Easy Air Fryer Pork Chops (Ready in 15 Minutes!)

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It only takes 5 ingredients and 15 minutes to make these juicy air fryer pork chops! Plus clean up is a breeze!

Slices of an air fryer pork chop on a plate
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  2. Ingredients to Make Air Fryer Pork Chops
  3. For a Crispy Coating
  4. How Long to Cook Pork Chops in the Air Fryer
  5. What to Serve with Pork Chops
  6. Air Fryer Pork Chops FAQs:
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This air fryer pork chop recipe is an all-around winner. I mean, what’s not to love? Not only are these pork chops tender and full of flavor, they are also quick to make with easy clean up! Not to mention low carb, gluten free, and keto!

Why Make Pork Chops in the Air Fryer

For juicy pork chops, you need to make sure the outside is cooked quickly so the juices get trapped inside. This can be done by searing the chops or by cooking them at a higher temperature in the air fryer. By air frying pork chops you eliminate the need for multiple dishes. You can cook them completely from start to finish in the air fryer which makes clean up a breeze!

An air fryer pork chop cut in half to show juicy texture inside

Ingredients to Make Air Fryer Pork Chops

  • Pork chops – you can use either boneless pork chops or bone-in pork chops. I prefer using regular or thick cut pork chops because they don’t dry out as easily. Thin cut may be used but be sure to cook for much less time, checking often.
  • Oil – I used an avocado oil for this recipe because it has a higher smoke point but any cooking oil will work great. Olive oil may also be used.
  • Salt – not much salt is needed because the ranch dressing mix has a good amount of salt
  • Ranch seasoning mix – I love ranch mix because it is full of flavor and so easy to add! If you don’t have ranch mix or you just want to make ranch seasoning from scratch, simply use the seasonings used in our homemade ranch dressing recipe.
  • Paprika – This gives the pork chops a beautiful color and also a subtle smoky flavor
Ingredients to make air fryer pork chops including paprika, ranch seasoning, oil, and parsley

For a Crispy Coating

If you are looking for a crispy pork chop, you can always add a seasoned crumb coating. To do this, combine the salt, ranch dressing mix and paprika with a cup of panko breadcrumbs and a half cup of parmesan cheese. Dredge the pork chop in flour, then in egg, then coat in the breadcrumb mixture. Spray with cooking spray before cooking in the air fryer. If you notice the breadcrumbs getting too brown, lightly wrap the chops in foil an continue air frying until done.

How Long to Cook Pork Chops in the Air Fryer

Cooking time varies depending on the thickness of your pork chop. I used a thicker cut pork chop so I air fried for a total of 14 minutes. Regular cut pork chops (about 1″ thick) may only need 10-12 minutes. Thin cut pork chops may take as little as 8 minutes. The most important thing to do is check the internal temperature using a digital meat thermometer. For perfect pork chops, no matter the size, remove from the air fryer as soon as you reach 145 degrees F.

A meat thermometer showing 145 degrees on the digital screen

Get Perfect Pork Chops Every Time

Air fry the pork chops at a higher temperature for the first 6-7 minutes to lock in the juices. Next, flip the pork chops and air fry JUST until you reach 145 degrees F. To do this, check the pork chops every 2-3 minutes until done. Check quickly so the heat doesn’t leave the air fryer too much!

A pork chop on a plate with roasted gem potatoes and green beans

What to Serve with Pork Chops

When looking for something to serve with pork chops, you can never go wrong with potatoes, green beans, broccoli, a green salad, or even pasta. Here are a few more side dish ideas:

Air Fryer Pork Chops FAQs:

Why are my pork chops tough in the air fryer?

Chances are, the pork chops are overcooked. Be sure to only cook to 145 degrees F.

How long do you air fry thin cut pork chops?

Thin cut pork chops will take much less time. They may take only 7-8 minutes. Start checking the internal temperature after 6 minutes.

Can you air fry pork chops with bone?

Absolutely! Use the same method as below for bone-in pork chops.

Can you put frozen pork chops in an air fryer?

It is possible but I don’t recommend it. The seasoning won’t stick to the frozen pork chops and they will likely cook unevenly.

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Slices of an air fryer pork chop on a plate

Easy Air Fryer Pork Chops (Made in 15 Minutes!)

5 from 1 vote
It only takes 5 ingredients and 15 minutes to make these juicy air fryer pork chops! Plus clean up is a breeze!
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 17 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2-3 pork chops
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons ranch dressing seasoning mix (or 1 packet)
  • 2 teaspoons paprika (or to taste)

Instructions

  • Remove pork chops from packaging and pat dry with a paper towel. Drizzle oil onto each pork chop. Rub oil in with hands until well covered.
    Oil being poured on a raw pork chop slice
  • Sprinkle salt onto each side of each pork chop, then do the same with the ranch seasoning and paprika. Rub with hands until all sides of the pork chop are covered in seasoning. 
    A raw pork chop seasoned with salt, ranch seasoning, and paprika
  • Air fry at 400 degrees F for 7 minutes.
    Two seasoned and raw pork chops in an air fryer basket
  • Flip pork chops and cook at 375 degrees F for another 7-8 minutes or until an instant-read digital  meat thermometer reads 145 degrees F. 
    Cooked pork chops in an air fryer basket
  • Time will vary depending on the thickness of your pork chops so check the temperature often after you flip them. 
    A meat thermometer showing 145 degrees on the digital screen
  • Allow pork chops to rest 2-3 minutes before serving.
    Close up of pork chops made in the air fryer

Notes

  • Check the pork chops often with a digital thermometer after flipping to avoid over cooking
  • For a crispy coating combine the salt, ranch dressing mix and paprika with a cup of panko breadcrumbs and a half cup of parmesan cheese. Dredge the pork chop in flour, then in egg, then coat in the breadcrumb mixture. Spray with cooking spray before cooking in the air fryer. If you notice the breadcrumbs getting too brown, lightly wrap the chops in foil an continue air frying until done.
  • If you don’t have ranch mix or you just want to make ranch seasoning from scratch, simply use the seasonings used in our homemade ranch dressing recipe.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 317kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 29gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 1772mgPotassium: 546mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.2gVitamin A: 990IUVitamin C: 0.02mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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