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Learn how to make the best crunchy and crispy Air Fryer Homemade Pork Rinds recipe, also known as chicharrones, right in your kitchen. You are making a low-carb keto snack from pork skin, and you can customize the seasoning for a delicious treat.

Pork rinds inside a wooden bowl.
How to make Pork Rinds in an Air Fryer. Photo credit: Low Carb – No Carb.

Pork rinds made in an Air Fryer are perfect for making a great puffy and curly snack with your movie night. This ever-so-popular keto diet substitution is extensively used in low-carb cuisine instead of regular breadcrumbs. Entirely gluten-free, grain-free, and full of collagen, this is a genius food choice to enjoy our lifestyle. 

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Homemade Pork Rinds Recipe – Chicharrones

The idea to make pork rinds in the air fryer came to me when I was researching a recipe I was writing about, the sweet churro-like chicharrones pork rinds with beautiful cinnamon flavor. As I was studying and looking at the questions people were asking, I realized some asked about frying those in an air fryer. 

And since I own the air fryer, there was nothing else to stop me with my trials.

In the process, I made pork lard scratchings or cracklins as one of the packages I bought was, by mistake, pure raw pig fat. 

chicharron ready to snack on in bowl
Homemade Pork Rinds

Trials of Making the Best Air Fryer Pork Rinds

My idea could have worked better on the first run.

I have tried to make a few shortcuts, off not cooking the pork skin beforehand. 

I have also tried to make a shortcut by placing raw pig skin cut into pieces directly into an air fryer, assuming it will all work. 

As I have realized, the same process is with our cheese pops or keto popcorn – the cheese must be fully dry. Otherwise, you will not get the proper pops. 

And therefore, I have decided to make this recipe for you with all the additional tips and tricks I went through until I got the perfect crunchy bar greens ready to be used on any of the low-carb lifestyle dishes.

What Is the Difference Between Pork Rinds and Cracklings?

The difference between pork rinds and cracklings is very minimal to the look.

Pork rinds have no fat at all on the skin. 

Once they’re deep-fried or air-fried, they will pop into these beautiful puffy curls.

Cracklings, on the other hand, have a little bit of fat on the skin and are a bit different in taste. 

They do not puff as much but are, in return, more flavorful and have a bit more crunch in them from the meat. 

Crackling snack in a bowl
Pork Rinds made at home

Do I Need an Air Fryer for Making Pork Rinds?

An Air fryer Is an excellent invention for all trying to reduce the deep frying in their kitchen. 

I got my air fryer about a year ago as a Christmas gift from my family, and dishes made with this great kitchen gadget are always crispy and tasty.

Using an air fryer is much simpler than deep-frying directly in one of your chosen oils. 

It is also a much healthier choice, so air fryers have become popular in recent years.

Making pork rinds can be done in various ways.

You do not need an air fryer for this, and don’t worry if you do not own one, but it is much healthier. 

You can also deep fry the dehydrated pork skin or try making those cracklings in the oven. 

Air Fryer Pork Rinds in a black bowl
Easy Keto Snack

How to Make the Best Pork Rinds in An Air Fryer

Let us dive into making the best-ever healthy recipes. I have included video instructions for those who prefer more visual guidance. 

Kitchen Gadgets You Need for This Recipe:

  • Cooking Pot
  • Dehydrator
  • Air Fryer

Ingredients You Need:

  • Pork Skin
  • Salt

*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE CRISPY AIR FRYER PORK RINDS

First Step: Prepare Ingredients

Prepare your best quality pork skin and salt. 

Pork skin with salt on a wooden table.
Air Fryer Homemade Pork Rinds Chicharrones

Second Step: Clean and Cook

First, make sure the pork skin you bought is of its best quality and fully clean. 

If it is not clean, wash it properly and dry it with a paper towel. 

Cut the pork skin into the blocks, fitting into your cooking pot. 

Place all of the skin inside the cooking pot, add water, and use a heavy subject to ensure the skin is permanently submerged. Cook the skin for approximately an hour.

Keto Snack pork being boiled
Cooking

Third Step: Extra Fat, Dry, and Cut

Once your pork skin is cooked, let it cool and make sure it is fully dry. With a sharp knife, scrape the remaining fat which has been on. 

The less fat you have on the skin, the more your pork rinds will double in size once air frying.

Keto Churro preparation in cutting the cooked skin
Cleaning

Fourth Step: Dehydrate

When all the pieces are fully dry, place them on the dehydrator racks and switch them on for approximately eight hours. 

It is good to swap the dehydrator trays from time to time to make sure your pork skin is dehydrated thoroughly and evenly.

Pork Rinds keto being dehydrated
Dehydrating

Fifth Step: Collect

After the pork skin is fully dehydrated, take them all and place them in a jar or a bowl. 

You can store directly dehydrated skin and use it whenever you would like to make fresh air fryer pork rinds. 

Dehydrated pork skin will stay in an airtight container for a long time.

chicharron dehydrated and ready to bake
Collecting

Sixth Step: Air Fry

Once ready to air fry, place a few pieces of the dehydrated pork skin into an air fryer. Remember that the pork rinds will double in size and need space to pop up correctly. 

Therefore, use only a handful amount of pork skin. Switch the air fryer to the highest temperature for approximately 7 to 10 minutes. 

The time and temperature depend really on the brand of an air fryer you have. Please read the full instructions on how to use it.

pork rinds being done in the Air Fryer
Air Frying

Seventh Step: Season

In about 10 minutes, you should have beautiful crunchy cracklings or pork rinds done in an air fryer. 

While still warm, sprinkle them with salt or season with your favorite spices.

Crackling spreading with salt
Seasoning

Tips and Tricks

  • Cooking – do not skip this step. While cooking, the skin will be much softer, will dehydrate better, and you will be able to take out the excess fat easier.
  • Dehydrating – another step not to be missed. For the pork rinds to pop and double in size, they must be fully dehydrated. 
  • Air frying – the time and temperature depend really on the brand of an air fryer you have. Please read the full instructions on how to use it.
Pork Rinds keto in a basket
Perfect Air fryer snack

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

What Can You Use Pork Rinds For?

Pork Rinds are an excellent substitution for breadcrumbs in our lifestyle. 

Use them whenever you typically use breadcrumbs such as this 0 carb bread, add them to your dishes instead of bacon bits, or eat them as a perfect keto snack for your movie night.

They are the perfect addition to our TikTok viral crispy twisted bacon.

Great Seasoning as an Addition

After you make the recipe, while they are still warm, you can opt for coating them with your favorite seasoning. I like to use tacos or enchiladas for a Mexican feel. Feel free to pick your favorite and make flavored pork rinds your new snack instead of the potato chips everyone craves. 

Where Do I Buy Pork Skin?

The easiest way to find pork skin is to visit your nearest butcher shop. They always have pieces that are sold at a cheap price. I buy mine in our local store, as they get supplies from time to time. 

You can also opt to buy a whole pork belly. Take out the skin for the recipe and bake pork bell on a baking sheet as you regularly would. 

Air Fryer Pork Rinds in a wooden bowl
Crunchy Pork Rinds
How Do You Easily Get Rid of The Fat from The Pig Skin?

The easiest way to remove the pork fat from the pig skin is by boiling it. 
Once the skin is boiled, it is much softer and easier to scrape. You can easily scratch the extra fat attached with a sharp knife.

Can You Deep Fry Pork Rind?

You can undoubtedly deep fry pork skins, and that is what I have done for our keto churro pork rinds recipe

An advantage of the deep-fried pork rinds is that they will not double or triple in size but sometimes even quadruple.

How to Store Pork Rinds?

To keep the pork rinds crunchy, you must store them in an airtight container. 

They soften a bit if they stay at room temperature on your kitchen counter for a long time. 

You can store them in a mason jar or a Ziploc bag. 

If you know you will use them as breadcrumbs, you can directly grind them in a magic bullet or your kitchen grinder and store them in the fridge.

You can also follow the steps for the dehydrated pork skin and store it in any container. 

When ready to make fresh, warm cracklings, take a handful from your storage and place them into an air fryer.

Recipes That Pair Well

Pork rinds are great on their own as a snack or used a chips for avocado egg salad,

extra garlicky cheese dip, flavorful guacamole dip or delicious keto buffalo chicken dip.

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Air Fryer Homemade Pork Rinds Chicharrones

Pork Rinds in a metal cup

Learn how to make the best crunchy and crispy Air Fryer Homemade Pork Rinds recipe, also known as chicharrones, right in your kitchen. You are making a low-carb keto snack from pork skin, and you can customize the seasoning for a delicious treat.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 9 hours 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 kilograms (approx 1,1 lb) Pork Skin
  • Salt

Instructions

    1. Prepare your best quality pork skin and salt. 
    2. First, make sure the pork skin you bought is of its best quality and fully clean. If it is not clean, wash it properly and dry it with a paper towel. Cut the pork skin into the blocks, fitting into your cooking pot. Place all of the skin inside the cooking pot, add water, and use a heavy subject to ensure the skin is permanently submerged. Cook the skin for approximately an hour.
    3. Once your pork skin is cooked, let it cool and make sure it is fully dry. With a sharp knife, scrape the remaining fat which has been on. The less fat you have on the skin, the more your pork rinds will double in size once air frying.
    4. When all the pieces are fully dry, place them on the dehydrator racks and switch them on for approximately eight hours. It is good to swap the dehydrator trays from time to time to make sure your pork skin is dehydrated thoroughly and evenly.
    5. After the pork skin is fully dehydrated, take them all and place them in a jar or a bowl. You can store directly dehydrated skin and use it whenever you would like to make fresh air fryer pork rinds. Dehydrated pork skin will stay in an airtight container for a long time.
    6. Once ready to air fry, place a few pieces of the dehydrated pork skin into an air fryer. Remember that the pork rinds will double in size and need space to pop up correctly. Therefore, use only a handful amount of pork skin. Switch the air fryer to the highest temperature for approximately 7 to 10 minutes. The time and temperature depend really on the brand of an air fryer you have. Please read the full instructions on how to use it.
    7. In about 10 minutes, you should have beautiful crunchy cracklings or pork rinds done in an air fryer. While still warm, sprinkle them with salt or season with your favorite spices.

Notes

  • Cooking – do not skip this step. While cooking, the skin will be much softer, will dehydrate better, and you will be able to take out the excess fat easier.
  • Dehydrating – another step not to be missed. For the pork rinds to pop and double in size, they must be fully dehydrated. 
  • Air frying – the time and temperature depend really on the brand of an air fryer you have. Please read the full instructions on how to use it.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

25

Serving Size

6 pieces

Amount Per Serving Calories 83Total Fat 7gCarbohydrates 0gProtein 4g

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First Published: August 8, 2020
Last Updated: September 29, 2023

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12 Comments on “Air Fryer Homemade Pork Rinds Chicharrones”

  1. Hi what can i do if i dont have dehydrator? Can i put the pork skin directly to airfryer if I removed the fats from boiling or instantpot? Thanks

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