Let me introduce you to your new favorite cut of meat. These pork belly recipes prove that bacon’s time in the spotlight is coming to a close.
When done right, pork belly is the perfect blend of crispy and fork-tender.
And this simple ingredient takes ordinary recipes like ramen, crispy cracklings, or fried rice over the edge.
These 21 pork belly recipes are so good, you’ll want to make them every night!
They’re just so versatile!
And before you go, don’t miss the step-by-step guide on crafting a slow-roasted crispy pork belly at the bottom of the post!
How To Cook Pork Belly
This pork belly dish is not only succulent but is packed with flavor as well.
To cut through the richness of the pork belly, there’s some sweet and spicy jalapeno slaw with a dressing of brown sugar, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and sesame oil.
Together, these two elements are perfection on a plate.
With ultra-crispy skin and sweet, fork-tender meat, this honey-glazed sliced pork belly recipe is to die for.
The pork is seasoned with a rub of smoked paprika, cumin, cayenne, and garlic powder.
It’s then slow-roasted to get those crispy outsides with tender insides with a honey and dry sherry glaze.
This dish has nailed the authentic flavors of Spain.
Crispy pork skin and succulent meat, but minus all the effort; that’s what this dish is all about.
Flavored with Shaoxing rice wine, soy sauce, brown sugar, and garlic, this dish will give Chinese restaurants a run for their money.
The secret to this pork belly recipe is the salt crust that delivers that wonderful crunch and perfect flavor!
Why settle for bacon when you can make pork belly slices? You’ll never go back to traditional bacon ever again.
They’re thick and smoky and explode with flavor thanks to garlic, smoked paprika with a hint of sweetness from brown sugar.
Just picture it: a juicy burger topped with a slice of this delicious pork belly.
Fried rice never tasted so good! While fried rice is often a way to use up leftover rice from the night before, this recipe doesn’t taste like leftovers!
Adding pork belly to fried rice adds succulent, meaty flavors that take ordinary fried rice over the edge.
Plus, it’s a sneaky way to fit in some veggies.
If you’re a fan of barbecue, you’ll want this pork belly skin to get in your belly!
If you’re unfamiliar with the term, “burnt ends” refers to a point of a brisket that’s sliced into cubes and coated in barbecue sauce.
Flavored with butter, honey, and barbecue sauce, and smoked to perfection, these pork belly burnt ends fulfill every barbecue lover’s desires.
I am the biggest fan of char siu. It’s pork belly flavored with lovely Chinese spices and roasted to perfection.
What you’ll get is a sweet and sticky, melt-in-your-mouth meat that’s perfect with rice or sweet bao buns!
And with this simple recipe, you can have char siu right in the comfort of your own home.
One bite is all it takes to fall in love with these pork belly sliders.
They’re filled with shredded cabbage and flavored with sriracha honey mayo. It’s the epitome of sliders.
Serve it on a tender potato bun (I love King’s Hawaiian), and don’t forget the kettle chips!
Are you ready for the most tender, sweet, and savory grilled pork belly recipes?
The key is to let the pork belly marinate in soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, salt, and pepper.
Once all the flavors have seeped into the meat, all that’s left is to bake it for 30 minutes. Minimal effort, maximum flavor: that’s my kind of recipe!
Give that spice rack the night off. You won’t need it for this super simple Texas-style pork belly recipe.
The secret to this Texas-inspired recipe lies in the wood you smoke it in, which is either oak or hickory.
Sure, it will take 6-8 hours to grill, but I promise you, it’s worth the wait.
For a Japanese-themed dinner, how about this pork belly ramen noodle?
There’s nothing like slurping egg noodles and rich broth on a cold night!
In this recipe, ramen is taken to a whole other level by adding crispy roasted pork belly flavored with a five-spice rub.
Finished off with a runny boiled egg, you’ll have the perfect dinner.
Beer braised slow cooker pork belly dinner is comfort food at its finest. It is sweet, sticky, smokey, and absolutely melts in your mouth.
Add beer to your slow cooker mix offers a wonderful depth of hoppy flavors that pairs well with sugar and spices.
Pair it with sticky rice, and dig in!
If you’ve been hit by the Korean wave just like me, you have to try this spicy Korean pork belly!
This recipe gives you the perfect combination of two Asian elements: Chinese pork belly and savory and spicy Samgyupsal.
It’s savory and tender meat infused with spicy Asian spices.
Served with rice and kimchi, you’ll have a spectacular Asian meal.
Words alone cannot express how much I love bao buns. And this recipe is a must-try!
Delicately sweet buns paired with smokey pork belly and crisp veggies are a match made in heaven.
Sure, they’re a little time-consuming. But trust me when I say they are well worth the wait.
Siu yuk, or the Cantonese roast pork belly, is a classic dish I love to order whenever I’m in a Chinese restaurant.
It may be a simple dish – fried pork belly with a crisp skin – but it’s absolutely wonderful.
And you can make it at home! You’ll use the salt crust technique to achieve that iconic crispy skin.
Sure, pastrami is usually made using beef, but pork belly works, too!
Full disclosure: this recipe is a bit complicated, and will take a few days to complete. But as they say, good things come to those who wait!
What you’ll get after days of working on this recipe is moist, succulent, and aromatic pastrami that’s bursting with so much flavor!
Add a Korean twist to the Tex-Mex favorite! Infuse your nachos with pork belly that’s flavored with kimchi juice, soy sauce, garlic, honey, and red pepper powder.
Together with tortilla chips, cheese, kimchi, red onions, and sour cream, you’ll have the perfect snack to enjoy while watching your favorite K-Drama.
Crème brûlée and pork belly dinner? Why not!
Just imagine the classic Chinese char siu elevated to a whole other level. The twist is that the skin is glazed and torched to get a sweet and crunchy crack.
I know, it sounds a little strange. But it’s one of those recipes you have to try at least once!
Bust out those Instant Pots, friends! Whipping up pork belly in an Instant Pot makes the most mouth-watering main course you’ve ever had.
They’re insanely crispy-crunchy on the outside with juicy, tender insides that melt like butter.
And paired with the bright spices of garlic, ginger, and soy sauce, they’re pretty hard to resist.
Cracklings (aka pork rinds) are a keto-friendly dream come true. They are a zero-carb, high-protein snack that hits the spot.
I mean, you can’t go wrong with a meaty, smoky treat garnished with salt and your favorite spices.
One bite of these pork belly skin cracklings, and you’ll never look at a potato chip the same way.
21. Pork Belly Tacos
This recipe uses the versatile pork belly to make the most tender and flavorful taco filling.
Mexican pork belly is topped with a green onion sauce and a pickled watermelon rind. These tacos have the best flavors and textures in every bite.
They’re also Paleo-friendly, to boot! Who says tacos can’t be good for the body?
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