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Lechon Kawali Recipe

This is a recipe for lechon kawali or crispy deep fried pork belly.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: cooking, crispy pork belly, deep fried pork belly, lechon, lechon kawali
Servings: 6
Calories: 893kcal
Author: Vanjo Merano


  • 2 lbs. pork belly
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons whole pepper corn
  • 5 pieces dried bay leaves
  • 3 cups cooking Oil
  • 34 ounces Water


  • Pour water on cooking pot. Boil
  • Add the pork belly and 1 tablespoon of salt. Put some pepper pepper and bay leaves. Boil for 30 minutes or until meat gets tender
  • Remove the meat from the pot and let it cool down for a few minutes
  • Spread 1 tablespoon of salt on the pork belly. Make sure to distribute it evenly on all sections
  • Start to deep fry the boiled meat. Heat oil on a cooking pot.
  • Put each piece of boiled pork belly into the hot oil with extra caution. Fry until crispy. Turn the meat over to completely fry the opposite side until crispy. Note: be extra careful when frying as oil can splatter. You can use the cover of the pot to cover it while oil splatters, but do not cover completely as steam will be trapped. It will cause more splatters.
  • Remove the meat from the cooking pot. Arrange on a wire rack to cool down.  Slice according to desired portions
  • Serve with lechon sauce. Share and Enjoy!


Serving: 6g | Calories: 893kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 91g | Saturated Fat: 30g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 2382mg | Potassium: 324mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1.5mg