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How to Confit Pork Belly

Wondering how to confit pork belly or pork chops? I will share the recipe for both with the technique and temperature to create fall-apart tender bites. THIS is How To Cook Pork Belly in the Oven perfectly in olive oil.

How to Make Pork Belly Confit

What is pork confit?

This means that pieces of pork are cooked at a low temperature, submerged in fat for an extended period of time, typically in the oven. Traditionally this is done in duck fat but lard or olive oil work well for this method too. This slow cooking process results in exceptionally tender and flavorful meat.

How Long to Confit Pork

That depends on what cuts you are slowly cooking and how thick they are but typically 2-3 hours. #1 you need your piece(s) to be submerged at all times. If you are marinating it beforehand that will add even more flavor. Blot dry if you do before baking so the fat can soak in, tenderize and cook it slowly.

You will want a very deep pot or this makes a great Dutch oven recipe since cast iron provides an even heat throughout the cook time with a lid that seals well.

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confit oil with garlic

Pork Belly Confit Ingredients



  • 1 c olive oil for baking
  • 1.5 lbs. pork belly

How to Make Pork Belly Confit

We will be talking about in the oven here which is the most common method. It maintains a steady low heat for a long time well. Once submerged and the garlic + herbs are added you just cover tightly, set inside and set the timer. Near the end just test with a knife. Once it slides in smoothly without much effort it is ready!!

Pork belly confit pressure cooker would be a similar concept with melted fat and fresh herbs but it wouldn’t take as long. You would get a similar texture result this way as it is steamed and great cooled, sliced and enjoyed.

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confit pork belly

How to make pork belly crispy?

If you wanted to get it really crispy and crackling as they call it on the top you can remove the foil the last few minutes and switch to broil until you get a deep golden brown. The salt in the marinade with the intense high heat will cause the fat to bubble and pop into that pork rind look you want.

Another way of getting really crispy pieces is to cut into slices, sprinkle with salt, spray with some olive oil and make some Air Fryer Pork Belly Recipe.

Pork Chop Confit Recipe

Use the 4-4-4-4 technique for this. 4 pork chops, cups of oil, cloves of garlic, and sprigs of thyme. Use a large oven-safe pot or Dutch Oven. Melt the duck fat, lard or slightly heat olive oil. Preheat your oven to 275°F or 135°C. Add contents, cover the pot and transfer it to the oven. Cook the pork chops in the oven for about 2 to 3 hours, or until they are tender and easily pierced with a fork.

If you want how to confit potatoes in olive oil along with this grab some taters at the store with these items and get ready for deliciousness.

Pork Confit

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How to Confit Pork

Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine French
Keyword confit, olive oil, pork belly, pork chops
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Servings 6
Calories 1028kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Mix all the ingredients for the marinade. Brush the pork belly on all sides with the marinade and place in a baking dish or bowl. Refrigerate for 5-8 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 250 F. Clean the belly of any remaining marinade. Place it in a baking dish and fill it with pure olive oil. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake the pork belly for 3 hours. Let the pork confit cool, then cut into pieces and serve.
Nutrition Facts
How to Confit Pork
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 1028 Calories from Fat 972
% Daily Value*
Fat 108g166%
Saturated Fat 29g181%
Polyunsaturated Fat 11g
Monounsaturated Fat 63g
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 427mg19%
Potassium 253mg7%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 0.4g2%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 16IU0%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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