Pork steak in air fryer with a dry rub or simple seasonings turns out great! Tender and juicy on the inside with a crispy outer layer
Ready to try a pork steak in air fryer this week? You won’t believe how fork tender they turn out in your Ninja Foodi or hot air machine. Just one of our many easy air fryer recipes here on The Typical Mom blog you’ll love. (affiliate links present)
Air Fryer Pork Steaks
We have been enjoying smoked pork steaks for years now. Ever since I got this “magic machine” we have tried our favorite cuts in it and wow were these tasty. I mean bone in pork chops in air fryer are good but get rid of that pesky bone and these are a bit more out of this world I tell you.
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This uses defrosted and/or fresh pieces of pig. If you’re in need of how to cook air fryer frozen pork chops you’d need to refer to this post instead. Forgetful moments do happen so we have instructions for all occasions here.
Chops are cut of pork from the loin. Boneless pork chops are most tender. The latter comes from the butt section so it is more tender and succulent.
They cost a bit more but well worth it. Typically better cuts will be a bit more expensive but you will notice the difference.
How do you cook pork steaks without drying them out?
You don’t want to overcook them. Yes of course you need to ensure the thickest part reaches the correct meat internal temperature but beyond that pull it off quickly once it does. Also, once it is at 145 degrees F let it rest, covered, for a good 10 minutes before slicing.
Air Fryer Pork
Setting the temperature a bit lower will help keep it moist too. These cook at an even 350 F vs. 400 degrees that many other tougher meats are set to. Different than air fryer steak you do want a little crisp on the outside, but not so much that it makes the insides tough.
As far as the seasonings go there are tons of options. We use our steak dry rub on almost everything, you could use it on all parts of the pig too. It is sweet and savory with a little kick to it. This time a bottled Italian rub was used to make things super easy peasy.
- Pork steaks that are fresh or defrosted were used.
- Italian seasonings already mixed is what you see here.
- A bit of garlic salt was added as well.
If you just wanted simple salt and pepper, a bit of garlic powder, onion powder, and/or smoked paprika go for it.
How to Cook Pork Steak in Air Fryer
We have a detailed printable recipe card below with ingredients we used but here is a quick step by step so you can see just how simple these are to make;
Time needed: 10 minutes.
Pork Steak in Air Fryer
Pat steaks dry with a paper towel. Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees F for 5 minutes. Mix seasonings you’d like to use together and season the pork on all sides of meat. Spray olive oil spray inside basket and lay meat in without overlapping pieces.
Air fry for 10-12 minutes (timing will depend on how thick your pieces are). To really crisp outsides spray tops with olive oil spray 2 minutes before end of cook time.
Remove the pork out of air fryer basket and let rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing to maintain juiciness. Check with instant read thermometer inside thickest part of steak to ensure they reach 145 F before consuming.
You can adjust how crispy the outside is for any protein cooked this way. To make it more golden brown you just need to spray the tops with some olive oil spray. Do this about 2 minutes before it is supposed to be done so you don’t overcook and dry them out.
You can see how crispy these became which is our preference. Not everyone wants them this brown though and that is okay. Just leave them alone the entire time then.
Also note that while they are resting the temp. will continue to increase 5-10 degrees.
SO…if you check and remove them when the middle is at 140 and cover while they are sitting they should be perfect when it is time to slice and enjoy.
What goes well with pork?
If you want to add more moisture and flavor you should make this pressure cooker gravy and serve them over a bed of Ninja Foodi mashed potatoes. I like to integrate vegetables into every meal and these are a few of our favorites with these:
- Pour some of our onion gravy on top for added yum
- Air fryer broccoli with parmesan on top
- During the summertime you should try a few ears of air fryer corn.
- You could serve these with rice or quinoa as well, depends on your taste buds.
How long is leftover cooked pork good for?
If you package it well and keep it in the fridge it will keep for a good 3 days. Make sure you wrap each piece in plastic wrap and slide them into a freezer bag. Suck all the air out and these techniques will keep each piece as moist as possible. Reheat in microwave for 60 seconds, slice and make into pork tacos.
I have used leftovers in an Instant Pot casserole too which is a great one pot meal complete with pasta and all. I hate to waste food so I use what is on it’s last leg in all sorts of things. Diced it can be thrown into a batch of fried rice too.
If you want to use your oven to bake these babies, with our dry rub give our baked pork chops recipe a whirl. It gets 5 stars from everyone who makes them and many say they’ll never cook them any other way again.
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Pork Steak in Air Fryer
- Pat steaks dry with a paper towel. Preheat air fryer to 350 F for 5 minutes.
- Mix seasonings together and rub on all sides of meat. Spray olive oil spray inside basket and lay meat in without overlapping pieces.
- Air fry for 10-12 minutes (timing will depend on how thick your pieces are). To really crisp outsides spray tops with olive oil spray 2 minutes before end of cook time.
- Take out of basket and let rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing to maintain juiciness. Check in thickest part to ensure they reach 145 F before consuming.