Air Fryer Cajun Pork Medallions Spicy And Delicious

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What Are Air Fryer Cajun Pork Medallions?

Air Fryer Cajun Pork Medallions are a lovely dish prepared by seasoning pork tenderloin slices in a blend of Cajun seasoning, smoked paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper.

My recipe for Cajun Spice Blend.

The pork medallions are then cooked in an air fryer, resulting in a dish that has an amazing combination of spicy and juicy flavours.

Note: The air frying time will depend on the size and thickness of your pork medallions.

Can I Use Pork Tenderloin Or Chops For This Recipe?

Raw Pork Tenderloin Cut Into Medallions

If you only have pork tenderloin by all means slice it into medallions, after all this is where medallions are cut from.

Don’t be afraid to experiment, pork chops, belly pork or steaks would work fabulously with this recipe.

Air Fryer Raw Pork Medallions

Can You Cook Pork Medallions In An Air Fryer?

You can cook pork medallions in an air fryer!

Air frying is a fantastic method for achieving a perfectly cooked pork medallion with minimal oil and effort.

The air fryer retains all the nutrients making them juicy and delicious.

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Air Fryer Cajun Pork

Air Fryer Cajun Pork Medallions

Ingredients

Serves 2-3

  • 500g pork medallions
  • 2 tbsps Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • Olive oil

What Temperature To Cook Pork Medallions In The Air Fryer?

For cooking pork medallions in the air fryer, the recommended temperature is 180C /360F.

This temperature is perfect for achieving a golden exterior while ensuring the pork medallions cook through and remain juicy.

How To Cook Pork Medallions In The Air Fryer

Feel free to customise the spice quantities to your taste.

  • Start by removing your medallions from the refrigerator 30 minutes before air frying.
  • Wash under cold water.
  • In a bowl mix the Cajun seasoning, smoked paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper.
  • Brush the medallions with a little olive oil on both sides. This will allow the seasoning to adhere to the meat.
  • Generously coat each pork medallion with the mixture. Let the medallions rest for 15 minutes for the spice to infuse.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 180C/360F for 5 minutes.
  • Place the medallions into the basket. Do not overcrowd, allow enough space for the air to circulate.
  • Air fry for 12-15 minutes, turning halfway through the cooking time for even cooking.
  • It’s always a good idea to check for doneness by using a meat thermometer. The internal temperature of the pork should reach a minimum of 63C/ 145F to ensure it is safe to eat.
  • I probably shouldn’t say this but I have always been a bit funny with pork and whether I have cooked it thoroughly (I don’t know why!) but since buying a meat thermometer I know when it’s reached the temperature it’s safe to eat!
  • Once cooked allow the medallions to rest for a short time for the juices to redistribute.

Tips For Perfect Air Fryer Cajun Pork

Here are some tips for making perfect air fryer Cajun pork medallions:

Preheat your air fryer before adding the pork. This helps to achieve a crispy exterior.

Brush the pork medallions with a small amount of oil to enhance crispiness and allow the spice to adhere to the meat.

Arrange the pork medallions in a single layer in the air fryer basket. This ensures proper air circulation and even cooking.

Cook at around 180C / 360F for 12-15 minutes, turning halfway through. Adjust the timing based on your air fryer model and the thickness of the pork.

Use a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature reaches at least 145°F (63°C) for pork. More information from the Foods Standards Agency.

Allow the pork medallions to rest for a few minutes after cooking. This helps retain the juices.

What Can I Serve With The Cajun Pork Medallions?

Cajun Pork Medallions go perfectly with a variety of side dishes.

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Here are some suggestions:

Garlic Mashed Potatoes: Creamy mashed potatoes with a hint of garlic complement the Cajun spices in the pork.

Air Fryer Roasted Vegetables: Air fry a medley of seasonal vegetables such as bell peppers, courgettes and cherry tomatoes. The natural sweetness and roasted flavours will add a lovely contrast to the spice of the pork.

Cajun Rice: Create a Cajun-inspired rice dish by adding the same spices used in the pork medallions into the rice. Add diced vegetables for extra texture.

Coleslaw: A tangy and crunchy coleslaw made with cabbage, carrots, and a zesty dressing provides a refreshing balance.

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Cajun Pork Medallions Leftovers

Refrigeration

Place any leftover Cajun Pork Medallions in an airtight container in the refrigerator, they will last for up to three days.

Reheating From The Refrigerator

When ready to eat, reheat them in the air fryer at 190C/ 380F until thoroughly heated through. Again you can check the internal temperature (63C/ 145F) with a meat thermometer.

Freezing

Allow the cooked Cajun Pork Medallions to cool to room temperature but no longer than 2 hours as bacteria can then start to form.

Store in a freezer-safe bag or container, placing a layer of greaseproof paper or cling film between each medallion. This prevents them from sticking together during freezing and makes it easier to separate individual portions later.

You can freeze your cooked Cajun Pork Medallions for up to three months without compromising their quality.

Reheating From Frozen

You can either reheat from frozen or thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

If reheated from frozen they will take longer in the air fryer.,

Air Fryer Pork Medallion Q And A

Q: Can I use a different cut of pork?

A: While pork tenderloin is recommended, you can experiment with other cuts like pork loin, belly pork or chops.

Q: Can I cook Cajun Pork Medallions in a conventional oven?

A: While the air fryer is the recommended method for this recipe, you can adapt it to a conventional oven. Preheat the oven to 180°C (360°F) and adjust cooking times accordingly.

Q: Can I freeze cooked Cajun Pork Medallions?

A: Yes, you can freeze cooked Cajun Pork Medallions. Allow them to cool, and store them in airtight containers or freezer bags for up to three months. See above.

Q: Can I adjust the spice level in the recipe?

A: Customise the spice level by adjusting the amount of cayenne pepper in the Cajun seasoning to suit your taste preferences.

Q: Are Cajun Pork Medallions suitable for a low-carb diet?

A: Yes, Cajun Pork Medallions can be part of a low-carb diet. Ensure that the seasoning ingredients are suitable for your dietary preferences.

Q: How do I know when the pork is cooked through?

A: Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. Pork should reach a minimum of 63C/145F for safe consumption.

Q: Can I prepare Cajun Pork Medallions in advance for a party?

A: You can prepare the pork in advance and store them in the refrigerator. Air fry them just before serving.

Q: What’s the purpose of letting the medallions rest before serving?

A: Allowing the medallions to rest for a few minutes helps redistribute the juices making them succulent when served.

Q: Can I use the same Cajun seasoning for other dishes?

A: The Cajun seasoning used in this recipe is versatile and can enhance the flavour of other meats, vegetables, or even soups and stews.

Q: Can I grill Cajun Pork Medallions instead of using an air fryer?

A: You can grill Cajun Pork Medallions. Make sure the grill is preheated to medium-high heat and cook for approximately 15-20 minutes, turning halfway through.

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