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Air Fryer Roast Pork

Tender air fryer roast pork – simple and delicious. Roasting pork in an air fryer is a great option, it is quick and extremely easy, and gives great results (tender and succulent with extra crispy crackling!).

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Air fryer roast pork
Air Fryer Roast Pork

How to roast pork in an air fryer

Cooking a pork roast in an air fryer oven has to be the quickest and easiest way you can cook a pork roast. Simple prep, quick cooking time, and easy clean up. 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 fryer pork chops, or air fryer pork belly these are always a hit with my family. Air frying is also great for cooking other meats, I really love air fryer roast beef, beef tenderloin, and air fryer lamb roast.

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, pork shoulder, or any small pork roast. Pork tenderloin (or filet) is also great to roast in an air fryer, but since the cooking times are a little different I have a separate recipe for that here: air fryer pork tenderloin.

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 cooker pulled pork).

Air Fryer Pork Loin ingredients on a wooden board
Air Fryer Roast Pork Ingredients (pork loin)

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.

Tip:
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.

Small pork roast prepared for roasting
Mix oil and salt on a plate, and roll the pork roast in it to ensure it is well covered.
Small pork roast in air fryer basket
Insert meat thermometer and place pork roast in air fryer basket.

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 roastApprox. air fryer cook time
1 lb / 450g25 minutes
1.5 lb / 700g38 minutes
2 lb / 900g50 minutes
2.5 lb / 1.2kg1 hr 5 minutes
3 lb / 1.4kg1 hr 15 minutes
Approximate times for cooking pork roast in an air fryer

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.

Roast pork in air fryer with Meater meat thermometer
Roast pork in air fryer with Meater*

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.

What to serve with pork roast

Try one of these easy side dishes that go great with this roast pork loin:

  • Air fryer roast potatoes, or air fryer roasted 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.

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 roast from drying out?

Quick roasting in an air fryer is the best method to cook a pork roast 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.

Scroll down for the recipe card for this air fryer roast pork!

Air Fryer Roast Pork Recipe Card

Air fryer roast pork sliced on a wooden board
Yield: 6 Servings

Air Fryer Roast Pork

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

How to cook a pork roast in an air fryer. Perfect for pork loin or any other small pork roast.

Ingredients

  • 2 lb pork roast (pork loin or any other small pork roast)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat air fryer oven to 360°F (180°C).
  2. If the pork roast has rind, cut the skin with a sharp knife and ensure that it has deep scores right through.  
  3. Drizzle the oil over the pork and rub into skin. Sprinkle salt over the skin and rub in. 
  4. Cook pork roast in air fryer for 50 minutes (25 minutes per lb of meat). 
  5. When the cooking time is up, check that the pork is cooked to ensure it has reached 145°F (63°C) in the center of the thickest part.
  6. Remove from air fryer, cover with kitchen foil and leave to rest for ten minutes before serving.
  7. 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 5-10 minutes.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 461Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 136mgSodium: 490mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 35g

Nutrition information is an estimate and provided for informational purposes only.

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