Air Fryer Roast Pork With Perfect Crackling

Are you ready for the most amazing roast pork of your life? This delicious, easy air fryer roast pork with the perfect crackling will be an absolute sensation in your home, and it won’t take all day either! A 1.4kg pork joint takes 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Our step-by-step recipe is easy to follow and takes all the guesswork out of preparing this tender, juicy pork roast that “cracks” with flavour. You read that right – air fryer pork produces crisp, light-air crackling just like a traditional roasted version without using nearly as much oil. Plus, there’s hardly any clean-up afterwards. Get ready to wow your family & friends — deliciousness awaits!

roast joint in the air fryer
cooked roast pork done in the air fryer

How long does it take to cook pork joint in an air fryer?

Air fryers are an unimaginable kitchen hack that can turn an intimidating roast into a quick, easy dish. If you’re wondering how long it takes to air fry a pork joint, this will depend on the size of the joint! My pork joint was 1.4kg, and I cooked it for 1 hour and 15 mins.

The air fryer locks in the flavour and moisture of the pork, meaning that even after being cooked, you’ll be presented with a tender and succulent result. See below the approximate cooking times.

Air fryer cooking times for pork joint

Set the air fryer temperature to 180 degrees Celsius or 360 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pork SizeAir Fryer Cooking Time (Approx)
450g / 1lb25
700g / 1.5lb35
900 g / 2lb50
1.2kg / 2.5 lb1 hr 5 mins
1.4 kg / 3lb1 hr 15 mins
1.6 kg / 3.5lb1 hr 20 mins
Use a meat thermometer. The temperature should be at least 63 C/145 F in the centre of the joint.


  • Pork Joint
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper

How To Prepare The Skin For The Perfect Pork Crackling

Making perfect pork crackling is actually quite simple and can be done in an air fryer, allowing for amazing results in a fraction of the time.

STEP 1: Pat down all over with paper towels to absorb any liquid that may have been released, ensuring maximum crispness.

STEP 2: Score the fat part of the pork with a sharp knife about 1.5cm apart. Cut through the fat only, not the meat. Pat down again with paper towels.

STEP 3: Baste all over with oil or butter, then sprinkle salt and pepper all over the roast but more salt on the fatty parts before putting it in your air fryer set at 180c/375 F. Cook until the internal temperature reaches 63C/145 F, and when ready, serve while still hot and crunchy. With this delicious method, you are sure to get succulent pork crackling!

How to cook a pork roast in the air fryer

  • Smear the pork all over with the olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Make sure there is plenty of salt in the top fatty part of the pork and rub it into the scores of the fat. This will make perfect crackling.
  • Place in the air fryer at 180°c and cook according to the size of the pork. To check if it is cooked through by using a meat thermometer, the temperature should be at least 63°c in the centre of the pork.

Pork joint in the air fryer

Cooking a pork joint in an air fryer is an exciting twist on traditional baking methods. With air frying, you’re able to make a juicy, flavourful cut of meat in half the time compared to roasting it in the oven. It takes at least two hours to roast a good-sized pork roast in the oven; however, air frying provides even results and faster cook times for pork joints in as little as 25-80 minutes.

The air circulating through an air fryer quickly sears each side of the pork joint, locking in its delectable natural flavours and allowing it to cook evenly throughout. Enjoy a delicious air-fried pork roast with your family today and dazzle them with your newfound kitchen skills!

Where to buy a decent pork joint? You’ll find pork joints in most supermarkets or your local butchers. We got ours from Morrisons as it was on special at the time.


I like mine, just with simple salt and pepper. I think that is all you need, but you can add other flavourings such as;

Paprika/Smoked or Sweet

Italian Herbs

Cajun Seasoning

Garlic Granules

Lemon zest, fennel and chilli flakes

Gammon Glaze

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Air Fryer Fish Fingers

roast joint in the air fryer

Air Fryer Roast Pork With The Perfect Crackling

Perfectly cooked roast pork with the best crackling ever!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine British
Servings 6 -8
Calories 42 kcal


  • 1 1.4 kg Pork Joint
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper


  • Score the skin (the fatty part of the pork) with a sharp knife. Only cut through the fat and not the meat.
  • Pat dry the pork with paper towels to absorb excess liquid.
  • Smear the pork all over with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper with extra salt on the fat.
  • Place in the air fryer at 180°c and cook for 1 hour and 15 mins. Depending on the size of the pork. To check to see if it cooked through using a meat thermometer. The temperature should be at least 63°c.
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Calories: 42kcalProtein: 0.04gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0.1mgSodium: 0.2mgPotassium: 1mgVitamin A: 0.01IUVitamin C: 0.002mgCalcium: 0.1mgIron: 0.03mg
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Serving suggestions

If you’re looking for something new to serve with an air fryer pork roast, consider mixing it up with a variety of side dishes.

Opt for mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables like Brussels sprouts or carrots, and sautéed mushrooms if you’d like a more traditional meal (don’t forget the gravy!). Or kick it up a notch and add some flavour with an apple-fennel slaw with oranges, jalapenos, and a light vinaigrette – the perfect balance of sweet and spicy.

For an even heartier dish, pair your air-fried pork roast with creamy polenta, and seared kale served on the side. No matter what you choose to accompany your air fryer pork roast, you’re sure to have a crowd-pleasing dinner!

Leftover pork roast

Store your leftover pork covered in tin foil in the fridge or in an airtight container. It will last for up to 4 days. I like to use my pork leftovers to make pork chow mein. It’s so tasty!

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