I love the versatility of pork chops. This air fryer honey mustard pork chops recipe is the latest recipe I’ve made and it’s so good! This 30 minute meal is perfect after a busy day at work. Making a tasty honey mustard pork chop sauce is super-easy too! You will LOVE this delicious air fried pork recipe.
You will need boneless pork chops which are thick-cut, to make honey mustard pork. This ensures they won’t cook too fast or come out not juicy enough. I usually use thick cuts when making boneless pork chops in the air fryer.
The heat comes from all around when using an air fryer, as opposed from just underneath if you’re pan frying the meat. So using a nice, thick cut ensures your air fried pork recipe cooks perfectly without drying out.
Air Fryer Honey Mustard Pork Chops Ingredients
Boneless pork chops in the air fryer have a neutral flavour, which is why I love to make a piquant sauce to go with them. This honey mustard sauce for pork chops is just perfect.
Mustard, paprika, garlic, honey, mayo, lemon, and garlic pair with oil and some salt and pepper, to make the sauce. I’m sure you already have most (or all!) of those ingredients to hand already, since they are all pretty much kitchen staples.
How to Make this 30 Minute Meal
The first step in this air fryer honey mustard pork chops recipe is to take the meat out of the refrigerator. Don’t forget to do this! Give the pork about 15 minutes to come to room temperature.
I like to give it 30 minutes just to ensure it’s not too cold. Letting it warm up a little means a juicier result, since it won’t be going from cold to heat which can affect the texture.
Rub paprika, salt and pepper into the pork on both sides then cook them for 15 minutes, flipping halfway through. Bear in mind if your pork chops aren’t that thick, they might cook faster. In that case, check them sooner.
While you’re cooking the boneless pork chops in the air fryer, make the sauce. Whisk the ingredients together and warm it in a pan for 5 minutes. Don’t let it boil – just keep the honey mustard sauce for pork chops at a low simmer and stir often.
Let the pork rest for 5 minutes after cooking then serve with the honey mustard sauce. I like to sprinkle some parsley on top before serving. It adds colour to this air fried pork recipe and the flavour works too.
Side Dish Options for Honey Mustard Pork
Take your pick from all your favourite sides. I find anything goes with air fryer honey mustard pork chops. Since the honey mustard sauce for pork chops is quite flavourful though, you might like to pick neutral sides. Something plain such as boiled white rice or mashed potatoes would work.
Then you can add your favourite steamed green vegetable or a simple salad. How about steamed broccoli or broccolini? Brussels sprouts would also work, or perhaps you’re more of a zucchini fan. If you want to go the salad route instead, toss your preferred leaves with a simple vinaigrette. You might like to add some chopped nuts too.
While the pork is cooking in the air fryer and the sauce is simmering on the stove, you can prepare your chosen side(s).
How to Choose the Best Pork Chops
Just as you’d compare steaks before making a choice, you should also compare pork chops. After all, no two chops are exactly the same. This cut of meat comes from the loin which runs from the shoulder to hip. Pork chops tend to be mild-tasting and lean.
For the best air fryer honey mustard pork chops result, choose chops which have some marbling and are a pink-red colour. Don’t buy anything pale or with dark spots on. If you are buying your meat ahead, it will keep for 2 or 3 days in the refrigerator before cooking. You can also freeze pork chops for up to 6 months.
Since you’re using thick pork chops for this air fried pork recipe, give them plenty of thawing time if frozen. They can take up to 14 hours to fully thaw in the refrigerator so take them out the night before.
History of the Honey Mustard Combo
You might be wondering about the history behind air fryer honey mustard pork chops. Who first came up with the idea of combining honey and mustard? Well it actually dates back more than you might think! In fact the ancient Romans and Egyptians are believed to have used the combo in the 4th or 5th century AD!
There is a sauce recipe in the ancient ‘De Re Coquinaria’ cookbook calling for honey and mustard seeds along with dill, black pepper, and other herbs and spices. This shows just how long this amazing combination of ingredients has been around!
Air fryers haven’t been around that long, of course, but they’re perfect for rustling up this 30 minute meal. So when you are enjoying your air fried pork recipe, think about this history of honey mustard and how long this classic mixture has been enjoyed.
I also love honey mustard salad dressing and that’s believed to date back to the 1970s or 1980s. Dan Ryan, a chef from Southern California, apparently came up with this magical mixture, at least according to Ken Hulick, his former son-in-law.
I loved this air fryer honey mustard pork chops so much, I am definitely going to make it regularly. It’s just so easy and totally delicious!
If you like this air fried pork recipe, you might also like Flavourful Instant Pot Hawaiian Pork Tenderloin, Butter Herbed Shrimp and Juicy Pan Seared Pork Chops or Juicy Greek Lemon Baked Pork Chops.
Air Fryer Honey Mustard Pork Chops Recipe
Air Fryer Honey Mustard Pork Chops
- 4 pork chops boneless, thick cut
- 2 Tablespoon yellow mustard
- 1 Teaspoon salt
- 1 Teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 Teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 Cloves garlic crushed
- 1/4 Cup honey
- 1/4 Cup mustard stone ground
- 1/4 Cup mayonnaise
- 1 lemon juiced
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 Cup parsley chopped for garnish
- Remove the pork chops from the fridge and let come to room temperature, about 15 minutes.
- Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F for 5 minutes
- Brush a layer of yellow mustard onto the pork chops. Season both sides with salt, black pepper, and smoked paprika.
- Place the pork chops into the air fryer basket, leaving room between each pork chop. Cook for 8 minutes, flip, and cook for an additional 7 minutes.
- While the pork chops are cooking, prepare the honey mustard. In a small bowl, combine honey, stone ground mustard, mayonnaise, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic powder, and crushed garlic. Whisk to combine. Pour honey mustard mixture into a saucepan over high heat. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.
- Remove pork chops and let rest 5 minutes on a cutting board. Pour honey mustard over the pork chops and garnish with fresh chopped parsley.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
I hope you enjoy this easy 30 minute meal! This air fried pork recipe is one that you will make again and again. If you are looking for other pork recipes, you might like this Parmesan Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin.