Cracklins (Deep-Fried Pork Belly)


Pork belly fried until crisp. Season with salt or Cajun seasoning immediately after frying so it will stick.

close up view of a hand holding a Cracklin (Deep-Fried Pork Belly)
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
6 mins
Total Time:
11 mins
8 servings


  • 2 quarts oil for frying, or as needed

  • 1 pound pork belly, cut into 1-inch squares


  1. Heat about 4 inches of oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Fry pork belly squares in batches until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

  3. Heat about 4 inches of oil in another large saucepan to 425 degrees F (218 degrees C).

  4. Fry pork belly squares in batches a second time until skin "pops," 30 seconds to 1 minute. Drain on fresh paper towels.

Cook's Note:

These can be put in the refrigerator and reheated in the oven at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) until sizzling.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

488 Calories
52g Fat
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 488
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 52g 67%
Saturated Fat 14g 69%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 18mg 1%
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 105mg 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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