This is a family favorite meal that’s easy to make.
Brined and seasoned in a sweet and savory rub, air fryer pork chops are tender and juicy every time.
Tender and Juicy!
- So simple! The whole family will love these air fryer boneless pork chops and you’ll love how easy they are to make!
- Pork chops are versatile, affordable, and can be enjoyed hot or cold. Make extra to enjoy all week long.
Ingredients for Air Fryer Pork Chops
Pork Chops – This recipe uses boneless pork chops about ¾-inch thick. If using thinner pork chops, you’ll need to cook them for less time, while bone-in chops will need a few minutes more.
Brine (optional) – A brine is a mixture of water, salt, and sugar that makes pork chops tender and flavorful. This brine is optional but it is recommended for the best results. No time to brine? Add a teaspoon of salt to the rub mixture instead.
Rub – In addition to salt and pepper – brown sugar, chili powder, and garlic powder add great flavor. You can add other herbs/spices like paprika or onion powder.
How to Make Air Fryer Pork Chops
Air fryer pork chops are fast and easy.
- If using the optional brine, cool it and brine the chops for at least 30 minutes, up to 2 hours.
- Season pork chops with the brown sugar rub.
- Cook pork chops according to the recipe below (400°F for 12 minutes).
- Rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Tips for Perfect Pork Chops
- Avoid crowding the basket so the hot air can freely circulate around the food.
- Cook times depend on the thickness of the meat; it’s easy to overcook pork chops so check them early.
- For juicy pork chops, cook to an internal temperature of 145°F.
- Remove them from the air fryer at 140°F as the temperature will rise as they rest (carryover cooking).
Keep leftover air-fried pork chops in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the air fryer.
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Air Fryer Pork Chops
Brined pork chops are rubbed with spices and air-fried until juicy & tender!
Brine (optional, see notes)
For the Brine (OPTIONAL)
In a medium saucepan, combine water, salt, sugar and peppercorns. Bring to a boil over high heat. Once the salt and sugar are dissolved, remove from heat and cool completely.
Place the pork chops in a large bowl or freezer bag. Pour the cooled brine over the pork chops and let sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
Drain well, discard the bring and pat the pork chops dry with a paper towel.
To Air Fry The Pork Chops
Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, and black pepper (if you are not using the brine, add 1 teaspoon of kosher salt).
Using a sharp knife, cut a few slits in the fat cap on the sides of the pork chops. Massage the brine into both sides of the pork chops.
Place pork chops in a single layer in the air fryer basket and cook 12 minutes, turning after 6 minutes or until chops reach 140°F. Do not overcook.
Transfer the chops to a plate and let rest for 5 minutes before cutting.
Salt: If you skip the brine, add kosher salt to the rub mixture, if using table salt, reduce the amount.
Cooking time: Thinner chops will need less time while thicker chops may need an extra minute or two. Use a meat thermometer to ensure the pork chops do not overcook.
Internal temperature: The pork should be cooked to 145°F. I remove the pork at 140°F as the temperature will continue to rise as it rests. Do not overcook.
Calories: 259 | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 7160mg | Potassium: 524mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 148IU | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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