Air-Fried Crispy Pork Belly Kare-Kare – Lechon Kawali Kare-Kare

Yields: 2 Servings Difficulty: Easy Prep Time: 15 Mins Cook Time: 1 Hr Total Time: 1 Hr 15 Mins
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Kare-Kare is one of my favourite Filipino dishes, especially the traditional version. This recipe will teach you how to make the crispy version which I’m sure you’ll also love.

Breaking the traditional way of making it, we are using air fryer to fry the meat. Then recreate the delicious peanut sauce that we all love. Serve with tons of steamed vegetables and steamed rice, I’m in cloud nine.

Give this recipe a try.


0/19 Ingredients
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    Meat Preparation
  • Sauce
  • Vegetables


0/17 Instructions
    Meat Preparation
  • In a deep pot, combine pork belly, water, salt, whole peppercorns, bay leaves, star anise and garlic. Cover and let it boil over medium heat.
  • When it starts boiling, turn down the heat to medium-low and leave it simmering for another 30 - 45 minutes.
  • Remove the meat and place in a bowl. Shake off excess water. Save the broth for later use.
  • Prick the skin with the tip of a knife. Pat it dry to wipe off excess fat off the skin. Season with a sprinkle of salt on each side.
  • Set the air fryer according to instruction manual. You can always deep-fry the pork belly if air fryer is not available.
  • Place the meat in the air fryer basket and start the air fryer. Cook until it reaches the desired crispiness and texture. Make sure to flip the meat to cook it evenly.
  • Remove the meat from the fryer and let it rest for 5 minutes.
  • Cut the meat into equal pieces and set aside.
  • Sauce
  • In a sauce pan over medium heat, add cooking oil.
  • When it's hot, add onion and saute until it becomes soft.
  • Add garlic and saute until it turns light golden brown.
  • Add shrimp paste and annatto water. Give it a quick mix.
  • Add pork broth and cover. Let it boil.
  • When it's boiling, add peanut butter and coconut cream. Stir to dissolve peanut butter.
  • Add diluted cornstarch in water to thicken the sauce. It should be ready when the sauce starts to thicken.
  • Combine the fried pork belly and steamed vegetables in a platter with the sauce on the side.
  • Serve with steamed rice. Enjoy!

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