Air Fryer Pork Belly Bites are flavorful, seasoned pieces of pork belly that are cooked crispy in an air fryer with less oil and mess compared to deep-frying. Try my Bacon Chicken Bites for another bite-sized appetizer packed with flavor. Or, try the Maple Mustard Pork Belly Bites for a fun twist!

Air Fryer Crispy Pork Belly Bites on a Plate Very Close
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Air Fryer Pork Belly Bites

Air-fried foods are lower in fat than deep-fried foods, which is one good reason to give it a try with a recipe like this. But, just because it saves on some fat and calories doesn’t mean it is light on flavor. These pork belly bites still turn out crispy and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. I dare you to eat just one!

One Crispy Pork Belly Bite on a Fork

What is Pork Belly?

Pork belly is like a huge slab of bacon, but uncured, unsliced, and unsmoked. Both pork belly and bacon come from the flesh from the underside, or belly, of a pig. You could buy pork belly and make your own bacon. However, once you try this pork belly recipe, you may want to stick with pork belly over bacon.

Pork belly can be up to 12 pounds. I went with 1 1/2 pounds for this recipe. You can find it at most large grocery stores. If you buy it from a butcher, he or she can cut the amount you want. Or, you can freeze any extra pork belly for up to six months to use later. If your pork belly has thawed to room temperature, put it in the refrigerator for a few minutes to harden it up before cutting.

Raw Pork Belly Cut into Pieces and Seasoned

What is the Best Air Fryer?

I have tested 3 brands in my home and I recommend the Ninja Air Fryer. (affiliate link) You can go up a size if needed, but it is superior in achieving consistent results and also ease of use. I’ve been very happy with this Air Fryer!

Can I Make Pork Belly Bites in the Oven?

Yes! If you do not have an air fryer, or if it is being used for another flavorful appetizer like Air Fryer Pulled Pork Egg Rolls, make these in the oven. If making them in the oven, first, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Be sure the pork belly pieces are flat and in a single layer on the lined sheet. Bake at 400°F for 42-45 minutes.

Air-Fryer Pork Bites shot from overhead on white plate

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4.97 from 105 votes

Air Fryer Pork Belly Bites

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Air Fryer Pork Belly Bites are flavorful, seasoned pieces of pork belly that are cooked crispy in an air fryer with less oil and mess compared to deep-frying.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds pork belly, patted dry, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.*
  • In a large bowl, combine the oil, brown sugar, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Add the pork belly pieces to the oil mixture, covering each piece.
  • Lay the pork belly pieces in a single layer in the basket of your air fryer. (I was able to fit all of the pieces in the basket, but you may need to split them up into two or three batches, depending on the size of your air fryer.)
  • Air fry the pork belly cubes for 18-20 minutes, shaking and flipping them a couple of times throughout the cooking time. Please note: Air frying times will depend on the size of your pork belly pieces and the size of your air fryer.
  • Remove from the air fryer and serve warm.

Notes

*See Post for Oven Instructions.

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  1. 5 stars
    Liked how these turned out! The timing was perfect for the air fryer I used. The skin was nice and crispy and the rest was juicy. I used my own spice ratio for it. I mainly just needed the timing and temperature, so the recipe was helpful for me. Thank you.

  2. 5 stars
    I often make similar pork bites which I marinate in garlic powder, ground ginger, five spice, teriyaki sauce, and hoisin sauce. I added some brown sugar thanks to your recipe and it elevated my bites to another level! 😁

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe at least 5 times. It is a home and work potluck FAV. I do cut my pork belly a little smaller though. I stick to 1/2 inch slices. I find it cooks better because I have a smaller air fryer. But it is incredible. 1.5 pounds of pork belly, I add a teaspoon extra of brown sugar and pepper. Best unhealthy snack ever! LOL.

  4. 5 stars
    Tried this last night. Mixed everything in a large zip lock bag. Had 2.3 lbs of meat so doubled the other ingredients, except for the pepper. Used tongs to put the meat in the air fryer. We have a powerXL. Stopped the air fryer about 3 times to shake it up. Kind of was overfilled so had to cook for 28 minutes total. Was really good, but today (cold) was even better!

    1. 5 stars
      This is a great recipe & flexible, too. I’ve used more Mexican style spices like chili powder & cumin and used them in tacos & tostadas. I’ve used BBQ seasoning & put them on mac n cheese. Thanks for getting me started!

  5. Sorry this was not good, flavor okay,but meat wasn’t tender, it was browning way ahead of cooking, had to pull it earlier than the 18 minutes. I have an I instant
    vortex plus, followed your recipe to the t. I will try baking it instead next time.

    1. Sounds like they were just too done. You may have a better quality air fryer than me, which cooks faster, which may account for your less than tender bites.

    2. I make my bites and I use the rotating basket on the instant pot vortex plus. Turned out fantastic.

  6. 5 stars
    Using up some store bought marinade.
    ( Barker’s Honey and Soy)
    Left the pork marinating over night and added garlic and pepper. Followed your recipe after that. Cooked superbly.
    Served the pork bites with courgettes stuffed with a brown rice / quinoa mixed with halved strawberry tomatoes and topped with grated cheese. ( also cooked in the air fryer.

  7. 5 stars
    Hit the jackpot with this recipe. So easy to prepare, ingredients are most likely in everyone’s kitchen anyway. Air fryer for 18 minutes cooked perfectly (but not as brown as in the picture) and so delicious!

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