Instant Pot Crispy Pork Belly

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You gotta make this Ultra-Crispy Instant Pot Pork Belly (Roasted Pork Belly) aka Siu Yuk (Chinese: 燒肉). Easy to make with few pantry ingredients. Super juicy, tender, flavorful pork top with ultra crunchy crackling. You’ll be addicted to this super tasty bite of heaven! 

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Siu Yuk – more specifically Crispy Pork Belly (Chinese: 脆皮燒腩仔) was one of my dear grandma’s favorite dishes.

So whenever we visited my grandma, Jacky & I would bring over some delish Crispy Pork Belly. I absolutely loved her giddy excited smile when she saw the beautiful Siu Yuk! 🙂

What is Crispy Pork Belly (Siu Yuk)?

Crispy Pork Belly (Roasted Pork Belly) or Siu Yuk (Chinese: 脆皮燒肉) is a classic favorite Cantonese Siu Mei (Chinese: 燒味). 

siu mei store 燒味舖
Buying Siu Yuk at a local Siu Mei Store in Hong Kong

Siu Mei (roasted meat) stores typically sell tasty roasted meat including Char Siu (叉燒), Soy Sauce Chicken (豉油鷄), White Cut Chicken (白切鷄), Roasted Goose (燒鵝), Roasted Duck (燒鴨), and last but not least – Roasted Pork aka Siu Yuk (燒肉)!

Traditionally, Roasted Pork is roasted with firewood. As time goes by, stores have eventually adapted to using charcoal. Nowadays, most Siu Mei stores & restaurants use gas to roast these tasty pork bellies.

siu mei 燒味

Roasted Pork is a satisfying bite of heaven with 3 different layers of mouthfeel:

  • Ultra crispy-crunchy crackling skin (the soul of the dish!)
  • Soft & melt-in-your-mouth layer of buttery fat
  • Savory, juicy, tender, flavorful, & aromatic belly meat

Besides being a popular dish for lunch or dinner, Siu Yuk is a classic dish to enjoy at various celebrations (i.e. weddings), special holidays (i.e. Chinese New Year), and many other special occasions. 

Time to make this addictively delicious Crispy Pork Belly in Instant Pot!


Step-by-Step Guide: Instant Pot Crispy Pork Belly

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Prepare ingredients for making pork belly in Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Pork Belly Ingredients

We developed and tested this Siu Yuk recipe using pork bellies ranged from 1″ to 1.25″ thick.

pork belly

*Tip: If your pork belly doesn’t fit in your Instant Pot because it’s too long, cut the pork belly in half.

Step 1

Score Pork Belly


First, we need to score lines on the pork belly, so more flavors from the sauce mixture can penetrate into the pork belly.

Use a sharp knife to lightly cut (~2mm into the meat) lines diagonally across the meat side of the pork belly, then cut lines diagonally across in the opposite direction (see photo below).

how to score pork belly

Step 2

Pressure Cook Pork Belly


Add 2 tsp (12g) fine salt, 2 tsp (3.5g) five spice powder, 1 tsp (5g) granulated sugar, ½ tsp (1.9g) white pepper, 1 tbsp (15ml) regular soy sauce, 6 crushed garlic cloves, 2 tbsp (30ml) Shaoxing wine (optional), and 1 cup (250ml) cold water in Instant Pot. Mix well.

pork belly spices

Add pork belly in Instant Pot (with the skin side up).

Then, lightly sprinkle salt over the pork belly skin.

*Note: If your pork belly is too long to fit into your Instant Pot, cut it in half, then place them side by side in Instant Pot (as shown in the photo below).

pork belly in Instant Pot

Ideally, you want to keep the pork belly skin dry, so make sure the skin is not submerged in the cooking liquid. 

Close lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing position.

Pressure Cooking Methods:

  • 1″ Thick Pork Belly: Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 19 minutes + 15 minutes Natural Release
  • 1.25″ Thick Pork Belly: Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 22 minutes + 15 minutes Natural Release

Instant Pot High Pressure for 19 minutes

After releasing pressure naturally for 15 minutes, carefully turn the Venting Knob to Venting Position to release the remaining pressure.

Once the Floating Valve drops, open the lid carefully.

Step 3

Prep Pork Belly Skin


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Carefully remove the pork belly and place them on a chopping board or serving plate.

Now, we’ll prep for the extra crunchy, ultra crispy pork crackling!

First, pat the pork belly skin really dry with paper towels.

Then, use a meat tenderizer or a fork to poke holes all over the pork belly skin.

*Pro Tip: The holes should only penetrate the skin and the fat part of the pork belly. Poke as many holes as you can. As a warning – this is kind of a workout, but it’s totally worth it!!

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Again, pat the skin really dry with paper towels.

Mix ½ tsp (3g) fine salt and ½ tsp (2.5g) baking powder together.

Sprinkle the baking powder mixture all over the skin, then brush a few layers of vegetable oil on the skin.

adding baking powder to pork belly skin

Step 4

Broil in Oven/Air Fryer


*Note: We recommend using an oven, air fryer, or toaster oven for this finishing crispy step. Instant Pot Duo Crisp‘s “Broil” function or Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid will work, but the result won’t be as crispy & satisfactory.

*Pro Tip: It’s best to broil the pork belly before cutting it into serving size, so the pork belly can retain more moisture.

Option 1 – Oven/Toaster Oven

First, place the pork belly (skin side up) on an oven tray, then place the oven tray on the top rack.

Use the “Broil” function (or Airfry setting), then set the temperature to 400°F – 425°F.

Broil pork belly until the skin is golden brown, bubbly, very crispy, and crunchy.

*Note: Depending on your oven, this process will take roughly 18 – 25 minutes.

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Option 2 – Air Fryer Lid

First, place the air fryer basket with the tray on the middle rack in Instant Pot (as shown in the photo below).

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Now, layer the pork belly (skin side up) on the air fryer tray in Instant Pot.

Then, place the Air Fryer Lid on Instant Pot.

  • Air Frying Method: Press the “Broil” button, set the Temperature to 400°F and Cooking Time to 20 minutes.

*Note: You’ll need to broil for an extra 10 – 12 minutes, which means the total cooking time will take roughly 30 – 32 minutes.

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*Pro Tip: You can open the lid to check the progress. The pork belly skin should be golden brown, bubbly, and crispy.

Step 5

Serve Crispy Pork Belly


Place the Instant Pot Roasted Pork on a chopping board and let it cool down a bit.

Finally, chop up the Crispy Instant Pot Pork Belly into tasty bite size Siu Yuk!

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*Note: If your knife is not heavy enough, some of the pork belly skin may separate from the meat. *hint hint* This will be a good excuse to taste test one of the runaway yummy cracklings before serving. 😉

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These Instant Pot Crispy Pork Belly are usually served with rice.

*Pro Tip: If you like, you can serve these tasty siu yuk with hoisin sauce and yellow mustard. 

Enjoy this Ultra-Crispy Pork Belly in Instant Pot!

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Instant Pot Crispy Pork Belly

You gotta make this Ultra-Crispy Instant Pot Pork Belly (Roasted Pork Belly) aka Siu Yuk (Chinese: 燒肉). Easy to make with few pantry ingredients. Super juicy, tender, flavorful meat top with ultra crunchy crackling skin. You'll be addicted to this super tasty bite of heaven!
5 from 4 votes
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 4 - 6
Calories: 610kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

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Ingredients

  • 1 (1.5lb - 2lb) pork belly , 1” - 1.25” thick
  • 1 cup (250ml) cold water
  • 6 (23.5g) garlic cloves , crushed
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) regular soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons (12g) fine sea salt or table salt
  • 2 teaspoons (3.5g) five spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon (1.9g) white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) shaoxing wine (optional)

For Pork Belly Skin:

  • ½ teaspoon (3g) fine salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5g) baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) vegetable oil

Instructions

  • Score Pork Belly: Use a sharp knife to lightly cut (~2mm into the meat) lines diagonally across the meat side of the pork belly, then cut lines diagonally across in the opposite direction (see photo).
  • Pressure Cook Pork Belly: Add 2 tsp (12g) fine salt, 2 tsp (3.5g) five spice powder, 1 tsp (5g) granulated sugar, ½ tsp (1.9g) white pepper, 1 tbsp (15ml) regular soy sauce, 6 crushed garlic cloves, 2 tbsp (30ml) Shaoxing wine, and 1 cup (250ml) cold water in Instant Pot. Mix well.
    Add in pork belly (skin side up), then lightly sprinkle salt over the pork skin. Try to make sure the skin is not submerged in the cooking liquid.
    Close lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing position.
    1" Thick Pork Belly: Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 19 minutes + 15 minutes Natural Release
    1.25" Thick Pork Belly: Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 22 minutes + 15 minutes Natural Release
    Turn the Venting Knob to Venting Position. Open the lid.
  • Prep Pork Belly Skin: Remove & place the pork belly on a chopping board. Pat pork skin really dry with paper towels. Use a fork to poke holes all over the pork skin.
    *Pro Tip: The holes should only penetrate the skin and the fat part of the pork belly. Poke as many holes as you can for maximum crunchy cracklings.
    Pat the skin really dry again with paper towels.
    Mix ½ tsp (3g) fine salt and ½ tsp (2.5g) baking powder together. Sprinkle the baking powder mixture all over the skin, then brush a few layers of vegetable oil on the skin.
  • Broil in Oven/Air Fryer: *Pro Tip: It's best to broil the pork belly before cutting it into serving size, so the pork belly can retain more moisture.
    Option 1 - Oven/Toaster Oven: Place the pork belly (skin side up) on an oven tray, then place the oven tray on the top rack. Use the "Broil" function (or Airfry setting), set Temperature to 400°F - 425°F. Broil pork belly until the skin is golden brown, bubbly, very crunchy.
    *Note: Depending on your oven, this process will take roughly 18 - 25 minutes.
    Option 2 - Air Fryer Lid: Place the air fryer basket with the tray on the middle rack in Instant Pot. Layer the pork belly (skin side up) on the air fryer tray in Instant Pot. Place the Air Fryer Lid on Instant Pot. Press "Broil" button, set Temperature to 400°F and Cooking Time to 20 minutes.
    *Note: You'll need to broil for an extra 10 - 12 minutes, which means the total cooking time will take roughly 30 - 32 minutes.
    *Pro Tip: You can open the lid to check the progress. The pork belly skin should be golden brown, bubbly, and crispy.
  • Serve Crispy Pork Belly: Place Crispy Pork Belly on a chopping board and let it cool down a bit. Chop it up into tasty bite sizes!
    You can serve them with rice, hoisin sauce, and yellow mustard on the side. Enjoy these addictively delicious Cantonese Roasted Pork~

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Recipe Notes:

Pork Belly Too Long: If your pork belly is too long to fit into your Instant Pot, cut it in half, then place them side by side in Instant Pot.
Which Method is Best for Crispy Skin? We recommend using an oven, air fryer, or toaster oven for this finishing crispy step. Instant Pot Duo Crisp's "Broil" function or Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid will work, but the result won't be as crispy & satisfactory.
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Nutrition Information:

Calories: 610kcal (31%)Carbohydrates: 3g (1%)Protein: 11g (22%)Fat: 60g (92%)Saturated Fat: 22g (138%)Cholesterol: 82mg (27%)Sodium: 1176mg (51%)Potassium: 285mg (8%)Fiber: 1g (4%)Sugar: 1g (1%)Vitamin A: 11IUVitamin C: 2mg (2%)Calcium: 36mg (4%)Iron: 1mg (6%)
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Course: Main
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Hong Kong
Keyword: crispy pork belly, roasted pork belly, siu yuk

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