Craving Crispy, Tender Air Fryer Pork Chops Without the Fuss

Are you tired of dry, flavorless pork chops? Do visions of greasy splatters from pan-frying make you cringe? Well, ditch the pan and embrace the magic of air frying! This recipe for Air Fryer Pork Chops is about to become your weeknight dinner hero.

Imagine perfectly cooked pork chops – juicy on the inside, with a shatteringly crisp, golden brown crust that crackles with every bite. The air fryer’s magic touch ensures healthy cooking without sacrificing an ounce of flavor.

This recipe is a culmination of years of experimenting in the kitchen. Growing up, perfectly cooked pork chops were a special occasion treat. But with busy schedules, those elaborate meals seemed like a distant memory. Then, I discovered the air fryer. This game-changer allowed me to recreate that restaurant-worthy quality pork chop experience at home, in a fraction of the time and with minimal mess.

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  • 2 bone-in or boneless pork chops (about 1-inch thick)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Prep your Pork Chops: Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels. This ensures even crisping during air frying.
  2. Spice it Up: In a shallow dish, combine olive oil, garlic powder, smoked paprika, onion powder, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  3. Coat and Conquer: Brush the pork chops generously with the spice mixture, making sure to coat both sides.
  4. Air Fry Time! Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for 5 minutes. Arrange the pork chops in a single layer in the air fryer basket, ensuring they don’t touch.
  5. Cook to Perfection: Air fry for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through. For thicker chops (over 1 inch), add an additional 2-3 minutes per side.
  6. The Rest is History: Once cooked through, the internal temperature of the pork chops should reach 140°F (60°C). Transfer them to a plate, loosely tent with foil, and let them rest for 5 minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in an even more flavorful and tender bite.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Don’t Crowd the Basket: Air fry the pork chops in a single layer for optimal air circulation and crispy results. Cook in batches if needed.
  • Time Travelers Welcome: Leftovers? No problem! Reheat leftover pork chops in the air fryer at 350°F (175°C) for 3-4 minutes, or until warmed through.
  • Spice it Up Further: Love a kick? Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the spice mix for a touch of heat.
  • Flavor Fusion: For a burst of Mediterranean vibes, marinate the pork chops in a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, and garlic for 30 minutes before air frying.

There you have it! With minimal effort and cleanup, you can whip up restaurant-quality pork chops that are both healthy and delicious. So ditch the takeout menus and greasy pans, and let your air fryer work its magic. Dinnertime just got a whole lot more exciting!

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