Instant Pot crispy pork belly

Instant Pot crispy pork belly recipe

How to make crispy roast pork belly in the Instant Pot Duo Crisp with ginger and garlic and a sticky hoisin sauce.


Pressure cook phase:

Approx 11.2 kg boneless pork belly

1 ½ cups ginger beer

4 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 tsp finely grated fresh ginger

1 tsp salt

1 ½ tsp Chinese 5 spice

1 star anise

½ teaspoon freshly ground white pepper

½ red chilli, finely chopped or ½ tsp dried chilli flakes

Air fryer phase:

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp fine salt

Aprox 2 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 apple, sliced

3 Tbsp hoisin for the sauce

To serve:

Basmati rice, steamed green such as bok choi, toasted sesame seeds, togarashi, sliced spring onions


Cut the pork belly into 4 pieces to fit in the bowl of the IP. Lightly score the underside of the meat in a cross pattern (about 2mm deep) to facilitate more flavour absorption. Put all the other ingredients into the pot and stir. Place the belly into the liquid making sure the skin remains exposed at the top. Lightly sprinkle salt on the skin.

Pressure cook on high for 20 – 22 minutes depending on the thickness. Use a 15-minute natural release.

Remove the pork belly to a board and pat the skin dry with a paper towel. Cut thin strips through the hard layer of fat. Keep patting dry as you go. Mix the salt and baking powder together and rub over the surface of the pork belly. Lightly brush with the vegetable oil.

Allow the liquid in the Instant Pot bowl to settle then remove the top layer of fat by placing a layer of paper towel over the top. Once it has soaked up the fat remove and discard. Repeat a second time. Pour the. Liquid into a small pot, remove the star anise and bring it to a simmer with the 3 tablespoons of hoisin sauce. Allow this to reduce by half and thicken (approx 15. minutes but keep a watchful eye).

Place the bowl back into the IP and place the Air Fryer basket with the metal circular rack placed on the top position. Slice the apple into medium-thick slices and place onto the rack. Place the scored and seasoned pork belly onto the apple slices and put the Air fryer lid on. Set the timer to 20 – 25 minutes to Broil (depending on thickness). If you are unsure, set it to 20 minutes initially and check, then cook for a further 5 minutes if it is quite a thin piece of meat.

Once cooked, remove the crispy pork belly to a chopping board and serve with steamed rice, steamed greens and garnishes of your choice. Drizzle over the sticky hoisin sauce.

Keywords: pork belly, cripsy, ginger, garlic, hoisin sauce, Instant Pot, Duo Crisp