Keto Air Fryer Pork Chops (with Delicious Sauce) Recipe

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Indulge in the juiciest keto air fryer pork chops seasoned with a homemade dry rub and served with a luscious creamy mushroom sauce. This easy, low-carb delight is a treat for your taste buds.

air fried keto pork chops, served with creamy sauce

Notes: We are currently in the development and testing stage for this air fryer keto pork chops recipe. Stay tuned for more updates. If you have any tips on making this dish even better, please leave us a comment below. We appreciate your input!

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Ingredients for Keto Air Fryer Pork Chops

Here are all you need to make easy air fried keto pork chops.

  • Bone-in pork chops (about 1 inch thick)
  • Olive oil
  • Dry rub for seasoning
  • Creamy mushroom sauce

You can find the exact measurements of the recipe ingredients and customize the serving size in the recipe card after the detailed step-by-step instructions section.

Substitutes

Opt for boneless pork chops to streamline your cooking process. Just don’t forget to adjust the cooking time to 10 – 12 minutes.

While the sauce might be optional, it’s the star that elevates this recipe to greatness. If you aim for an extraordinary dining experience, don’t miss out on the delectable creamy mushroom sauce that perfectly complements the pork chops.

Here’s more:

If you’re short on time? Simply swap the homemade dry rub for a pre-made alternative and enjoy a quicker and equally delicious cooking journey. This time-saving approach ensures you still relish the incredible taste without the extra prep work.

Recipe Video

Here’s a video of a similar recipe that we’re going for, but it doesn’t have the lovely sauce.

How to Cook Keto Pork Chops in an Air Fryer?

Step 1: Preheat your air fryer to 400ºF (204ºC).

Preating Instant Pot Vortex Plus Air Fryer to 400°F (204°C).

If your air fryer doesn’t have a preheating option, set your desired temperature then let it cook for 5 minutes without food.

🚨 Important: Reduce the cooking temperature to 380°F (193°C) if you’re using a 4-quart air fryer or smaller. They are hotter due to the heating element being closer to the food.

Step 2: Prepare the ingredients.

First, make the keto-friendly dry rub by mixing paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried rosemary, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl.

Next, pat the pork chops dry with a paper towel. This step helps ensure a beautifully crispy exterior during cooking.

Then, drizzle olive oil on your bone-in pork chops. Use your hands to massage and distribute the oil. 

Finally, generously sprinkle the dry rub mixture on the pork chops. Gently press using your hand to help the seasoning adhere to the pork.

In this step, you can prep the sauce ingredients, such as slicing mushrooms, mincing garlic, and chopping thyme.

Step 3: Air fry the keto pork chops for 12 – 16 minutes at 400ºF (204ºC).

Place your seasoned pork chops in the air fryer, ensuring they don’t overlap. Cook the chops at 400ºF (204ºC) for 12 – 16 minutes, flipping them halfway through. 

Ensure an internal temperature of 145ºF (63ºC) for perfectly cooked chops. Use a meat thermometer for the most accurate (and best) results.

Step 4: Make Creamy Mushroom Sauce (Optional)

  1. Place a skillet on the stove over medium heat and melt the butter. 
  2. Sauté the finely minced garlic and the sliced mushrooms in the skillet for about 5 minutes or until the mushrooms soften. 
  3. Then, pour in the heavy cream, allowing it to envelop the mushrooms and garlic in its rich embrace. 
  4. Gradually add the grated parmesan cheese. Stir diligently to ensure the cheese melds seamlessly with the cream, creating a velvety texture that will indulge your taste buds.
  5. Lower the heat to simmer for 2 – 3 minutes. 
  6. Sprinkle in salt and pepper to taste, giving the sauce its distinct flavor profile. Remember that a pinch of salt goes a long way, so add gradually and taste as you go.

That’s your sauce!

Step 5: Serve and enjoy!

air fried keto pork chops, served with creamy sauce

Serve your air-fried keto pork chops on a plate. Generously ladle the creamy mushroom sauce on top. And finally, sprinkle finely chopped fresh thyme for an extra layer of flavor. 

Your keto air fryer pork chops are ready to steal the show!

Enjoy!

Freezing & Storage

Freezing: To freeze your keto pork chops, keep them in airtight containers or resealable freezer bags to prevent moisture and maintain flavor. They’ll stay good in the freezer for up to 3 months. To reheat, thaw them first in the fridge overnight and follow the reheating instructions below.

Fridge: Store leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, follow the instructions below.

Reheating: Reheat in the air fryer for 5 – 7 minutes at 350ºF (177ºC), adjusting time as needed for desired crispiness.

prep time15 minutes
cooking time12 minutes
total cooking time27 minutes

Keto Air Fryer Pork Chops (with a Delicious Sauce)

courseDinner
cuisineAmerican
Indulge in the juiciest keto air fryer pork chops seasoned with a homemade dry rub and served with a luscious creamy mushroom sauce. This easy, low-carb delight is a treat for your taste buds.
air fried keto pork chops, served with creamy sauce
5 from 1 vote
number of servings2

This ingredients checklist is interactive; you can use it as your grocery list.

Ingredients
 

  • 2 bone-in pork chops about 1 inch thick
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For Dry Rub:

  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Creamy Mushroom Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 150 g mushrooms sliced
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme finely chopped

Instructions
 

  • Whisk the dry rub ingredients in a small bowl to create your aromatic dry rub seasoning.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 400ºF (204ºC) for about 5 minutes. This high heat will help achieve a deliciously seared exterior.
  • Season the pork chops. Rub each bone-in pork chop with olive oil, then coat both sides with the prepared dry rub. Gently press the seasoning onto the chops for even coverage.
  • Air fry the keto pork chops. Place the seasoned bone-in pork chops in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Cook them for 12 – 16 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145ºF (63ºC). Flip the chops halfway through.
  • Remove the pork from the air fryer and let them rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Serve your air-fried keto pork chops! Once cooked, plate the bone-in pork chops. Spoon the creamy mushroom sauce generously over them, then sprinkle finely chopped fresh thyme for added freshness and flavor. Enjoy!

Prepare the creamy mushroom sauce:

  • Place a skillet over medium heat. Then, melt the butter in the skillet and sauté the minced garlic and sliced mushrooms until tender, around 5 minutes.
  • Pour in the heavy cream and add the grated parmesan cheese. Stir well to combine, and let the sauce simmer for 2 – 3 minutes until it thickens.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

  • Considering that cooking time varies depending on the meat’s thickness (and your air fryer’s specs), always check with a meat thermometer if your pork is cooked thoroughly. The pork’s safe internal temperature is a minimum of 145ºF (63ºC).
  • If your air fryer doesn’t have a preheating option, you can set the temperature to 380°F (193°C) and then let it cook for 4-5 minutes without food. 
  • You can skip preheating by adding 2-4 minutes to your cooking time. Increment gradually to prevent burning the keto pork chops.
  • I used a 6-quart (air fryer) to test the keto pork chops. Cooking time and temperature may vary depending on your air fryer and the number of servings you are making. For optimal results, begin with the lower end of the suggested cooking time.

Nutrition

Calories: 687kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 208mg | Sodium: 1525mg | Potassium: 982mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2194IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 243mg | Iron: 2mg
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