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Air fryer pork schnitzel on a white plate with green beans and a lemon wedge.

Air Fryer Pork Schnitzel

  • Author: Leanne
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Air Fry
  • Cuisine: German

Description

Air Fryer Pork Schnitzel is made with thin pork cutlets, breaded in seasoned panko crumbs and air fried for just 10 minutes until golden brown and crispy. 


Ingredients

  • 45 boneless pork chops, 1/2-inch thick, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup panko crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • spray oil

Instructions

  1. Lay a piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper on your work surface and arrange the pork chops in a single layer on top. Cover with another piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper.
  2. Use a mallet to pound each pork chop to 1/4-inch thick.
  3. Prepare your breading stations. Add the flour to a shallow bowl (or rimmed plate). In another shallow bowl, whisk your egg. And, in a third shallow bowl, mix together the panko crumbs and seasonings.
  4. Cover each piece of pork in a light coating of flour, dip it in the egg (let any excess egg drip off) and then coat it in the panko crumb mixture. (Use your fingers to lightly press the crumbs into the surface of the pork).
  5. Place the pork cutlets in a single layer in the air fryer basket and lightly spray the tops with oil. (Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to air fry in two batches).
  6. Air fry on 400F for 5 minutes. Flip the pork over, spray the tops and air fry for another 3-5 minutes. The pork should be golden brown and crispy with an internal temperature of 145F (US) or 160F (Canada).

  7. Remove from air fryer basket and let rest for 3 minutes before serving.
  8. Repeat with remaining pork, if necessary.

Notes

  1. According to the USDA, pork should be cooked to at least 145F with a 3 minute rest time. In Canada, the recommended minimum internal temperature is 160F. I normally use a meat thermometer to check for doneness.  
  2. I use one hand to coat the pork in flour and dip in the egg, keeping the other hand dry to coat each pork chop in the panko mixture and transfer to the air fryer. If you use the same hand, your fingers will get clumpy with egg and panko crumbs.
  3. This recipe was tested in a Cosori 5.8 quart air fryer. Air fryers can differ, so you may need to adjust the air frying temperature and time slightly.
  4. The air fryer I use has a non-stick basket. If you don’t have a non-stick basket, you may need to spray your basket with oil to prevent the pork from sticking.
  5. Be sure to check out the other sections above the recipe card for more detailed advice and suggestions for making this recipe.

Keywords: air fryer schnitzel, pork cutlets