Air Fryer Pork Chops – Spend With Pennies

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.

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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.

Two seasoned pork chops

How to Make Air Fryer Pork Chops

Air fryer pork chops are fast and easy.

  1. If using the optional brine, cool it and brine the chops for at least 30 minutes, up to 2 hours.
  2. Season pork chops with the brown sugar rub.
  3. Cook pork chops according to the recipe below (400°F for 12 minutes).
  4. Rest for 5 minutes before serving.

No Air Fryer? No Problem!

Pork chops are easy to make in the oven too!

sliced Juicy Baked Pork Chops

Juicy Baked Pork Chops

These easy baked pork chops are brined, seasoned, and broiled a perfect bite every time! You can bake them at different temperatures, so they’re a great main dish to go with all kinds of sides!

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.

Serve as-is or slice and add to a veggie stir fry, ramen noodles, or a chilled Asian salad.

sliced Air Fryer Pork Chops on the plate

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Air Fryer Pork Chops

Brined pork chops are rubbed with spices and air-fried until juicy & tender!

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 12 minutes

Brine time 30 minutes

Total Time 52 minutes

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.

Brine: The brine is optional but recommended. To cool it quickly, use less water in the brine and add ice.
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.

Course Dinner, Entree, Main Course, Pork
Cuisine American

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