Crispy Air Fryer Pork Belly

Get ready for a hassle-free, easy-to-make delight with my Crispy Air Fryer Pork Belly recipe! This savory dish combines crispy, tender pork belly with the fresh taste of green onion, giving you a fail-proof way to prepare a flavorful meal. Don’t miss out on this crispy, savory treat that’s perfect as a main dish, appetizer, or snack!

Air fryer pork belly sliced into strips and served on a wooden serving board.

Why I Love This Recipe

If you’re craving a savory and succulent pork belly with a crispy exterior, look no further than my Crispy Air Fryer Pork Belly recipe! Inspired by the flavors found in my Asian Crispy Pork Belly and Japanese Seared Pork Belly recipe, this dish brings together the best of both worlds with a simple rub and the magic of air frying!

All I do is apply a simple rub, similar to the preparation method used in my Miso Pork Belly and Korean BBQ Garlic Pork Belly, and throw it in the air fryer – I promise it’s really that simple! It’s perfect for anyone seeking an easy and fail-proof way to prepare pork belly in a hassle-free recipe. Get your taste buds ready for this irresistible dish that promises a tender inside and a crispy outside – it’s a must-try for pork belly lovers everywhere!



  • Pork Belly – buy at grocery stores or can request from a butcher.
  • Sweetener –  use your preferred sweetener.
  • Garlic Powder – ground and comes in a bottle.
  • Salt – sea salt preferred.
  • Black Pepper – ground.
  • Green Onion – finely chopped green onion scallions.

Additional Add Ins

For those seeking an extra flavor boost in the rub, consider incorporating Onion Powder or Cayenne Pepper! These additional add-ins can elevate the taste profile of the dish, adding depth and complexity to the flavor profile.

Ingredients for crispy air fryer pork belly.


Step 1 Start by preparing the dry rub mixture in a large bowl that consists of sweetener, garlic powder, salt and black pepper.

Seasoning rub in a bowl.

Step 2 Next, pat rub a generous amount of the rub onto the pork belly, place in a single layer in the air fryer basket and air fry at 360F for 16-18 minutes until golden brown.

Seasoned pork belly.

🌡 Internal Temperature Check

Monitor the internal temperature of the pork belly center, aiming for a temperature of 145°F for safe consumption.

💡 Air Frying Pro Tip

Consider covering the pork belly with a Lid or Cover during cooking to Prevent any potential Splattering. This helps maintain cleanliness and reduces the risk of mess in the air fryer.

Step 3 Once cooked, use a sharp knife to slice the pork belly and top with fresh chopped scallions.

Crispy air fryer pork belly served on a cutting board.

🍽️ Pro Serving Tip

Allow the cooked pork belly to Rest for a Few Minutes before slicing and serving. This allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in a more flavorful and tender final dish.

Pairing Recommendations

To complement this dish, consider serving it alongside a salad dressed with Caesar Dressing or Broccoli Caesar Salad. The crisp greens and rich dressing will pair well with the main course. Alternatively, opt for a Creamy Chicken Soup or Creamy Ground Beef Stew. These hearty soups will add depth to the meal, providing a satisfying contrast.

Air fryer pork belly being sliced into pork belly strips.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know when the pork belly is cooked perfectly?

To determine when the pork belly is cooked perfectly, look for a crispy golden brown exterior. Additionally, ensure that the internal temperature reaches at least 145°F for safe consumption.

Do I need to flip the pork belly while air frying?

No, you don't need to flip the pork belly while air frying. However, ensure that the skin side is facing towards the heating element for even cooking and to achieve that crispy texture.

What should I do if my air fryer is smoking during cooking?

If your air fryer is smoking during cooking, it's stop the cooking process immediately. Allow it to cool down completely before inspecting for any food particles or residue that may be causing the smoke. Clean the air fryer thoroughly according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Can I double the recipe if I'm feeding a crowd?

Yes, you can double the recipe if you're feeding a crowd, but ensure not to overcrowd the air fryer when cooking. It's important to leave enough space for the air to circulate properly for the air fryer to work effectively.

Storage Tips

To store leftovers, transfer them to an airtight container and place them in the refrigerator. Leftovers can be kept in the fridge for 5-7 days.

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Air fryer pork belly sliced into strips and served on a wooden serving board.

Crispy Air Fryer Pork Belly

Indulge in crispy perfection with my Air Fryer Pork Belly recipe. Discover the secret to juicy, tender pork belly with a delightful crunch using your air fryer. Perfect for any meal, this hassle-free dish is a must-try for pork lovers everywhere.
4.62 from 18 votes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Worldwide
Keyword: air fry pork belly, air fryer pork belly
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 595kcal


  • 1/2 lb Pork Belly
  • 1 tsp Sweetener your preferred sweetener
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Stalk Green Onion


  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for crispy air fryer pork belly.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine sweetener, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Rub the seasoning onto the pork belly.
    Seasoned pork belly.
  • Place entire pork belly into the air fryer and cook at 360F for 16-18 minutes. Note - you may want to place a lid or covering on top of the pork belly to prevent grease from splattering on the heating element.
    Pork belly in a air frying tray.
  • In the meantime, finely chop green onions and set aside.
    Chopped green onions.
  • Once pork belly are done, slice pork belly into 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness, transfer to a serving plate and sprinkle on green onions.
    Crispy air fryer pork belly served on a cutting board.


Calories: 595kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 60g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 329mg | Potassium: 228mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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  1. HI guys, your recipes are great!

    How crispy does the skin come up on this recipe?

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hi Tony! Thank you very much for your kinds words! On our air fryer, they came out pretty crispy. I would say like a 7 on a scale of 10. If you want them crispier, you can fry them longer, but the trade-off is that the meat itself it going to become harder (overcooked) as well.

  2. There needs to be a warning. The grease will splatter onto your air fryer element. There’s some things which aren’t supposed to be air fried. Use an oven and a lid.

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