4 December 2022
Here is a super simple crispy roast pork recipe using an air fryer. In this recipe, there is no long list of ingredients. No added oil. No poking holes, no scoring, and no special salt-vinegar treating the skin.
All you need to do is season the pork belly with four ingredients, let it marinate and sit out to dry out the skin, then pop this baby in the air fryer to get perfectly puffy and crispy crackling with juicy and tender meat.
None of the added work, yet still delicious roasted pork belly as if you just visited Chinatown.
Choose the Right Pork Belly
Look for a pork belly slab that is even in thickness all around. This will ensure that the skin will be uniformly puffy and crispy.
Pork belly contains a lot of fat in both the skin and the meat. If possible, select a pork belly piece that has a thin layer of pork skin and a thin layer of fat within the meat. I have no shame in rejecting the first piece my butcher gives me and pinpointing him to the best-looking piece behind the counter.
Get Rid of the Funky Smell
Depending on where you get your pork belly, it may have a lingering funky smell. If not prepped correctly, it will not taste good, as the aroma will still be there once cooked.
If you run into this problem, which I sometimes do when purchasing pork belly at small Asian stores, give the pork belly a good rub down with coarse salt, then rinse well with water and pat dry with paper towels.
The coarse salt rubs away any surface residue that may be causing the smell. Other traditional methods that work is rubbing it with vinegar, cooking wine and/or all-purpose flour.
Seasoning Ingredients and Prep
For this super simple recipe, there are only four seasoning ingredients, and it’s likely that you already have them all.
What you will need:
Salt — The main seasoning ingredient.
Sugar — A little is needed to balance the salt.
Chinese five-spice powder — The Asian spice that will remind you of Chinatown roast pork. This spice mixture typically contains a combination of Chinese cinnamon, fennel seed, star anise, cloves, and ginger.
Ground white pepper — Provides a milder but more complex kick than ground black pepper.
To start, combine all the above seasonings in a small bowl and rub this mixture onto the pork belly, including the skin.
Once seasoned, make a little tray out of aluminum foil that will perfectly fit the pork belly. Transfer pork onto the foil tray with skin-side up, making sure the foil is covering all sides of the pork belly tightly. Leave the pork belly skin completely exposed so that it dries out. Let the pork belly marinate at least four hours or overnight in the fridge for better results.
How to Cook Pork Belly in the Air Fryer
No need to preheat the fryer. Throw this bad boy directly in the air fryer basket, skin-side up, and cook at 375°F for 40 minutes. Check on it at the 30-minute mark, just to make it’s not burning. If not, give it a high-five and let it continue cooking. If it is burning, move it around or rotate it for even cooking. No need for flipping.
The fat in the skin is going to drip down so the pork belly is cooking in its own fat for super succulent meat.
Storing and Reheating
Store any leftover pork belly in an air-tight container in the refrigerator, and enjoy it within 4 days. You can reheat the pork belly in the air fryer at 375°F for 5 minutes or until warmed through.
Stupidly Easy Crispy Air Fryer Pork Belly (Heo Quay)https://youtu.be/Ra2kxkidRQgStupidly Easy Crispy Air Fryer Pork Belly (Heo Quay)https://i3.ytimg.com/vi/Ra2kxkidRQg/maxresdefault.jpg2022-11-19Yield 5Author Vicky PhamPrep time5 MinCook time40 MinInactive time4 HourTotal time4 H & 45 M
Crispy Roast Pork Belly with Air Fryer
A super simple crispy roast pork recipe using an air fryer. No long list of ingredients. No added oil. No poking holes, no scoring, and no special salt-vinegar treatment on the skin. None of the added work, yet still perfectly puffy and crispy crackling with juicy and tender meat.
- Combine salt, sugar, Chinese five-spice powder and ground white pepper in a bowl and rub this mixture onto the pork belly, including the skin. Marinate pork belly including the skin.
- Wrap the meat part of the pork belly with saran wrap or foil but keep the skin uncovered. Store in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight to let the skin dry out completely.
- Place pork belly skin side-up in an air fryer. Set temperature to 375°F for 40 minutes. Check-in on it at the 30-minute mark to prevent burning.
Ultima Costa Air Fryer, 5 Liters, Black
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