Cooking pork belly. There are several ways to cook pork belly: roasting, braising, in an air fryer or a slow cooker! Choose your cooking method and we’ll help and provide cooking times and temperatures. Translation in French : poitrine de porc.
Cooking time pork belly
How do I cook pork belly?
- Preparing pork belly
- Pork belly air fryer
- Cooking pork belly in an oven
- Cooking pork belly in a Dutch oven (cast iron casserole)
- Coooking pork belly in a slow cooker
What to pair pork belly with?
Try serving roasted pork belly with apple slices or a spiced apple sauce. Pork belly pairs well with soy sauce, ginger or garlic. Serve pork belly with roasted or sautéed Brussels sprouts or polenta.
Preparing pork belly
Preparing pork belly is relatively simple: remove any excess moisture from the skin by patting it dry with a paper towel; then, use a sharp knife to score the skin in a criss-cross pattern.
You can season the pork belly with your choice of spices or marinade. My favorite marinade is made of garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and brown sugar. Rub the seasonings into the skin and let them sit for at least 30 minutes.
Pork belly air fryer
Cooking pork belly in an air fryer is very (super duper) easy and quicker than cooking it in the oven. Here’s what you should do:
1. Preheat your air fryer at 400°F (200°C). Prepare your pork belly as explained before.
2. Place the pork belly in the air fryer basket and sprey with a little oil. Cook for 20 minutes: the rind is going to crackle!
3. Reduce the temperature to 320°F (160°C) and cook for an extra 35 minutes. Enjoy!
Cooking pork belly in an oven
Cooking pork belly in an oven. To roast pork belly:
1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
2. Place the pork belly on a wire rack set over a baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes. Then, reduce the heat to 375°F (190°C) and continue roasting for an additional 60-90 minutes, or until the skin is crispy and the internal temperature of the meat reaches 145°F.
3. Let the pork belly rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
Cooking pork belly in a Dutch oven
Cooking pork belly in a Dutch oven. To braise pork belly:
1. Heat a large Dutch oven (cast-iron casserole… don’t you love Le Creuset?) over medium-high heat.
2. Add the pork belly and sear on all sides until browned, about 5 minutes per side. Remove the pork belly from the pot and set aside.
3. Add diced onions, carrots, and celery to the pot and cook until softened.
4. Add garlic, bay leaves, thyme, and chicken stock, then return the pork belly to the pot. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook over low heat for 2-3 hours, or until the meat is tender and the internal temperature reaches 145°F (65°C).
5. Let the pork belly rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
Cooking pork belly in a slow cooker
Cooking pork belly in a slow cooker. Pork belly is delicious… especially when it’s slow cooked!
1. Prepare your pork belly (criss cross the skin and use a dry rub on it)
2. Add 1/2 cup of chicken stock, garlic cloves and onions and place everything in the slow cooker. Cook for 6-7 hours on low.
Pork belly comes from the underside of the pig. It is a fatty, boneless cut that is very popular, particularly in Asian cuisine.