Filipino Lechon Kawali Recipe

Deliciously crunchy in every bite!
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Crispy Deep Fried Lechon Kawali

Filipino lechon kawali recipe is a pork belly that is cooked till soft and then deep fried. This a traditional Filipino delicacy. Crispy deep-fried pork is the simplest way to describe it. It’s a wonderful appetizer or main dish that’s best served over warm rice for lunch or dinner. This dish goes nicely with dipping sauces like lechon sauce, ketchup, sweet and sour sauce, or any other sauce you can think of.

Filipino lechon kawali recipe

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Filipino Lechon Kawali Recipe

Difficulty: Intermediate Prep Time 15 min Cook Time 105 min Rest Time 30 min Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Servings: 6 Calories: 887
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Lechon Kawali is crunchy on the outside while the inside is juicy and tasty. It is made with pork belly and deep fried to golden perfection. One of the most delectable pork recipes you'll ever prepare is Lechon Kawali. Surely you’ll enjoy every crispy bite of this dish with matching dipping sauce of your choice. Enjoy cooking and enjoy eating.



  1. Combine pork belly, garlic, salt, peppercorns, bay leaves, and enough water in a pot. Set the fire to medium heat and bring it to a boil. Skim the scum that floats on top. Set the fire to low heat and continue cooking for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until the pork meat is tender. Make sure that the pork meat is not falling apart.

  2. Drain the pork meat and wipe it dry. Place them on a rack and refrigerate them overnight to completely cool and dry.

  3. Heat enough cooking oil for about 350 F to 375 F in a deep, heavy-bottomed pot. Fry the pork meat until it turns golden brown, crisp and puffed.

  4. While the pork meat is frying, regularly sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of cold water onto the pork meat and hot oil every 5 minutes or so.

  5. Remove the pork meat from the pot and drain it on a wire rack. Use a table napkin to drain excess oil. Let it rest for about 5 minutes and then cut into serving pieces.

  6. Serve with lechon sauce or any dip of your choice. Enjoy eating.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 887kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 85.8g132%
Saturated Fat 16.9g85%
Cholesterol 88mg30%
Sodium 3017mg126%
Potassium 69mg2%
Total Carbohydrate 7.4g3%
Dietary Fiber 0.6g3%
Sugars 0.2g
Protein 26.8g54%

Calcium 3 mg
Iron 11 mg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Keywords: Lechon Kawali, Pork Belly, Pork Recipe, Filipino Recipe,

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