Air Fryer Pork Belly Recipe

Lastest Updated April 21, 2024
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Air fryer pork belly is an excellent choice for a simple and delicious weekday dinner. The pork turns out juicy, moist, and tender on the inside, while the skin is shatteringly crispy. Better yet, the air fryer will handle most of the cooking, which helps avoid a greasy kitchen mess.

If you’ve been searching for an easy way to cook pork belly, this is it! No extra step is necessary. Simply season and marinate your pork with a mix of spices, then place it in the air fryer and wait for it to cook! Yes, it is that easy!

Air Fryer Pork Belly

Reasons You’ll Love Air Fryer Pork Belly

Pork Belly

For people who are unfamiliar with pork belly, it is a rich and fatty cut with no bones. This cut is particularly popular in Hispanic and Asian cuisine. In America, you’ll often come across pork belly in the form of salted pork and bacon.

The best thing about pork belly is that the meat will cook in its own fat, resulting in incredibly crispy skin. However, it usually takes some time to properly render and soften the fatty part. Plus, for the pork to crisp up, you’ll often need to fry it in hot oil, meaning the calorie count will skyrocket.

Fortunately, your trusty air fryer can provide the solution to both of these problems! The heating mechanism in this device limits the use of oil to a minimum while ensuring that the pork rind crisps up nicely.

Tools

For the tools, obviously, an air fryer is a must-have. You’ll also need some kind of pot or resealable container.

Small Pot With Lid
  • Air fryer: There are many air fryer brands to choose from on the market. I’m currently using the first generation of the COSORI Pro oven and air fryer combo. In addition, you can try the COSORI Pro II, which is an upgraded version.  
  • Knife and chopping board: A sharp knife is one of the best investments to make for your kitchen. It will help you slice through fatty pork belly “like butter”.
  • Cooking oil sprayer: Helps you grease the air fryer.
  • Small pot with lid: For marinating the meat. You can also use a food container or plastic wrap.

Ingredients

Pork belly is a naturally tasty cut of pork, so a few basic spices are more than enough to highlight its taste.

These Spices Elevate
  • Pork belly: I use about 1 pound.
  • Spices: Ground pepper, kosher salt, chili powder, and garlic powder. These spices elevate the pork’s flavor greatly.
  • Baking powder: Adds crispness to the rind.
  • Salad: For serving as a side dish.

Directions

Here’s my recipe for crispy yet fall-apart-tender pork bellies. Follow the below steps for a perfect meal.

Step 1: Marinate The Pork

Cut the pork belly into pieces.

Cut The Pork Belly

Season the pork with pepper, chili powder, and salt. Mix well and marinate for at least 60 minutes.

Pork With Pepper

Combine baking powder with garlic powder. Once the meat has been well-marinated, mix it well with the baking powder mixture.

Combine Baking Powder

Step 2: Cook The Pork

Preheat the air fryer for a few minutes. Then, spray the inner basket with cooking oil. Arrange the pork pieces in the air fryer and lightly spray them with oil.

Fry the pork for 25 minutes at 250 degrees F.

Fry The Pork

After the 25-minute mark, spray the pork with a little more oil to keep them from drying out. Fry them at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes.

Sprays The Pork

Step 3: Present The Dish

Place the cooked pork bellies on a plate and garnish with herbs like cilantro. Serve them with salad on the side to elevate the flavor.

Cooked Pork Bellies

Handy Tips And Tricks

Don’t miss out on the following tips and tricks. Whether you’re a seasoned home cook or just starting out, these tips will come in handy!

Should Marinate The Pork
  • If you have time, you should marinate the pork for about 2 to 4 hours or overnight in a refrigerator.
  • Put any leftovers you have in an airtight food container and refrigerate. They will last for about 2 days this way. For longer storage, you can freeze the pork for up to 3 months.
  • To reheat, air fry the pork at 400 degrees F for 2 minutes. For the best result, line the basket with foil and spray a little oil on the pork.
  • The cooking time might vary depending on how big your air fryer and the pork pieces are.

Start Making Air Fryer Pork Belly Today!

Today’s recipe is a game-changer for anyone looking to enjoy juicy and flavorful pork belly without the hassle of deep-frying or slow-cooking. Its quick and easy preparation, combined with the mouth-watering results, make air fryer pork belly a must-try for anyone.

Have you tried cooking pork belly in an air fryer before? If you haven’t, I highly recommend giving this modern method a try right away! Please like, share, and comment to show your support. Thank you so much, and I wish you a delicious meal!

Air Fryer Pork Belly Recipe

Air Fryer Pork Belly

This air fryer pork belly recipe is an easy and tasty way to enjoy the mouth-watering flavors of crispy pork belly. Simply sit back and let your air fryer handle all the heavy work!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 594kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pork belly
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Salad, for serving

Instructions 

  • Cut the pork belly into pieces.
    Cut The Pork Belly
  • Season the pork with pepper, chili powder, and salt.
  • Mix well and marinate for at least 60 minutes.
    Pork With Pepper
  • Combine baking powder with garlic powder.
  • Once the meat has been well-marinated, mix it well with the baking powder mixture.
    Combine Baking Powder
  • Preheat the air fryer for a few minutes.
  • Spray the inner basket with cooking oil.
  • Arrange the pork pieces in the air fryer and lightly spray them with oil.
  • Fry the pork for 25 minutes at 250 degrees F.
    Fry The Pork
  • After the 25-minute mark, spray the pork with a little more oil
  • Fry them at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes.
    Sprays The Pork
  • Garnish with herbs, and enjoy!
    Cooked Pork Bellies

Video

Notes

  • The cooking time is for making 4 servings of fried pork belly.
  • If you have time, you should marinate the pork for about 2 to 4 hours or overnight in a refrigerator.
  • Put any leftovers you have in an airtight food container and refrigerate. They will last for about 2 days this way.
  • For longer storage, you can freeze the pork for up to 3 months.
  • To reheat, air fry the pork at 400 degrees F for 2 minutes. For the best result, line the basket with foil and spray a little oil on the pork.
  • The cooking time might vary depending on how big your air fryer and the pork pieces are.

Nutrition

Calories: 594kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 60g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 838mg | Potassium: 236mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 162IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 128mg | Iron: 1mg
Richie

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Saigon Culinary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • Program: Diploma in Culinary Arts
  • Focus: Vietnamese and Asian cuisines with intensive training and hands-on approach.

Vietnam Australia Vocational School (VAAC), Hanoi, Vietnam

  • Program: Bartender
  • Focus: Basic knowledge on how to store, preserve and select ingredients, and practice cocktails, mocktails, hot and cold drinks.

Richie, based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is a dynamic Content Writer with a talent for capturing the essence of culinary art.

Richie specializes in creating visually appealing and tasty content, offering a new angle on Vietnamese and other culinary traditions. With a background in graphic design and a love for food styling and photography, he expertly combines beauty with food narratives, encouraging his audience to discover the culinary world through his imaginative perspective.

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