14 July, 2021
Air Fryer Pork Chop with Harissa Paste
I told my daughter she would get half of what I made, but I’m not sure there will be any left by the time she gets back from her holiday. I made it, it tastes really good and a bit milder than the night I made the paste, so you know I have to use it. I thawed out these pork chops the other day and absolutely had to use them, so I covered them in harissa paste and let them sit for 20 minutes. I would have gone longer, but it was dinner time.
I’m casting around in the freezer, seeing what other things I can use the harissa paste on. Maybe some vegetables with some cheese, maybe some crispy roasted potatoes….oh, the possibilities.
Using the air fryer to cook the pork chops – what a revelation! It’s just too hot – too hot to cook in the house and too hot to cook outside the house. I used the air fryer and, oh my goodness, whomever created the air fryer should be knighted or made the saint of getting supper cooked or something. The only thing I dislike about the air fryer, and this seems to be an across the board problem, is that it’s a big counter space hog. I don’t have the counter space to store it, so it sits in the spare room I use as a pantry. It gets stored on the top of a white pantry cupboard we put in there…..I have to really reach to get it! The only other thing about it, that actually is not the air fryer’s fault, is that if I forget and use the wrong plug in, it blows a breaker. That’s the old wiring in my house, though, not the air fryer. My deep fryer and my coffee pot do the same thing if they’re plugged into the wrong outlets.
- 4 pork chops, boneless Mine were about ½ thick (make them fully thawed)
- 4 TB of harissa paste – if you don’t have harissa, use barbeque sauce, worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, Caesar dressing, Greek or Italian salad dressing, sweet chili sauce, root beer
- Air fryer
Smear the harissa paste all over those pork chops and let them marinate for at least an hour, if you can. There’s lemon juice and vinegar in the paste and that will help tenderize those chops.
Place the chops on a rack in your air fryer on in your air fryer basket.
Set the temperature to 400F and let them cook for 9 to 10 minutes. You can flip them half way if you wish, I forgot to.
Obviously, if your chops are thicker, adjust your cook time to a bit longer.
I love, love, loved that it was 10 minutes cooking time. I think that’s faster than the barbeque and it is for certain faster than the actual oven.
We had ours with some buttery mashed potatoes. I would have added vegetables, but frankly, I was feeling far too lazy for that business.
The harissa paste is low carb and keto, the pork chops are no carb – the mashed potatoes, well, not so much, but sometimes that indulgence is so worth it. I was going to do something snazzy with the potatoes but nothing came to mind at that moment and I was not waiting any longer than I had to, I was hungry! Loki tried to convince me he was hungry, also, but I didn’t think he would actually enjoy harissa paste – cats aren’t really about that spice unless they are being spicy about something.