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Air Fryer Pork Chops with AB

Are you ready to elevate your air frying game with a dish that’s both succulent and packed with flavor? Well, get your taste buds ready because today, we’re diving into the world of Air Fryer Pork Chops. Trust me, once you’ve tried this recipe, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been air frying pork chops all along. So, grab your apron and let’s get cooking!

Now, let me paint you a picture. Imagine sinking your teeth into tender, juicy pork chops with a perfect caramelized crust, infused with a symphony of spices. Sounds mouthwatering, doesn’t it? Well, that’s exactly what you’ll get with this recipe. Not only is it incredibly easy to make, but the results will have your family and friends begging for seconds. Plus, with the magic of the air fryer, you’ll achieve that irresistible crispy exterior without the need for excessive oil. It’s a win-win situation, my friends.

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 center-cut, bone-in pork chops, approximately 1 ½ – 2 inches thick
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1–2 tablespoons olive oil

Step-by-Step Guide:

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes.
  • Rinse the pork chops with cool water and pat them completely dry with a paper towel.
  • In a small bowl, combine all the dry ingredients (brown sugar, paprika, salt, black pepper, ground mustard, onion powder, and garlic powder).
  • Coat the pork chops with olive oil, then rub the dry spice mixture onto them, ensuring they are thoroughly coated. Use most of the rub mix for the 4-5 pork chops.
  • Place the pork chops in the preheated air fryer basket.
  • Cook the pork chops in the air fryer on the air fry setting at 400°F for 12-14 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 140°F. Flip the pork chops over after 6 minutes to ensure even cooking.
  • Once cooked, remove the pork chops from the air fryer and let them rest for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy your flavorful and juicy air-fried pork chops!

Expert Tips and Tricks:

  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket. Ensure there’s enough space between each pork chop for proper air circulation, resulting in even cooking.
  • For an extra kick of flavor, marinate the pork chops in the spice rub for 30 minutes to 1 hour before air frying.
  • Experiment with different spice blends to customize the flavor profile to your liking. Cajun, Italian, or BBQ seasoning blends work wonders!

Variations:

  1. Honey Garlic Glaze: Drizzle honey and minced garlic over the pork chops before air frying for a sweet and savory twist.
  2. Lemon Herb Infusion: Add fresh lemon zest and chopped herbs like rosemary or thyme to the spice rub for a refreshing citrusy flavor.
  3. Smoky Chipotle Kick: Mix in some chipotle powder or adobo sauce to the spice rub for a smoky, spicy kick.
  4. Maple Dijon Delight: Combine maple syrup and Dijon mustard in the spice rub for a sweet and tangy flavor profile.
  5. Asian-Inspired Fusion: Swap out the paprika for Chinese five-spice powder and add soy sauce and ginger to the spice rub for an Asian-inspired twist.

What to Serve it With:

  1. Creamy Mashed Potatoes
  2. Garlic Butter Green Beans
  3. Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  4. Cauliflower Rice Pilaf
  5. Grilled Asparagus
  6. Baked Sweet Potatoes
  7. Coleslaw
  8. Corn on the Cob
  9. Quinoa Salad
  10. Roasted Root Vegetables

Freezing:

  1. Once the cooked air fryer pork chops have cooled completely, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  2. Place the baking sheet in the freezer and flash freeze the pork chops for about 1-2 hours until they’re firm.
  3. Once frozen, transfer the pork chops to airtight freezer-safe containers or resealable freezer bags, ensuring they’re properly sealed to prevent freezer burn.
  4. Label the containers or bags with the date and store them in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.

Reheating:

  1. When ready to enjoy the frozen air fryer pork chops, remove them from the freezer and let them thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Preheat your air fryer to 375°F.
  3. Place the thawed pork chops in the air fryer basket in a single layer, ensuring they’re not overcrowded.
  4. Reheat the pork chops in the air fryer for 8-10 minutes or until heated through, flipping them halfway through the cooking time for even reheating.
  5. Once reheated, remove the pork chops from the air fryer and let them rest for a minute before serving.
  6. Enjoy your reheated air fryer pork chops with your favorite sides and sauces!

Additional Tips:

  • To prevent the pork chops from drying out during reheating, you can brush them lightly with olive oil or melted butter before placing them in the air fryer.
  • For added flavor, sprinkle a little extra seasoning or spice rub over the pork chops before reheating.
  • Avoid reheating the pork chops in the microwave as it can make them tough and rubbery. The air fryer method ensures they retain their crispy exterior and juicy interior.
  • Always ensure the internal temperature of the reheated pork chops reaches at least 165°F to ensure they’re safe to eat.

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Air Fryer Pork Chops

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes.

  2. Rinse the pork chops with cool water and pat them completely dry with a paper towel.

  3. In a small bowl, combine all the dry ingredients (brown sugar, paprika, salt, black pepper, ground mustard, onion powder, and garlic powder).

  4. Coat the pork chops with olive oil, then rub the dry spice mixture onto them, ensuring they are thoroughly coated. Use most of the rub mix for the 4-5 pork chops.

  5. Place the pork chops in the preheated air fryer basket.

  6. Cook the pork chops in the air fryer on the air fry setting at 400°F for 12-14 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 140°F. Flip the pork chops over after 6 minutes to ensure even cooking.

  7. Once cooked, remove the pork chops from the air fryer and let them rest for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy your flavorful and juicy air-fried pork chops!

     

     

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