This Air Fryer Pork Roast is juicy and tender, a great meal for a busy weeknight when all you have time for is putting the roast in the air fryer.
This recipe is easy to follow and doesn’t require much effort or ingredients. It looks and tastes delicious, with a crispy exterior and tender, juicy meat inside. Let the air fryer do all the work for you!
Roasting pork in an air fryer is a great way to go because it’s fairly effortless and it takes a lot less time than it would to cook it in the oven. We also find that it comes out juicier than in the oven too.
Ingredients You Need
- Pork roast – I typically use a boneless pork roast for this recipe. It can have the skin on or off. If you like crispy crackling, leave it on. The time for this meat to cook depends on how many pounds you are air frying.
- Olive oil – You can use olive oil or any kind of cooking oil you like. I like olive oil because it adds a nice flavor and it’s good for you.
- Salt and pepper – This is what really brings the flavor out in this dish, so be sure to add the salt and pepper. You might also taste the dish once it’s done cooking and add more to suit your taste.
- Garlic powder
- Air fryer: I use this 4-quart basket-style air fryer. It’s large enough to fit a meal for 4-6. But some things need more space in the air fryer basket, so they cook evenly.
- Kitchen tongs: It’s very easy to remove food from your air fryer with kitchen tongs. I use these kitchen tongs that are silicon coated so they don’t scratch the interior.
- Meat thermometer: The only way to tell if meat is fully cooked to the right temperature is to use a meat thermometer. I use this Instant Read thermometer. It’s so quick to open the basket and check the temp.
How to Make Air Fryer Pork Roast
Remove the pork roast from the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking. This will help it come up to temperature faster and ensure a more even cooking. Coat the roast with olive oil. This will help the seasoning stick to the roast. Mix together the seasonings in a bowl and sprinkle it evenly onto the roast.
Place the roast in the air fryer and cook at 360° F for about 40 minutes (or 20 minutes per pound). Check the temperature with a meat thermometer after 35 minutes of cooking.
When the time is up, insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part. The temperature should be 145° F. If it hasn’t reached this temp, continue cooking in 3 minute increments until it does reach that temp.
Remove the roast from the air fryer and cover it with foil to rest for 10 minutes before serving. This will help lock in the juices and make sure the
Why Use an Air Fryer
An air fryer is an incredibly easy way to cook just about anything. You place the food in a fryer-style basket and hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp – much like deep-frying, but without the oil. You can cook anything you’d make in the oven.
You can substitute for a boneless pork roast with the following cuts of pork, but the cooking time will have to be adjusted because they are thinner pieces of meat.
- Pork loin
- Pork tenderloin
- Pork butt or shoulder – These are a tougher cut of pork and they are really better slow cooked.
In addition to the seasonings listed above, you can add the following:
- Brown sugar
- Cajun seasoning
- Montreal seasoning
Tips and Notes
- Before air frying, rub the seasoning evenly on the pork roast. If you have time, allow it to marinate with the seasoning on for a few hours in the refrigerator.
- While air frying, check the temperature of the roast after 35 minutes using a thermometer. Suppose it’s not up to 145°F; air fry it at 3-minute intervals until it’s done.
- After air-frying, wrap the pork roast in foil and leave it to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
- To get the perfect crispy skin while air frying, score the pork rind at 1cm intervals and make sure the skin is as try as possible. Seasoning with salt will also help dry the skin enough to get crispy.
- Be sure not to get a roast that is too big for your air fryer.
How to Store and Reheat
Store air-fried pork roast in an airtight container in a refrigerator for 4-6 days. Depending on the size of the pork remaining, you can choose to reheat it in the air fryer when you’re ready to use it again. For small amounts, cook for 2-3 minutes. For large amounts, cook for 3–4 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I roast it covered or uncovered?
You can roast without foil in the air fryer. If the top gets browner than the bottom, you can flip it to the other side to make it evenly done and colored.
Can you cook a frozen pork loin in an air fryer?
Yes, you can cook a frozen pork loin in an air fryer. But the cooking time increases by 50%. So make sure you use a thermometer to check if the internal temperature of the thickest part is up to 145°F before declaring it done.
How do you keep a pork roast from drying out?
To keep pork roast from drying out, air frying it is good. But you must ensure it doesn’t get overcooked. This is where your thermometer comes in. You should also rest it for 10 minutes after cooking before serving.
What Side Dishes to Serve?
There are some really easy side dishes you can serve with your main dish cooked in the Air Fryer. In some cases, you can even cook them together in the air fryer to make it even faster.
Some of our favorite side dishes to serve include air fryer cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and corn on the cob. We love these crispy smashed potatoes and cottage fries because they go with just about anything. Other quick options are to make a side garden salad or some macaroni and cheese.
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Air Fryer Pork Roast
- 2 pound pork roast
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- Remove the pork roast from the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking. Coat the roast with olive oil. Mix together the seasonings in a bowl and sprinkle evenly onto roast.
- Place roast in the air fryer and cook at 360° F for 40 minutes (or roughly 20 minutes per pound). Check the meat temperature after 35 minutes of cooking. Temperature should be 145° F. If it hasn’t reached this temp, continue cooking in 3 minute increments until done.
- Remove roast from air fryer and cover with foil to rest for 10 minutes before serving. This will bring up the temp to 150° F, or medium.
All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.
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