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Juicy Air Fryer Roast Pork With Crispy Crackling

by Kylie

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If you are looking for a healthier way to cook your pork roast, then our Air Fryer Roast Pork with Crispy Crackling recipe may be what you need.

Air Fryer Roast Pork With Crispy Crackling

We’re crazy about our roast pork – Shannon and I fight over who gets to cook it in the Weber Q. But when I need my pork fix fast, I turn to my trusty Phillips XXL Air Fryer.

It may not have a fancy name, but it cooks up juicy, tender pork with crackling so crispy you’ll think it went to a spa retreat.

How to cook roast pork in an air fryer?

Cooking air fryer roast pork is a piece of cake (well, pork). It’s a lifesaver if you’re juggling oven time too. Just grab a boneless pork leg, some sea salt, salt flakes, and a drizzle of olive oil, and voila!

You’ve got a succulent roast pork that’ll make your taste buds sing.

Air Fryer Roast Pork With Crispy Crackling

To ensure a perfect crispy crackle on your air fryer roast pork every time, there are a few important steps to prep your pork roast.

  1. Score the skin.  Sometimes when you buy roast pork, the skin is not scored well. Make sure you check and cut with a very sharp knife, but do not cut too far down; about halfway through the skin is enough.
  2. Dry and salt the skin.   Very important, especially if you are using a vacuum-sealed one from your local supermarket. Pat the pork down with a paper towel, then rub a generous amount of table salt over the skin. Then cover it with a tea towel and let it sit overnight in the refrigerator. The salt soaks up moisture from the skin, drying it out. 

    Note – For the best results, follow the above step, but if you have to do this the day of cooking your pork, dry and salt your pork first thing in the morning and sit covered on the bench.
  3. Bring Your pork to room temperature.  For an excellent, even cook, allow your pork to sit covered on your bench so that it warms up to room temperature.
Air Fryer Roast Pork With Crispy Crackling


When it’s time to cook air fryer roast pork, give it a good rubdown with olive oil and sea salt flakes, making sure to get every nook and cranny, including the score marks.

Repeat the process with a little more oil and salt, but this time, just sprinkle it over the top and sides. Don’t go overboard with the salt, or you’ll end up with a salty disaster.

If there’s excess salt on top, scrape it off. And don’t forget to oil up the sides and underside of the pork.

Air Fryer Roast Pork With Crispy Crackling

If you have an iGrill 2 meat thermometer, insert the probe into the thickest part of the pork. This will help you keep track of its internal temperature.

Next, preheat your air fryer to 200°C for two minutes. Once it’s ready, spray the basket with non-stick cooking spray and carefully place the pork inside.

Ensure that you position the probe in a way that allows you to close the air fryer properly.

Air Fryer Roast Pork With Crispy Crackling

To achieve a good crackle, set your air fryer to 200°C on the roast setting and cook for 20 minutes.

Then lower the heat to 180°C and cook for 25 minutes per 500g or until the internal temperature reaches 68°C.

Air Fryer Roast Pork With Crispy Crackling

After your pork reaches an internal temperature of 68°C, remove it from the air fryer and allow it to rest until the temperature rises to 71°C. This is the recommended safe temperature for consuming pork.

Do not overcook your pork in the air fryer to reach this temperature, as it can result in dry meat. Remember, the meat continues to cook while resting, and removing it at 68°C will yield juicy roast pork with a crispy crackle.

Using an instant-read meat thermometer during cooking is useful to monitor the meat’s temperature and know when to take it out of the air fryer.

Air Fryer Roast Pork With Crispy Crackling

What cut and size pork to use in your air fryer?

When it comes to using an air fryer to cook pork, the size of your pork is limited compared to an oven or Weber Q, so make sure you know the size of your air fryer basket before buying your meat.

Boneless cuts work best, but if you do decide to cook with a bone-in roast, please share your experience in the comments box below.

Additionally, the thickness of the skin is an important consideration.

Thin-skinned pork roast works best in the air fryer, as the skin can swell during cooking and touch the top of the air fryer, potentially causing it to burn and prevent the basket drawer from opening.

As for the cut of pork, that depends on your preference. We personally enjoy roasting a leg.

What to serve with your air fryer roast pork?

The sky is the limit with what to serve. Here are just some ideas that we have alongside our air fryer roast pork with crispy crackling.

Other options are:

  • Roast or creamy mashed potatoes
  • Steamed green vegetables, such as broccoli or beans
  • Corn, carrots, asparagus and peas.
  • Roast or mashed pumpkin
  • Other salads, such as garden, coleslaw or caesar. 

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Air Fryer Roast Pork With Crispy Crackling

Juicy Air Fryer Roast Pork With Crispy Crackling

This super juicy pork roast with crispy crackling is one the family will love. Super easy to make and a great alternative method to cooking it in the oven.
4.92 from 12 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Australian
Servings 6 People
Calories 430 kcal


  • 1.7 kg Boneless Pork Leg Or a size suited to your air fryer
  • 1 tbsp Table Salt
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil more if needed
  • 2 tbsp Sea Salt more if needed


  • Dry your pork with paper towel, score the skin. Then rub table salt over the skin, cover with a tea towel and place in the fridge over night.
  • Remove the pork from the fridge to bring up to room tempeture before cooking.
  • Cover the pork, including underneath with olive oil. Rub sea salt over the skin making sure it goes into the score marks also. Add some more oil over the top of the skin and a rub another light amount of seat salt over the top.
  • Pre heat your air fryer for 2 minutes at 200°C.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with non-stick cooking spay and place the pork in the basket.
  • Cook at 200°C for 20 minutes on the roast setting, then reduce heat to 180°C and cook for 25 minutes per 500gms
  • When the pork reaches 68°C remove from the air fryer to rest. Your pork will cook further while resting. Once it reaches 71°C you can carve and serve.


Serving: 6PeopleCalories: 430kcal (22%)Protein: 63g (126%)Fat: 18g (28%)Saturated Fat: 4g (25%)Cholesterol: 179mg (60%)Sodium: 4857mg (211%)Potassium: 1061mg (30%)Calcium: 17mg (2%)Iron: 2mg (11%)
Keyword Air Fryer Roast Pork, Roast Pork
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Reece Christensen August 29, 2021 - 4:31 pm

5 stars
I have a Phillips XXL and tried with a 1.1kg rolled shoulder. It was a little too big but crackling turned out amazing

Kylie August 30, 2021 - 8:15 am

Hello Reece, and thank you for the feedback. I am so glad the crackle turned out amazing for you.

Mark Colfer September 5, 2021 - 1:18 am

I have a rolled boneless prk belly which I want to cook in the air fryer on rotisserie setting. Assuming the preparation is the same would the timings/ temperature be the same with this cut cooked by this method?

Kylie September 7, 2021 - 8:49 am

Hello Mark

I have to be honest, I have not tried this using a rotisserie in the air fryer, but it does sound interesting and one I will have to do in the future.

Donna Rushton March 12, 2022 - 11:54 am

5 stars
I’ve done a bone in leg roast using this recipe in an air fryer oven and turned out amazing! The trick is the internal temperature I’m guessing. Thanks for sharing …

Kylie March 15, 2022 - 8:56 am

So happy it turned out amazing for you. Thank you for the feedback and for letting us know you tried this with the bone in

Paula Johansen August 21, 2022 - 3:54 pm

5 stars
Just cooked the best pork ever ! Super cracking

Kylie August 23, 2022 - 10:09 am

Thank you, I am so glad you enjoyed it

Helen September 8, 2021 - 9:52 am

5 stars
Thanks Kylie,
So glad I came across your recipe for roast pork. I cooked roast in my Phillips XXL air fryer yesterday and it came out just great. Only thing is I should have checked my roast temperature a little earlier (maybe half way during cooking time) as it was a little over done, but still delicious. Will use this method all the time.
I am a big fan of air fryers and now your recipes.

Kylie September 9, 2021 - 10:26 am

Hi Helen
Thank you for the feedback and kind words. I am so happy it came out great for you, but yes checking the meat temp every so often during the cook is a good thing to do as times can vary due to the weight of the meat.
There are still many more air fryer recipes to come 🙂

Bev stevens November 12, 2021 - 11:46 pm

5 stars
Followed your instructions and finished up with crackle to die for – finally. Pork was moist and tender also.

Kylie November 13, 2021 - 2:31 pm

I’m wrapped that it worked out for you, great job!

Terry Hopkins January 10, 2022 - 12:46 pm

5 stars
Hi Kylie

I cooked a 1.4 kg roast in the Kalorik French door air fryer following your instructions and it turned out superbly. Great Crackling and nice and tender. Thank you very much.


Kylie January 13, 2022 - 8:39 am

Hello Terry

Thank you for the feedback, I am wrapped that it turned out so well for you.

June Pearson May 28, 2022 - 7:49 pm

Kylie thank you for placing your recipe of roast pork in the air fryer. We have just finished the best roast pork that was tender and juicy with the best crackling. A very happy husband.

Kylie May 29, 2022 - 10:31 am

I am so happy your pork turned out so well. And can so relate to a happy husband when it comes to a roast pork 🙂

Danika January 28, 2022 - 6:20 pm

Hi Kylie
What do I do if my thermometer is broken? 😩

Kylie January 29, 2022 - 7:13 am

If your meat thermometer is broken, cook at 200 for 20 and then 180 for 25 minutes per 500g. To check if it is done, pierce the meat in the centre with a sharp knife, if the liquid comes out clear or with a really faint pink tinge then it is ready.

Dani January 29, 2022 - 8:20 am

Thank you Kylie
The pork turned out beautifully with crackling to die for.
Cheers Dani

Belinda February 16, 2022 - 1:34 pm

Followed this recipe and times Pork was perfect and crackle to die for. Will do all my pork roasts in the air fryer from now on.

Kylie February 17, 2022 - 9:01 am

Hello Belinda
Thank you for the feedback, I am wrapped that you got the results you wanted to achieve 🙂

Cat April 18, 2022 - 3:10 am

5 stars
I’ve just made this in our Ninja Foodi 9-1 and OMG…. It was amazing!! We used a 1.5kg pork loin with skin on and it came out beautifully.

The pork was tender and moist and the crackling was just perfect. Salty, crispy with a soft fluffy underside. Thank you for this recipe, we will definitely be using this again!!

Kylie April 19, 2022 - 11:18 am

Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback, I am super happy that it turned out for you

Amanda Merrey May 25, 2022 - 12:18 am

5 stars
Thanks for the recipe, my crackling was perfect and pork still juicy!

Kylie May 29, 2022 - 10:29 am

Thank you for the feedback on how your pork turned out. I am so happy you got great results

Doug Petrass July 26, 2022 - 12:55 pm

4 stars

Kylie July 27, 2022 - 10:01 am

Thank you, Dougie, for the feedback. So wrapped, you were happy with how it turned out, especially since you have more years behind you than I cooking a pork roast. Sorry to hear that you put a little too much salt on the rind, but that’s ok; mental note for next time 🙂

Belinda Andonaros January 12, 2023 - 9:47 am

5 stars
I am an extremely average cook 🍳 🤣 But this honestly turned out to absolute perfection! My whole family were pleasantly shocked! 🤣

Kylie January 12, 2023 - 1:30 pm

Absolutely happy for you that this turned out for you and that you impressed the family.


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