Tender air fryer pork loin roast – simple and delicious. Roasting a pork loin in an air fryer is a great option, it is quick and extremely easy, and gives great results (tender with extra crispy crackle!).
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How to Cook Roast Pork Loin in an Air Fryer
Cooking a pork roast in an air fryer oven has to be the easiest way to cook a pork roast. Simple prep and quick cooking time. Oil and salt the pork, then just set the air fryer to roast for 25 minutes per lb of pork. Done!
Air frying is a great way to cook pork roast, and other cuts of pork – try air frying pork chops, these are always a hit with my family. Air frying is also great for cooking other meats, I really love air frying beef roast, beef tenderloin, and roast lamb.
How to Choose a Pork Roast
When buying your pork roast, be sure to choose one that will fit in your air fryer. I usually find that a 2lb pork roast fits nicely in my air fryer, and is perfect for 4 (with some leftovers for roast pork sandwiches the next day!).
Because of the quick roasting time, a tender cut of pork is going to be your best choice. Choose a boneless pork loin, or any small pork roast. Pork tenderloin (or filet) is also great to roast in an air fryer.
A tougher cut like pork shoulder or Boston butt can be air fried, but you may find that it is better slow cooked (this cut is perfect for making slow cooked pulled pork).
How to Prepare Pork Roast
Pork roast is easy to prepare for air frying. All you need to do is pat it dry, and add oil and salt.
If your pork roast has a rind or layer of fat, then you will need to cut through this with a sharp knife to make deep scores right through to the meat underneath.
Once you have done this you are ready to oil and salt the pork. You need to rub the oil and salt into all surfaces of the pork. Use approximately 1/2 teaspoon of flaked or kosher salt per lb of pork.
Add the salt and oil together on a plate and then roll the pork roast in it to ensure that all sides are well covered.
How Long to Roast Pork in an Air Fryer
Exactly how long to cook a pork roast in an air fryer will depend on many factors, including the exact size and shape of the cut, and how powerful your air fryer is.
The rule of thumb is to air fry a pork roast for around 25 minutes per lb. So a 2lb pork roast needs 50 minutes.
If you are cooking a pork tenderloin, expect to halve the cooking time – around 25 minutes for a 2lb pork tenderloin due to the shape of this cut.
|Size of pork roast||Approx. air fryer cook time|
|1 lb / 450g||25 minutes|
|1.5 lb / 700g||38 minutes|
|2 lb / 900g||50 minutes|
|2.5 lb / 1.2kg||1 hr 5 minutes|
|3 lb / 1.4kg||1 hr 15 minutes|
Remember cooking times do vary according to the size and shape of the cut of pork you are cooking, and will also depend on how efficient your air fryer is.
The cook times in the recipe below are usually spot-on for my Philips Airfryer. If you have another powerful brand of air fryer like the Nuwave or a Ninja Foodi then expect cook times to be similar.
However, the best way to tell whether your pork roast is cooked is to use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. For roast pork it should be 145°F / 63°C.
The best meat thermometer I have found to use with an air fryer is the Meater*. This is a truly wireless meat thermometer, it is like a skewer that you stick in the meat and then uses Bluetooth to tell your phone when the meat is cooked perfectly.
I use it way more than I thought I would, and it is just perfect to use with an air fryer as there are no wires (yes this one is actually wireless). I love the peace of mind of being able to cook any cut of meat perfectly without needing to check on it all the time.
FAQs & Tips
Can I cook a pork roast in an air fryer?
Yes, roasting pork in an air fryer is quick and easy. As an air fryer is basically a small standalone oven, so anything you might roast in a regular oven can be roasted in the air fryer.
Can you cook frozen pork loin in an air fryer?
According to the USDA it is safe to cook frozen pork in an oven, on the stove or grill without defrosting it first – this would also apply to an air fryer (it is a countertop oven). They recommend that the cooking time may be about 50% longer. Be sure to use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature to ensure it reaches the safe temperature (145°F / 63°C).
How do you keep pork tenderloin from drying out?
Quick roasting in an air fryer is the best method to cook a tenderloin without it drying out. Also using a meat thermometer to ensure that it doesn’t get over cooked is key to keeping this cut of meat moist and tender. It is also really important to rest it for at least ten minutes after cooking.
What to serve with roast pork
Try one of these easy side dishes that go great with this roast pork loin:
- Air fryer vegetables – if your air fryer is large enough you can add them in to the basket with the pork toward the end of the pork cooking time. Remember they can cook for 10 minutes at the end on their own while the pork roast is resting.
- Microwave steamed vegetables – prepare the veggies while the pork is roasting, start them steaming while the roast pork is resting.
Scroll down for the recipe card for this air fryer pork loin roast!
Air Fryer Pork Loin Recipe
How to roast a pork loin in an air fryer.
- 2 lb pork loin
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- Preheat air fryer oven to 360°F (180°C).
- If the pork loin has rind, cut the skin with a sharp knife and ensure that it has deep scores right through.
- Drizzle the oil over the pork roast and rub into skin. Sprinkle salt over the skin and rub in.
- Cook pork loin in air fryer for 50 minutes (25 minutes per lb of meat).
- To check pork is cooked, pierce the thickest part with a knife: if the juices run clear, the pork is cooked. If you are unsure, check with a meat thermometer - pork is cooked when the thermometer shows 145°F (63°C).
- Remove from air fryer, cover with kitchen foil and leave to rest for ten minutes before serving. If the crackling is not quite as crisp as you would like it at this point, remove it before resting the meat, and put back into the air fryer for ten minutes.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 220Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 849mgProtein: 33g
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