Lechon Kawali Recipe

Lechon kawali or Pan-roasted pork to some is different from Lechon, the well known Filipino dish which is also the national dish of the Philippines. While lechon is cooked in a pit filled with flamed charcoal, Lechon kawali is cooked by boiling then later deep frying a portion of the pig (pork belly usually) .

Little is known about the history of this dish. I just got acquanted with it during my high school days at Benedictine Abbey School (now its San Beda College, Alabang). I can clearly remember how the aroma of this dish fills the whole ERV canteen and also the long line that I need to pass just to order Lechon kawali. As I grew up, I learned that this can also be a good pulutan(appetizer) and is best complimented by the traditional lechon sauce or spicy vinegar.

Lechon Kawali

I like lechon kawali because I enjoy eating it as a main dish. I have this with warm steamed rice and some lechon sauce for dipping. Because of this admiration to this dish, I tried to devise a lechon kawali recipe that does not call for the pork to be frozen. This saves a lot of time.

Try this delicious Lechon Kawali Recipe and let me know what you think.

Lechon Kawali Recipe
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 6
  • Serving size: 6
    Prep time: 
    Cook time: 
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    • 2 lbs. pork belly
    • 2 tbsp salt
    • 2 tbsp whole pepper corn
    • 5 pcs. dried bay leaves
    • 3 cups cooking Oil
    • 34 ounces Water
    1. Place the water on a big cooking pot and bring to a boil
    2. Put-in the pork belly then add 1 tbsp of salt, pepper, and bay leaves and simmer for 30 minutes or until meat is tender
    3. Remove the meat from the pot and let it cool down for a few minutes
    4. Spread 1 tbsp of salt on the meat, make sure to distribute it evenly on all sections
    5. We now need to deep fry the meat. On a dry cooking pot place the cooking oil and heat it up
    6. When the oil is hot enough, put the meat in the cooking pot and let it cook until the immersed side is brown and the meat's texture is crispy
    7. Flip the meat to cook the opposite side
    8. Remove the meat from the pan, let it cool down a little then slice according to desired portions
    9. Serve hot. Share and Enjoy!

    Watch the cooking video:


    1. HI,thanks a lot to your video tutorial,it really helps,mabuhay po kayo.

    2. Diesebel says:

      I hate cooking until I found this brilliant website which gradually aroused my interest.Many thanks.

    3. Of course, just be careful when you’re frying the pork. My mom always manages to burn her skin with hot oil as it splatters. Sighs. No one makes lechon kawali better than mom, eh?

    4. you helped me a lot! i love to cook but had little knowledge until i happened to open panlasang pinoy.

    5. Ficelle says:

      HI Vanjo! I went to Bene too (loyalty awardee both gradeshcool & highschool!) & I miss the canteen food! I’m from batch 89 (same as the son’s owner of ERV canteen). More power to your site! I’ve been getting recipes here since last year. Although, my lechon kawali is boiled then oven grilled – less oily but same crispiness!

    6. I didn’t know you were from San Beda Alabang! I’ve been referencing to your website for some recipes ever since I moved here to the US! I’ve been craving for lechon kawali for some time now, and I think I’ll have that tomorrow for lunch after church. I’m from San Beda Alabang also :)

    7. Vicky klebais says:

      Hi,I’m going to try this lechon kawali on my B-Day,cause this is my son fab,I’m going to surprise him, thank you very much,

    8. thanks po sa pag share ng mga recipe po ninyo kuya ang saraaap!!!!!

    9. I love your website! I can’t wait to try more of your delicious recipes. I know this is a Filipino recipe site, but I wish your videos were in English so that those of us that are neither Filipino, nor good cooks can watch the videos and create wonderful dishes right along with you! Thank you so much for sharing.

    10. Ever since I (or actually my husband) discovered your website…I spent a whole day copying your recipes that I can try out. Thanks. This is very helpful. Now I can add variety to my cooking!

    11. Carlos Lee says:

      I tried the lechon kawali. I boiled the pork belly as instructed.
      But I did not rub the belly with salt prior to deep frying.

      After frying, the skin is not crispy. It’s chewy. Any advised?


      • Try to add more cooking time until its crispy. One method that I do is placing some ice cubes in the hot oil to speed the process but I won’t recommend it if you are new to this stuff.

      • well that is simple try to put in first the broiled liempo into the freezer at least over night…then the next day deep fry the pork..you will see the difference

    12. nancy richardson says:

      You can cook lechon kawali in the over or turbo broiler. For 1 1/2 to 2 lbs of liempo, preheat the over for 475F. place liempo in the roasting pan skin side up and roast for 20 min and reduce to 400F for 40-45 min or until skin is crispy. Turbo broiler is 475F for 30 minutes or until the desired crispiness.

    13. oi! taga bene ka rin pala…ive been a fan of this site…great recipes! simple lng….wat if i dont have lechon left over can i do it form scratch?

      • Dondi, lechon kawali needs raw ingredients. Is this question intended for the lechon paksiw? If so, try making lechon kawali first . If there are left overs, make lechon paksiw out of them. Hope this helps.

      • maria erwhina says:

        Hi! im also from bene…batch 94… i will try this recipe today..thanks for uploading!=)

    14. I’m making this when my pinay friends are coming over. We’re planning to have a lunch date at my house so try ko ito. Thanks Vanjo for this simple recipe.

    15. I like lechon kawali to share with my family & friends, I tried so many recipes from deep frying, to baking, to even consider catering it in by professionals… but NO MORE!!! This recipe is the REAL… REAL DEAL!!! no one’s believin’ me that I didn’t cater the party… LOL…

      I’m hooked on your website now and my husband too!!!
      May be the chef has to have reference links to weight loss websites for those people that cannot stop trying all the recipes on this website… like me 😀 😀 😀

      Mabuhay po kayo!

    16. you’re welcome ellaine. Thanks for commenting

    17. Hi! I would love to try this but not into fried foods. Can you give me tips on how to cook this using the oven? Thanks

      • Rachel says:

        i use a convection oven or turbo broiler. after boiling the pork at 160-170 deg., place it in the oven for 30 minutes on each side. the side with the skin you can broil last until crisp.

    18. By the way, is there an english version of your video? =)

    19. I’m about to make this for dinner. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

      -From San Diego

    20. Ann, thanks for your appreciation. Don’t worry, nandito lang ako basta nandyan kayo lagi.

    21. shandyspark says:

      OMG. This lechon kawali makes my taste buds crazy…

    22. Hi Benz, not as of this moment. Though I’m currently working to add English subtitles to all the videos but it is still in progress.

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