Delicious air fryer pork belly. In this pork belly air fryer recipe, we will be showing you how to cook the pork belly, what marinade to use and best of all how to create crispy pork belly slices.
You will love how easy it is to air fry belly pork slices in air fryer and it will become your new Saturday night appetiser.
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Pork Belly Air Fryer
My first memory of pork belly was back as a kid when I watched the movie Trading Places for the first time. Didn’t really understand what pork belly was, just that they were buying and selling it as traders.
Years later, I tried pork belly at a Brazilian barbecue and thought it was the best pork recipe ever.
Then several years later, another Brazilian restaurant (Chamas Beverley) started serving the pork belly with honey and they were so delicious I just knew that I must make for you a pork belly slices air fryer recipe that was just as good, but easy to recreate at home.
Beyond our pork belly in air fryer recipe, we have many more pork ideas for you to try including: slow cooker pork belly slices, air fryer pork leg roast, air fryer pork steak, or slow cooker leftover pork curry.
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Do You Call It Belly Pork Or Pork Belly?
I always find this fascinating, how some of you would say air fryer pork belly and others will say air fryer belly pork.
Personally, I would say air fryer pork belly, but does it really matter?
Can You Cook Belly Pork In Air Fryer?
Yes, you can cook belly pork in the air fryer, and you will love it. I just love how amazingly crispy belly pork goes in the air fryer. Or how a belly pork from the butchers will perfectly fit my air fryer basket. Or that you can then marinade the pork belly, add it back to the air fryer and it will make it perfectly crispy.
Is Pork Belly Better In Air Fryer Or Oven?
Belly pork in air fryer, or as you might call it pork belly, is a total game changer in the air fryer and I would choose team air fryer over team oven every single time.
This is because not only does the air fryer cook pork in half the time of the oven, but it requires less oil and also gets the belly pork much crispier than what the oven can achieve.
The only downside to the air fryer is that you might have a small air fryer and it could be a space problem. If that is you, I recommend slicing the belly pork and air fry pork belly slices.
Does Air Fryer Dry Out Pork?
No, the air fryer doesn’t dry out pork. I have made pork in many different ways using the air fryer over the last 10 years and never thought that the pork was dried out.
In fact, we find that because of the way the air circulates that the air fryer does a better job than the oven, and its easier to dry out pork in the oven.
Pork Belly Slices Air Fryer
If you have ever done pork ribs in the air fryer, then you will love how crispy those slices get and how they are perfect as an appetiser.
Well, that same rule applies with pork belly slices in the air fryer. Once done you can slice them up into pork belly strips, brush with extra honey glaze and they are ready for serving.
Or if you want to go even smaller, which is even better if you are serving pork belly as an appetiser, is to do air fryer pork belly bites. The same method, just chop them into bites rather than strips when you are done.
How To Cook Pork Belly Strips In Ninja Foodi?
Also, if you have a Ninja Foodi, you can use the air fryer setting to make a delicious pork belly ninja foodi recipe.
We have done this many times and the only thing to consider is that your pork belly will need to fit inside the Ninja air fryer basket.
Marinated Pork Belly Strips Air Fryer
If I air fry pork belly, I usually marinate it first, or I finish by smothering it with honey and garlic.
We recommend air frying pork belly then brushing it in a marinade/glaze and that way you can still have crispy air fryer pork belly.
Because sometimes if you marinate first, it can be harder to guarantee the crispy texture.
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Pork Belly Air Fryer Ingredients
Pork – lets get this belly pork air fryer party started! We used a 1.25kg piece of pork belly. Which in pounds is 2 and ¾ pounds. Though you can adjust the size of your pork, depending on the size of your air fryer and what fits.
Oil – If you would like air fryer belly pork slices that are crispy, then we recommend a little olive oil spray. This also acts as your glue for the seasonings you add to stick to it.
Seasonings – Then for a basic seasoning if you just want easy air fryer crispy pork belly, then we recommend just adding salt and pepper. Or see below for our marinated glaze.
Glaze – I don’t know about you, but I love the way pork and honey go together just like how salt and pepper go together. You air fry belly pork first, then mix together honey, mustard and garlic puree. Then for the last 20 minutes you cook belly pork in air fryer with the honey glaze. Plus, you can brush with extra once cut into strips too.
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How To Cook Pork Belly In Air Fryer?
- Load. Place your belly pork in air fryer and spray with extra virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Cook. Next cook pork belly in air fryer for 30 minutes at 180c/360f.
- Honey. Then turn the air fried pork belly over, and this is the time if you are adding a glaze to mix and apply. You can either use a spoon or a pastry brush to quickly apply the honey glaze.
- Cook. Then continue cooking belly pork in air fryer for another 20 minutes at 160c/320f.
- Serve. Next its all about belly pork slices. Remove the belly pork from the air fryer, cut into strips and then serve with more honey brushed on top.
How Long To Cook Pork Belly In Air Fryer?
The pork belly strips air fryer time is JUST 50 minutes. This includes cooking the air fried pork belly for 30 minutes on one side, followed by 20 minutes on the other.
Pork Belly Air Fryer Temperature
For the best belly pork in the air fryer, we recommend mixing up the temperatures.
Start at 180c/360f to give the belly pork its main air fryer cook, then after marinating and turning the pork over, and to stop the pork belly from going dry or the honey burning too much reduce it down to 160c/320f.
Air Fryer Chinese Pork Belly
If you would like more of a Chinese flavour to your pork belly then its easy to adjust.
Make our pork belly air fryer recipe, then alter the honey glaze that you are adding to your pork.
Don’t add the mustard. Add in 1tsp extra of honey, plus add 1tsp of Chinese 5 spice, plus add 1tsp of soy sauce. Then mix as usual with the garlic and you have Chinese pork belly.
Reheating Pork Belly In Air Fryer
You can also use the air fryer for reheating your pork belly in the air fryer. Place leftover air fryer pork belly slices into the air fryer basket and air fry for 6 minutes at 160c/320f or until the pork belly is piping hot and then serve.
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Air Fryer Pork Belly
- 1.25 kg Belly Pork
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray
- Salt & Pepper
- Let’s air fry pork belly strips. Place the pork belly into the air fryer basket and spray with olive oil. Then season with salt and pepper.
- Air fry pork belly for 30 minutes at 180c/360f.
- When the air fryer beeps turn over the pork belly, mix your honey glaze ingredients and brush over the pork. Air fry for another 20 minutes at the reduced temperature of 160c/320f.
- Slice into pork belly slices. Brush with some extra honey glaze before serving.