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Air fryer pork belly strips

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The air fryer is absolutely perfect for making the most delicious pork belly strips ever. As you’re cooking in a small space you’ll find they crisp up beautiful and this air fryer pork belly strips recipe is very simple.

You’re going to want to dedicate a few seconds to turn the pork belly slices a few times during the cooking process but it is absolutely worth it for the amount of flavour they have.

We’re very much fans of making air fryer chicken recipes in my home but have been branching out recently and trying lots of new air fryer pork recipes such as air fryer pork schnitzel.

Making easy air fryer recipes is something that I really enjoy and these crispy pork belly strips are super simple, quick and absolutely delicious too.

Recently I picked up a TooGoodToGo magic bag from Aldi, which was great, and it had a ton of meat products in. As I paid just £3.30 for around £25-30 of items it felt like this Aldi pork belly was free and it was a great time to experiment with a new recipe.

Ninja Foodi pulled pork is fab for turning into burgers and these crispy pork belly bites are great for serving as part of a main meal with air fryer roast potatoes, sage and onion stuffing balls, air fryer frozen yorkshire puddings and a load of air fryer vegetables.

This pork belly air fryer recipe will work great for all types of pork belly including strips, slices, belly and bites. If you’ve got pork belly you can easily turn this into strips, slices or bites. If you’ve got slices or strips you can easily turn this into bites. Adjust the cooking time upwards slightly if you’re cooking pork belly (try 5 more minutes) and down if you’re cooking bites (try 5 less minutes).

Air fried pork belly cubes is another great option, and super simple. You can ensure a nice even size to the cubes too which really helps with even cooking.

Crispy air fryer pork belly strips in a row on a white platter

Ingredients for air fryer pork belly strips:

500g pork belly strips

15ml olive oil or spray oil

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon salt and black pepper

30ml BBQ sauce – I typically use this brown sugar BBQ sauce

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Method for air fryer pork belly strips:

Take your pork belly, or belly strips, and make sure you dry it thoroughly with kitchen towel.

You want to make sure you’re removing as much of the moisture from the outside as possible. You want your pork belly skin to be super dry and free of moisture.

Cover the pork belly with the oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

Place in a single layer in the air fryer basket. You can line the basket with parchment paper if you want to make for an easier clean up.

Air fry at 180C (355F) for 5 minutes.

Flip over and cook again for another 5 minutes on the same setting.

Turn a second time and air fry again for another 5 minutes as before.

Repeat the step one more time, making for 20 minutes of air frying time total.

Brush the pork belly strips, pork belly or pork belly bites with BBQ sauce. I use a pastry brush and make sure that both sides are evenly coated.

Air fry for 5 minutes at 200C (390F approx).

The total cooking time has now been 25 minutes, you may find (depending on thickness) that the pork belly is now perfect and ready to serve. Alternatively cook for another 5 minutes if you’ve got thicker slices or like it particularly well done.

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How long does belly pork take in the air fryer?

The total cooking time is going to vary a little, depending on the thickness of the pork belly, and how crispy you want the skin. If you’ve got an uncut pork belly then you’ll want to aim for 25 – 30 minutes of cooking time, at the same temperature and cooking method of the recipe for these crispy pork belly strips.

Be sure to turn your pork belly halfway through the cooking time to ensure an even cooking and delicious crispiness all over.

How do you know when pork belly strips are cooked?

You’ll know the strips are cooked to perfection when you see that they are golden brown. You can hear they are crispy, by tapping on them, but also you can see the edges are golden brown, even bordering on dark brown.

If you like it extra crispy then you can just add a few minutes to the cooking time. Make sure any juices run clear and that there is no pink meat inside.

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Why are my pork belly slices tough?

If you overcook your pork it is going to become tough. Likewise, if the pork is cut too thick it is going to end up being tough.

If you find that the air fryer leaves your pork belly a little tougher than you’d like then you may want to just try slow roasting in the oven instead for a more tender recipe.

Can you slow roast pork in the air fryer?

You can drop the temperature down to the lowest setting on your air fryer, usually 160C (320F) and cook it for double the cooking time. You’ll want to flip it regularly, every 8-10 minutes, still and then turn up the cooking temperature for the final 5 minutes once you add the marinade, sauce or glaze.

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Why is my crispy pork belly not crispy?

The main reason for pork belly not being crispy, or as crispy as you want it, is not ensuring it is fully dry before cooking.

I like to pat mine dry with kitchen towel, and then I turn it over and dab it again a couple of times to remove as many of the moisture as possible.

Make sure that you’ve got the air fryer turned up nice and high too. If your air fryer has a max crisp setting then you can use this towards the end of the cooking time for an extra crispy edge.

Are you supposed to eat the fat on pork belly?

Like a lot of meals you’ll find that a lot of the flavour is in the fat. Pork belly is made to be eaten whole, without the need to remove the fat from the edge.

While this is not a healthy option it is crispy, delicious and packed full of flavour – which feels like a worthy compromise from time to time!

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Are pork belly strips the same as bacon?

Yes, in the basic sense. Bacon typically comes from the same animal, sometimes even the same area on the pig, however, bacon has been cured and sometimes smoked too, whereas pork belly strips are raw. Both contain lots of fat but pork belly has quite a considerable amount more.

Both types of meat need cooking, but bacon is typically really thin and will take a lot less time. Air fryer bacon is probably my favourite way to cook bacon, as it’s just so convenient, and it goes super crispy.

Why is pork belly so high in calories?

As pork belly has lots of layers of fat, which bring lots of extra flavour, you’ll find that the calories of this are larger than something like pork loin steaks. However, it’s all about balance right?!

Personally I would probably eat pork belly once a year, maybe twice. It’s not something we consume frequently, but it is delicious, crispy and full of flavour too.

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What is a good side dish for pork belly?

We love to keep it classic when having pork belly and some of our favourite sides are pressure cooker mashed potatoes, root vegetable mash or air fryer mash. Also, I love to serve air fryer green beans, air fryer tenderstem broccoli, air fryer corn on the cob or air fryer roasted tomatoes alongside it.

Baked beans, salad or air fryer mac and cheese is always a hit too in my home.

If you want to keep it feeling a little lighter, or serve some cold sides, I love pickles, silverskin onions and coleslaw. All of these work really well too.

What sauce is good with pork belly?

Apple sauce and pork are a classic combo, and work great, but if you’re looking for something a little different then why not try dipping this in my delicious beef gravy or onion gravy recipes. Chimichurri is delicious or even something like a Gochujang glaze works great.

As apple sauce is so widely available, and cheap too, we often have this at home and that would be our go to sauce. I am partial to a little tomato ketchup too, boring as that may sound.

Maple syrup or honey goes great as a glaze if you’re wanting something instead of BBQ sauce. You could also use hoisin sauce or something similar. If you’re looking to make this low carb, or keto friendly, then skip the sauce entirely.

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Want to use a dry rub for your pork belly slices instead? 

I’ve got a few that I love:

Want to re-heat leftover pork belly?

I find that 4-5 minutes at 200C (390F approx) is sufficient to re-heat pork belly but I would always recommend using a meat thermometer before you’re serving up any meat products to ensure that they are cooked through and heated thoroughly and to a safe temperature.

5 minute cook time is typically all it takes to re-heat this pork belly recipe.

Something to note about air fryer recipes is that all air fryers have different sizes, depths and as such the cooking times can vary. All air fryer recipes on this website are intended as a guide, and not a guarantee that the timings will be perfect. Enjoy!

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How to make air fryer crispy pork belly strips:

Air fryer pork belly strips

How to cook pork belly strips, pork belly bites or pork belly slices in the air fryer.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Barbecue, British
Keyword air fryer, BBQ, pork
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 568 kcal
Author Katykicker

Ingredients

  • 500 g pork belly strips
  • 15 ml olive oil or spray oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt and black pepper
  • 30 ml BBQ sauce – I typically use this brown sugar BBQ sauce

Instructions

  1. Take your pork belly, or belly strips, and make sure you dry it thoroughly with kitchen towel.
  2. You want to make sure you’re removing as much of the moisture from the outside as possible.
  3. Cover the pork belly with the oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  4. Place in a single layer in the air fryer basket. You can line the basket with parchment paper if you want to make for an easier clean up.
  5. Air fry at 180C (355F) for 5 minutes.
  6. Flip over and cook again for another 5 minutes on the same setting.
  7. Turn a second time and air fry again for another 5 minutes as before.
  8. Repeat the step one more time, making for 20 minutes of air frying time total.
  9. Brush the pork belly strips, pork belly or pork belly bites with BBQ sauce. I use a pastry brush and make sure that both sides are evenly coated.
  10. Air fry for 5 minutes at 200C (390F approx).
  11. The total cooking time has now been 25 minutes, you may find (depending on thickness) that the pork belly is now perfect and ready to serve. Alternatively cook for another 5 minutes if you’ve got thicker slices or like it particularly well done.

Note: All calorie information is for demonstration purposes only and is based on the specific uncooked ingredients that I used when creating the recipe.

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Crispy pork belly strips in a pile on a white platter
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