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These breaded Air Fryer Pork Chops are both gluten free and keto. They’re deliciously seasoned and cooked to tender perfection in your air fryer in about 30 minutes! Perfect for a busy weeknight.
These Air Fryer Pork Chops are not just for those on a low-carb or gluten free diet. The method could not be simpler and the end result is tender, flavorful, and absolutely delicious! My family gobbled them up and the fact that they happen to be the basis for a lean protein, low carb meal is just an added bonus.
Keto and Gluten Free Pork Chops Recipe
You don’t have to skip the breading in order to create keto and gluten free pork chops. You just need to be sure to use the correct ingredients. Instead of the typical bread crumb, all-purpose flour mixture you see in most recipes, this recipe uses seasoned almond flour to coat the chops before they are air fried.
Ingredients for Air Fryer Pork Chops
- Pork chops – This recipe works with both bone-in and boneless pork chops. For the best result, look for thick cut pork chops, at least 1 to 1 ½-inch thick is best.
- Almond flour – It makes an excellent base for a keto and gluten free breading.
- Parmesan cheese – Grated on the smallest side of a box grater to a powdery consistency.
- Cajun seasoning – I highly recommend making your own Cajun seasoning at home to control the amount of sodium and ensure it is gluten free. I always have a batch of my homemade Cajun seasoning mix in my pantry. It’s so versatile that I use it like an all purpose seasoning.
- Paprika – There should be plenty of smoky flavor in the Cajun seasoning so regular sweet paprika is best.
- Garlic powder
- Nonstick cooking spray – A propellant free nonstick cooking spray is best for you and your air fryer. I like Chosen Avocado Oil Spray. You can also use an oil mister filled with your favorite high heat cooking oil like vegetable, canola, or avocado oil.
How to Make Air Fryer Pork Chops
- Combine the almond flour, Parmesan, Cajun seasoning, garlic powder and paprika in a shallow bowl.
- Blot the pork chops dry with paper towels and spritz both sides with oil. Coat both sides with the breading mixture, shaking off the excess. Transfer to a large sheet of foil or cutting board and repeat with the remaining chops.
- Spritz the air fryer basket with oil. Place the chops in the air-fryer basket, leaving space in between. Spritz the tops with cooking spray and cook for 6 minutes at 390 degrees F. After the initial cooking time, flip and spritz the tops of the chops with additional cooking spray.
- Continue to cook for an additional 4 to 9 minutes, or until an instant read meat thermometer reads 145 to no more than 160 degrees F.
Begin checking the temperature after a total cooking time of 10 minutes and frequently after. Bone-in chops will cook faster than boneless and total time will vary from 10 to 15 minutes based on type and thickness.
How to Keep Pork Chops Warm
One of the fallbacks to air fryer cooking for a family is the limited capacity and the need to cook in batches. I’ve found the best way to keep the first batch of pork chops warm while the second batch cooks is to transfer them to a baking sheet and pop them in the oven set to 200 degrees F. This low temperature is just enough to keep the chops warm but won’t dry them out. If preferred, you can transfer them to a platter covered lightly with a sheet of foil and let them rest at room temperature.
Storing Leftover Pork Chops
Be sure to refrigerate leftovers within two hours. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
What to Serve with Pork Chops
- Cauliflower Rice Pilaf
- Sautéed Spinach with Garlic and Lemon
- Perfect Baked Sweet Potatoes
- Instant Pot Broccoli
Love pork chops? Be sure to check out Tender Baked Pork Chops for an oven method.
Air Fryer Pork Chops (Gluten Free and Keto)
- 4 bone-in or boneless pork loin or rib and loin chops 1- to 1-½ inch thick and 6 to 8 ounces each
- ⅓ cup almond flour
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese grated to a powdery consistency
- 2 teaspoons Cajun or Creole seasoning homemade or store-bought (make sure it's gluten free)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- propellant free cooking spray or oil mister with vegetable, canola or avocado oil as needed
- Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees F for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, add the almond flour, cheese, Cajun seasoning, garlic powder and paprika to a shallow bowl. Use your fingers to knead and mix the mixture, breaking up any clumps, until well combined.
- Blot the pork chops dry with paper towels and spritz both sides with oil. Set a pork chop into the breading mixture and and use your fingers to sprinkle the mixture over the chop, patting it lightly onto the surface. Coat both sides, shaking off the excess. Transfer to a large sheet of foil or cutting board and repeat with the remaining chops.
- Spritz the air fryer basket with oil. Working in batches (my unit can cook 2 at a time), place chops in a single layer in the air-fryer basket, leaving space in between. Spritz the tops with cooking spray.
- Set the air fryer for 6 minutes at 390 degrees F. After the initial cooking time, flip and spritz the tops of the chops with additional cooking spray. Continue to cook at 390 degrees F for an additional 4 to 9 minutes, or until an instant read thermometer reads 145 to no more than 160 degrees F. Begin checking the temperature after a total cooking time of 10 minutes and frequently after. Bone-in chops will cook faster than boneless and total time will vary from 10 to 15 minutes based on type and thickness.
- Repeat with remaining chops.
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