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How to Make Homemade Chicharrón de Cerdo (Fried Pork Skins)

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Discover how to make chicharrón de cerdo with homemade spicy soy-vinegar dip.

Discover how to make chicharrón de cerdo with homemade spicy soy-vinegar dip.

Chicharrón de cerdo is a Spanish dish that is made with fried pork rinds or fried pork belly. It's typically served as an appetizer or snack, and you can enjoy it with different dips; I like to serve mine with homemade spicy soy-vinegar dip. This simple and easy to follow pork recipe is the version of chicharon baboy in the Philippines.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

3 min

20 min

23 min

2 servings

The ingredients for chicharrón de cerdo are very simple.

The ingredients for chicharrón de cerdo are very simple.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 300 grams pork skins with fat
  • 1 tablespoon salt

Utensils

For preparation:

  • 2 medium bowls
  • 1 small bowl
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons

For cooking:

  • Pot
  • Cooking spoon
  • Strainer spoon

Instructions

  1. Add the pork skins to a stockpot with water and salt.
  2. Cook the pork until it's tender and no more water remains in the pot.
  3. Let the pork fry in its natural oil. Cook until golden brown or crispy.
  4. Serve with the dip of your choice.

Step-by-Step Video

Tips and Techniques

  • Use a pot with a cover to avoid any oil splatters.
  • Cook the pork skins with enough water to ensure tenderness. The cooking time may vary depending on the quality of the meat.
  • You can save the remaining pork oil to add a meaty taste to any dish. It's great for fried rice or stir-fry, for example.
  • Serve this dish with any dip of your choice. My favorite is spicy soy-vinegar dip.
  • Pair this dish with an ice cold beer.
  • To make this dish with chicken, try this recipe: chicharrón piel de pollo.
Homemade chicharrón de cerdo, ready to serve

Homemade chicharrón de cerdo, ready to serve

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Comments

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on August 20, 2018:

Hello,

Yes, it's really a wonderful snack that you can enjoy with any drink. You must try it!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 20, 2018:

Sounds delicious and interesting! Would love to try it.

Thanks for sharing this recipe, with detailed instructions.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on August 19, 2018:

Hi Liz,

It is something that you will truly love. You will definitely enjoy it. But need to be careful because it can increase ones cholesterol level.

Liz Westwood from UK on August 19, 2018:

This looks like a great tapas dish.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on August 17, 2018:

Hi Mary,

Me too! I love adding chicharron in any dish as well as a meat replacement.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on August 17, 2018:

I love eating chicharron so thank you for this recipe.

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