This is a super simple recipe for cooking pork belly in the way everyone likes it – with soft meat underneath, but crisp skin crackling on top!
This recipe has no sauce or accompaniments, so pair it with any flavours you like – apple sauce being a classic one. This is really your definitive guide to getting that perfect, crispy skin every time.
If you’re looking for some other pork belly recipes, check out our BBQ Pork belly and Asian inspired Chinese Pork Belly recipes.
Unwrap the pork and place it in the fridge for a few hours. This step is optional but dries out the skin to improve your chances of a crisp crackling.
Preheat oven to 180C (or 160C if you have fan bake).
Score the pork skin. Rub in the oil and the sea salt flakes, pressing it in to make sure it gets into the skin. Place pork, skin side down, in a large roasting pan. Bake for 1 1/2 hrs.
After 1.5 hours, turn the pork skin side up. Turn the oven up to 220C (or 200C fan-forced). Bake for 45 mins, or until the skin is crisp and how you like it. Remove from the oven and rest the pork for 10 mins.