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Pork Schnitzel in Air Fryer

There are two important things you must know when it comes to making pork schnitzel in an air fryer:

  1. You can make it – and make it perfect. That is, when it is crunchy from the outside yet the meat is soft and moist on the inside.
  2. It’s not that simple. It’s definitely not just breading your meat and throwing it in the air fryer. That is not going to work.

Making perfect pork schnitzel in an air fryer involves two tricks that I share with you in this recipe.

Perfect Pork Schnitzel and Fat

In the kitchen, almost everything comes down to fat. Fat is what carries most of the flavors and fat is what makes us possible to use higher cooking temperatures, thus reach different and desirable frying results.

Consequently no pork schnitzel will ever be perfect unless we add some fat. And if the frying medium itself is not fat, that is, in case of an air fryer it is literally air, then we need to add the fat to the food itself.

This is in fact the most important trick to making a perfect pork schnitzel in an air fryer. Before breading apply a thin layer of fat on the meat.

Breading pork chops for air frying

The biggest advantage of this method is that you are really free to use any type of fat. You don’t need to use the most common, but from an omega 3:6 standpoint, very unhealthy oils; like vegetable oil, canola oil, grapeseed oil, or sunflower oil. You can of course, if you’d like to.

But you can use olive oil, goose fat, duck fat, bacon fat, whatever type of fat you want. These, other than being much healthier than regular vegetable oils, have the benefit of adding some additional flavor to your food.

2 Secrets to Making Perfect Pork Schnitzel in an Air Fryer

Pork schnitzel in air fryer
  1. Apply a thin layer of fat on the meat before breading. This should be around 3-4 grams per schnitzel, and feel free to use whatever premium fat you want.
  2. Season the egg and the flour. Because it is difficult to season the fat coated meat, add more salt and freshly ground black pepper to the egg and the flour.

Fry the schnitzels for 15 minutes at 355 F in the air fryer. If you make it this way, your air fryer pork schnitzels will turn out crunchy on the outside yet soft and succulent in the inside every time. Like the yummiest, most perfect deep fried version.

Making pork schnitzel in air fryer 1

It is important to turn the schnitzels during cooking, preferably two times. Once after 6-7 minutes, then again after another 6-7 minutes.

Making pork schnitzel in air fryer 2

Serve your pork schnitzels warm and crunchy, just out of the air fryer.

Pork schnitzel in air fryer

Pork Schnitzel in Air Fryer

How to make delicious, soft and crunchy pork schnitzel in an air fryer
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 1 lb boneless pork chops sliced
  • 5 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 30 g fat see the recipe for details
  • salt
  • black pepper freshly ground


  • Prepare a traditional breading station. Put the flour on a plate, whisk the egg in another one, and put the breadcrumbs on a third one. Add salt and pepper to the flour and egg mixture. This is the first trick, we flavor the eggs and the flour and not the meat. This is because of trick no. 2.
    Flavored eggs for breading meat
  • Prepare the meat slices. Pound them, reach around ¼ inch or 5-7 mm of thickness. Pat them dry with some paper towel.
    Pounded boneless pork chop
  • Coat the meat slices lightly with the fat. Then bread them the traditional way: first dredge them in flour, then in the egg mixture and finally cover with the breadcrumbs. The second trick is to apply some fat on the meat before breading as we won't use any oils during cooking and we need some fat to make perfect crispy pork schnitzels.
    Breading pork chops for air frying
  • Preheat your air fryer. Cook the meat at 355 F for 15 minutes. Turn them after 6-7 minutes and then again, preferably after another 6-7 minutes.
  • Serve your air fried pork schnitzels warm, fresh and crunchy.
    Pork schnitzel in air fryer
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