Air Fryer Pork Roast

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Air Fryer Pork Roast. How to cook pork roast in the air fryer. Including delicious crispy air fryer roasted sweet potatoes. Easy to meal prep and perfect for quick pork roast dinners.

Air Fryer Pork Roast easy air fryer oven recipe
Air Fryer Pork Roast

Air Fryer Pork Roast

What many people don’t know about my husband Dominic, is that he used to work as a chef and his speciality was roast dinners.

Roast pork, roast lamb, roast chicken, roast duck, roast ham. You name the roast and he would serve it to customers every day and OMG his roast dinners will blow your mind.

As the double act behind Recipe This, we are the perfect partnership in the kitchen. I will cook the delicious sides and he will oversee the meat.

That applies when we are recipe testing new recipes for you, as well as when we are cooking for ourselves too.

I love it at Christmas when we join forces in the kitchen, have our workstations and have lots of fun as we work on our different foods.

I will get great enjoyment out of making our slow cooker stuffing for turkey, air fryer roast potatoes, instant pot cauliflower gratin, while Dominic will cook the roast turkey.

There will of course be other foods but those are my favourites that I always think of at Christmas. We will also do a lot of make ahead cooking and most of our Christmas food would be cooked on Christmas Eve.

I thought it would be fun to share with you all our favourite roast dinners in the run up to Christmas and share a different one with you each day.

Plus, even though I always think of Thanksgiving and Christmas for family roast dinners, it could just be a nice Sunday dinner in your household!

We have recently shared with you our air fryer ham and today is the turn of air fryer pork roast, though if you prefer, we also have on the blog Instant Pot Pork Roast.

Air Fry A Pork Roast

One of the wonderful things that an air fryer can cook is a pork roast. I always thought it would taste terrible, after all when you think of a pork shoulder you are more likely to associate it with pulled pork.

Plus, when you think of pulled pork you cook it slow just so that it is tender.

But cooked in the air fryer, pork roast can be incredibly tender, with a crispy crust and OMG taste like one of the best pork roasts that you have ever eaten.

When we sliced into our air fryer pork roast, we couldn’t believe just how good it tasted and we couldn’t wait to have another air fryer pork roast.

Air Fryer Boston Butt Vs Air Fryer Pork Shoulder Roast

You are also probably wondering what the difference is between an air fryer Boston butt and an air fryer pork shoulder roast.

Well they are one of the same. Boston Butt is the name more commonly used in the US to describe a pork shoulder cut of meat.

Whilst the rest of the world are more likely to call it an air fryer pork roast or an air fryer pork shoulder.

This used to puzzle me too until I got into pulled pork and researched some recipes.

Pork Roast In An Air Fryer

Firstly, it is all about the pork when you cook pork roast in an air fryer, you want:

  • 2lb Pork Roast – This is the ideal size for fitting in your air fryer and if you work on metric this is approximately 1 kilo.
  • Air Fryer Boneless Pork Roast – You want a cut of pork that is off the bone so that it will easily rotate in the air fryer oven and fix onto your rotisserie.

Pork Roast In The Air Fryer Oven

You’ve probably guessed by now, but we are cooking our pork roast in the air fryer oven. It produces the BEST air fryer pork roast results and OMG the taste is truly stunning.

Then I used my air fryer basket from my Philips Air Fryer XL for cooking the roasted sweet potatoes.

Though you could pick and choose how you cook yours. I am just saying for the best results rotate your pork roast in the air fryer oven via the rotisserie.

Air Fryer Pork Roast And Potatoes

If I am having an air fryer pork roast, then I want to turn it into air fryer pork roast and potatoes. That is because I want the real deal.

I want to enjoy my meat and potatoes together and feel like I am getting a meal rather than a slice of pork.

To make roasted sweet potatoes to go with my air fryer pork roast is simple.

  • Peel your sweet potatoes and cut into roast potato shapes.
  • In a bowl add your sweet potatoes, a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and a tablespoon of dried thyme. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Mix well and place in your air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 15 minutes at 160c/360f, followed by a further 5 minutes at 200c/400f to get the roast potatoes nice and crispy.

Your air fryer sweet roast potatoes can be done while your pork roast cooks in your air fryer oven and that is what I like about having 2 air fryers.

How To Air Fry Pork Roast?

Air Fryer Pork Roast recipe step by step

Cooking pork roast in the air fryer is so simple:

  • Score Your Pork – Start by scoring your pork with typical scoring squares. Season well with salt and pepper.
  • Add to rotisserie – The wonderful thing about pork shoulder is that a light seasoning of salt and pepper makes it magical and it doesn’t need over seasoning. Then you add it to your rotisserie and place it in the air fryer oven. It then rotates as it cooks.
  • Roasted sweet potatoes – While your air fryer pork roast is rotating in your air fryer oven, make your roasted sweet potatoes. They are easy to prep, and you can time it so that your sweet potatoes are ready at the same time as your pork.

Air Fryer Frozen Pork Roast

air fryer frozen pork roast step by step

I thought it would be interesting to experiment and cook air fryer frozen pork roast too.

What if we bought one of those pork tenderloins that has been rolled up with garlic butter and see how it did in the air fryer basket.

Well, it didn’t taste as bad as I thought it would!

A bit crispy around some of the edges but not dry and perfect for serving with air fryer roast potatoes or a side of air fryer frozen broccoli.

This is how we cooked air fryer frozen pork roast:

  1. Load frozen pork into the air fryer basket.
  2. Cook for 30 minutes at 80c/180f.
  3. Follow up with a further 30 minutes at 160c/320f.

You can see that we have gone with low cooking temperatures. The first helps defrost the pork at the same time as starting to cook it.

The second round makes sure the pork doesn’t burn and is cooked through.

Air Fryer Pork Roast
Air Fryer Pork Roast
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Air Fryer Pork Roast

Air Fryer Pork Roast. How to cook pork roast in the air fryer. Including delicious crispy air fryer roasted sweet potatoes. Easy to meal prep and perfect for quick pork roast dinners.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Air Fryer Oven
Servings: 4
Calories: 519kcal


Kitchen Gadgets:

Air Fryer Pork Roast Ingredients:


  • Score your pork roast with similar sized square slits. Season your pork with salt and pepper and load it onto the rotisserie. Place in your air fryer oven and cook for 1 hour at 180c/360f.
    Pork Roast In An Air Fryer
  • While your pork roast is cooking, peel your sweet potatoes and chop into roasted sweet potato shapes. Season with thyme, salt and pepper. Add in extra virgin olive oil and in a bowl mix with your hands so that the olive oil is well coated on the sweet potatoes. Cook for 15 minutes at 160c/320f, shake and then cook for a further 5 minutes at 200c/400f.
    Pork Roast In An Air Fryer
  • Slice your pork once it beeps and serve with your air fryer roasted sweet potatoes.
    Pork Roast In An Air Fryer



Only salt and pepper? You’re probably wondering where the other seasonings are, well pork is a delicious cut of meat and only needs salt and pepper.
If you only have one air fryer, I recommend that you cook the pork roast first and while it is resting and you are slicing it, cook your sweet potatoes then.


Calories: 519kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 277mg | Potassium: 1477mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 35551IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 4mg
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18 thoughts on “Air Fryer Pork Roast”

  1. 5 stars
    Hi samantha and dominic, love your recipes so much!
    We cooked a Boston butt pork shoulder with a bone in, last night for sunday dinner and it was perfect.

      • Hi Valen,

        You can follow the instructions and use the same time and temo we used as we cooked our pork in an Power air fryer oven. You put the meat on the rotisserie so it spins like a spit roast and you can do the same with the Instant Pot Vortex 🙂

        If you have any more questions please get in touch!

  2. I have a philips hd9650 series airfryer I want to cook roast pork but this airfryer does not have rotisserie. Can you help.

    • Hi Lorry,

      In the post you can see we cooked a rolled joint of Pork which was frozen in a standard air fryer like yours and it took an hour to cook. So if you are cooking a pork shoulder then i would cook 30 minutes 180 c/360 f then a further 20 minutes 160 c/320 f depending on the size of your pork then every 15 minutes i would turn it so it does not over cook on one side 🙂

    • Hi Mary,

      I would cook the shoulder on a very low temp until defrosted turning frequently. Then cook on 180c/360f for about an hour depending on the size of the roast joint, turning frequently again to get an even cook 🙂

  3. i have a lagasse air fryer combo oven. pork shoulder 1500 watt what should i cook at. Lets see my roast is not frozen though at 3.4 pounds ty ps im hoping it will fit on my ritisserie i need both recipes for air fryer and rotissrie. y is it you cook frozen. haha with cupcakes. ise
    ur kids like to cook

    • Hi Betty,

      We just filmed a video of doing our rotisserie pork in the air fryer oven and found for a 3.3 pounds (very close in weight to yours) that 1hr10 was the best cook time. Though if using the air fryer basket an hour would be fine.

      If its not the best thing is to cook it to an hour, slice it and then any slices that are slightly pink cook them for 5 minutes at 180c/360f on your top shelf.

      kind regards


  4. Hi, I have A power XL air fryer. How would I go about cooking a 3.15 pound pork roast? I have no rotisserie and the roast is already thawed.

    • Hello Denise,

      If you do not have a rotisserie option i think this recipe for a pot roast which is just slightly smaller than your pork and we used beef for this recipe. If you follow the cooking times from this recipe it should be pretty close to cooking your pork. The reason i have not put our pork on here is because it was cooked on the rotisserie so have not added the link to it!

      Here is the link for our air fryer pot roast:

      If you have any more questions please let get back in touch 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    Aswel as i Standard Oven i also have a Halogen Oven and a Air Fryer with Rotisserie ,Now normally i use my Halogen and tbh it’s fantastic but i bought a Air Fryer after my friends rave about them ,So i was looking for a recipe for Roast Pork Shoulder, not Butt LOL (I’m English BTW) and found yours so my Joint is out De-frosting and i am looking Forward to Roasting it ,It is the Very 1st Time i have ever roasted anything so lets hope all turns out good and thanks for you Recipe ,Michael

    • Hi Michael,

      Thank you for your comment. I hope the pork comes out good for you, we really like the rotisserie method as long as the air fryer plays ball and stays rotating all the way through, just keep checking every 20 minutes to make sure it is rotating 🙂


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