I love meat that is crispy on the outside, and juicy and tender on the inside. This Crispy Pork Belly Lechon Kawali is just that and it will literally melt in your mouth. It’s crunchy, delicious, and something you will want to make over and over again.
Outside of this Crispy Pork Belly / Lechon Kawali being delicious, it’s also super simple to make. I used my Instant Pot and my Air Fryer to make this, but if you don’t have an Instant Pot, you can use your stove top, and I include instructions for that too.
Similarly, no air fryer? No problem! You can always just broil the finished meat and get a reasonably crispy finish. Of course, if you’re in the market for an air fryer, you should check out my unbiased reviews of air fryers and pick one you like.
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So there are many different ways you can make this Lechon Kawali. Time to get cooking!
Crispy Pork Belly | Instant Pot / Air Fryer Recipe
This sounds like a recipe that would take a long time, or would be really difficult. If you’ve ever cooked my recipes before, you know that’s just not my style. If it’s difficult, or something you have to babysit while it cooks, I look for ways to make it easy and hands-off.
I use bay leaves, garlic and soy sauce to be the main spice and flavor components for this Crispy Pork Belly. It pulls out the flavor of the pork wonderfully without being overwhelming. This also keeps the meat juicy while allowing the outside to stay crispy and crunchy.
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No Instant Pot? No problem!
I know I’m a gadget girl. I love to use kitchen appliances to make cooking dishes I love for friends and family easier. However, I know not everyone may have all of these appliances (although the Instant Pot and Air Fryer are two of the most used appliances in my kitchen and come highly recommended), so I also included instructions below on how to do the main cooking portion on a stove top, as opposed to using your Instant Pot.
The Instant Pot does make it simpler so you can focus on other things in the kitchen (like side dishes, clean-up etc), but it’s not going to ruin the dish if you don’t have one. Just will make it a little more hands-on. It’s worth it for this Crispy Pork Belly.
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This Crispy Pork Belly recipe tastes like an absolute delicacy with none of the effort for traditional pork belly recipes. Make Lechon Kawali at home!
Cut the pork belly into 3 thick chunks so that it cooks more evenly.
Place all ingredients into the inner liner of an Instant Pot or pressure cooker. Cook the pork belly at high pressure for 15 minutes. Allow the pot to sit undisturbed for 10 minutes and then release all remaining pressure. Using a set of tongs, very carefully remove the meat from the pressure cooker. Allow the meat to drain and dry for 10 minutes.
If you do not have a pressure cooker, place the ingredients into a sauce pan, cover, and cook for 60 minutes, until a knife can be easily inserted into the skin-side of the pork belly. Remove the meat and allow the meat to drain and dry for 10 minutes.
Cut each of the three chunks of pork belly into 2 long slices.
Place the pork belly slices in the air fryer basket. Set the air fryer to 400°F for 15 minutes or until the fat on the pork belly has crisped up, and then serve.
Note: I suspect the nutrition is off on this one since so much of the fat melts off the pork belly, but I don't know how to account for that. The good news is that there are truly no carbs in it, so that's great for keto.
I am not a registered dietician or nutritionist. Nutritional information is provided a courtesy, and can vary depending on the exact ingredients you use.
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Every one of the recipes in this book can be made in an hour or less, and many are on the table in as little as 30 minutes. You won’t find “cream of anything” cans in the ingredient list: instead, you’ll start with fresh ingredients–healthful meats and vegetables–and let the air fryer do the hard work. Unleash the full potential of your Air Fryer and eat healthfully every night.