24 Pork Belly Recipes For a Flavorsome, Filling Meal

July 16, 2024
Written by Kristy J. Norton

Pork belly is so versatile so it only makes sense that there are so many recipes to choose from! It doesn’t matter if you are looking for Asian, Italian, or something in between, you can discover all the recipes you need right here: 

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1. Slow Roasted Crispy Pork Belly

The key to getting this pork belly just right is to get pork with a good layer of fat and skin. Leave it out overnight so it can dry out. This creates a nice crackly outer layer. Then cook on low and then high to ensure that the middle layer is tender and the top layer is crispy. 

Get the recipe here.

Slow Roasted Crispy Pork Belly

2. Sticky Chinese Pork Belly

This pork belly recipe is just bursting with flavor! This pork is boiled in a flavorful broth before being pan fried. The fried pork is then cooked in a sweet, savory, spicy, and citrusy sauce that forms a sticky glaze over the meat. It is absolutely delicious! 

Get the recipe here.

Sticky Chinese Pork Belly

3. Thai-Style Crispy Pork Belly

Not only is this Thai-style pork belly super tasty, it also only takes about half an hour to whip up! There are a few important steps to getting this pork belly really crispy. It is first marinated before being tossed in a flour mixture. Then, you fry the pork belly the first time and repeat the process again. This makes it incredibly crunchy! 

Get the recipe here.

Thai-Style Crispy Pork Belly

4. Honey Pork Belly

Even if you have never cooked pork belly before, you are going to find this recipe incredibly simple to follow. It is just a matter of slicing the pork belly, frying it until golden, and then tossing it with the sweet and savory sauce. It is a must-try recipe! 

Get the recipe here.

Honey Pork Belly

5. Pork Belly Porchetta

This is a deliciously indulgent pork belly recipe! Here, the pork belly is scored and drenched in herbs and spices. Then, it is tied up into a log and dried out. Next, it is sprinkled with baking powder and salt before being roasted. This ensures a crispy flavorful exterior and a juicy interior. 

Get the recipe here.

Pork Belly Porchetta

6. Vietnamese Pork Belly

This recipe will show you the perfect way to get a pan fried pork belly that is also quite tender on the inside. The flavors in this dish are also pretty amazing – salty, sweet, and the perfect glaze to finish off the pork! 

Get the recipe here.

Vietnamese Pork Belly

7. Garlic Butter Roast Pork Belly 

If you are looking for a truly indulgent pork belly dish, then this is the recipe you need to try out! Here, the pork belly is stuffed with garlic before being roasted to get a crispy top. Then, the pork is cooked in garlic butter and stock for an even more delicious and creamy finish! 

Get the recipe here.

Garlic Butter Roast Pork Belly

8. Braised Pork Belly

If you love an explosion of flavor, then this braised pork belly is for you! The pork belly is braised in a saucy broth that contains star anise, ginger, bay leaves, and chili. The meat absorbs all of these delicious flavors to ensure that it is heaven in every bite. 

Get the recipe here.

Braised Pork Belly

9. Pork Belly Rice Bowl

This is a Japanese inspired rice bowl. The pork belly is cooked in a homemade teriyaki sauce and then served over steamed rice and onions and then topped with an egg yolk! This bowl boasts the perfect balance of flavors! 

Get the recipe here.

Pork Belly Rice Bowl

10. Pork Belly Confit

Are you looking to challenge yourself as a cook? If so, this pork belly confit is going to be just the thing to help improve your skills. It does take some time and precision but it is well worth the effort. The end result is a tender and flavorful pork belly. 

Get the result here.

Pork Belly Confit

11. Twice Cooked Pork Belly with Sticky Glaze

The pork belly is first cooked in stock and then fried before being coated in a glaze. This way you get a pork belly that is just the right amount of tender and crispy. Also, the glaze is delicious – sweet, spicy, and tangy all at once! 

Get the recipe here.

Twice Cooked Pork Belly with Sticky Glaze

12. Stir Fried Pork Belly and Kimchi

Thanks to the combination of pork belly, kimchi, and gochujang, this dish is exploding with flavors. However, it gets better – it takes minimal effort and time. It is just a matter of frying all the ingredients together ensuring that your meal will be done in less than half an hour! 

Get the recipe here.

Stir Fried Pork Belly and Kimchi

13. Air Fryer Crispy Pork Belly 

If you imagine that air fryer pork belly is bland or boring, think again! This Filipino-inspired pork belly is super savory and tangy and even a little spicy. Just make sure to dry out the pork belly according to the instructions to ensure an extra crispy topping. 

Get the recipe here.

Air Fryer Crispy Pork Belly

14. Pork Belly Tacos

These pork belly tacos are some of the most flavorful you will eat! This is because the pork belly is coated in anchillo pepper powder, smoked paprika, coriander, and more before being roasted to a crisp. 

Get the recipe here.

Pork Belly Tacos

15. Pork Belly with Cannellini Beans

This is a great option if you want a subtly flavored pork belly that is also served up with plenty of sides. Here, you brine the pork belly with a fennel and lemon rub before frying until golden. Then, you bake the pork belly on top of seasoned cannellini beans. Serve with salsa verde and a light fennel salad. 

Get the recipe here.

Pork Belly with Cannellini Beans

16. Sticky Pork Belly Bao Buns

If you don’t mind a little bit of extra effort, then this is a recipe that you should consider. Here, you make the bao buns yourself but the fresh, fluffy buns make it worth your while! Also, the pork belly is a combination of spices that are perfectly caramelized and paired with the pork belly. 

Get the recipe here.

Sticky Pork Belly Bao Buns

17. Vietnamese Braised Caramel Pork Belly Banh Mi Sandwich

Banh mi sandwiches are delicious – banh mi sandwiches that include a sweet and savory pork belly are out of this world! This is a super flavorful filling that perfectly complements the tangy and salty components of the sandwich. 

Get the recipe here.

Vietnamese Braised Caramel Pork Belly Banh Mi Sandwich

18. Pork Belly Gyros

You do have to plan ahead for these gyros but that is only so that you get a super crispy pork belly! The fried pork belly works beautifully with the pickled turnip salad and tzatziki. This is a great option if you are looking for lighter fare. 

Get the recipe here.

Pork Belly Gyros

19. Pork Belly Carnitas

Marinated and cooked in spiced pineapple juice, this pork belly ends up being super flavorful and tender. In fact, it is so tender that you can easily shred it and use it for taco fillings. Top with your desired fillings! 

Get the recipe here.

Pork Belly Carnitas

20. Sri Lankan Pork Curry 

In the mood to try something new? Then you need to give this curry a try! The pork belly is marinated in spices and then cooked in even more spices and aromatics. You should be warned that this curry has quite the kick to it! 

Get the recipe here.

Sri Lankan Pork Curry

21. Pork Belly Sandwich

This sandwich filling can take a while to make but the good news is that there isn’t much work for you to do. Just sprinkle the pork belly with herbs and spices and then roast until golden. Then, make up your sandwich with lettuce, tangy tomatoes, and chipotle mayo. 

Get the recipe here.

Pork Belly Sandwich

22. Shanghai Style Braised Pork Belly

The ingredients in this recipe are super simple but they also pack quite a punch. The pork belly is braised in this incredibly flavorful sauce ensuring that the pork belly is tender and has flavor in every bite! 

Get the recipe here.

Shanghai Style Braised Pork Belly

23. Spiced Pork Belly Pasta

You wouldn’t believe that this perfectly spiced pasta comes together in just a little bit over half an hour! The pork belly is marinated in delicious spices and tossed in with spinach and pasta. It is tasty, filling, and perfect for a weeknight meal! 

Get the recipe here.

Spiced Pork Belly Pasta

24. Sticky Pork Belly Burger

Yes, you can make a burger with pork belly too! The pork belly is braised, fried, and then tossed in a savory, sticky glaze. The belly filling is stuffed into a brioche bun and perfectly balanced with pickled vegetables. 

Get the recipe here.

Sticky Pork Belly Burger

With all these recipes, you are going to be buying pork belly a lot more often! From bao buns and burgers to toppings for rice, the options really are endless. Go ahead and give one of these recipes a try today!

By Kristy J. Norton
I'm Kristy – a chef and connoisseur of all things BBQ! You can find me either in my kitchen (or someone else's) or at a big outdoor barbecue surrounded by friends and family. In both my professional and personal life I’ve picked up more than a few tips and tricks for turning out delicious food. I consider it a privilege to share it with others!
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