Air Fryer Stuffed Pork Chops - Air Fry Anytime (2023)

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Air Fryer Stuffed Pork Chops are filled with spinach, mushrooms, and cream cheese, then dusted with flavorful seasonings before being cooked to perfection in the air fryer.

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One of the easiest ways to make pork chops is in the air fryer. I wasn’t sure I could stuff them and still have success in the air fryer, but once I tried it I realized it’s just as easy. The stuffing won’t come out as it cooks, and the air fryer actually helps to seal in all the goodness.

If you’re looking for ways to make your pork chops more flavorful and get a little creative, this is the recipe. You can change up the ingredients to try something different, if you want, or just keep it simple.

Ingredients You Need

  • Pork Chops – Use a pork chop that is thick enough to cut a pocket into, around 1 1/2″ thick. They can be bone-in or boneless.
  • Spinach – Fresh spinach yields the best results as frozen spinach will release too much liquid. If you have to use frozen spinach, you’ll want to drain the water from it before adding it to the stuffing.
  • Mushrooms – Use any type of mushroom you have on hand. White or button mushrooms work great or any wild mushroom.
  • Seasonings – To give the pork chops some great flavor, we use a blend of seasonings, including Spanish paprika (or smoked if you want to add a smoky flavor), garlic salt, Italian seasoning (you can use oregano if that’s all you have), salt, and ground black pepper.
  • Cooking oil – it’s best to use a neutral-flavored oil in this recipe like canola.
  • Garlic – we recommend using fresh garlic in this recipe.
  • Cream Cheese – Full-fat cream cheese has the best flavor and texture. Be sure to take it out of the refrigerator a few minutes before using it to let it soften up a bit.
  • Mayonnaise

How to Make Air Fryer Stuffed Pork Chops

Use a sharp knife to cut a pocket into each piece of pork, being careful not to cut all the way through. It can be easier to do this when the pork is a bit frozen. If you’re using fresh pork chops, just be sure to use a sharp knife and keep it even.

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Mix the paprika, garlic salt, Italian seasoning, and black pepper together in a small bowl. Sprinkle all sides of the pork with the seasoning. Set the pork aside until you’ve got the filling ready.

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Pour half the cooking oil into an oven-safe pan over medium heat. Add the spinach and mushrooms and cook until the spinach is wilted. This takes about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. You don’t want to burn it, so just give it a quick toss and remove it from the heat.

Stir in the cream cheese, mayonnaise, and salt. Give the mixture a taste to make sure you’ve seasoned it to your liking. You can always add more salt, if you want to.

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Spoon even amounts of the filling into each piece of pork. Seal the edges of the pork with toothpicks to keep the filling in. This can be quite difficult if you’ve filled the insides pretty full. Just closing the edges is good enough to keep the filling from really spilling out as it cooks.

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To keep the pork from sticking to the basket, I tend to put down a parchment paper round in the bottom of my air fryer basket. That’s optional, but it makes sure it doesn’t stick and makes clean up much easier.

Add the pork to the air fryer basket.

Cook on 385 degrees F for 15 minutes or until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 145° F. Remove it from the air fryer and let it rest for 3 minutes. This will allow the filling to firm up a bit so it doesn’t spill out when you remove the toothpicks. Serve it with your favorite side dish.

Substitutions & Variations

  • You don’t have to use pork chops for this recipe. The creamy filling works well for other meats, so try it with chicken or skirt steak.
  • You can swap the seasonings if you want to try different flavors or don’t want to mix your own spices. You can use any pre-made seasoning blend. Try using red pepper flakes, parsley or chili powder.
  • Add cheese. Along with the cream cheese, you can also add another cheese to make it even more decadent. Try Parmesan cheese, blue cheese, feta cheese, or cheddar.
  • You can stuff the pork chops with other vegetables, besides spinach, like sun dried tomatoes, kale, or broccoli.

Equipment Information

  • Air fryer: I use this 4-quart basket-style air fryer. It’s large enough to fit 2 Chicken Kiev pieces. Give each piece of chicken Kiev enough 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.
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Questions About the Recipe

Can I grill the stuffed pork chops?

Yes. Follow the same steps for baking until it’s time to cook the pork chops. Place the stuffed chops on a hot grill and cook for 3 minutes for each side, or until the pork is golden. Carefully turn over the pork when cooking each side.

Then, put the pork chops on the indirect heat area of the grill. Close the grill and let the pork chops cook for 5 minutes per side. Take it off the grill and let it rest for about 5-10 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

How can I store leftovers?

Let the stuffed pork chops cool completely, then store them in an airtight container. Keep the pork in the fridge for 3 days, and in the freezer for 2 months.

Reheat them in an oven that has been preheated to 350°F with a splash of water or broth. Cover the pan in aluminum foil and let it bake for 10-15 minutes.

Tips

  • You can use bone-in or boneless pork chops for this recipe, but be sure to buy chops that are thick enough to cut a pocket in.
  • The pork needs to reach an internal temperature of 145°F. A meat thermometer is the best way to check the pork’s doneness.
  • If you don’t have an oven-safe skillet, transfer the pork to an oven-safe baking dish instead.

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.

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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.

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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 Stuffed Pork Chops

Air Fryer Stuffed Pork Chops are filled with spinach, mushrooms, and cream cheese, then dusted with flavorful seasonings before being cooked to perfection in the air fryer.

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Prep Time 5 mins

Cook Time 22 mins

Total Time 27 mins

Course Main Course

Cuisine American

Servings 4 Servings

Calories 312 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 pork chops 6 oz each
  • 1 teaspoon Spanish or smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup white mushrooms chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Use a sharp knife to cut a pocket into each piece of pork, being careful not to cut all the way through.

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  • Mix the paprika, garlic salt, Italian seasoning, and black pepper together in a small bowl. Sprinkle all sides of the pork with the seasoning. Set aside.

  • Pour the cooking oil into an oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Add the spinach and mushrooms and cook until spinach is wilted, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Remove from heat. Stir in the cream cheese, mayonnaise, and salt.

  • Spoon even amounts of the filling into each piece of pork. Seal the edges of the pork with toothpicks to keep the filling in. Place in air fryer basket.

  • Cook on 385° F for 15 minutes or until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 145° F. Remove it from the air fryer and let it rest for 3 minutes. This will allow the filling to firm up a bit so it doesn't spill out when you remove the toothpicks. Serve it with your favorite side dish.

Notes

  • If you don’t have an oven-safe skillet, transfer the pork to an oven-safe baking dish instead.
  • You can use bone-in or boneless pork chops for this recipe, but be sure to buy chops that are thicken enough to cut a pocket in.
  • You can season with any seasonings you like, if you don’t have paprika, garlic salt, and Italian seasonings. We also like seasoned salt with Oregano.
  • Substitute the Parmesan cheese with blue cheese or feta cheese, if you want something a little different.

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.

Nutrition

Calories: 312kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 32gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 106mgSodium: 616mgPotassium: 765mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 3260IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 59mgIron: 2mg

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FAQs

How long should i cook a stuffed pork chop in the air fryer? ›

Arrange your stuffed pork chops in the air fryer in a single layer and cook for 13 minutes, then flip, spray with a little oil, and cook for another 5 to 6 minutes (18 to 19 minutes total). Your pork chops are done when they read 145 degrees at their thickest point. Allow them to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

How to cook store bought stuffed pork chops? ›

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Remove plastic packaging.
  3. Place chops on a baking dish and cover with foil.
  4. Bake until internal temperature reaches a minimum of 165°F.
  5. Remove foil for the last 10 minutes of cooking.

How long does it take to cook pork chops in an air fryer and what temperature? ›

Place in Air Fryer basket making sure the chops don't overlap. Cook on 360F degrees for 14-16 minutes, flipping halfway. Pork chops are done when they have reached an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Can you stack pork chops on top of each other in an air fryer? ›

While it may be tempting to stack porkchops in your air fryer to cut down the cooking time, it is highly recommended that you do not stack or overlap your porkchops. What is this? Since air fryers work by cooking food from all sides, you'll want to arrange your ingredients in a single layer in your air fryer basket.

How long do I cook stuffed pork chops from a store? ›

Cook your pre-stuffed pork chops in a preheated 350-degree Fahrenheit oven for 50 to 55 minutes or until the pork and stuffing has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Raw meat and stuffing can be a potentially dangerous situation if not cooked properly.

How do you know when stuffed pork chops are done? ›

Bake in the preheated oven until chops are cooked through, about 45 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).

How long does it take to cook stuffed pork chops at 375? ›

In an oven preheated to 375 degrees, pork chops should take no longer than 18-20 minutes to bake and be ready to serve, however, the baking time can vary slightly as it depends on the thickness of your pork chops and the oven you are using.

Do pork chops get tender the longer you cook them? ›

Because pork chops are such a lean cut, they are relatively quick-cooking and prone to overcooking. When they're cooked for even a few minutes too long, whether it's in the oven or on the stovetop or grill, they're quick to dry out, and — you guessed it — become tough, chewy, and less than appealing.

How long to cook boneless stuffed pork chops in the oven? ›

Directions
  1. Using a sharp knife, cut a pocket in each pork chop. In a large skillet, saute onion in butter until tender. ...
  2. Fill each chop with about 1/3 cup stuffing mixture; secure with toothpicks if necessary. Place on a greased 15x10x1-in. ...
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°.
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Why are my pork chops tough in the air fryer? ›

If your pork chops are tough, it is probably because you overcooked them. My secret trick, as I talked about earlier, is to cook the pork chops to an internal temperature of 140°F, and then take them out of the air fryer basket and let the pork chops rest until the internal temperature hits 145°F.

Can you cook more than one thing at a time in air fryer? ›

Multiple dishes at once

With an air fryer, you can prepare multiple ingredients at the same time. The separator that some of them come with the appliance will enable you to divide the ingredients in the basket or pan and cook both foods at the same time.

Can you layer stuff in an air fryer? ›

Don't overcrowd the basket

Air-fried foods only turn out so temptingly crispy and golden if they're given enough space inside the appliance for the air to circulate. For best results, cook foods in a single layer. This is key when making air-fryer hamburgers, southern-style chicken and more.

What temperature should pork be cooked in an air fryer? ›

Preheat your air fryer to 400 F / 200 C. Transfer the pork roast to the air fryer, rind side up, and air fry until the internal temperature of the pork is 145 F / 63 C. The exact roasting time will vary, but you can find suggested times in the table below.

Can you put raw pork chops in an air fryer? ›

Fresh – If you are cooking fresh pork chops in the air fryer you'll cook them at 375 degrees F for 9 minutes.

Can you put foil in an air fryer? ›

Yes, you can put aluminum foil in an air fryer. Tasteofhome.com explains that due to the air fryer's cooking process consisting of rushing hot air, your aluminum foil and the meal it's with will not be ruined by the air fryer.

How do you keep pork chops from drying out when cooking? ›

Try a Marinade or Brine. A marinade or brine can introduce more moisture or lots of flavor into your meat before you cook it. A marinade is a sauce that introduces extra flavor to your pork, depending on the aromatics or herbs you choose to include. A brine pulls more moisture into the meat, which keeps your pork juicy ...

Is it better to bake pork chops at 350 or 400? ›

Baking pork chops at 400 degrees F will result in a slightly crisper, more caramelized exterior. It's the ideal temperature for breaded pork chops, because the hotter temperature will crisp up the crumbs, as well as complete sheet pan meals, since 400 degrees F is the best temperature for roasting most vegetables.

Should pork chops be cooked covered or uncovered? ›

Bake pork chops uncovered first (more on the timings below) at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Once they're done (the safe internal temperature is 145 degrees Fahrenheit), remove and cover them with foil. Let the chops stand three minutes before serving.

What temp must stuffing inside pork chops reach? ›

Cooking stuffed poultry, pork chops, and other meat can be somewhat riskier than cooking them unstuffed. Bacteria can survive in stuffing that has not reached the safe minimum internal temperature of 165 °F, possibly resulting in foodborne illness.

Do pork chops look a little pink when they're done? ›

At 145°F some of the pork in larger cuts can still be pink and the juices might have a pink tinge to them, but the meat is fully cooked and safe to eat. Larger pork chops can have a pink tinge to them even if fully cooked.

What temperature are pork chops most tender? ›

Cook pork, roasts, and chops to 145 ºF as measured with a food thermometer before removing meat from the heat source, with a three-minute rest time before carving or consuming. This will result in a product that is both safe and at its best quality—juicy and tender.

How long does it take pork chops to cook at 350? ›

Depending on how thick your pork chops are, it's typically recommended that 25-35 minutes of baking at 350 degrees will do the trick. To check if they're cooked to perfection, insert a meat thermometer into the center of the pork chop and make sure it reads an internal temperature of 145 degrees.

How long does it take a 2 inch pork chop to cook? ›

Bake on sheet or cast iron skillet for 24 minutes (time will vary depending on exact thickness). May take up to 30 minutes if slightly thicker. Remove once meat thermometer reads 145 F in the middle thickest part.

At what temperature and how long should you cook pork chops? ›

Bake pork chops that are about 1¼-inch thick at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 14 to 17 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer registers 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Can you put aluminum foil in an air fryer? ›

Yes, you can put aluminum foil in an air fryer. Tasteofhome.com explains that due to the air fryer's cooking process consisting of rushing hot air, your aluminum foil and the meal it's with will not be ruined by the air fryer.

Is it better to cook pork chops at 350 or 400? ›

The important thing is to make sure they reach the proper safe internal temperature. The USDA recommends pork chops be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. Baking at 375 degrees F works well, baking at 400 degrees F will give you a more caramelized texture.

How long should pork chops be cooked at 400? ›

How Long to Bake Pork Chops at 400 Degrees F. At 400 degrees F you can count on 7 to 8 minutes for each 1/2 inch of thickness your pork chops are. So, 3/4-inch-thick chops will take 10 to 12 minutes, 1-inch-thick cooks in 15 to 16 minutes, and so on.

How do you keep pork chops moist? ›

Brining pork chops is one of the best ways way to guarantee a juicy cooked pork chop. Even a quick 30-minute brine (or up to four hours) makes a big difference. It's not strictly necessary — you can still use this method to make great pork chops even without brining — but if you have some extra time, I recommend it.

How long should you bake 2 inch thick pork chops? ›

How Long Does It Take To Bake Pork Chops?
  1. BONE-IN Pork Chops @ 425 degrees F. 1/2 inch thick – 8 to 10 minutes. 1 inch thick – 18 to 20 minutes. 1 1/2 inch + thick – 25 minutes.
  2. BONELESS Pork Chops @ 425 degrees F. 1/2 inch thick – 6 to 7 minutes. 1 inch thick – 12 to 15 minutes. 1 1/2 inch + thick – 20 minutes.
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How long does it take to cook 2 inch thick pork chops at 350? ›

Baking Thick Pork Chops At 350

On average, a 1 1/2-inch chop will take 25-30 minutes to bake. A 2-inch chop takes about 35-40 minutes to bake.

How long does it take to cook pork chops at 375 degrees? ›

Preheat your oven to 375˚. Blot each pork chop on a paper towel, before placing on a baking sheet pan. Bake at 375˚ for 20-30 minutes, or until an internal temperature of 140˚- 160˚ is reached. Rest for a few minutes before serving.

What temperature do you cook 1 inch pork chops? ›

The best way to keep your pork chops from drying out is to bake them at high temperature for a shorter amount of time. I bake my pork chops at 425° F. At this temperature, 1-inch thick boneless pork chops take between 15-20 minutes to cook.

What is the best temperature to cook thick pork chops? ›

Heat an oven-safe heavy skillet over high heat. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees. Sear the pork chops for 2 minutes on each side. Transfer skillet immediately to the oven and cook until the internal temperature of the chop reaches 145 degrees, about 15 minutes.

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