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This Ninja Foodi Air Fryer Pork Chops recipe is my go-to method for making juicy boneless pork chops. They are deliciously seasoned with my homemade cajun seasoning and grated parmesan cheese blend. Plus, they’re slightly crisp on the outside and tender on the inside using my favorite multi-cooker. Enjoy these air fryer boneless pork chops with pressure cooker cabbage, easy cheese cauliflower grits, or my keto cornbread to make a meal.
Why Make Ninja Foodi Air Fryer Pork Chops
There are so many reasons to make Ninja Foodi Pork Chops. Here are my top reasons:
- Easy weeknight dinner: On a busy weeknight, keto air fryer recipes and Ninja Foodi recipes (like this one) come in handy because air fryers cook food quickly and evenly without too much prep or hands-on time.
- Crispy & tender with a little oil: Besides the convenience, I personally enjoy being able to have a crispy tender result without lots of ingredients, oil, or pans.
- Simple ingredients: these delicious air fryer pork chops come together with ingredients that you can find in your local grocery store or pantry.
Making flavorful air fryer pork chops doesn’t take a ton of ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need to gather:
- Boneless Pork Chops: Mine were 8oz each and about 1.5-inch thick. My pork chops were center-cut, thawed, and fresh
- Extra Virgin Olive oil: this helps the seasoning mix attach to the pork chops while they cook in the air fryer. You can also use cooking spray or avocado oil.
- Cajun seasoning: I’m using a homemade spice mix that includes spices like salt and pepper, smoked paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder.
- Grated Parmesan: I’m using fresh grated parmesan from the refrigerated section of the market. I do not use shelf-stable parmesan as it is much saltier.
- Natural Ancient Sea Salt: You can use any sea salt that you prefer, but I personally choose the brand linked above because of its mild salty taste.
You can get the full list of ingredient amounts and instructions from the full recipe card at the end of the post.
How to Make Pork Chops in a Ninja Air Fryer
Cooking tender pork chops in the Ninja Foodi air fryer is a quick and main dish. You can watch the video tutorial to see the easy steps, but I’ll summarize the key steps to air fry pork chops below:
- Prepare the pork chops: pat them dry with a paper towel
- Create the seasoning rub: mix the spices in a small bowl or Ziploc bag
- Dread the pork chops in the spices: you can drizzle olive oil on the pork chops to help the spice mix stick
- Air Fry the pork chops: Add the pork chops to your air fryer basket in a single layer to help the hot air circulate. I cooked mine for 12-14 minutes at 375 degrees
Top Cooking Tips & FAQs
- Adjust the cook time depending on the type of pork chops that you have: thicker pork chops cook differently from thinner pork chops and bone-in pork chops. Add time for bone-in pork chops and thicker pork chops since they’ll need additional time to cook through. Use less time for thinner chops.
- For best results, cook until your pork chops reach an internal temperature of 140 degrees. No one enjoys tough pork chops. You should know that they’ll cook to 145 degrees as they rest. So, cooking them slightly under will keep them from drying out
What Kind of Pork Chops work best in Air Fryers
When cooking pork chops, I prefer using fresh pork chops. I generally find fresh offers the best flavor and the result is always tender and juicy.
For frozen pork chops: If you have frozen pork chops, you can use them too. But before you cook them or season them, be sure to thaw them out. Once they thaw, pat off additional moisture with a paper towel.
Whether you use fresh or frozen, you can use either a regular or thick cut. If you have to use thin cuts, you will need to keep a closer eye on them. They can easily overcook, dry out, or burn.
Pork chops are versatile and they pick up the flavors you cook them in very well. There are lots of variations you can choose from. If you don’t like spicy cajun seasonings, you can use ranch seasoning instead.
These pork chops also go great with a range of sauces. Specifically, you could add the mushroom sauce that I used for my cast iron skillet pork chops or you could make a keto gravy to pour over them.
If you want an Asian flair, you could use my Low Carb Sweet Chili Sauce or Teriyaki Sauce as a variation too! Just keep in mind, you’ll need to make these sauces in a separate pan.
Storage and Leftovers
Store your leftover pork chops in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
The time depends on the type of pork you’re making so the range is as little as 12 minutes, but can take an hour. For specific times, you should find recipes based on the type of pork you’re using. Some pork recipes across the site are air fryer pork ribs, air fryer brats, and air fryer Italian sausage.
I cook my pork chops in the air fryer at 375 degrees. Some air fryers come with pork settings, which give you the ideal temperature to cook pork chops based on your air fryer.
They are overcooked. You can prevent overcooking your pork chops in the air fryer by checking for doneness early (you can start checking at around 10 minutes if you have thinner cuts) and using a meat thermometer.
Recipes to Enjoy This With
Air fryer pork chops pair well with lots of vegetables and side dishes. Some of my favorites to make a delicious meal are:
- Keto Cauliflower Mushroom Risotto
- Loaded Cauliflower
- Air Fryer Green Beans
- Sauteed Green Beans
- Keto Creamed Spinach
More Easy Air Fryer Recipes
If you love easy, fast meals, you should check out some of my other Ninja Foodi air fryer recipes. You can use my Ninja Foodi Recipe collection to search, but, some are:
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Ninja Foodi Air Fryer Pork Chops Recipe
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- 1 lb boneless pork chops, mine were 8oz thick & fresh
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning, click for recipe
- 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan, from the refrigerated section of the market
- 1/2 tsp Natural Ancient Sea Salt
- Pat the pork chops dry with a paper towel
- Mix the seasonings, parmesan, and salt
- Drizzle the pork chops with olive oil. Sprinkle the spice mix on the pork chops and toss them to get all sides coated.
- Add the pork chops to the cooking basket. Air Crisp them for ￼375 degrees for 6-7 minutes per side. I stop my air fryer when they are at 140 degrees.
- Let the meat rest covered lightly with foil for about 5 minutes. It continues to cook to 145 degrees as it rests.
The nutrition facts come from entering the recipe ingredients into Spoonacular API, a database of food ingredients. They may vary for any recipe based on the exact product used. The keto sweeteners I use have 0g net carbs & are not included because sugar alcohols do not impact most people. This is provided as a courtesy, but you can do your own calculations if you wish!