Air Fryer Tonkatsu

Published Date
June 4th 2023
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Are you getting tired of regular pork chops? Take your pork chops to the next level with our Air Fryer Tonkatsu; it's simply delicious. Seasoned pork chops are dredged in gluten-free all-purpose flour, whole milk, and almond meal, then air-fried until golden brown. The pork chops are served with Napa cabbage, lemon wedges, and a delicious homemade tonkatsu sauce. But you can also serve them with orzo rice or Briam Greek roasted vegetables.

Why are my air fryer pork chops tough?

You probably overcooked the pork chops. Pork chops contain little to no fat, making them challenging if cooked too long. 

How long does pork go in the air fryer?

It only takes about 13–15 minutes to cook air fryer tonkatsu. However, the air frying time may vary, depending on the thickness of the pork chops.

How do you reheat frozen tonkatsu in the air fryer?

To reheat frozen tonkatsu, put them in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Cook them for 4 minutes. Flip the tonkatsu over and cook them for another 3–4 minutes until golden brown. 

How do you keep tonkatsu crispy?

Once it's fried, place the tonkatsu on a cooling rack set over a baking sheet. Place the tonkatsu in a 200 °F oven to keep it warm and crispy. 

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Author: Sarah Leadon
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Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
28 mins
4 persons


Tonkatsu Sauce:
Air Fryer Tonkatsu:


Tonkatsu Sauce:

Whisk the coconut aminos, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, coconut sugar, kosher salt, garlic powder, and ground ginger in a small saucepan until combined. 

Prepare the tonkatsu sauce

Set the tonkatsu sauce over medium-high heat and let it come to a boil. 

Start to cook the tonkatsu sauce

Turn the flame down to low. Let the tonkatsu sauce cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Turn the stove off and set the tonkatsu sauce aside to cool. 

Continue cooking the Tonkatsu sauce till it thickens
Air Fryer Tonkatsu:

Put the pork chops on a large cutting board in an even layer. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper on both sides of the pork chops. 

Prepare and season the pork chop

Place the gluten-free all-purpose flour into a shallow baking dish. Place the whole milk into a second shallow baking dish. 

Prepare the breading for the Air Fryer Tonkatsu

Place the almond meal into a third shallow baking dish and add the Italian seasoning and paprika, as well as the remaining salt and pepper. Mix until combined. 

Add seasoning to the breading

Dredge each pork chop in the gluten-free all-purpose flour, then in the whole milk, and then in the almond meal mixture.

Coat pork chop with flour, milk and almond meal

Put the pork chops on a plate. Spray the air fryer basket lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Preheat the air fryer to 360 °F. 

Prepare pork for air frying

Next, add the pork chops to the air fryer basket in a single layer. Spray them with non-stick cooking spray. 

Put pork chop in the air fryer

Cook the pork chops for 8 minutes. Flip the pork chops over and cook them for another 5 minutes until golden brown. 

Cooking pork chop on both sides

Place the Napa cabbage onto a serving platter and add the pork chops on top. 

Put Pork chop on top of shredded cabbage

Drizzle the tonkatsu sauce on top of the pork chops and garnish them with lemon wedges. 

Serving the Air Fryer Tonkatsu
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