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Air Fryer Lechon Kawali

James Smith
• Thursday, 08 October, 2020
• 7 min read

LechonKawali is a crispy, crunchy Filipino dish made by frying pork belly in oil. The main advantage of cooking with an air fryer is that there is no additional oil used, so our dish is generally healthier.

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Put in our pork belly, then add the bay leaves, crushed garlic, onion, some salt and some peppercorns. When cooked, remove the meat from the water and let it cool a bit.

Rub a generous amount of the Chinese Five Spice Seasoning at the bottom of the meat, and coat the top with salt. After 30 minutes, pull out the meat and remove it from the aluminum foil.

Posted by Jean's VlogsAugust 5, 2020December 26, 2020 Posted in Cooking Tags: earlier cooking, Balkan air fryer, Cooking, Filipino blog, Filipino food, Filipino recipe, Filipino vlogger, food, food blog, lechonkawali, pork recipe YouTube Vlogger Vlogs about hhomeving, clcleaning coocookingd in the Philippines View more posts LechonKawali is the classic Filipino dish of crisp roast pork (lech on) cubes originally deep-fried in a Hawaii (skillet).

I have shared the traditional way of cooking LechonKawali stove-top in past blog posts. This time, in my American kitchen, I wanted to limit the grease in our food.

I replied, ‘Technically, it’s no longer LechonKawali, but AirFryerLechon, because we didn’t use a skillet.” That said, the outcome was a surprise. As I slid open the bottom drawer of the air fryer, the sizzling slab of pork belly looked as magnificent as though it had been deep-fried.

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I was so thrilled I found a way to cook LechonKawali, without hot oil from the pan jumping on my arms and hands. We dunked the crisp pork belly pieces into the thick, sweet lech on sauce on the side.

Print Recipe This version of the Filipino LechonKawali, the classic pork dish was cooked in the Hairdryer for a grease-less entrée. The original stove-top LechonKawali are pork cubes deep-fried in a Hawaii (skillet).

Place it on the basket of the Air Fryer and close the drawer containing the pork. Then turn down the temperature to 375 F. Continue cooking in the Air Fryer for 7 minutes more.

It will be hot and sizzling, so be careful not to touch the inside parts of the machine that can burn your hands. Using a cleaver or large knife, chop the pork into bite-sized cubes (about 1-2 inches).

Serve while warm with a side of lech on sauce and steamed rice. Cook's comments: Filipino Lech on Sauce is a sweet, thick gravy that is served with roast pork.

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It consists of cooked pork liver, bread crumbs, garlic, onions, sugar, bay leaves and seasonings. Bottled Lech on Sauce is found in Asian markets or online sources.

Sometimes, I make homemade Lech on Sauce, which I shared on a past blog post. I used a Philips Air Fryer that is a small-sized model, which can fit ingredients that makes dishes for 2 people.

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It's crunchy, delicious, and full of flavor from the garlic and soy sauce. I use bay leaves, garlic, and soy sauce to be the main spice and flavor components for this Crispy Pork Belly Recipe.

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The spices also keep the meat juicy while allowing the outside to stay crispy and crunchy. I’ve noticed that my Costco carries the meat as well, but it is still cheaper to buy in Asian grocery stores.

I tend to buy the larger packet, and cut some in cubes, and leave some in slices before freezing. There are instructions to do the main cooking portion on a stove top, as opposed to using your Instant Pot if you don't have one.

Cut the pork belly into 3 thick chunks and cook at high pressure for 15 minutes. Place the spices and meat in a large sauce pot, cover and cook for 60 minutes (or until a knife can be inserted into the skin side of the pork belly).

Remove the pork from the water and allow draining and dry for 10 minutes. Place the pork belly skin side up on a baking sheet and turn oven to Broil.

Allow the meat to broil in the oven until the skin is crispy, 3-5 minutes on the rack closest to the broiler. Fresh pork belly is fatty and flavorful and is often served in small portions as an appetizer.

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You can make this quick pork belly recipe, and leave it in your fridge for snacking. If you are looking to serve pork belly in a main dish, try my delicious Vietnamese This Along recipe.

A delicious side dish to make would buy my Air Fryer Green Beans and Bacon, just substitute the pork belly. The fatty pork belly would add such a depth of flavor.

Veto pork belly recipes are great to help meet your daily macros on a low-carb diet. The higher fat content will also help you stay full and satisfied longer.

Make sure to let the meat rest to get out the excess moisture for that perfect crispy skin. Pork belly is readily available at most grocery stores and is inexpensive.

If you crisp the skin in the oven, make sure to keep on eye on the broiler. Click on highlighted ingredients or Equipment to see exactly what I used to make this recipe FOR THE INSTANT POT/ Hairdryer Cut the pork belly into 3 thick chunks so that it cooks more evenly.

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Place all ingredients into the inner liner of an Instant Pot or pressure cooker. Cook the pork belly at high pressure for 15 minutes.

Allow the pot to sit undisturbed for 10 minutes and then release all remaining pressure. Using a set of tongs, very carefully remove the meat from the pressure cooker.

Set the air fryer to 400 °F for 15 minutes or until the fat on the pork belly has crisped up, and then serve. FOR THE STOVE/OVEN If you do not have a pressure cooker, place the ingredients into a sauce pan, cover, and cook for 60 minutes, until a knife can be easily inserted into the skin-side of the pork belly.

Place the pork belly skin side up on a baking sheet and turn oven to Broil. Allow the meat to broil in the oven until the skin is crispy, 3-5 minutes on the rack closest to the broiler.

Note: I suspect the nutrition is off on this one since so much of the fat melts off the pork belly, but I don't know how to account for that. The good news is that there are truly no carbs in it, so that's great for veto. Tips and Tricks: Make sure to let the meat rest to get out the excess moisture for that perfect crispy skin.

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