Crispy Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops Air Fryer Recipe

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Imagine sinking your teeth into succulent pork chops, enveloped in a golden crust that boasts the irresistible flavors of Parmesan cheese and aromatic spices. That’s our Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops Air Fryer recipe!

Air fried parmesan crusted pork chops with lemon slices.

This isn’t just another pork chops recipe—a symphony of taste and texture, all prepared in your trusty air fryer.

Notes: We are currently in the development and testing stage for this garlic parmesan pork chops air fryer 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!

Happy frying!

Air fryer parmesan crusted pork chops recipe bite shot, with lemon slices.

Ingredients for parmesan crusted pork chops air fryer

Here are all you need to make crispy air fried parmesan pork chops.

  • Boneless pork chops
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Panko breadcrumbs
  • Large eggs, beaten
  • All-purpose flour
  • Cornstarch
  • Dried parsley
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • Avocado oil spray

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

Curious about personalizing this fantastic recipe? Embrace your culinary creativity with these ingredient tweaks:

  1. Planning to use bone-in pork chops? Give them an extra 4 – 6 minutes in the air fryer to ensure thorough cooking. Bone-in cuts may require a touch more time to reach the safe temperature.
  2. Take your taste buds on a journey by experimenting with different herbs and spices. Swap dried parsley for aromatic oregano or fragrant rosemary. This simple switch infuses your dish with new dimensions of flavor that align with your preferences.

A quick word to the wise—avoid using dry grated Parmesan cheese for this recipe. Why? Well, it won’t melt as desired, affecting your dish’s overall texture and appeal. 

Recipe Video

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How to Cook Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops in an Air Fryer?

Let’s jump into the exciting part—perfecting those tantalizing boneless pork chops!

Step 1: Set up the breading station.

Preparation is the secret ingredient to culinary success, and we’re about to set the stage for flavor magic.

Now, in three separate bowls or shallow dishes, add or combine the following ingredients:

  1. On the first dish, whisk together flour and cornstarch. 
  2. Then, beat the eggs in the second bowl.
  3. Finally, create a flavorful mixture by combining grated Parmesan cheese, panko breadcrumbs, dried parsley, garlic powder, and paprika in a third bowl.

Step 2: 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 3: Season and bread the pork chops.

Pat your pork chops dry before seasoning them. 

This step is essential for two reasons: first, it enhances the adherence of the spices, allowing them to fully embrace the meat’s surface. Second, this ensures that the breading achieves a delightful crispiness.

Then, season both sides of the pork chops with salt and pepper.

Now, bread the pork chops:

  1. Place each pork chop in the flour-cornstarch mixture. Press gently to ensure the mixture covers the chop evenly. Shake the chop gently to remove any excess flour. 
  2. Afterward, dip the floured pork chops into the beaten eggs, allowing any excess to drip off. This creates a binding layer that helps the subsequent coating adhere to the meat.
  3. Next, coat the pork chops with the Parmesan-breadcrumb mixture. Press down to ensure the mixture adheres well to the chop. 

Step 4: Air fry parmesan crusted pork chops for 10 – 12 minutes at 400ºF (204ºC).

Arrange your coated pork chops in the air fryer, ensuring they are placed in a single layer. Avoid overcrowding to ensure that each chop receives adequate airflow for consistent cooking.

Then, spray the pork with avocado oil for that extra crunch factor, and make sure there are no dry spots. This extra touch enhances the crunch factor, making every bite a textural delight.

Now:

Air fry the pork chops with parmesan cheese at 400ºF (204ºC) for 5 – 6 minutes. Flip the pork using silicone tongs and spray the other side with more avocado oil. Cook for another 5 – 6 minutes.

Note: Given the differing thickness of the meat and your air fryer’s specifications, ensure thorough cooking using a meat thermometer. The pork should reach a safe internal temperature of at least 145ºF (63ºC).

Step 5: Serve and Enjoy!

Air fried parmesan crusted pork chops with lemon slices.

Once cooked, remove the boneless pork chops from the air fryer and rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Finally, (after resting), serve your air-fried parmesan-crusted pork chops! Pair them with delicious sides such as a fresh garden salad, mashed potatoes, or perhaps steamed vegetables.

With each bite, you’ll experience the satisfying crunch of the crust, followed by the tender, juicy pork inside. It’s a flavor explosion that’ll leave you craving more.

So why wait? Discover just how easy it is to whip up a gourmet-worthy meal in the comfort of your kitchen. Fry it, to believe it!

Freezing & Storage

Freezing: Can’t finish all those delectable pork chops in one go? No worries! Simply wrap the air fried pork chops tightly in plastic wrap, then place them in an airtight container. They’ll stay delicious for up to 2 months. To reheat, thaw them in the fridge overnight. Then, pop them back into the air fryer at 350ºF (177ºC) for 6 – 10 minutes or until warmed through.

Fridge: If you’ve got leftovers, store them in the fridge for up to 3 days. To reheat, use your air fryer again for a quick and easy way to revive that crispy crust. Reheat at 350ºF (177ºC) for 6 – 10 minutes or until warmed through.

prep time10 minutes
cooking time10 minutes
total cooking time20 minutes

Crispy Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops Air Fryer

courseDinner
cuisineAsian
Experience irresistible crunch and flavor with our Crispy Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops Air Fryer recipe. Tender boneless pork chops coated in a perfect blend of Parmesan cheese, panko breadcrumbs, and savory spices, all air-fried to golden perfection. Get ready for a taste sensation!
Air fried parmesan crusted pork chops with lemon slices.
5 from 1 vote
number of servings2

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

Ingredients
 

  • 2 pork chops boneless
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Avocado oil spray

Instructions
 

  • Create the breading station. In separate shallow bowls, prepare your coating ingredients: one with a mixture of all-purpose flour and cornstarch, another with beaten eggs, and a third with a combination of grated Parmesan cheese, panko breadcrumbs, dried parsley, garlic powder, and paprika.
  • Season the pork. Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels. Season both sides with salt and black pepper. Set aside.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 400ºF (200ºC) for about 5 minutes.
  • Bread the pork chops. Dredge each pork chop in the flour-cornstarch mixture, shaking off any excess, then into the beaten eggs, and finally into the Parmesan-breadcrumb mixture. Press gently to adhere to the coating.
  • Air fry the parmesan crusted pork chops. Place the breaded pork chops in the air fryer in a single layer without overcrowding. Then, spray the pork chops with avocado oil. Air fry at 400ºF (200ºC) for 5 – 6 minutes on each side, for a total of 10 – 12 minutes.
  • Check for doneness. To ensure the pork chops are fully cooked, use an instant-read thermometer. The internal temperature should reach 145ºF (63ºC) for juicy and tender results.
  • Once the pork chops are done, remove them from the air fryer and rest for 3 – 5 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy your air-fried parmesan crusted pork chops. Pair it with your preferred sides, whether garlic mashed potatoes, coleslaw, or buttery corn on the cob.

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).
  • You can remove the pork from the air fryer at 140ºF (60ºC). The resting time will allow its internal temperature to rise, called carryover cooking. Doing so will also yield the juiciest results.
  • 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 parmesan crusted pork chops.
  • I used a 6-quart (air fryer) to test the parmesan crusted 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: 529kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 275mg | Sodium: 967mg | Potassium: 681mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 585IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 288mg | Iron: 3mg
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