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Crispy Air Fryer Lechón with Spicy Vinegar Dipping Sauce
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17 INGREDIENTS • 11 STEPS • 9HRS 45MINS

Crispy Air Fryer Lechón with Spicy Vinegar Dipping Sauce

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In this Crispy Air Fryer Lechón with Spicy Vinegar Dipping Sauce recipe, we take this classic Filipino staple to the next level! By boiling and air frying the pork, you get tender, juicy meat with a crispy skin that everyone goes crazy for. Served with a spicy, tangy sauce for dipping, this dish is well worth a standing ovation!
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Kate Paredes-Ricard at SideChef
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In this Crispy Air Fryer Lechón with Spicy Vinegar Dipping Sauce recipe, we take this classic Filipino staple to the next level! By boiling and air frying the pork, you get tender, juicy meat with a crispy skin that everyone goes crazy for. Served with a spicy, tangy sauce for dipping, this dish is well worth a standing ovation!
9HRS 45MINS
Total Time
$0.87
Cost Per Serving
Ingredients
Servings
8
US / Metric
Pork Belly
2.2 lb
Garlic
1 head
Garlic
cloves peeled and crushed
Salt
1 Tbsp
Star Anise
2 pieces
Distilled White Vinegar
1 tsp
Distilled White Vinegar
White Rice
to taste
Cooked White Rice
for serving
optional
Tomato
to taste
Tomatoes, sliced
for serving
optional
Pickled Red Onions
to taste
Pickled Red Onions
for serving
or Red Onion Slices
optional
Dipping Sauce
Distilled White Vinegar
1/4 cup
Distilled White Vinegar
or Coconut Vinegar
Red Onion
1/4 cup
Red Onion, minced
Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp
Brown Sugar
optional
Garlic
2 cloves
Garlic, crushed
Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp
Red Chili Pepper
1
Red Chili Pepper, thinly sliced
or 1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Nutrition Per Serving
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Calories
673
Fat
66.3 g
Protein
12.6 g
Carbs
5.5 g
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Author's Notes

Our pork belly was around 2 1/2 inches thick - thicker pieces will take more time to cook. After cutting the pork belly into pieces, you can put them back in the air fryer and cook at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) for 5 minutes to crisp up the sides.
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step 1
Add Garlic (1 head), Salt (1 Tbsp), Black Peppercorns (1 Tbsp), Star Anise (2 pieces), Bay Leaf (1), and Pork Belly (2.2 lb) to a pot. Cover with 8 cups of water, more if needed to cover the pork. Bring to a boil and simmer for 1- 2 hours over medium heat, or until pork is fork-tender.
step 2
Once boiled, place pork on a wire rack and allow to come to room temperature.
step 3
Poke the skin full of holes with a fork. Don’t pierce the flesh.
step 4
Wipe the pork dry and then brush with Distilled White Vinegar (1 tsp).
step 5
Cover skin with a thin layer of flaked or Coarse Salt (2 Tbsp). Place uncovered in the fridge overnight.
step 6
On the day of serving, make the dipping sauce by combining the Distilled White Vinegar (1/4 cup), Red Onion (1/4 cup), Brown Sugar (1 Tbsp), Garlic (2 cloves), Soy Sauce (1 Tbsp), and Red Chili Pepper (1) in a small bowl, then set aside so flavors can meld.
step 7
Scrape or brush the excess salt off of the pork and place in the air fryer basket, skin side up.
step 8
Cook at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) for 15-20 minutes, until meat is tender.
step 9
Increase temperature to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and cook for 15-20 more minutes, until the skin is puffed and crispy.
step 10
Remove from the air fryer. Rest for 5 minutes, then cut into pieces.
step 11
Serve with the sauce, and optionally with White Rice (to taste), Tomatoes (to taste), and Pickled Red Onions (to taste).
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Dairy-Free
Air Fryer
Asian
Shellfish-Free
Dinner
Pork
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