Crispy Air Fryer Pork Belly Strips

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Air Fryer Pork Belly Strips are seasoned in paprika, garlic salt and brown sugar for a dish that’s filled with savory and sweet flavors.

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Crispy pork belly strips

Traditional pork belly is lovely and fatty, but by cooking it in the air fryer, each bite becomes wonderfully crispy and tender. It’s an awesome combination of textures that is only amplified by the mix of spices used to season the pork belly. 

The garlic salt adds aromatic flavors, while the paprika gives the pork an enticing smokiness, and the brown sugar rounds out all of these savory flavors. There are plenty of ways to switch up the spices, so let us know in the comments how you switched it up!

Ingredients You Need

  • Pork Belly Strips: Cut the pork belly strips so that they fit in the air fryer flat without bending.
  • Olive Oil: will prevent the pork from sticking to the air fryer and help crisp up the pork belly. 
  • Salt & Ground Black Pepper: brings out the other flavors, and feel free to adjust the amount used to fit your tastes. 
  • Paprika: adds a nice smoky flavor to the pork belly strips without making it spicy.
  • Brown Sugar: a bit of sugar helps balance all the savory flavors of the pork and spices.
  • Garlic Salt: you can use garlic powder if you’re trying to cut down on sodium.

Equipment Information:

  • Air fryer: if your air fryer requires preheating, then preheat the air fryer first. Make sure to grease the basket to prevent the pork belly from sticking.

How to Make Air Fryer Pork Belly Strips

Seasoning raw pork belly strips

Pat dry the pork belly strips to remove excess moisture before cooking. Brush or spray the pork with olive oil.

Mix the spices together in a bowl and sprinkle the seasoning mix on both sides of the strips.

Place the pork belly strips in the air fryer basket. Try not to overlap them. Cook at 200° F for 12-15 minutes, flipping once or twice to ensure even cooking.

Raw pork belly strips in the air fryer basket

The cook time will vary based on the thickness of the strips. Cook until the internal temperature is 190° F.

Crispy pork belly strips in the air fryer basket

Questions About the Recipe

Can I use this recipe for pork belly bites?

Yes! Simply cut the strips into smaller bites before adding them into the air fryer. Since the pork will be smaller, the cook time may differ, so keep an eye on them while they cook. Try this recipe for perfect pork belly bites.

Should I boil the pork belly first?

There is no need to boil the pork first in this recipe. Your pork belly will be just as crispy and tender without boiling it first.

What can I do with leftover pork belly strips?

There are numerous ways you can use leftover pork belly strips other than reheating them. Dice the strips into small pieces and sprinkle them over a salad or pasta to add a nice bit of meaty crunchiness to the dish. Or, leave them as strips and add them to a sandwich! We love these pork belly tacos with crunchy slaw! Anywhere you can use bacon, you can use these pork belly strips.

Crispy pork belly strips

Substitutions & Variations

  • Sugar: instead of brown sugar, feel free to use maple syrup. It will give the same caramel-like flavor of brown sugar.
  • Garlic salt: for those watching their sodium intake, replace the garlic salt with a combination of garlic powder and onion powder.
  • International: take these air fryer pork belly strips on a trip by using spices from other countries! Some great international spices to use are Chinese Five Spice (China), gochugaru (Korea), curry powder (India), etc.

Tips

  • When you take out the pork belly from the air fryer, place them on a plate that is covered with a paper towel. This will help remove some of the pork’s excess grease.
  • Overcooking the strips will lead to dry and tough meat, so be careful not to overcook it.
  • The outside should be crispy and golden, but not browned. The meat should not start to look dry on top.
  • Each air fryer cooks differently, so keep an eye on the pork and adjust the cooking time as needed.
Crispy pork belly strips on a plate

Storing & Reheating Information

Let the pork belly strips cool completely, then put the strips in an airtight container with a paper towel over the pork. They’ll last in the fridge for 3 days. To heat up the pork belly strips, reheat them in the air fryer for a few minutes. 

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Crispy pork belly strips on a plate

Crispy Air Fryer Pork Belly Strips

Air Fryer Pork Belly Strips are seasoned in paprika, garlic salt and brown sugar for a dish that’s filled with savory and sweet flavors.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 17 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 915 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 pounds pork belly strips
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

Instructions
 

  • Pat dry the pork belly strips. Brush or spray on olive oil.
  • Mix together the spices in a bowl. Sprinkle the seasoning on both sides of the strips.
  • Place the strips in the air fryer basket. Try not to overlap them. Cook at 200° F for 12-15 minutes, flipping once or twice during to ensure even cooking.
  • The cook time will vary based on the thickness of the strips. Cook to 190° F internal temperature.

Notes

  • Overcooking the strips will lead to dry and tough meat, so be careful not to overcook it.
  • The outside should be crispy and golden, but not browned.
  • The meat should not start to look dry on top.

All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 915kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 16gFat: 94gSaturated Fat: 33gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gMonounsaturated Fat: 45gCholesterol: 122mgSodium: 781mgPotassium: 320mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 56IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 1mg
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