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Air Fryer Pork Belly

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When you’re craving something rich and fatty, look no further than air fryer pork belly! These delicious bites are crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and oh-so-satisfying.

Crispy Air Fryer Pork Belly bites ona plate with greens and lime

Pork belly has been growing in popularity the past few years, and for a good reason! It has all the juicy, fatty, deliciousness of bacon, but is a little more versatile. You can add it to so many dishes, or enjoy it all on its own.

And the easiest way to whip up this beautiful cut of pork is by making an air fryer pork belly! These decadent bites have crispy skin on the outside while the inside is cooked to melt-in-your-mouth tender perfection.

Here’s what I’m going to teach you in this post:

  • How to make crispy pork belly in the air fryer
  • Tips for making super crispy pork belly bites
  • Why it’s important to prep pork belly the night before
  • How to cook frozen pork belly in the air fryer

This easy recipe is my favorite way to turn pork belly into rich and savory cracklings. And you only need six ingredients to make it!

If you haven’t tried cooking with this cut of meat yet, give air fryer crispy pork belly a try. There’s a good chance it will become your newest craving!

I made this recipe using the 5.8 QT Cosori Air Fryer. Its square basket makes it the perfect size for our family of 4.

How to Make Air Fryer Pork Belly

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: The night before cooking, cut the pork belly into 1-inch strips or chunks, then place in a large mixing bowl.

STEP TWO: Sprinkle the pork belly with salt and rub it into the skin and meat. Next, set the pork, skin side up, on a large plate and sprinkle with black pepper.

Pork belly in a bowl with salt and pepper being sprinkled over it

STEP THREE: Place in the refrigerator, uncovered, and let the pork belly chill overnight. 

STEP FOUR: In a small bowl, whisk together the baking powder and garlic powder. Rub the mixture all over the pork belly.

Pork Belly on a plate with baking powder and garlic powder on top

STEP FIVE: Preheat the air fryer to 250 degrees F. 

STEP SIX: Spray the inner basket of the air fryer with cooking oil spray. Next, generously spray the pork belly with the cooking oil spray, making sure the dry mixture is moistened completely.

I use my EVO Oil Sprayer because it provides an even spray over the whole air fryer.

Raw pork belly in air fryer basket

STEP SEVEN: Place the pork belly in one layer, skin-side-up, in the air fryer basket. 

STEP EIGHT: Air fry for 25 minutes. 

STEP NINE: Turn up the heat to 400 degrees F and air fry for an additional 20 minutes. Continue adding more time in 5-minute increments until the skin is crisped to your liking.

Cooked crispy pork belly in air fryer basket

What is Pork Belly?

Pork belly, as the name suggests, is a boneless cut of meat that comes from the belly of the pig. It’s a very rich and fatty cut of meat. It can be smoked or cured to make bacon like Air Fryer Bacon or sold uncured in big slabs.

You may have also seen fried pork belly called Lechon Kawali. While traditionally a Filipino dish, Lechon Kawali can often be found at Chinese restaurants, where it is sometimes called Lechon Macau instead.

Air Fryer Pork Belly Bites on a plate covered in green garnishes and limes

Do I Need to Prepare My Pork Belly Overnight?

If you love crispy skin, then yes! Seasoning and placing the pork belly in the fridge overnight helps draw extra moisture out of the skin, which is the key to making crispy pork belly in the air fryer.

But if you want to skip the overnight prep, you can coat your pork belly in a sauce instead! I recommend mixing with ¼ cup of char siu sauce, then cooking at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes. Make sure to flip halfway through for even cooking.

How to Know the Pork Belly in the Air Fryer is Done Cooking

Once you’ve air fried the pork belly at 250 degrees F for 25 minutes and then 400 degrees F for another 20 minutes, the meat should be cooked all the way through.

After that, it’s simply a matter of getting the skin as crispy as you want!

I recommend checking at the end of the cooking time. If the skin isn’t as crispy as you like, keep checking every five minutes or so until it’s done to your liking.

What to Serve with Pork Belly

Closeup of crispy pork belly pieces served on a plate

How to Store Leftover Pork Belly

Wait for the air fried pork belly to cool, then store in an airtight container in your refrigerator.

When stored properly, pork belly will last for up to four days.

Tips for Making Extra Crispy Air Fryer Pork Belly

  • Season and place the pork belly in the refrigerator overnight. This helps draw extra moisture out of the skin before cooking. 
  • After the initial cook time, keep adding more time in 5-minute increments until the skin is crisped to your liking.
  • Make sure the dry mix of garlic powder and baking powder on the skin is generously coated with cooking oil spray until moistened completely.
Crackling pork belly on a plate with green garnishes and lime wedges

How to Reheat Crispy Pork Belly in the Air Fryer

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F. 
  2. Spray the inner basket of the air fryer with cooking oil spray. Spritz the pork belly with cooking oil spray and place it skin-side-up in the basket. 
  3. Air fry for 7 minutes until warmed through. 

How to Cook Frozen Pork Belly in the Air Fryer

I love fresh pork belly more than cooking from frozen, but this recipe works wonders when you realize you want to make some pork belly the night before.

I do not recommend putting full frozen pork belly in the air fryer unless it’s just coated with sauce instead.

STEP ONE: The night before cooking, cut the pork belly into 1-inch strips or chunks, then place in a large mixing bowl.

Sprinkle the pork belly with salt and rub it into the skin and meat. Next, sprinkle with black pepper.

Tightly wrap the pork belly in plastic wrap, seal in a plastic zipper bag, then freeze.

STEP TWO: When ready to cook, preheat the air fryer to 250 degrees F. Remove the pork belly from the freezer.

Pork Belly being sprayed with oil in the air fryer

STEP THREE: Spray the inner basket of the air fryer with cooking oil spray. Generously spray the pork belly with the cooking oil spray. 

Place the pork belly in one layer, skin side up, in the basket. 

STEP FOUR: Air fry for 30 minutes. Open the basket, spray the pork belly with more cooking oil spray, then turn up the heat to 400 degrees F and air fry for an additional 20 minutes.

Add on more time in 5-minute increments until the skin is crisped to your liking.

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Yield: 4 servings

Crispy Air Fryer Pork Belly

Closeup of crispy pork belly pieces served on a plate

Air fryer pork belly is the rich and fatty dish of your dreams! With crispy skin on the outside and tender perfection on the inside, you’ll be craving this meal again and again.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds pork belly
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Oil for spraying

Instructions

  1. The night before cooking, cut the pork belly into 1-inch strips or chunks, then place in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Sprinkle the pork belly with salt and rub it into the skin and meat.
    Next, set the pork, skin side up, on a large plate and sprinkle with black pepper.
  3. Place in the refrigerator, uncovered, and let the pork belly chill overnight. 
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the baking powder and garlic powder. Rub the mixture all over the pork belly.
  5. Preheat the air fryer to 250 degrees F. 
  6. Spray the inner basket of the air fryer with cooking oil spray. Next,
    generously spray the pork belly with the cooking oil spray, making sure
    the dry mixture is moistened completely.
  7. Place the pork belly in one layer, skin side up, in the air fryer basket, and cook for 25 minutes.
  8. Turn up the heat to 400 degrees F and air fry for an additional 20
    minutes. Continue adding more time in 5-minute increments until the skin is crisped to your liking.




Notes

How to Reheat Pork Belly in the Air Fryer in the Air Fryer:

1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.

2. Spritz the leftover pork belly with oil and cook skin-side-up for about 7 minutes until warmed through.

How to Cook Quick Pork Belly Bites in the Air Fryer:

1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.

2. Coat with 1/4 cup char siu sauce and cook in the air fryer for 15 to 20 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 531Total Fat: 40gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 972mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 39g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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