The Ultimate Guide To The Best Air Fryer Belly Pork

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Belly pork, also known as pork belly, has always been a popular cut of meat.

Air fryer belly pork is a popular dish of succulent meat with delicious crackling.

Its rich layers of meat and fat promise a tasty experience like no other.

Traditionally, this dish is often roasted or braised to achieve that great texture and flavour.

However, the air fryer takes the game to a whole new level.

So, let’s dive into the world of air fryer belly pork, exploring its preparation, flavours, and all the tricks that make it a must-try.

Boiling Belly Pork Before Air Frying

Boiling belly pork before air frying is not necessary for several reasons.

Boiling changes the texture by making the meat soft.

It also removes some fat from the belly pork, with air frying you get crispiness while allowing some of the fat to drain making it a healthier option.

Skipping the boiling step saves time without compromising the final result.

Air Fryer Belly Pork

raw air fryer pork belly on wooden chopping board


  • 700g (1.5 lbs) belly pork
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary

How To Cook Belly Pork In An Air Fryer?

Begin by patting the belly pork dry with paper towels. Moisture is the enemy of crispiness, so this step is essential.

Score the skin of the belly pork, creating deep cuts about 1 inch apart. Make sure not to cut into the meat. This helps the fat render properly and the skin to become crispy.

Rub the olive oil all over the pork, ensuring it’s well-coated.

Mix all the dry seasonings (salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, and rosemary) in a bowl and massage them into the pork, making sure to get the seasoning into the cuts on the skin.

Leave the belly pork to rest for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes you may find some moisture has formed on the rind. If so, pat the rind with some kitchen paper to remove it.

How Long To Cook Belly Pork In Air Fryer?

Preheat the air fryer to 160C/320F for 5 minutes.

Place the seasoned pork belly into your preheated air fryer skin side up. Position the pork in a single layer and allow for air circulation.

Air fry for about 30 minutes. The skin should be crispy and the meat tender and juicy.

Then increase the air fryer temperature to 180C/360F and air fry the belly pork for a further 10 minutes until crispy and golden.

Check the internal temperature of the pork with a meat thermometer. When cooked the temperature will have reached 90C/ 195F.

Once your crispy belly pork is ready, remove it from the air fryer, and let it rest for a few minutes. This allows the juices to be redistributed, making the meat even more succulent.

Perfect Crispy Belly Pork

achieving crispy air fryer pork belly

The key to achieving that perfect crispy skin lies in the initial drying of the pork skin and scoring it. Moisture is the enemy.

These two steps allow the fat to render effectively, creating that lovely crunch.

The dry rub adds flavour and contributes to the overall texture.

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Marinated Belly Pork In The Air Fryer

If you’re looking to add an extra layer of flavour to your crispy, succulent pork, try some fantastic marinade ideas that will make your air fryer belly pork truly unforgettable.

These marinades will work with any other type of meat too.

Prick all of the pork with a fork. This will allow the marinade to infuse deeply into the pork.

Place the belly pork in a zip-top bag and pour the marinade over it.

Seal the bag and massage the marinade into the meat, ensuring it’s evenly coated.

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight for even more flavour.

Classic Barbecue


  • 60ml barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Zesty Citrus


  • 60ml orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Asian Inspired


  • 60ml soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

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Air Fryer Belly Pork Serving Suggestions

Air fryer belly pork is versatile and pairs wonderfully with various side dishes. Here are a few suggestions to elevate your dining experience:

Mashed Potatoes: Creamy mashed potatoes provide a perfect contrast to the crispy pork.

Apple Sauce: The sweetness of apple sauce complements the richness of the pork.

Coleslaw: The freshness of coleslaw can cut through the dish’s richness.

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Air Fryer Belly Pork FAQ’s

While frozen pork belly can be prepared in an air fryer, achieving the level of crispiness may be a bit challenging. You will need to thoroughly dry the pork belly and minimize excess moisture. For the best results, consider thawing the pork belly beforehand for a crispy skin, or be prepared to double the cooking time at a high temperature.

You can enjoy it with steamed vegetables, rice, or even a fresh salad for a balanced meal.

Seasoning is essential for flavour, marinate it for a few hours in the fridge for more taste.

It’s essential not to overcrowd the air fryer basket to ensure even cooking and maximum crispiness. Cook in batches if needed.

To keep it crispy, store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the air fryer at 180C/360F until heated through for the best results.


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