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Air Fryer Korean Pork Belly

Enjoy this super easy air fryer pork belly recipe, Korean style. The crispy outer layer and moist internal layer of pork belly bites are savory and so delicious. This is a perfect recipe for pork belly meat lovers.

Bite sized air fried pork belly served with kimchi

PORK BELLY IN AIR FRYER

Korean pork belly BBQ (Samgyeopsal, 삼겹살) is a staple dish in Korea and with the increased popularity of air fryers, making samgyeopsal in an air fryer is also getting really popular.

A few reasons people use an air fryer when making samgyeopsal are:-

  • You can get crispy outer texture and soft juicy internal texture of pork belly. While these pork belly bites are not crispy like crackling pork rind, but it is still very tasty in a different way.
  • You can potentially have less cleaning work after cooking compared to the typical method of grilling them over the stove (e.g. less oil splash as it will be contained within the air fryer, albeit you will have to wipe down the air fryer inner walls.)
  • You can set it and “almost” forget it while the pork belly is cooking. Grilling samgyeopsal in a traditional way requires you to observe the meat often while it’s cooking to turn them over as it gets cooked. But with the use of an air fryer, you just need to set the timer until the timer beeps. How convenient is that?!

HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER PORK BELLY

To make pork belly in an air fryer, many people simply season the pork belly meat with a small amount of ground black pepper and fine salt and rub it around the meat evenly, then air fry it.

But to give a nice extra flavor and aroma, I pasted the pork belly with some yellow mustard (American mustard) sauce as well.

Just be sure to use the pork belly as a whole meat as opposed to using thinly sliced pork belly meat, which is what the typical Korean pork belly meat is like, to prevent the meat going drier.

To get the crispy outer texture, cooking the pork belly in an oven is not recommended as it gives more of a steamed meat effect. Although, you may broil to crisp the meat if you insist on using an oven, but overall it won’t give you the same result as using an air fryer.

Air Fried Korean Pork Belly Served With Kimchi

MY BEST TIPS

Pork belly has plenty of natural fat, so it produces a fair bit of oil dripping while cooking. If you cook the meat for 30 minutes in a closed environment like an air fryer, it may cause a lot of smoke in the air.

For instance, I had the fire alarm go off for about 10 minutes because of the smoke that was produced and it was quite a scary experience for my daughter.

Some people put baking paper sheet underneath the basket to collect the oil for easy cleaning afterward. I tried this method but the baking paper blocks the airflow in the air fryer, so the meat wasn’t fully cooked within the set time and also the meat wasn’t crispy.

So I came up with this simple solution, which is wiping the oil in the pan half way through the cooking and I had no more issues with the smoke alarm going off! In case, you’re curious, this is my beloved air fryer (Philips Air Fryer XXL 9861/99).

HOW TO SERVE

Air fried or grilled, the best ways to serve Korean pork belly is with green lettuce leaves with signature Korean BBQ dipping sauce – ssamjang. You can also add a bowl of rice, kimchi or any other Korean side dishes (e.g. pickled radish) you might have.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy my recipe!

INGREDIENTS FOR AIR FRYER KOREAN PORK BELLY

Air Fryer Pork Belly Ingredients

  • 800g / 1.8 pounds skinless pork belly
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard (American mustard, mild)
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt

* 1 Tbsp = 15 ml 

* * Serves 3-4 (when served with rice)

HOW TO MAKE CRISPY PORK BELLY (IN AIR FRYER)

1. Combine the mustard sauce and the salt in a small bowl. Mix well. Paste all sides of the pork belly with the mustard sauce mixture.

Making mustard sauce and pasting over pork belly meat

2. Place the meat onto the air fryer basket and cook at 180 C / 356 F for 15 minutes.

Rosting pork belly in air fryer

3. Wipe the oil in the air fryer pan with some kitchen paper. Flip the meat over and cook for another 15 mins. 

Crispy Pork Belly In Air Fryer

4. Remove the pork belly from the air fryer. Slice them into bite sized pieces. Serve with lettuce, Korean BBQ dipping sauce (ssamjang), a bowl of rice and kimchi. 

Air fried pork belly bites served with kimchi, lettuce and other Korean condiments

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Bite sized air fried pork belly served with kimchi

Air Fryer Korean Pork Belly

Super easy air fryer pork belly recipe served Korean style. The crispy outer layer and moist internal layer of pork belly bites are savory and so delicious!
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Course: Main
Cuisine: Korean Fusion
Keyword: air fryer pork belly, korean roasted pork belly in air fryer, pork belly in air fryer
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 3
Calories: 1395kcal
Author: Sue

Ingredients

  • 800 g pork belly , skinless (1.8 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard , (American mustard, mild)
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt

Instructions

  • Combine the mustard sauce and the salt in a small bowl. Mix well. Paste all sides of the pork belly with the mustard sauce mixture.
  • Place the meat onto the air fryer basket and cook at 180 C / 356 F for 15 minutes.
  • Wipe the oil in the air fryer pan with some kitchen paper. Flip the meat over and cook for another 15 mins.
  • Remove the pork belly from the air fryer. Slice them into bite sized pieces. Serve with lettuce, Korean BBQ dipping sauce (ssamjang), a bowl of rice and kimchi.

Nutrition Info (per serving)

Calories: 1395kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 142g | Saturated Fat: 52g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 15g | Monounsaturated Fat: 66g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 192mg | Sodium: 1096mg | Potassium: 522mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 41IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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20 thoughts on “Air Fryer Korean Pork Belly”

  1. I tried this tonight, and i was so surprised on how good it is, it was full of flavour and less messy.. i didnt have american mustard, so i used dijon mustard.. thank you for sharing.. it works well

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  2. Hey Sue, Looks so delicious. I am definitely going to try it this weekend. What if I replace pork belly with pork shoulder because that’s what I’ve got resting in my freezer. If yes then what setting do you recommend?

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  3. Thanks For Sharing this Amazing Recipe. My Family Loved It. I will be sharing this Recipe with my Friends. Hope They will like it.

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  4. Hi Sue,

    This recipe came out delicious! The mustard gives the pork such an incredible taste. I still have to refine the process with air fryer to avoid the smoke, other than that the outcome it’s well worth the trouble…so tasty, the meat was tender, juicy with the crispy edges and with great flavor that the mustard.gives to it.. The best!

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  5. Thank you Sue, for this pork belly recipe for the air fryer. I’m so excited to try it. It reminds me so much of the K-dramas that I love since pork belly is a staple in them : ) The only meat that I’ve tried in the air fryer is chicken which does come out with a nice, crisp, exterior. If you have other air fryer recipes, I would love to see your favorites in the future. Thanks again for this one.

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  6. Hi Sue,

    While I am a silent reader for your blog for a while now, this is my first comment.

    This recipe came at a time where I was wondering what to make with the pork belly which I bought (and guess who is using her airfryer a lot).

    Your recipes are simple to follow and I use them a lot of time.

    I have even thought about mixing them with some of my Indian staples dishes.

    Thanks for the recipe.

    M

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