Crispy Pork Belly


Crispy pork belly is all the rage, thanks to social media, food bloggers, and celebrity chefs with too much time on their hands. It's a common sight on menus across the land; you can't channel-surf past a food show without seeing it. It also helps that people are no longer terrified to eat a little fat.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
6 hrs 5 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
14 hrs 15 mins


  • ½ pound whole pork belly, skin removed

  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika, or to taste

  • kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C).

  2. Season pork belly all over with smoked paprika, salt and black pepper.

    Seasonings rubbed over pork belly.

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  3. Wrap pork in parchment paper; wrap a second time in aluminum foil; wrap a third time in another sheet of aluminum foil.

    Pork belly wrapped in parchment paper then in foil.

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  4. Place pork packet in a baking dish.

    Pork packet placed in a baking dish.

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  5. Bake in the preheated oven until tender, about 6 hours. Let cool in wrappings to room temperature; place cooled packet in the refrigerator and chill for 8 hours to overnight.

  6. Unwrap chilled pork; reserve any rendered fat that falls away when unwrapping pork.

  7. Cut pork into 6 equal portions. Cut 1/8x1/8-inch slashes in the fat-side of pork. Season with salt.

    Pork cut into six equal portions.

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  8. Heat 2 tablespoons reserved pork fat in a skillet over medium heat. Place pork belly, fat-side down, in hot fat; cook until browned on all sides and heated through, 5 to 10 minutes.

    Pork cooked in a skillet until browned and heated through.

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  9. Transfer pork belly to a plate, drizzle with olive oil, and season with pepper.

    Pork belly transferred to a plate and drizzled with olive oil.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

87 Calories
7g Fat
0g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 87
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 352mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 2mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 74mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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