Air Fryer Panko-Crusted Pork Chops


These pork chops, prepared in the air fryer, are enhanced by a simple brine. With just a few seasonings in the crust, the chops are tender and juicy, crispy, and just right! Of course you may add more seasonings, if you like, just be careful of hiding the flavor of a simply delicious chop. We enjoyed these pork chops with potatoes in a cheese sauce and oven-roasted asparagus.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
4 pork chops


  • 4 cups water, divided

  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary

  • 1 large bay leaf

  • 4 (6 ounce) pork chops, about 1/2-inch thick

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend

  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • extra-virgin olive oil cooking spray

  • 1 sprig of fresh parsley for garnish (optional)

  • 1 sprig of rosemary for garnish (optional)


  1. Pour 1 cup water in a 4-cup microwave-safe measuring cup. Microwave until boiling, about 4 minutes. Stir in kosher salt and sugar, until dissolved. Add remaining 3 cups water to make a brine.

  2. Place rosemary sprig and bay leaf in a 1-gallon zip-top bag. Carefully pour in brine and add pork chops. Seal the bag, removing as much air as possible, and refrigerate about 2 hours.

  3. Remove chops from the brine and discard the brine. Pat chops dry with paper towels.

  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  5. Break egg into a shallow bowl and beat lightly. Combine panko, grated Parmesan, Italian seasoning blend, and black pepper, and place on a plate or cutting board. Dip each pork chop in the egg, then coat all sides with the panko mixture. Spray both sides of the coated chops with extra-virgin olive oil.

  6. Place chops in the air fryer in a single layer, with chops not touching, and air-fry for 7 to 8 minutes per side, for a total of 14 to 16 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the chops should read 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).

  7. Serve warm, garnished with parsley and additional rosemary sprigs, if desired.

Cook's Note:

I used bone-in pork chops.

Editorial Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of brine ingredients. The actual amount of brine (sodium) consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

278 Calories
10g Fat
25g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 278
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 3105mg 135%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 325mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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