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How Long To Cook a Pork Roast In Air Fryer?
However, if you are new to the air frying game, I suggest getting yourself an air fryer and trying out this recipe.
Why Air Fry your Pork Roast?
- Cooking your meat in the air fryer uses less time than when you use an oven. So you have enough time for more delicious side dishes such as air fry is frozen sweet potato fries, or air fry tater tats.
- This recipe with an air fryer will provide the perfect juicy pork roast, regardless of which joint you use. If your joint has a rind on it, the air fryer makes the easiest and crispiest crackling.
- The air fryer works well for small or large joints. All you need is your pork joint and air fryer – it couldn’t be easier!
- Air fryer: Any air fryer that will cook your pork roast evenly will do. Just make sure that it’s large enough to fit your entire pork roast.
- Tongs: These are convenient tools for removing the pork roast from the air fryer without having to flip it upside down.
- Meat thermometer: If you are worried about under- or overcooking, using a thermometer is the easiest way to ensure juicy, perfectly cooked pork, regardless of its size.
- Knife: This will help to score the meat.
- Timer: This will help you check the timing of the recipe.
- Tenderized, boneless pork
- Seasoning salt and spice
- Spray oil (either canola oil or olive oil or vegetable oil will do. It is all determined on personal preference)
The first step in this recipe is to score the rind lengthways. As the skin is quite hard to cut, you must be careful when using a sharp knife. Make sure only to cut the skin and not to cut through to the fat and meat underneath. Next, dry the rind with a paper towel, and salt it generously. Rub the salt into the cuts you have made so it can season into the meat. Next, it is time to leave the pork roast uncovered in a refrigerator to rest. When resting, it must be skin-side up. Check on the pork at it once or twice while it rests, so you wipe off any liquid that appears. This will ensure that the rind dries out completely.
It is time to preheat the air fryer to 400 F / 200 C(if your model of air fryer preheat automatically, just set it to this temperature, otherwise turn it on for 3 to 5 minutes before I start the cooking process). Transfer the pork roast to the air fryer, rind side up, and air fry until the internal temperature of the pork is 145 F / 63 C. The exact roasting time will vary depending on the size of the meat that you use. Naturally, a smaller pork roast will cook faster than a larger one (about 30 minutes for the small ones and one hour for 15 minutes for the larger ones). Remove the cooked pork roast from the air fryer, and leave it for about 15 minutes before you carve and serve.
Common Problem with Making Air Fryer Pork Roast:
- Too much moisture in the skin or cooking at too low temperatures is the most common pork roast problem. If you cook your roast at the temperatures suggested, the skin probably has too much moisture in it.
- Crackling gets too crispy or burned before the meat is cooked. This happens if you have a very thick pork joint. Crackling is usually fine if it’s a little overcooked, but if it’s starting to burn, you can gently cut off the crackling, remove it from the air fryer, and leave the meat to finish cooking.
- The meat is cooked before the crackling is crispy. You can gently remove meat from the air fryer and gently cut off the pork skin if this happens. Place the skin back into the air fryer separately. Cook it on high heat until it forms crackling, and serve it alongside the pork.
Tips When Making Pork Roast In an Air Fryer:
- Any pork joint or cut of pork can be used for this recipe. However, I prefer a tender cut of pork, as it cooks faster than tougher cuts such as pork shoulder or pork butt.
- When you choose your pork joint, make sure that it can fit in your air fryer. Air fryers and meat come in vastly different sizes.
- You have to start preparing your pork roast 24 hours before cooking if you want to make crackling from the skin.
- A meat thermometer is a vital kitchen instrument for you to have when making the pork roast.
- Make sure only to score the skin and not into the fat, salt it generously, and wipe off excess water multiple times while you’re storing the joint uncovered in a refrigerator for at least 24 hours before cooking.
- Your exact cooking time will vary depending on the size of the joint and the make and model of your air fryer.
- If you don’t intend on making crackling, or your pork joint has no skin, you can add seasoning or marinades as you please before cooking.
- Glazes, marinades, or other liquids will prevent the crackling from forming. Therefore, I only recommend adding these to the meat after the crackling has been created, for example, in the last 10-15 minutes of cooking.
In conclusion, this air fryer pork roast recipe is super simple, and it is a perfect dish for your dinner table. It is a time-saving and easy recipe that can be served as-is or add a preferred garnish to the next level. Roast the pork with oil, salt, and pepper to taste.