Air Fryer Pork Steak is generously seasoned with a blend of spices including paprika, brown sugar, and onion powder, to create a flavorful crust on tender pork.
Air Fryer Pork Steak is a tasty and easy dinner option, that doesn’t take a long time to cook but still allows you to have a good meal. The air fryer’s rapid cooking process allows the pork steaks to develop a flavorful and crispy outer layer while sealing in the natural juices and tenderness of the meat.
What is great about pork steaks too is that they pair so well with so many side dishes. Consider serving them alongside creamy mashed potatoes with garlic and chives, a vibrant mixed greens salad, or a medley of roasted seasonal vegetables.
- Pork steaks – Try to get pork steaks that are at least an inch thick and uniform in size so they cook at the same rate.
- Dry rub – We make a homemade dry rub for these pork chops that consists of paprika, brown sugar, garlic & onion powder, salt & ground black pepper
- Olive Oil – Using a high-quality olive oil will help enhance the flavor.
- Air fryer: I use the 5.5-quart Ninja MaxXL basket-style air fryer. Angie uses this 5-quart Cosori Pro LE air fryer. We also both occasionally use the Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Grill that has an air fryer setting.
- 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 Steaks
Pat the pork steaks dry with a paper towel.
In a small bowl, mix together the seasonings to make a dry rub. Rub the pork steaks with olive oil, then season with all of the dry rub.
Place the pork steaks in the air fryer basket.
Cook on 400°F (204°C) for 8-10 minutes, flipping over halfway through cooking. The internal temperature of the pork should read 140°F on a digital thermometer.
Remove the pork from the air fryer and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Additional Helpful Tips
- Arrange the pork chops in a single layer in the air fryer basket for even air circulation.
- Flip the pork chops halfway through cooking for even browning on both sides.
- Use a meat thermometer to ensure the pork chops reach an internal temperature of 140°F.
- Allow the pork chops to come to room temperature before cooking for the best results and even heat throughout the meat.
- If using frozen pork chops, allow them to thaw before seasoning and cooking.
Fridge: Allow the cooked pork steaks to cool to room temperature before refrigerating. Place them in an airtight container or wrap them tightly with plastic wrap. They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
Freezer: If you have leftovers or want to prepare pork steaks in advance, you can freeze them. Allow the cooked pork steaks to cool completely, then wrap each steak individually in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer-safe bag or airtight container. Label with the date and use within 2-3 months for best quality.
Air Fryer: Reheat the pork steaks in the air fryer at a lower temperature (around 350°F) to avoid overcooking. Place the pork steaks in a single layer in the air fryer basket and heat for about 3-5 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Oven: Preheat your oven to around 325°F. Place the pork steaks on an oven-safe dish and cover them with aluminum foil to prevent excessive drying. Reheat for about 10-15 minutes.
Microwave: While not ideal for maintaining the crispy texture, the microwave can be used for a quick reheat. Place the pork steaks on a microwave-safe plate, cover them with a microwave-safe lid or microwave-safe paper towel, and heat in 20-30 second intervals until warmed through.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use bone-in pork chops for this recipe?
Yes, bone-in pork chops can be used. Just keep in mind that bone-in cuts may require slightly longer cooking times.
What are some recommended side dishes to serve with air fryer pork steaks?
Side dish options include mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, coleslaw, salad, cornbread, or steamed rice.
Can I marinate the pork steaks with the seasoning mixture overnight?
While marinating overnight isn’t necessary due to the thickness of the pork steaks, you can certainly do so if you want to intensify the flavors.
What Side Dishes to Serve?
You can serve some really easy side dishes with your main dish cooked in the Air Fryer. Sometimes, you can cook them together in the air fryer to make it even faster.
Some of our favorite side dishes to serve include:
- Air fryer cauliflower
- Air fryer baked potatoes
- Brussels sprouts
- Corn on the cob
- Crispy smashed potatoes
- Cottage fries
Here are 28 more air fryer side dishes to try
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Air Fryer Pork Steak
- 2 pork steaks approx. 6 ounces – 1 1/2” thick
- 2 teaspoons (4 g) paprika
- 1 teaspoon (4 g) brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon (1.5 g) garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon (1 g) onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon (3 g) salt
- 1/4 teaspoon (0.5 g) ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon (5 ml) olive oil
- Pat the pork steaks dry with a paper towel.
- In a small bowl, mix together the seasonings to make a dry rub.
- Rub the pork steaks with olive oil, then season with all of the dry rub.
- Place the pork steaks in the air fryer basket.
- Cook on 400°F (204°C) for 8-10 minutes, flipping over halfway through cooking. The internal temperature of the pork should read 140°F on a digital thermometer.
- Remove the pork from the air fryer and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
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.