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Air fryer pork schnitzel

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I absolutely love using my air fryer to make delicious, simple and fun meals for my family. These air fryer pork schnitzel are tasty, juicy and packed full of flavour.

Another reason I love using the air fryer is it allows me to make fast meals for my family in next to no time. As I have a Ninja dual zone air fryer I’m able to cook meat in one side and air fryer vegetables or air fryer side dishes at the same time.

This particular recipe is simple to make, takes just a couple of minutes to prepare and in under 25 minutes, including around 10 minutes cook time you can have a delicious meat dish to serve with your choice of sides.

We love air fryer chicken recipes in our family, but have been eating these a little too much recently and so I have been trying to mix it up and make lots of new and easy recipes packed full of flavour.

My favourite air fryer recipes are ones that are simple to make, tasty and on the frugal side too. This recipe takes around 3-5 minutes to prepare and just 10-12 minutes to cook in full, with a 3 minute rest time.

A few weeks ago I bought a TooGoodToGo magic bag from Aldi, which was packed full of items including pork chops. I paid just £3.30 and received around £25 – £30 of items and so I made air fryer pork belly strips and tested this schnitzel recipe too.

If you’re looking for some other tasty pork recipes then check out this Ninja Foodi pulled pork, which is great for serving burger style in a brioche bun, and that is great served with air fryer roast potatoes, sage and onion stuffing balls, air fryer frozen yorkshire puddings and a ton of air fryer green beans and air fryer roasted tomatoes.

This pork schnitzel recipe will work great with all cuts of pork really, including loin chops, strips, pork belly and bites, however, I like it best with boneless pork chops / pork cutlets. Adjust the cooking time upwards if you’re using pork belly, as this has a higher fat content, and down if you’re using smaller cuts of pork.

Three air fryer pork schnitzels on a wooden chopping board with a blue linen cloth.

Ingredients for air frying pork schnitzel:

4 boneless pork chops

65g plain flour

1 medium egg

180g panko breadcrumbs or golden bread crumbs

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper

1/4 teaspoon garlic granules or garlic salt

1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

Spray oil

Cooked Ninja Foodi chips on baking paper.

Method for making air fryer pork schnitzel:

Wrap your boneless pork chops in cling film or parchment paper and then use a meat mallet or even a rolling pin to bash them as thin as possible. I typically make mine around 1/4 inch thick.

Place the flour in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

Beat the egg and place in a second bowl.

Mix the basil, oregano, salt, pepper, garlic granules and smoked paprika into the panko breadcrumbs in a third shallow bowl.

Coat the pork chops, one at a time, in flour, then the egg and finally into the panko crumbs seasoning mix.

Lay the pork schnitzel in the air fryer basket, I lay them on parchment paper. Ensure there is a little room between each schnitzel for good air flow.

Spray with a little spray oil, I typically use an olive oil spray.

Air fry at 200C (395F approx) for 5 minutes.

Carefully flip the pork chops over, and spray the tops with spray oil again.

Air fry at 200C (395F approx) for 3-5 minutes.

Check that the pork has reached a safe internal cooking temperature, 71C (160F) is what I work with. Rest the pork for 3-5 minutes before serving.

Pulled pork, chicken kebabs, grilled ham and cheese and pizza bagels cooked in the Ninja air fryer.

How long does it take to cook schnitzel in the air fryer?

Using the method I have shared in this recipe I have cooked my pork schnitzel for around 10 minutes total time. As these air fryer breaded escalopes are thin, around 1/4 inch thick, they don’t take long to cook and they will remain juicy, succulent and full of flavour when air fried.

Can you cook frozen pork schnitzel in the air fryer?

When air frying frozen pork schnitzel I typically will cook them for around 5-6 extra minutes. I air fry at 200C (395F approx) for 7-8 minutes, then I turn over, spray with oil again, and then air fry at 200C (395F approx) for another 7-8 minutes.

I always use a *meat thermometer before I serve to ensure that all meat I cook in the air fryer, or using any other method, is cooking through fully and thoroughly to avoid risking my families health.

White rice cooked in the Ninja foodi in a metal serving dish dressed with parsley on top

How do you know when pork schnitzel is fully cooked?

I like to use a meat thermometer, as this gives the same predictable results every time I cook a meal, particularly one made with meat.

If you’re looking for a visual cue then you want to ensure that the pork is cooked throughout, with no pink meat, and the juices run clear.

Why is my pork schnitzel tough? 

If you overcook your pork schnitzel it will be tough. Likewise if you cook it at a higher temperature it may dry out a little.

Soaking your pork chops in a brine can help to make it extra tender, but I’m usually deciding on dinner in a hurry, and want to get it done as soon as possible, so I skip the brining stage.

Roast potatoes made in the Ninja Foodi Dual Zone air fryer

Why is my pork schnitzel not crispy?

Make sure that you use the spray oil when you’re putting the schnitzels in to cook and again when you’ve turned it over. If you’ve got to 8-10 minutes of total cooking time, but haven’t got crispy schnitzels then I would recommend spraying with a little more spray oil and then cooking for another 1-2 minutes to crisp it up and make the breadcrumbs golden brown.

What is a good side dish for pork schnitzel? What to serve with schnitzel?

Typically I keep things a little simple, or classic, when serving pork schnitzel. Some of our favourites are pressure cooker mashed potatoesroot vegetable mash or air fryer mash.Often I will serve with air fryer green beansair fryer tenderstem broccoliair fryer corn on the cob or air fryer roasted tomatoes alongside it.

Baked beans, salad or air fryer mac and cheese is always a hit too in my home.

If you want to keep your meal a little lighter, or serve some cold sides, I love pickles, silverskin onions and coleslaw. All of these work really well too. 

Traditional side dishes to serve with schnitzel are apparently potato salad, cucumber salad or parsley potatoes. Air fryer pork schnitzel with potatoes is one of my favourites.

Ninja Foodi OL750UK 15 in a 1 model on a beige worktop with white tiles and a toaster in the background

What sauce is good with pork schnitzel?

Creamy sauces work well with pork schnitzel including mushroom sauce, mustard sauce, lemon thyme sauce, sour cream and dill sauce, lemon juice or even a nice onion gravy. I love to make air fryer onions too.

Want to use a dry rub for your pork schnitzel seasoning instead? 

I’ve got a few that I love:

Cooked air fryer pork chops on a wooden chopping board.

Want to re-heat leftover pork schnitzel?

When re-heating already cooked meat products, such as air fryer breaded pork cutlets I typically air fry at 200C (395F approx) for 3-4 minutes. I test the temperature before serving, just to ensure it is re-heated fully and correctly.

Something to note about air fryer recipes is that all air fryers have different sizes, depths and as such the cooking times can vary. All air fryer recipes on this website are intended as a guide, and not a guarantee that the timings will be perfect. Enjoy!

How long to air fry pork schnitzel:

Air fryer pork schnitzel

How to air fry pork schnitzel in under 20 minutes.

Course Main Course
Cuisine British
Keyword air fryer, breadcrumbs, pork
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 351 kcal
Author Katykicker

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless pork chops
  • 65 g plain flour
  • 1 medium egg
  • 80 g panko breadcrumbs or golden bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic granules or garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Spray oil

Instructions

  1. Wrap your boneless pork chops in cling film or parchment paper and then use a meat mallet or even a rolling pin to bash them as thin as possible. I typically make mine around 1/4 inch thick.
  2. Place the flour in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Beat the egg and place in a second bowl.
  4. Mix the basil, oregano, salt, pepper, garlic granules and smoked paprika into the panko breadcrumbs in a third shallow bowl.
  5. Coat the pork chops, one at a time, in flour, then the egg and finally into the panko crumbs seasoning mix.
  6. Lay the pork schnitzel in the air fryer basket, I lay them on parchment paper. Ensure there is a little room between each schnitzel for good air flow.
  7. Spray with a little spray oil, I typically use an olive oil spray.
  8. Air fry at 200C (395F approx) for 5 minutes.
  9. Carefully flip the pork chops over, and spray the tops with spray oil again.
  10. Air fry at 200C (395F approx) for 3-5 minutes.
  11. Check that the pork has reached a safe internal cooking temperature, 71C (160F) is what I work with. Rest the pork for 3-5 minutes before serving.

Note: All calorie information is for demonstration purposes only and is based on the specific uncooked ingredients that I used when creating the recipe.

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Two air fryer pork schnitzels on a wooden chopping board.
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