Oven Baked Pork Belly Strips

Oven Baked Pork Belly Strips

Pork belly strips (I get mine at Costco) are a delicacy. They are like very thick-cut bacon, and come from the same cut of pork (belly, obviously), but pork belly strips are fresh meat – uncured, not smoked, dried or salted.

Obviously an extremely fatty cut, they are suitable (and usually served at restaurants) as a first course, although I sometimes serve them as our main course for dinner, alongside a small green salad. If serving as first course, one thick strip per person, cut into bite-size pieces, is perfect. For a main course, I find that three strips are plenty.

Pork belly strips are delicious on their own, simply seasoned with salt and pepper. I like to use smoked paprika, which adds a delightful smoky flavor. You can also brush them with a mixture of soy sauce (2 tablespoons), honey (1 tablespoon) and garlic powder (1 teaspoon) prior to baking, for an Asian style dish, but I rarely bother. They truly are fabulous seasoned with just salt and pepper.

Oven Baked Pork Belly Strips
 
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Recipe type: Appetizer, Entree, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Paleo
Yield: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 12 (1/2-inch thick, 4oz each raw weight) pork belly strips
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the pork belly strips in the pan. Sprinkle them with the seasonings.
  3. Roast until browned and crisp, 30 minutes on the first side, and 20-30 more minutes on the second side. Drain the pan midway through baking, saving the rendered fat in a jar if you wish.
Notes
Nutrition info is based on Fitday.com's info for "Pork, cured, bacon, cooked, baked" adjusted for less sodium than bacon.

If serving just one strip as a first course, nutrition info is: Calories 310; fat 24g; saturated fat 8g; carbs 0g; sugars 0g; sodium 150mg; fiber 0g; protein 20g.

For thinner pork belly strips (like the ones sold by US Wellness Meats, which are cut like thick-cut bacon), bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes in the bottom of the oven; drain the fat, flip, and bake 5-7 more minutes, until crisp.
Nutrition Per Serving
Serving size: 3 strips as a main course (12oz raw weight, 5oz cooked); Calories: 770; Fat: 61g; Saturated fat: 20g; Carbohydrates: 2g; Sodium: 450mg; Fiber: 0g; Protein: 50g

Oven Baked Pork Belly Strips

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