Crispy Pork Belly Recipe (2024)

by Scott Groth 28 Comments

A crispy pork belly recipe to beat all others. It's so simple, so succulent and savory. When you take your first bite you'll wonder where this recipe has been your whole life. Making crispy pork belly takes some time, but all good things come to those who wait. This is worth the wait. Let's take a look why.

This crispy pork bellyrecipe is: Gluten Free, Paleo, Low Carb, Tender & Delicious.

When someone says that a recipe is easy, it has better truly be easy. This one is just so simple. The hardest part of this recipe is scoring the skin or fat of the pork belly (depending on whether you are going to use a skin-on or skinless belly). After that, it's a 3 step process to culinary nirvana.

The second hardest part to this crispy pork belly recipe is giving it time to cook. It needs to cook for a while so the meat begins to tenderize. There is no real way to rush pork belly... so if you're looking for a crispy pork belly recipe full of shortcuts, they won't be foundhere. This is a simple pork belly recipe, but it needs time to become succulent and dripping with flavor. I guess it is just respect for the ingredient?


So I'm off my soapbox now. Learning how to cook pork belly can be a bit daunting. It's a cut of pork that you don't often see and most people don't cook more than a couple times in their lives! Plus, pork belly is just a strange cut. It looks familiar because it is where bacon comes from, but raw pork belly feels so different from bacon in your hands. It kind of plays tricks with your head. I love it.

You can cook pork belly so many different ways. In this crispy pork belly recipe, we are going to slow roast the belly and then broil it. Pork belly also loves to be stewed and braised. I've seen it pressure cooked but wasn't able to try it, so I can't comment on the success of that method. If you use a wet method to cook the pork belly, allow the meat to cool and dry it off before browning to achieve the most color and flavor.

Pork belly is a very forgiving cut of pork due to its high fat content. There is very little chance of the meat drying out. This type of scenario allows you to par cook the pork belly too. So you can roast it for the 4 hours in the oven, allow it to cool and then refrigerate it. When you want to serve it, warm it in the oven for 30 minutes before broiling or browning and you're good to go. This crispy pork belly recipe is flexible too!


This is a great topic that I received lots of questions about when I was running my cooking school. Pork belly is the base ingredient that bacon is made out of. To make bacon, typically the pork belly is brined in a salty solution (with whatever spice mixture you would like) for seven to ten days. This process extracts the moisture out of the belly. From there, the brined belly is smoked in low heat for several hours. Homemade bacon is just so delicious. I should create a post for how to make it. Hopefully sometime soon.

In my opinion, slow roasted pork belly tastes better than bacon. And that's saying something because I love bacon. The tenderness and silken texture of the pork belly fat is just impossible to recreate with other cuts of meat. Adding just a touch of salt and the herbs de provence give this pork belly out-of-this-world flavor. Now I still want bacon with my eggs, lardon on my salads but I'll take pork belly any other time of the day.

QUICK COOKING TIP:Let's talk for a minute about where to buy pork belly. They don't sell them at most grocery stores anymore. If you have a local butcher, give them a call. If they don't have any in stock they will most likely get it within a day or two. You can also order pork bellies online. You can even find them on Amazon, but you have to buy either large volume or very expensive cuts, so I'm not going to put the link here. Your best bet is your local butcher or an Asian market.

Try to get the center cut if possible, with the least amount of fat. The fat is delicious, but you want some meat in there too! When you buy the belly, don't be afraid to inspect it before purchasing. Because it is from the belly, there are some pieces that have nipples on them (it's just natural) but I'm not a huge fan of those pieces.If you are going to cook and consume the skin (it's awesome), make sure that you get a piece that has clean skin. Just take a look and decide if it is something you would eat or not. The answer will come quickly, I promise.

Ok- so how about we get to this crispy pork belly recipe already...

Yield: 8 servings


Crispy Pork Belly Recipe (9)

A crispy pork belly recipe that works for both skin-on and skin-off pork belly! If you want cracklins, keep the skin on. For a more tender dish, remove and follow the same simple instructions.

Prep Time4 minutes

Cook Time4 hours 15 minutes

Total Time4 hours 19 minutes


  • 2 LB Pork Belly, with the pork fat scored in a grid pattern about ½” across the top.
  • 2 tablespoon Duck Fat, Rendered Bacon Fat, Lard or other cooking fat
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Fresh Cracked Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Herbs de Provence


  1. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and place a wire rack inside.
  2. After you have scored the pork belly, season the meat side with about ½ of the salt and pepper. Heat a heavy bottom pan over high heat and add in the cooking fat. When the fat is hot, carefully add in the pork belly. Allow to brown without moving for 3-5 minutes depending on the heat of your stove.
  3. Remove the belly from the fat with some tongs and place on the wire rack with the fat side up. Take the fat from the pan and pour over the fat. You will see the scoring separate with the hot fat being poured over it.
  4. Evenly distribute the remaining salt and pepper. Place the pork belly in the oven for 3 hours.
  5. After 3 hours, remove the belly from the oven. Carefully pour off some of the fat into a bowl. Pour the fat back on top of the pork belly. Evenly distribute the herbs de provence over the top of the pork belly and place back in the oven for 1 more hour.
  6. After the 4th hour, turn on the broiler in the oven. Broil the pork belly until it crisps. For skin-on pork belly, keep a close eye on the skin as it will scorch very quickly- more quickly than the skinless pork belly.
  7. Serve hot and enjoy!


Skin-On Pork Belly Notes: Scoring the skin is not an easy task. It requires a sharp knife and a strong arm. Take your time and eventually, you will get the whole piece scored. The hardest parts are going to be where the really soft fat is under the skin. It helps to slightly roll the belly to tighten it up.

Skinless Pork Belly Notes: Removing the skin can be a bit tricky. My suggestion is to ask your butcher to remove the skin rather than trying it at home… however, if you want to try here are some tips:

1. Start from the large end with the fat side up and peel about 2″ of skin off, being careful to keep your blade right under the skin. The fat pack is thickest here, so it will be more forgiving.

2. Get out a sharp knife that is wider than the pork belly. Flip the belly so the skin side is down, parallel with your body.

3. Grab a paper towel and hold onto the skin flap with your left hand. Using your right, place the knife between the skin and the fat and begin to push the blade, separating the skin from the fat. Take your time. Sometimes it helps to pull with the paper towel hand while you work the knife around with your other hand.

4. Once you have the skin off, you can either pitch it, keep it for stock or dice it up, toss it in some hot cooking fat for some yummy cracklins.

Nutrition Information


Amount Per ServingCalories 677

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This crispy pork belly recipe isn't one that I would make every day. It's a real treat though and you should enjoy every minute of pleasure it will bring you. I serve this pork belly recipe with a fresh tomato coulis. The recipe is coming up in a couple days. I love the fresh tomato flavor and how the vinegar helps to cut through the fat of the pork belly. I slice the belly to about ¼", give it a nice dollop of tomato coulis and the biteliterally floats into my mouth. I close my eyes and just enjoy the moment. Perfection. I hope you enjoy it too.

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  1. Katrin says

    Crispy Pork Belly Recipe (12)
    Gosh, I've just had dinner, but I would still have a portion of this! Looks amaaazing


    • Scott Groth says

      Hi Katrin:
      I just went to visit the post again- and now I want some too! With the Tomato Coulis it is just a show stopper. Thanks for the compliment too- have a great day.


    • Brandon says

      I was lookin for a pork belly recipe that didn’t call for a whole bunch of “exotic” type of spices. I’m really excited to do this for dinner tonight. And if anyone lives near Costco, they sell big pork belly there


  2. Paulette White says

    Crispy Pork Belly Recipe (13)
    I will be making this tomorrow, it looks wonderful! Thank you for posting this recipe.


    • Scott Groth says

      Hi Paulette:
      Thank you for posting. How did the recipe come out? I'm very curious.
      Have a fantastic day and happy eating!


  3. Emma Jean says

    Crispy Pork Belly Recipe (14)
    I made this last night and OMG it was so good!! Beyond good actually! The skin was perfectly crisp and the meat was juicy and tender. I was intimidated by pork belly at first but not with this recipe in hand. Thank you!


    • Scott Groth says

      Hi Emma:
      You just made my day. Pork belly is one of my favorites too. Not sure if that matters because I have lots of favorites when it comes to food...
      Thank you for checking out this recipe and for trying it.
      Hope you're having a tasteful day in the kitchen!


  4. Rhonda Seville says

    Crispy Pork Belly Recipe (15)
    Crunchy, crispy skin. So good. And the fat from the pork was tender and so full of flavor. Not something I would eat everyday, but as a treat once in a while it is incredibly good. I put some of the warm fat right on some toasted bread and that was terrific as well.


    • Scott Groth says

      Hi Rhonda:
      Wow, I need to make this again soon- my mouth is watering.
      I appreciate you taking the time to write your thoughts on this tasty belly.
      Hope you have a delightful day in the kitchen!


      • Janie says

        Crispy Pork Belly Recipe (16)
        I used some of the rendered fat to fry some low carb okra. Fantastic side dish.


  5. Sierra says

    I bought my pork belly at Costco so it’s 4#. Tips on how to store and reheat?


    • Scott Groth says

      Hi Sierra:
      I get the pork belly from Costco as well. It is HUGE. As with most of the stuff that I get from Costco, I have to portion it down to regular size stuff. With the belly, you could slice it into 3 equal segments that would each be about a pound and a half- and just make three of them! You can freeze and reheat the pork belly as well. Bring it back up to temperature in the oven, then blast it a little with the broiler. The cook time will be completely different if you try to cook the entire 4lb belly without separating it. Also, as a side note that I just learned- if you talk to the butcher at Costco, they will portion down the meat and sell you smaller sizes. Who knew?
      Thanks for writing and have a great day in the kitchen!


  6. Martin says

    250 degrees of what C or F ? We in Australia using C.


    • John Portelli says

      I think it must be Fahrenheit because I put it on for 250c for first 45 minutes and than reduced it to 190 for a total of 3 hours and it was cooked through although a bit dry on the bottom.


  7. Jennifer says

    Crispy Pork Belly Recipe (17)
    Thank you for the lesson. We enjoyed a fantastic meal.


    • Scott Groth says

      Hi Jennifer,

      Great to hear you loved this delicious pork belly. I think I need to make it again. Soon!
      Thank you for sharing. Have a delicious day in the kitchen!


  8. Big Fred says

    Crispy Pork Belly Recipe (18)
    I was wondering do you put the belly fat side up or down in the pan to brown?



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