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Air Fryer Frozen Pork Chops

Air Fryer Frozen Pork Chops

Cooking frozen pork chops in an air fryer can quickly deliver a tender and juicy meal. This method is a lifesaver for those hectic days when you might forget to defrost your meat. Here’s how to prepare them using a special dry rub to enhance their flavor.


  • Pork Chops: 4 frozen
  • Dry Rub:
    • 1 tsp Paprika
    • 1 tsp Brown Sugar
    • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
    • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
    • 1/2 tsp Salt
    • 1/4 tsp Pepper
    • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional, for a bit of heat)
Air Fryer Frozen Pork Chops
Air Fryer Frozen Pork Chops


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Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories per Serving: Approximately 215 kcal

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Air Fryer: Set your air fryer to 380°F (193°C) and preheat for about 5 minutes. Prepare the air fryer basket by spraying it with non-stick spray.
  2. Prepare the Dry Rub: In a small bowl, mix together paprika, brown sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper (if using).
  3. Cook the Pork Chops: Place the frozen pork chops in the air fryer basket. Cook at 380°F for 5 minutes.
  4. Season the Pork Chops: Open the air fryer basket and separate the pork chops if they are stuck together. Spray the chops lightly with olive oil spray and evenly sprinkle the prepared dry rub over the chops.
  5. Finish Cooking: Close the basket and continue cooking at 380°F for an additional 13-15 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the pork chops reaches 145°F (63°C) and they are no longer pink in the middle. Flip the chops halfway through and apply more dry rub if desired.
  6. Rest the Pork Chops: Once done, let the pork chops rest for about 5 minutes before slicing. This helps retain their juiciness.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I cook bone-in pork chops the same way as boneless in an air fryer?

Yes, you can cook both bone-in and boneless pork chops in the air fryer. The cooking time may vary slightly, with bone-in chops potentially requiring a few extra minutes to ensure they are cooked through.

Do I need to thaw the pork chops before cooking them in the air fryer?

No, you do not need to thaw the pork chops before air frying. This recipe is designed for cooking the pork chops straight from frozen, making it convenient and time-saving.

What is the ideal temperature to cook frozen pork chops in an air fryer?

The ideal temperature to cook frozen pork chops in an air fryer is 380 degrees Fahrenheit. This ensures they cook evenly and get a nice exterior without drying out.

How long does it take to cook frozen pork chops in an air fryer?

It typically takes about 18-20 minutes to cook frozen pork chops in an air fryer, depending on their thickness and whether they are bone-in or boneless.

How do I know when the pork chops are done cooking?

Pork chops are done when their internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s best to use a meat thermometer to check this to ensure they are safely cooked.

Can I add seasoning to the frozen pork chops before cooking them in the air fryer?

Yes, after the initial 5 minutes of cooking, open the air fryer basket, separate the chops if they are stuck together, and then add your seasoning or dry rub. This method helps the seasoning stick better and enhances the flavor.

What should I serve with air-fried pork chops?

Air-fried pork chops pair well with a variety of sides such as steamed vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a fresh salad. They also go great with applesauce or a mustard sauce for added flavor.

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