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keto air fryer pork chops and onions

Air fryer pork chops are the way to go. They’re thick and tender and the air fryer makes dinner prep a BREEZE. Plus, there’s no need to get out another pan and sauté onions- throw them in the air fryer with the pork and they turn out perfectly softened – almost caramelized- but crisp and slightly charred along the edges. (Note: air fryer onions are so easy and delicious, you will never want to prepare them any other way.)

keto pork chops on a plate with salad

So, what makes this a keto air fryer pork chop recipe? It’s all in the pork chop seasoning. A blend of flavorful spices mixed with a small amount of brown sugar substitute (golden monk fruit in this case) that makes these pork chops the perfect combination of slightly sweet, spicy, and super savory. So, soooo good.

I don’t often prepare pork chops but this is one of my favorite ways to use my air fryer. Pork chops and onions are a classic combo, and these keto pork chops are ready in 20 minutes.

They are:

  • low-carb
  • gluten-free
  • paleo-friendly (if you don’t like erythritol, you can easily substitute the monk fruit sweetener blend with coconut sugar or leave it out entirely)
  • juicy and full of flavor and perfect for busy weeknights!

how to cook pork chops in the air fryer

I’ve used this air fryer pork chop recipe for both thick and thin pork chops and simply decreased the cook time for the thinner cuts (although I’m writing the recipe for thick-cut pork chops because I think they’re better). Decreasing the cook time for thin cuts works well, but you may need to pull the pork out of the air fryer and let the onions continue to cook if you have really thin pork chops. Dry pork chops = bad pork chops and I’d rather err on the side of slightly underdone as the meat will continue to cook for a few minutes after removing it from the heat. Just a tip to keep in mind…

the ingredient list

To make these keto pork chops and onions, you will need:

  • 2 thick-cut pork chops, boneless or bone-in (about 1-inch thick)
  • avocado oil or olive oil
  • golden monk fruit sweetener (like this one by Lakanto)
  • sea salt
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • chipotle powder (optional- this gives the pork chops some spiciness, which I tend to omit if I’m serving this to kiddos)
  • ground mustard
  • smoked paprika
  • cumin
  • allspice
  • a medium yellow onion, sliced into 1/4-inch wedges
raw pork chops on gray plate with olive oil

This keto pork chop recipe makes two, thick-cut pork chops but you can easily make four pork chops with the seasoning. My air fryer fits 2-3 pork chops comfortably so whenever I make four, I simply cook them in two batches and tent the first two pork chops with foil after they’re done air frying.

the process

  1. Prepare the pork chops. Place the pork chops on a plate and dry them with paper towels. You want to make sure the pork chops are as dry as possible. Drizzle about 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil on each side. Preheat the air fryer to 380°F.
  2. Make the seasoning. In a small dish, combine the monk fruit sweetener with all of the spices, mixing it with a spoon. Sprinkle a generous amount of seasoning on each side of the pork chops, then rub it around so each side is evenly coated (two pork chops should use about half of the seasoning- I save the remaining seasoning for the next time!). Place the pork chops into the air fryer.
  3. Coat the onions. Dredge the sliced onions through any excess oil/seasoning that remains on the plate, then sprinkle the onions around the pork chops in the air fryer.
  4. Cook the pork chops/onion. Air fry the pork chops at 380°F for 10 minutes. Flip the pork chops then return the basket to the air fryer to cook for another 10 minutes or until done (internal temperature should be about 145°F).

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recipe notes

  • The seasoning will give you enough for four thick pork chops, so if you’d like to scale up and make four, go for it! However, you may need to cook the pork chops in two separate batches but that really depends on the size of your air fryer. I tent the first batch of pork chops and onion with foil to keep warm while the second batch is cooking.
  • If increasing the serving size to four, add in another onion to cook with the second batch.
  • Save any excess seasoning for the next time you make this!
  • If you’re preparing thinner cuts of pork chops, decrease the air fry time to about 5-6 minutes per side.
prepared air fryer pork chops with onions

These air fryer pork chops are juicy and tender, no dry pork chops here! And that seasoning! Slightly spicy, slightly sweet, with a whole lot of savory goodness that goes perfectly with those toasty onions.

Serve up these air fryer pork chops with your favorite veggie or a creamy cauliflower mash for a cozy, comfort food kind of meal.

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prepared air fryer pork chop with fork and salad on plate

keto air fryer pork chops and onions

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Tender and juicy with the perfect amount of savory, sweet and spicy, these keto air fryer pork chops and onions are delicious comfort food!

Ingredients

  • 2 thick-cut pork chops, boneless or bone-in (at least 1 inch thick)
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons granulated monk fruit sweetener (I use Lakanto "golden")
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder (optional- this will add spiciness)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 yellow onion, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices

Instructions

  1. Place the pork chops on a plate and pat them dry with paper towels, getting them as dry as possible. Drizzle about 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil on each side. Preheat the air fryer to 380°F.
  2. In a small dish, combine the monk fruit sweetener with all of the spices, mixing it with a spoon.
  3. Sprinkle a generous amount of seasoning on each side of the pork chops, then rub it around so each side is evenly coated. Two pork chops should use about half of the seasoning mix (save the remaining seasoning for use another day!).
  4. Set the pork chops into the air fryer basket.
  5. Dredge the sliced onions through any excess oil and seasoning that is on the plate, then sprinkle the onions around the pork chops in the air fryer.
  6. Air fry the pork chops at 380°F for 10 minutes. Flip the pork chops and return the basket to the air fryer to cook another 10 minutes. If the pork chops are thinner, cook for less time. Alternatively, if they're thicker than 1-inch, cook a couple of minutes longer. If the onions look like they're getting overcooked after about 15 minutes in the air fryer, you can remove them and transfer them to a bowl.
  7. Serve the pork chops with the cooked onions on top.

Notes

The internal temperature of the pork should be 145°F when done.

For thinner pork chops, decrease the cook time to about 4-6 minutes per side.

Save any excess seasoning for later use.

To make four pork chops:

  • You will have enough seasoning to make four thick pork chops, so if you'd like to scale up, go for it! You will need a second onion to get enough for four servings.
  • Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook four pork chops in two separate batches. Place the cooked pork chops on a plate and tent it with foil to keep warm while the second batch cooks.

    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 265Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 210mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 21g

    This nutritional information is approximate and is provided for convenience as a courtesy.

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