Amazing Pork With Perfect Crackling In The Air Fryer

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ninja dual air fryer roast pork

Are you craving a succulent and juicy air fryer roast pork? Look no further!

In this guide, I’ll show you how to create the most irresistibly juicy roast pork using the Ninja Dual Air Fryer.

Although I am using a Ninja Dual air fryer for this recipe, it will work just as well in your air fryer.

Just be aware that all air fryers are different and cooking times and temperatures may vary.

The Best Cuts Of Pork For Roasting

When it comes to air-frying roast pork, choosing the right cut of meat is crucial.

There are several cuts of pork that are ideal for roasting, each offering its unique flavours and textures.

The most popular cuts for roasting include the pork loin, pork tenderloin, and pork shoulder.

The pork loin is a lean and tender cut that is perfect for those who prefer a leaner option.

It has a mild flavour and a tender texture, making it a great choice for roast pork.

pork loin

On the other hand, the pork tenderloin is the leanest and most tender cut of pork.

It is incredibly juicy and tasty, but it can be easily overcooked, so it requires careful attention during the cooking process.

pork tenderloin

If you’re looking for a cut that is rich in flavour and has a melt-in-your-mouth tenderness, the pork shoulder is the way to go.

This cut is marbled with fat, which adds moisture and flavour to the meat. It is slightly tougher than the other cuts but becomes incredibly tender when slow-cooked or roasted.

pork shoulder

No matter which cut you choose, make sure to look for meat that is fresh and of high quality.

The quality of the meat will greatly affect the result of your roast pork.

How To Prepare Pork For The Air Fryer

Before you start cooking your roast pork, it’s important to properly prepare the meat to ensure maximum flavour and tenderness.

The first step is to trim any excess fat from the pork apart from the crackling. While fat adds flavour and moisture to the meat during the cooking process, too much fat can result in a greasy and oily finished dish.

To trim the fat, use a sharp knife to carefully remove any excessive fat from the surface of the pork. Be careful not to remove all of the fat, as it helps to keep the meat moist during cooking. Leave a thin layer of fat on the surface to enhance the flavour and juiciness of the roast pork.

After trimming the fat, it’s time to season the pork.

This is where you can get creative and add your personal touch to the dish.

To season the pork, create a dry rub by combining your chosen seasonings in a small bowl.

Spray the pork with oil and rub the mixture all over the surface of the pork, making sure to cover it evenly.

For a more intense flavour, you can also marinate the pork overnight in a mixture of your favourite seasonings and liquids such as soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, or apple cider vinegar.

Roast Pork Seasonings And Marinades

variety of herbs and seasonings

When it comes to creating an irresistibly juicy roast pork, selecting the right seasonings and marinades is key.

Best Marinades For Pork

Allow the pork to marinate for at least 2-4 hours, or overnight for a more intense flavour.

This will not only infuse the meat with delicious flavours but also help to tenderise it, resulting in juicy and tasty roast pork.

Classic Herb


  • Fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, oregano) – 2 tablespoons (finely chopped)
  • Garlic cloves, minced – 3 cloves
  • Olive oil – 60 ml
  • Lemon zest – Zest of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper – To taste

This marinade blends the flavours of fresh herbs with the zesty kick of lemon and a touch of garlic. The olive oil brings the taste together.

Sweet and Tangy Teriyaki


  • Teriyaki sauce – 120 ml
  • Pineapple juice – 60 ml
  • Brown sugar – 2 tablespoons
  • Soy sauce – 2 tablespoons
  • Ginger, grated – 1 teaspoon

A sweet and savoury marinade. The combination of teriyaki sauce, pineapple juice, and brown sugar creates a delicious glaze that caramelises as the pork roast air fries. The hint of ginger adds a slight kick.

Mediterranean Magic


  • Balsamic vinegar – 60 ml
  • Olive oil – 60 ml
  • Dijon mustard – 2 tablespoons
  • Fresh rosemary, minced – 1 tablespoon
  • Lemon juice – Juice of 1 lemon

Transport your taste buds to the Mediterranean with this marinade. Balsamic vinegar gives a tangy taste, while olive oil and Dijon mustard add richness. Fresh rosemary and lemon juice add a zing and aroma, making this marinade truly special.

Citrus Burst


  • Orange juice – 60 ml
  • Lime juice – Juice of 1 lime
  • Lemon zest – Zest of 1 lemon
  • Honey – 2 tablespoons
  • Garlic powder – 1 teaspoon

The combination of orange juice, lime juice, and lemon zest gives a refreshing tang to the pork roast. Honey adds sweetness, while garlic powder adds a savoury taste.

Marinating Tips

  • Marinate your pork roast for at least 2 to 4 hours, or overnight for maximum flavour infusion.
  • Place the pork roast and marinade in a resealable plastic bag for even distribution.
  • Massage the marinade into the meat to ensure it’s evenly coated.
  • If using a store-bought marinade, consider adding extra fresh herbs or seasonings.
  • Pat the pork roast dry before air frying to achieve a crispy exterior.

Best Pork Rubs

The right combination of flavours can enhance the natural taste of the pork and take it to a whole new level.

Consider using a combination of the following ingredients:

  • Garlic
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Paprika
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper

Garlic and Herb Rub: This classic combination of garlic, rosemary, thyme, and black pepper adds a savoury and aromatic flavour to the pork. Simply mix the herbs and spices and rub the mixture all over the surface of the pork.

Smoky Paprika Rub: If you’re a fan of smoky flavours, this rub is for you. Combine smoked paprika, cumin, chilli powder, and brown sugar to create a rub that will give your roast pork a deep and smoky taste.

Remember to season the pork generously with your chosen seasonings ensuring that every inch of the meat is covered.

Pork Roast Air Fryer Tips

Creating roast pork that is both crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside can be a challenge, but with the right techniques, it is achievable.

Here are some tips to help you achieve the perfect balance of crispiness and juiciness in your roast pork:

Preheat the Air Fryer: Before you start cooking the pork, preheat the air fryer to the recommended temperature. This will ensure that the pork cooks evenly and results in a crispy exterior.

Use a wire rack: Placing the pork on a wire rack while it cooks in the air fryer allows for better air circulation and helps to prevent the meat from becoming soggy. The wire rack also helps to render out excess fat, resulting in a crispy and tasty crust.

Baste the pork: During the cooking process, basting the pork with its juices will help to keep it moist and add extra flavour. Simply brush the pork with the basting liquid every 15-20 minutes for optimal juiciness.

Monitor the cooking time: Overcooking the pork can result in dry and tough meat. Make sure to monitor the cooking time closely and use a meat thermometer to ensure that the internal temperature reaches the desired level of doneness.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to achieve roast pork that is both crispy and juicy.

Roast Pork Crackling in The Air Fryer

pork crackling

Score the Skin

Use a sharp knife and carefully score the skin in a crosshatch pattern. This allows the fat to render and the skin to crisp evenly.

TIP: Ask your butcher to score it when purchasing your pork.

Dry the Skin

Pat the skin dry with kitchen paper. Moisture inhibits crispiness, so ensure the skin is as dry as possible.

Season Well

Rub the skin with a mixture of salt, pepper, and olive oil. This not only flavours the crackling but also helps in the crisping process.

Air Fryer Pork Crackling Joint

Cooking a small pork roast with crackling in the Ninja Dual Air Fryer is a breeze, thanks to its innovative technology and precise temperature control.

For this recipe, I will be air frying a 2lb / 900g Pork Loin Roast and using salt and olive oil to season.

air fryer pork with crackling


  • 2lb / 900g Pork Loin Roast
  • Olive oil
  • 2 tsp Sea Salt (use 1 tsp per lb of pork)

Preheat the air fryer to 200C / 400F for 5 minutes. This will ensure that the pork cooks evenly and results in a crispy exterior.

How To Cook Pork Loin In The Air Fryer

Place the seasoned / marinated pork on a wire rack in the air fryer basket.

Sear the pork at 200C /400F for about 10 minutes to lock in the juices and create a crispy exterior. Turn after 5 minutes.

After searing, lower the temperature to 180C /360F for the remainder of the cooking time.

Halfway through the cooking time, open the air fryer basket and carefully turn the pork using tongs or a spatula. This will ensure that both sides of the pork cook evenly and result in a uniform crust.

Close the basket and continue cooking the pork for the remaining time, or until the internal temperature reaches the desired level of doneness. Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature. Refer to the chart below for your preferred level of doneness.

Once the pork is cooked, carefully remove it from the air fryer and transfer it to a cutting board.

Allow the meat to rest for at least 10 minutes before carving. This will help to retain the juices and ensure juicy and tender roast pork.

meat thermometer

How To Rest Pork With Crackling

Resting the roast pork after cooking is a crucial step that should not be overlooked.

Allowing the meat to rest for a few minutes before carving helps to redistribute the juices, resulting in juicier roast pork.

Here’s how to properly rest and carve your roast pork:

1. Transfer the cooked pork to a clean cutting board. Make sure to use a cutting board with a groove to catch any juices that may escape during carving.

2. Loosely cover the pork with aluminium foil or a clean kitchen towel. This will help to retain the heat and prevent the meat from cooling too quickly.

3. Let the pork rest for at least 10 minutes or up to 20 minutes for larger cuts. This resting period allows the juices to settle back into the meat, resulting in a tender and juicy roast pork.

4. Once the resting time is up, it’s time to carve the pork. Use a sharp carving knife to slice the meat against the grain into thin, even slices. This will help to ensure tenderness and make for easier chewing.

5. Serve the carved roast pork immediately, and enjoy!

How Long To Cook A Pork Joint In The Air Fryer?

air fryer pork cooking times

Serving Suggestions And Side Dishes

Roast pork is a versatile dish that can be paired with a wide range of delicious sides and accompaniments.

Whether you prefer something light and refreshing or rich and indulgent, there are plenty of options to choose from.

Here are some delicious serving suggestions and side dishes:

Creamy Mashed Potatoes: Serve your roast pork with a side of creamy mashed potatoes. The velvety texture of the potatoes will provide a comforting contrast to the crispy exterior of the pork.

Tangy Applesauce: The sweetness and tanginess of applesauce make it a classic accompaniment to roast pork. Serve a dollop of homemade or store-bought applesauce alongside the pork.

Fresh Garden Salad: If you’re looking for something light and refreshing, serve your roast pork with a fresh garden salad. A simple green salad with vinaigrette dressing or a citrusy coleslaw will add a burst of freshness to the meal.

Gravy: For an extra touch of indulgence, drizzle some rich gravy over the roast pork.

Feel free to mix and match these serving suggestions and side dishes to create a meal that suits your taste and preferences.

Compile them together for a completely delicious roast dinner.

Cooking display with herbs

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Troubleshooting Roast Pork

While roasting pork in the air fryer is a straightforward process, you may encounter some common issues along the way.

Here are some troubleshooting tips to help you overcome any challenges and achieve the best results:

Dry Pork: If your roast pork turns out dry, it may have been overcooked. Make sure to monitor the cooking time closely and use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature for perfect doneness.

Soggy Surface: If the surface of your roast pork is soggy instead of crispy, it may be due to insufficient air circulation. Make sure to use a wire rack in the air fryer basket and avoid overcrowding the pork.

Uneven Browning: If your roast pork is unevenly browned, try turning the meat halfway through the cooking process. This will ensure that both sides of the pork cook evenly and result in a uniform crust.

Burnt Exterior: If the exterior of your roast pork is burnt, it may be due to excessive heat or cooking time. Make sure to follow the recommended cooking temperature and time for the specific cut of pork you are using.

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Storing, Freezing, and Reheating Cooked Air Fryer Pork Roast

food storage containers

Storing Cooked Air Fryer Pork Roast

Follow these steps:

Cooling Down: Allow the cooked pork roast to cool down to room temperature before storage for no longer than 2 hours. This prevents condensation buildup in the container.

Airtight Containers: Place the pork in an airtight container or resealable bag.

Labelling: Label the containers with the date of preparation to keep track of freshness.

Refrigeration: Store the containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days.

Freezing Cooked Air Fryer Pork Roast

If you’re not planning to eat the pork roast within a few days, freezing is the best option to extend its shelf life.

Here’s how:

Follow the steps for cooling down and using airtight containers as mentioned above.

Double Wrapping: For added protection, consider double-wrapping the containers with aluminium foil or cling film before placing them in the freezer.

Labelling: Clearly label the packages with the date of freezing to ensure you use them within a reasonable time frame.

Freeze: Place the wrapped containers in the freezer.

Freezing Duration: Cooked pork roast can be frozen for up to 2 to 3 months.

Reheating Cooked Air Fryer Pork Roast

Air Fryer Reheating: The air fryer can work its magic once again. Preheat the air fryer to 180C / 360F, place the pork in the basket, and heat for about 5-7 minutes. Keep an eye on them to prevent overcooking.

Microwave Reheating: For quick reheating, use the microwave. Place the pork on a microwave-safe dish, sprinkle with cold water and heat in 30-second intervals until warmed through.

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Air Frying Different Cuts Of Pork

I have covered how to air fry pork loin but how do you air fry different cuts eg: pork shoulder and pork tenderloin?

The cooking time varies depending on the thickness of the cuts.

How Long To Cook Pork Tenderloin In The Air Fryer?

As a guideline, pork tenderloin usually takes around 20-25 minutes per 1lb(500g).

How Long To Cook Air Fryer Pork Shoulder?

Pork shoulder air fryer time will be slightly longer approximately 30-35 minutes per 1lb(500g).

Turn halfway through the cooking process for even crispiness.

To ensure the pork is cooked, use a meat thermometer.

The internal temperature should reach 64C / 145F for tenderloin and 71C / 160F for shoulder cuts.


I’m always a bit suspicious of pork. I recommend thoroughly thawing the pork before roasting for safer consumption and better results.

Thaw overnight in the fridge before air frying.

Monitoring the internal temperature is key. Cook the pork until it reaches 64C / 145F then let it rest to retain moisture.

While the Ninja Dual Air Fryer is spacious, buying a roast that will fit comfortably without overcrowding for proper air circulation is important.

One basket will comfortably fit a 2lb/900g roast.

Traditional accompaniments like roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, and apple sauce work beautifully with roast pork.

Experiment with different marinades, rubs, and seasonings to create unique flavours.

Yes indeed. A resealable plastic bag is a convenient way to marinate, ensuring that the pork is fully coated and allowing for easy cleanup.


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