Pork Lion Air fryer Recipes

Prep Time:

5 Minutes

Cook Time:

26 Minutes


4 Servings



About the Recipe

Pork tenderloin is the filet mignon of pork. It’s a very lean, very tender piece of pork. It can be prepared a number of ways and works well with so many different seasoning mixtures. One of my favorite ways to prepare pork recipes is with a seasoning rub combination of brown sugar, smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, ground mustard, salt and pepper. And maybe just a dash of cayenne for a little heat. This seasoning mix, along with the simplicity of an air fryer, will produce a pork tenderloin that you will not believe. The outside of the tenderloin will crisp up and the brown sugar will caramelize to create a flavor explosion. With the high speed circulating heat of the air fryer, and being close to the heating element, it’s the perfect environment so that the pork tenderloin stays nice and juicy on the inside.


  • Pork tenderloin (1.25lbs – 1.75lbs)

  • 2 tbs brown sugar

  • 1 tbs smoked paprika

  • 1.5 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp ground mustard

  • ½ tsp onion powder

  • ½ tsp ground black pepper

  • ¼ tsp garlic powder

  • ½ tbs olive oil

  • ¼ tsp cayenne powder (optional)


Step 1

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.

Step 2

Trim the pork tenderloin of any excess fat/silver skin. Coat with a ½ tablespoon olive oil. Rub spice mixture on entire pork tenderloin.

Step 3

Preheat air fryer to 400° F for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, carefully place pork tenderloin into air fryer and air fry at 400° F for 20-22 minutes. Internal temp should be 145° – 160° F.

Step 4

When air fryer cycle is complete, carefully remove pork tenderloin to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Save any juices to serve over sliced meat.