Crispy Air Fryer Pork Belly Recipe

Crispy and Tender Pork Belly Made Easy in the Air Fryer
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Craving a mouth-watering dish that’s both succulent and crispy? Look no further than this Air Fryer Pork Belly recipe. Perfect for family dinners or special gatherings, this dish combines the juicy tenderness of pork belly with a delightfully crispy skin. Get ready to impress your taste buds and your guests!


Did you know that pork belly is a beloved ingredient in Chinese cuisine? Traditionally, it’s roasted to achieve that perfect crackling skin and tender meat. By using an air fryer, you can replicate this delicious dish at home with less mess and in less time. Pork belly’s versatility and rich flavour make it a staple in various global cuisines, but it holds a special place in Chinese culinary traditions.

Serving Suggestions

This crispy pork belly pairs beautifully with a side of steamed rice and sautéed greens like bok choy or broccoli. For a refreshing contrast, serve it with a tangy cucumber salad. A drizzle of hoisin or sweet chilli sauce can add an extra layer of flavour. For a complete meal, consider adding a light soup, like a miso or clear broth, to balance out the richness of the pork.

Storing Instructions

To store leftover pork belly, place it in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to three days. For longer storage, freeze it in a freezer-safe container for up to three months. Make sure to label your container with the date to keep track of its freshness.

Reheating Instructions

To reheat the pork belly while keeping its skin crispy, preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F). Place the pork belly on a baking tray and heat for 10-15 minutes until warmed through. Alternatively, you can use the air fryer at 180°C (350°F) for about 5-10 minutes. Avoid using the microwave as it can make the skin soggy.


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Crispy Air Fryer Pork Belly Recipe

Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 70 mins Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Cooking Temp: 200  °C Servings: 6
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


This Air Fryer Pork Belly recipe is a game-changer for achieving perfectly crispy skin and tender, juicy meat without the hassle of traditional oven roasting. Using simple ingredients and the convenience of an air fryer, you can enjoy restaurant-quality pork belly at home. The combination of salt, spices, and a two-stage cooking process ensures the skin is crackling while the meat remains succulent. Perfect for a main dish or a flavorful appetizer, this recipe is sure to impress.



Cooking Instructions

  1. Prepare the Pork Belly:

    Pat the pork belly dry with paper towels. Score the skin of the pork belly in a criss-cross pattern, being careful not to cut into the meat. Rub the meat side of the pork belly with salt, white pepper, garlic powder, and Chinese five spice powder. Brush the skin with white vinegar and let it sit for 10 minutes. Pat dry again.

  2. Preheat the Air Fryer:
    Preheat your air fryer to 160°C (320°F) for 3 minutes.
  3. Cook the Pork Belly:

    Place the pork belly skin side up in the air fryer basket. Ensure it sits flat.

    Air fry at 160°C (320°F) for 30 minutes.

    Increase the temperature to 200°C (400°F) and cook for an additional 30-40 minutes until the skin is crispy and puffed. Check every 5 minutes to ensure it does not burn. If spots begin to burn, cover them with small pieces of foil.

  4. Rest and Serve:

    Remove the pork belly from the air fryer and let it rest for 10 minutes.

    Slice the pork belly into bite-sized pieces and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 590kcal
Calories from Fat 495kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 55g85%
Saturated Fat 20g100%
Cholesterol 70mg24%
Sodium 400mg17%
Potassium 250mg8%
Total Carbohydrate 2g1%
Protein 20g40%

Calcium 20 mg
Iron 1 mg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


  • Serving Suggestion: This crispy pork belly pairs wonderfully with a side of steamed rice and sautéed bok choy, offering a balanced and flavorful meal. You can also add a drizzle of hoisin or sweet chilli sauce for an extra kick of flavor.
  • Cooking Tips: Keep an eye on the pork belly during the final cooking stage to prevent burning. Cover any burning spots with small pieces of foil.
  • Marinade Option: For enhanced flavor, you can marinate the pork belly overnight with the spices. Just make sure to dry the skin thoroughly before cooking to achieve the perfect crispiness.
  • Air Fryer Alternative: If you don’t have an air fryer, you can roast the pork belly in a conventional oven. Follow the same instructions, but the cooking time might vary slightly.
  • Leftovers: Leftover pork belly can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days or frozen for up to three months. Reheat in the oven or air fryer to maintain its crispy texture.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I use other cuts of pork?

While this recipe is specifically designed for pork belly to achieve that crispy skin, you can experiment with other cuts. However, the cooking time and texture will vary.

What if I don't have an air fryer?

If you don't have an air fryer, you can roast the pork belly in a conventional oven. Preheat to 160°C (320°F) and follow the same instructions, but keep an eye on the cooking time as it might differ slightly.

How do I prevent the skin from burning?

Check the pork belly frequently, especially during the final cooking stage. If you notice any spots starting to burn, cover them with small pieces of foil to protect them from further direct heat.

Can I marinate the pork belly overnight?

Yes, marinating the pork belly overnight can enhance its flavour. Just make sure to pat the skin dry thoroughly before cooking to achieve the desired crispiness.

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  1. Aisling
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    Who could’ve thought that pork belly could be so delicious from making it in an air fryer, would highly recommend this!

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