thermometer to check for doneness.
glass bowl filled with a blend of spices.

How to Make Pork Chops in the Air Fryer

Making these pork chops is so easy. That, combined with the speed of air frying, makes this one of my favorite recipes to pull together on a busy weeknight! There’s nothing like bringing a really good square meal to the table, without having to stand over a hot stove at the end of a long day.

  1. Preheat the Air Fryer. You should preheat your air fryer to 375˚F. Don’t skip the preheating step – it makes all the difference. 
  2. Season the Pork Chops. While the air fryer preheats, rub oil into the pork chops. Then, in a small bowl, make the spice rub by combining the brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, ground mustard, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Season both sides of the pork chops with the rub.
  3. Air Fry! Arrange the seasoned pork chops in the air fryer basket. Cook them for 5 minutes, flip, and cook for 4 to 6 more minutes. The internal temperature of the pork chops should register at 145˚F. 
  4. Enjoy! Transfer the pork chops to a plate and let stand for 5 minutes before serving with your favorite sides.
cooked bone in pork chop in an air fryer basket

Tips for Success

  • Don’t Use Aerosol: While spritzing a little oil on your food or air fryer basket is good, avoid aerosol-powered spray oils. They are known to damage the air fryer basket over time.
  • Make More: You can easily double this recipe and make four pork chops, but make sure not to overlap the pork chops in the air fryer. If needed, you can cook the chops in batches.
  • Dry Brine: If you have time, take your pork chops out of the refrigerator early, season them, and then allow to sit, covered, at room temperature for up to 30 minutes before cooking. They’ll be even more flavorful and tender!

Serving Suggestions

To serve these crispy pork chops, I recommend making a couple of classic veggie side dishes. Green salad is always a good option, as is buttered rice or pasta. Here are some easy recipes that go well with pork chops!

  • Kale Salad: This Crunchy Kale Quinoa Salad is a hearty, superfood side that tastes like autumn! The apples, kale, grapes, and quinoa all go perfectly with pork, while the homemade vinaigrette adds a tangy finish.
  • Roasted Veggies: I particularly like this sheet pan recipe for Roasted Green Beans with Squash and Tomatoes. It’s a colorful and quick roasted veggie dish that’s full of vitamins and flavor, and low in carbs.
  • Smashed Potatoes: Tender and meltingly flavorful inside, crispy and well-roasted outside, these Crispy Parmesan Smashed Potatoes are made on a cast-iron grill pan for a side dish you won’t forget!
close up shot of air fryer pork chops cut up in slices.

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

  • Refrigerate leftover pork chops in airtight containers for 3-4 days.
  • Freeze leftover pork chops in freezer bags for 2-3 months, pressing out all the air from the bags before sealing.
  • Reheat pork chops in a conventional oven at 325˚F. Place them in a baking dish with just a splash of water, cover, and bake for 10 minutes or so until hot through. Be careful not to overcook!

ENJOY!

overhead shot of an air fried pork chop cut up into slices.

Juicy Air Fryer Pork Chops

Katerina | Diethood
Perfectly cooked and rubbed with a savory blend of brown sugar and spices, these Juicy Air Fryer Pork Chops are ready in just minutes! They’re a sizzling, satisfying weeknight dinner!
5 from 12 votes
Servings : 2
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Resting Time 5 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 2 bone-in center cut pork chops, about 1 to 1-½ inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, or avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder

Instructions
 

  • Preheat Air Fryer to 375˚F.
  • Grease the pork chops with olive oil.
  • In a small mixing bowl combine brown sugar, chili powder, sweet paprika, ground mustard, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder; mix until well incorporated.
  • Season both sides of the pork chops with the prepared rub.
  • Transfer pork chops to the air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Flip over and continue to cook for 4 to 6 more minutes, or until internal temperature of the pork chops registers at 145˚F.
    I don’t recommend using thinner pork chops, but if you do, the cooking time will be less. For best and most accurate results, use an instant read meat thermometer to check for doneness.
  • Remove pork chops from the Air Fryer basket and transfer to a plate; let stand 5 minutes before cutting.
  • Serve.

Notes

  • NET CARBS: 3 g

Nutrition

Serving: 4 ounces | Calories: 351 kcal | Carbohydrates: 4 g | Protein: 29 g | Fat: 24 g | Saturated Fat: 5 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 90 mg | Sodium: 664 mg | Potassium: 562 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 2 g | Vitamin A: 797 IU | Vitamin C: 1 mg | Calcium: 22 mg | Iron: 1 mg | Net Carbs: 3 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer bone in pork chops, air fryer pork chops no breading, how to make juicy pork chops
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25 comments on “The Best Juicy Air Fryer Pork Chops”

  1. Amazing!! Will definitely use rub recipe on other meats! I served this with rice (seasoned with a touch of turmeric.) Also sauteed onions, red bell pepper, mushrooms in garlic butter. Added steamed chunks of sweet potato at the end, sprinkled all with Mrs. Dash original blend. Absolutely delicious! Will make this again!!!

  2. I made these last night and they were fantastic, nice and juicy and flavorful. My chops were pretty thick so I had to add a few minutes to get them to 145 degrees, but these are definitely a keeper, thank you!

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Preheat at 375˚F. If you scroll down to the recipe card, you will find all the information that you need.

  3. Thanks for posting this recipe! I made it for dinner tonight, and it was super juicy and full of flavor! Will defiantly be making it again.

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