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Chinese Crispy Roast Pork


The crispiest, crunchiest, crackliest roast pork… with no overnight steps included! Get your pork fix quicker with my ultimate recipe. So. Darn. Good.




5 minutes

2 hours 40 minutes


1kg piece pork belly, skin on 

1 tsp Chinese 5-spice 

fine salt e.g. table salt or kosher salt 


hoisin sauce, to serve 

hot mustard, to serve 

Step 1

Preheat oven to 150°C/300°F.

Step 2

Use paper towels to completely dry off the skin of the pork belly. 

Step 3

Use the toothpicks to poke as many holes as possible into the skin of the pork belly. As the toothpicks go blunt, replace and use new ones. 

Step 4

Rub the meat side of the pork belly with the Chinese 5-spice and a little sprinkle of salt. Use paper towels to rub the spices off the top of the pork skin. 

Step 5

Fold a long piece of foil (or two pieces) so that you can form a wrap around the pork belly with about a 3cm height of foil above the pork belly. Now pour the salt over the skin so that it completely covers the whole top of the pork belly. 

Step 6

Carefully transfer the salt-covered pork to a baking rack placed on a baking tray. Roast for 2 hours. 

Step 7

Remove the pork from the oven. Turn the oven up to 250C/480F. 

Step 8

Remove the foil and the salt crust from the pork. Brush all the salt off the whole piece of pork. Dry the pork skin with paper towel. Place the pork back on the baking rack and roast for another 15-20 minutes or until the pork skin is completely puffed and crispy. 

Step 9

Remove the pork from the oven and rest for 10 minutes before cutting into bite-sized pieces. Serve with hoisin sauce and mustard for dipping

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What our customers say

Rated 3.5 out of 5
3.5 out of 5 stars (based on 2 reviews)
Very good0%
June 21, 2022
Rated 5 out of 5

This recipe was amazing!

Thanks for this easy to follow recipe! The meat was so juicy and tender and the crackling nice and crunchy. Honestly was so impressed how easy this was to make. Made it for my dad for Father‘s Day and he only had good things to say about it. I’ll definitely be making it again.

Karen Powell
June 16, 2022
Rated 2 out of 5

Going to Attempt This tonight

Can I ask is the oven temp fan assisted or not please?

Marion's Kitchen

Hi there! Glad to hear you are giving this recipe a whirl. Our temperatures are fan-assisted unless otherwise stated and are there as a guide – since all ovens behave differently, we recommend always factoring in your knowledge of your own oven. Hope this helps!

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