Air Fryer Pork Chops: An Easy and Flavorful Dinner

For a quick and delicious dinner that requires minimal preparation, look no further than air fryer pork chops! These frozen chops turn out juicy, flavorful, and ready to serve in under half an hour.

I’m always on the lookout for recipes that can go from freezer to table in no time. Whether it’s a forgotten defrosting or unexpected guests, these dishes are real lifesavers.

Imagine my delight when I discovered that frozen pork chops can be cooked in the air fryer in just 30 minutes! Not only do they come out tender and succulent, but a robust dry rub also infuses them with amazing flavor. And the best part? The preparation couldn’t be easier.

What You’ll Learn in This Post

In this article, I’ll guide you through the process of cooking frozen boneless pork chops in the air fryer. I’ll also discuss the best types of pork chops for this recipe, suggest alternative seasonings, recommend complementary side dishes, and explain how to reheat leftovers in the air fryer.

From special occasions to everyday family dinners, this recipe is bound to become a go-to option. It’s simple and hassle-free, allowing you to whip up a salad or side dish while the air fryer works its magic.

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Air Fryer I recommend: Large, easy to clean, square basket, burner on top and bottom. Click to see it.

How to Cook Frozen Pork Chops in the Air Fryer

Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of the cooking process. You can find a printable version of the recipe with precise ingredient measurements at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: Place the frozen chops in a single layer inside the air fryer. Defrost them by cooking at 380 degrees F for 5 minutes.

STEP TWO: In the meantime, mix the seasonings and brown sugar in a small bowl.

STEP THREE: When the timer goes off, transfer the defrosted chops to a cutting board.

STEP FOUR: Spray the chops with cooking spray and generously sprinkle the dry rub all over them.

STEP FIVE: Return the chops to the air fryer basket and continue cooking for 12-18 minutes, or until the center is no longer pink and the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F.

STEP SIX: Allow the chops to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

What Type of Pork Chops Can I Use?

This recipe calls for frozen boneless pork chops without breading. However, if you have thawed pork chops on hand, you can skip ahead to step three without any issues.

You can also use bone-in pork chops with this method, although they may require slightly longer cooking time. Keep in mind that the thickness of the cut matters more than whether it’s bone-in or boneless.

If you’re looking for a recipe that involves breading, I recommend checking out my “Breaded Air Fryer Bone-In Pork Chops” article.

Alternatively, you can follow the time and temperature instructions in my “Air Fryer Pork Chops” post to use thawed pork chops with these seasonings. You can even try making thick pork chops in the air fryer!

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How to Determine When the Frozen Pork Chops Are Done Cooking

Since the cooking time depends on the thickness of the chops, I always rely on an instant-read thermometer to ensure they’re properly cooked. Once the center reaches 145 degrees F, it’s time to remove the chops from the air fryer and let them cool for a few minutes.

How to Freeze Pork Chops Individually

To easily retrieve the number of chops you need, individually wrap each pork chop in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Then, place them in a larger freezer bag, where they won’t stick to one another thanks to the individual wrapping.

How Long Can You Freeze Pork Chops?

According to the FDA, properly stored frozen pork chops can last between four and twelve months in the freezer without sacrificing quality.

Other Seasonings You Can Try

If you’re looking to change up the flavors, here are some alternative seasonings you can use:

  • Pork Barrel BBQ All American Seasoning Mix
  • Grill Mates Mesquite Seasoning
  • Killer Hogs Hot BBQ Rub
  • Flying Swine Whiskey Maple BBQ Rub
  • Kosmos Q Honey Killer Bee BBQ Rub

And if you want to top your pork chops with BBQ sauce, check out our easy 2-ingredient BBQ sauce recipe!

What to Serve with Air Fryer Frozen Pork Chops

To complete your meal, consider pairing your pork chops with these delectable side dishes:

  • Cheesy White Bean Tomato Bake
  • Easy Homemade Garlic Cheese Bread
  • Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes with Garlic
  • Instant Pot Glazed Carrots
  • Roasted Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar and Cinnamon
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Don’t forget that you can also serve them with other air fryer vegetables too!

How to Reheat Pork Chops in the Air Fryer

To enjoy leftover pork chops another day, follow these simple steps:

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the leftover pork chops in the air fryer basket.
  3. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until warmed through.

Other Air Fryer Pork Recipes You’ll Love

If you’re a fan of air frying, check out these other delicious pork recipes:

  • Juicy Air Fryer Pork Chops
  • Air Fryer Thin Pork Chops
  • Stuffed Pork Chops in the Air Fryer
  • Air Fryer Pork Chops with Flour
  • Honey Garlic Air Fryer Pork Chops
  • Shake and Bake Pork Chops in the Air Fryer
  • Air Fryer Pork Steaks
  • Ninja Foodi Pork Chops
  • Marinated Pork Tenderloin in the Air Fryer
  • Air Fryer Pork Loin
  • Crispy Air Fryer Pork Belly
  • Air Fryer Boneless Pork Ribs

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