Filled with melted manchego cheese, olives, roasted red peppers, and sundried tomatoes, these tender stuffed pork chops in air fryer are a feast for the senses!
Not only are stuffed pork chops in air fryer succulent and packed full of flavor, but they’re also simple to make. Plus, air frying is much quicker than other ways of making stuffed pork chops and easier to clean up afterward.
Cooking stuffed pork chops in an air fryer means that the meat is cooked to tender perfection, complementing the delicate and flavorful filling. Air frying creates the perfect char outside while sealing in the pork’s natural moisture.
These air fryer stuffed pork chops are seasoned with a delicious blend of oregano, rosemary, and thyme, seared into the meat as the perfect complement to the cheesy filling. Try serving them with a crisp salad or crunchy roast potatoes.
What ingredients do you use to make stuffed pork chops
**Find the full list of ingredients along with the recipe instructions at the end of this post**
Pork chops: Ensure that your pork chops are at least 1 ½ inches thick and have enough room to slice them open and stuff them. Wider cuts are also generally more moist and flavorful.
For the filling
Olives (pitted): Olives are salty and slightly bitter, which pairs well with the sweetness of the peppers and sundried tomatoes. I usually use green olives as they have a more robust flavor than black olives; however, this is a personal preference. If you don’t like olives, you could try using capers or mushrooms instead.
Roasted red peppers: Buy red peppers ready-made in a jar, or roast fresh red peppers for around 20 minutes at 450°F or until the skins turn black.
Sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil: Intense and slightly tart, sun-dried tomatoes add intensity to the filling for your air fry stuffed pork chops. You can also use fresh tomatoes, but the flavor won’t be as robust.
Apple: Choose an apple with a robust flavor; otherwise, it can be lost once cooked. Jonagold apples and Braeburn are good options, and if you can’t find these, you can use gala or red delicious.
Manchego cheese: Manchego has a tangy and unique flavor, and it melts well, so it’s perfect for cooking. Aged Manchego will have an even more robust flavor. You could also use Pecorino Romano, Monterey Jack, or Mozzarella for a milder flavor.
I’ve seasoned these air-fried stuffed pork chops with a classic combination of rosemary, thyme, and oregano as they complement the pork and the stuffing well with their fresh, understated flavors. Sage and basil also work well, or you could try an Italian seasoning mix.
Tools used to make the recipe.
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- Food processor
- Mixing bowls
- Paring knife This is the set I have in my kitchen, and I love it.
- Cutting board, I highly recommend having one board for handling raw meat and one for vegetables.
- Air fryer
- Instant Meat thermometer
How to cook stuffed pork chops in an air fryer?
Making the stuffing: Add the olives, red peppers, sundried tomatoes, and garlic cloves to a food processor, and pulse until blended.
Add the apple and olive mixture to a medium bowl and toss to coat. Set aside.
Stuff the meat: Pat dry with paper towels the pork chops. Using a sharp paring knife, cut a pocket on the side of each pork chop. Stuffed the pork chops with cheese, divided the filling between them, and secured them with toothpicks.
In a small bowl, combine the oregano, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper. Rub both sides of the pork chops with the spice mixture.
Air Fry: Carefully arrange the stuffed pork chops in the air fryer basket and cook to 330ºF for 10 minutes; carefully flip the chops and cook for another 6 to 8 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145ºF.
Remove from the air fryer and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
How long to cook stuffed pork chops in air fryer?
It takes around 15-16 minutes to cook stuffed pork chops in the air fryer at a temperature of 330°F.
The exact time will vary depending on how thick your pork chops are and on which model of air fryer you use, so you should always use a meat thermometer to check for a safe internal temperature of 145°F before serving.
What to serve with stuffed pork chops?
- Crunchy air fryer baby potatoes
- Healthy massaged kale and apple salad
- Easy air fryer asparagus
- Air fryer acorn squash
- Mashed Cauliflower
Can you freeze stuffed pork chops?
These air fryer stuffed boneless pork chops make a great freezer meal! You can either freeze them before or after cooking them. If you are freezing cooked stuffed pork chops, be sure to move them into the freezer within 2 hours of cooking to avoid bacterial growth.
I like to use cheese when stuffing pork chops because the combination of meat and melted cheese is incredible! It also helps to keep the rest of your filling in place.
You can play with stuffed pork chops and choose any filling you wish, some flavors that go well with pork are apple, bacon, garlic, and blue cheese, or you could use a traditional stuffing mix.
If you want to stuff pork chops, make sure you have a nice thick chop to have room to stuff it. Then, take a paring knife (a good quality sharp knife is essential) and use it to cut a pocket on each side of the pork. Stuff the pockets with your filling, and use toothpicks to hold them in place while you cook.
The best way to check the pork chops is by using a meat thermometer. Insert it into the middle of the thickest part of the meat, and check for a temperature of 145°F.
A meat thermometer is the best way to avoid overcooking and drying pork.
Yes, you can use toothpicks in the air fryer. For example, when air frying stuffed pork chops, the toothpicks help to hold everything together while it cooks.
More Air Fryer Pork Recipes
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- Air Fryer Pork Chops Parmesan
- Air Frye Bone-in Pork Chops
- Pork Tenderloin In the Air Fryer
- Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops
- ½ cup olives pitted
- ½ cup roasted red peppers
- ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil
- 2 large garlic cloves
- 1 cup chopped apple
- 4-5 thick pork chops, 1 ½ in thick
- 2 ounces manchego cheese
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Add the olives, red peppers, sundried tomatoes, and garlic cloves to a food processor, and pulse until blended.
- Add the apple and olive mixture to a medium bowl and toss to coat. Set aside
- Pat dry with paper towels the pork chops. Using a sharp paring knife, cut a pocket on the side of each pork chop. Stuffed the pork chops with cheese and divide the filling between the pork chops, and secured them with toothpicks.
- In a small bowl, combine the oregano, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper. Rub both sides of the pork chops with the spice mixture.
- Carefully arrange the stuffed pork chops in the air fryer basket and cook to 330ºF for 10 minutes; carefully flip the chops and cook for another 6 to 8 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145ºF.
- Remove from the air fryer and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 501Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 165mgSodium: 313mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 51g
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary significantly based on products used. When the recipe list salt to taste the amount of salt is not calculated, only the sodium in the other ingredients is calculated.