Air Fryer Salt and Pepper Crispy Pork Belly Crack

Crispy Salt & Pepper Pork Belly Crack in the Air Fryer

Have you ever seen those pork side slices in the supermarket and wondered what on earth to do with them?

Well I have and one time I even bought a pack and cooked them just like I would cook bacon, because that’s what they looked like to me. Well that was kind of uninspired and nobody liked them.

I’m about to rock your world and change all that!

These crispy pork belly strips are quick, easy, crunchy and my new crack recipe!

How do you make crispy pork belly strips?

This recipe is about how to make the pork belly in the air fryer. But I will tell what you can do if you don’t have an air fryer.

But you have to put one of these on your next Birthday or Christmas wish list! The air fryer is way more versatile than I ever imagined.

The one I own is this awesome Ninja air fryer that holds 2 1/2 pounds of food.

What you will need for the crunchiest pork belly slices

  • 1 lb sliced pork belly
  • salt and pepper
  • your air fryer

Yes, that is really it!

Air Fryer Crispy Pork Belly Strips

Can I make crispy pork belly slices if I don’t have an air fryer?

Yes, you can get them just as crispy in the oven.

  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Lay the raw pork belly slices out on rimmed baking sheets lined with parchment paper
  • Sprinkle pork slices with salt and pepper
  • Roast for 20 minutes, then drain the fat into a jar and turn strips over
  • Let roast another 20 minutes or until brown and crispy
  • Drain on paper towels

Tips for the best air fryer pork belly slices

  • I like to cut mine into bite size pieces. The easiest way is to use scissors!
  • We love the plain salt and pepper but you can certainly add some other spices such as a teaspoon of smoked paprika or cumin.
  • Towards the end of your cooking time, it might get smoky in the kitchen. This will not harm your air fryer but do be sure to wipe down the ‘ceiling’ of the cooking area with a paper towel afterwards.
  • Drain your pork belly crack on paper towels
How to Make Crispy Pork Belly Strips
Cut into bite size pieces with scissors

Printable Recipe card for Crispy Pork Belly strips in the air fryer

Air Fryer Crispy Pork Belly Strips

Air Fryer Salt and Pepper Crispy Pork Belly Crack

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Fast easy crispy crunchy pork belly crack! These pork belly slices cook up perfectly in the air fryer and make an addictive keto snack. Get your fix here!


  • 1 lb raw sliced pork belly strips
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. Cut pork belly slices into bite sized pieces with scissors
  2. Toss pieces in a bowl with salt and pepper
  3. Preheat air fryer for 3 minutes
  4. Place pieces into air fryer at 390 for 15 minutes, checking and turning at 5 minute intervals so they get crispy all over
  5. Depending on thickness of slices, they should be fully cooked in 15 minutes
  6. Drain on paper towels
  7. Crunch away and don't forget to share them!


  • See my tips in the post for making these in the oven
  • You can vary the spices if you have a favorite spice combination for pork
  • You can also use larger pieces of pork pelly and cut into cubes, they may take a few minutes longer to cook

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 332Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 635mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 26g

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12 thoughts on “Air Fryer Salt and Pepper Crispy Pork Belly Crack”

  1. Mary Ann Wisian

    I’m new to your channel and cooking recipes. I finally tried this recipe for the thick slices and I think I cooked it too hot and too long. I’m making adjustments for the next batch. I had cooked it @ 400 F at 10 minutes and they were too crispy. I also think I cut them too thin of chunks. I used 2 different salts, I had some Omaha Steaks Steak Seasoning and Celtic Smoked Sea Salt and added pepper in 2 small batches. I really liked the steak seasoning on it. I’ve got my own BBQ seasoning rub I thought I might try next time. But maybe w/adjusted cook time and lower degrees I will find my happy medium. Thank you for the recipe idea.

    1. Yes, I definitely prefer them chunky with a little crisp on the outside and juicy inside. You will find your happy place and don’t be afraid to open up your air fryer to see how far along they are!

  2. Thank you for this recipe. I bought 3 1/2 pounds of pork belly without knowing how to cook it – this way the answer I needed. Only problem was that my family gobbled them down much faster than I thought possible!

    1. ha, my family eats them faster than I can make them! This is not a traditional pork belly that you would bake in the oven, it’s more like a crazy good crispy snack. But that said, for breakfast, obviously they would be great with eggs. I think these would also be amazing served hot on top of a spinach salad or any salad really. For dinner, I don’t know, I would probably make a more traditional pork belly dish that can be served as the main meat entree with sides.

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