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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- The Ultimate Honey Gravy For Roast Lamb, Chicken and Pork
- Simple Homemade Potato Salad with Egg and Bacon
- Winter Weber Q Roast Vegetables With Herbs
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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Juicy Air Fryer Roast Pork With Crispy Crackling
- 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.
I have a Phillips XXL and tried with a 1.1kg rolled shoulder. It was a little too big but crackling turned out amazing
Hello Reece, and thank you for the feedback. I am so glad the crackle turned out amazing for you.
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?
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.
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 …
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
Just cooked the best pork ever ! Super cracking
Thank you, I am so glad you enjoyed it
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.
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 🙂
Followed your instructions and finished up with crackle to die for – finally. Pork was moist and tender also.
I’m wrapped that it worked out for you, great job!
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.
Thank you for the feedback, I am wrapped that it turned out so well for you.
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.
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 🙂
What do I do if my thermometer is broken? 😩
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.
Thank you Kylie
The pork turned out beautifully with crackling to die for.
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.
Thank you for the feedback, I am wrapped that you got the results you wanted to achieve 🙂
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!!
Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback, I am super happy that it turned out for you
Thanks for the recipe, my crackling was perfect and pork still juicy!
Thank you for the feedback on how your pork turned out. I am so happy you got great results
TRIED THE PORK ROAST, CRACKLING WAS OUT OF THIS WORLD, POSSIBLY RUBBED TOO MUCH SALT INTO THE RIND. I AM 92 AND HAVE HAD A BIT OF EXPERIENCE WITH COOKING BUT THIS WAS THE BEST PORK BY FAR. DOUGIE
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 🙂
I am an extremely average cook 🍳 🤣 But this honestly turned out to absolute perfection! My whole family were pleasantly shocked! 🤣
Absolutely happy for you that this turned out for you and that you impressed the family.