Pork Crackling

Crispy pork crackling easily cooked in an air fryer in as little as 20 minutes. Yum
Pork Crackling
The best part of cooking a Pork dinner is the crackling, am I wrong? Cooking it in the Air Fryer is super easy, and cooks in around 20-30 minutes. You'll never go back to cooking it in an oven.

Servings4 people
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
TEMP200°C or 390°F
CourseDinner, Snack

Per Serving




  • 1 Pork Skin separated from the meat
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil



  • Separate the skin from the pork.
  • Dry the skin completely by leaving it uncovered on a plate and place in the fridge overnight.
  • A few hours before cooking, remove the skin from the fridge, and let it warm to room temperature.
  • Score the top of the skin with a sharp knife in several places.
  • Rub the oil on the top of the skin ensuring you penetrate the cracks you made from the scoring.
  • Rub the salt on the top of the skin also ensuring you penetrate the cracks you made.
  • Preheat the Air Fryer to 200°C or 390°F depending on the type of air fryer you have. This usually takes around 3 minutes.


  • Place the skin into the air fryer basket skin side up, and cook for 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes check on the progress. Some air fryers may take a bit longer, so if it's not quite to your liking, add another 5 minutes and recheck it.
  • Once the crackling is cooked to your liking, remove it from the air fryer, and slice into strips and serve.


You can purchase Pork Crackling in some supermarkets.  In theory the same cooking temperature and times should work.
Note: Cooking time of 20 minutes is based on using a Philips XXL Air Fryer which is 2200 watts.  You may need to adjust cooking times depending on the wattage of your air fryer.  Eg. A 1600 Watt Air Fryer may need to cook for 30-40 minutes.  
Check the progress of the cooking often as you reach the first 20 minutes.