Air fryer roast pork is simple and delicious. Roasting pork in an air fryer is such a great way to cook it, it is quick and extremely easy, and gives great results for tender and succulent pork with extra crispy crackle!
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How to roast pork in an air fryer
Roast pork is a lovely dish that’s popular for a Sunday lunch. There are a lot of different ways to prepare it, but one of the quickest and easiest is to cook it in an air fryer. You can have a delicious, tender, cooked pork roast in under an hour.
Cooking a pork roast in the air fryer has to be the quickest and easiest way of cooking it. With a little simple preparation, quick cooking time, and easy clean up this is definitely my favorite way of roasting pork! If you like your pork tender on the inside with crispy crackle on the outside you should give it a try!
Scroll down for the printable recipe card for this air fryer pork roast, or read on for all the details.
Quantities for all ingredients are given in the recipe card below.
Choosing a pork roast
Because of the quick roasting time, a tender cut of pork is going to be your best choice. Choose a boneless pork loin roast, pork shoulder blade roast, or any small pork roast.
Pork tenderloin (or filet) is a great choice for an extra tender pork roast, 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 (pork butt, Boston butt) can be air fried, but you may find that it is better slow cooked as it needs a longer cooking time to get really tender. These cuts are perfect for making slow cooker pulled pork.
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!).
I like to keep things simple with when seasoning a pork loin roast, and just use salt. I think this lets the flavor of the meat really shine. Use approximately ½ teaspoon of flaked or kosher salt per lb of pork.
However, if you prefer you can add in some other spices with the salt when seasoning the roast. Try flavors like:
- Smoked paprika
- Garlic powder and/or onion powder
- Black pepper
- Cajun seasoning
- Italian seasoning
I normally use light olive oil when cooking a roast in my air fryer, but you can use any cooking oil that you would usually use for a roast.
Choose a cooking oil with a high smoke point to prevent your air fryer from smoking during cooking.
Step 1: Prepare the pork roast
Pat the pork roast dry. 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 through the rind.
Try to just cut through the pork skin or rind into the fat beneath, and not into the meat, as the pork roast can lose moisture to the during cooking if the meat is cut. This will prevent the crackle from getting really crispy, and can mean that your pork will dry out during roasting.
Step 2: Season pork roast
Now you are ready to oil and salt the pork. You need to rub the oil and salt into all surfaces of the pork. You can either drizzle oil over the pork, sprinkle salt over and rub it in, or mix the salt and oil on the plate and roll the pork roast in it until well covered.
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.
Step 3: Air fry pork roast
Place the pork roast into the air fryer basket, and air fry for around 50 minutes (25 minutes per lb of meat) – see section below for more details on cook times. Turn the pork roast halfway through cooking if this is required for your air fryer (check your manual if you are unsure).
When the cooking time is up, check that the pork is cooked correctly by ensuring it has reached 145°F (63°C) in the center of the thickest part.
Remove pork roast from air fryer, cover with aluminum foil and leave to rest for ten minutes before serving.
If the crackle/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 to crisp up. I like really crispy crackling so I always do this.
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 that I use is to air fry a pork roast for around 25 minutes per lb. So a 2lb pork roast needs 50 minutes. See the table below for estimated air frying times for different sized pork roasts.
Note: 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 (see this air fryer pork tenderloin recipe for more details).
|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|
Cooking times will 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 correct 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 only way to be really sure that your pork roast is cooked correctly 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.
However, any instant-read meat thermometer should do the job, and are much more budget-friendly.
Serving ideas for pork roast
I usually serve roasted pork as a traditional roast meal with a selection of vegetable side dishes.
You can cook vegetables in the air fryer with the pork while it is roasting, or par-cook them before roasting the pork, then finish them roasting while the pork is resting.
Here are some easy ideas to try:
I also like to serve steamed vegetables, and have found that the quickest way to steam them is in the microwave. Prepare the veggies while the pork is roasting, start them steaming while the roast pork is resting. See microwave steamed vegetables for some options to try.
Storage and reheating
Store any leftover pork roast in an air-tight container in the refrigerator, and use within 3 days.
You can reheat the pork roast in the air fryer. The length of time required will depend on the size of roast you have leftover:
- To reheat slices, air fry for 2-3 minutes until warmed through
- For a larger piece, start with 3-4 minutes and air fry for longer if required until it is warmed through
Scroll down for the recipe card for this air fryer roast pork!
FAQs & Tips
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).
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.
Air Fryer Roast Pork Recipe Card
How to cook a pork roast in an air fryer. Perfect for pork loin or any other small pork roast.
- 2 lb pork roast (pork loin or any other small pork roast)
- 1 tablespoon light olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Preheat air fryer oven to 360°F (180°C).
- If the pork roast has rind, score the skin with a sharp knife in a criss-cross pattern, but avoid cutting right through into the meat.
- Drizzle the oil over the pork and rub into skin. Sprinkle salt over the skin and rub in [Note 1].
- Place pork roast in air fryer basket, and cook for 50 minutes (25 minutes per lb of meat).
- 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 [Note 2].
- Remove pork roast from air fryer, cover with kitchen foil and leave to rest for ten minutes before serving.
- If the crackle 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 until crisp.
- Or mix the oil and salt on a plate and roll the pork roast in it to coat it thoroughly.
- Use an instant read meat thermometer to check the internal temperature in the thickest part.
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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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