How To Cook Salt Pork?

how to cook salt pork

Salt Pork is salt-cured and usually has a high-fat content. The meat can be cooked in various ways, including boiling, frying, and braising. This article will teach you how to cook salt pork.

How To Cook Salt Pork?

Salt pork can be cooked in multiple ways. You can cut it into slices and put it into the oven for 5-10 minutes at 340F (depending on the thickness of your slice).

You can cut it into cubes or strips and cook them in a pot of cold water with some lemon juice. Bring the mixture up to a boil over medium heat before reducing the temperature so that it maintains an easy simmer for two hours or until tenderized enough for your liking.

Here is an example:

  1. Bring a large saucepan to high heat until it starts boiling.
  2. Add salt pork into the water for 10 minutes. We want to get rid of as much salt as we can.
  3. Then we drain it and will let it cool.
  4. Now we can use salt pork as salt pork slices – cut boiled pork salt into slices.
  5. You can add them to a pan (or a heavy skillet if you have one) and turn the heat to medium-high.
  6. Fry the salt pork slices until the fat is rendered and the slices are crispy.
  7. Remove the slices with and place them on a plate with a paper towel.
  8. Let them sit for a minute and they are ready to eat!

There are many more ways how to cook salt pork, let’s have a look at them.

How To Cook Salt Pork For Greens and Green Beans?

Salt pork can be used to cook greens and green beans. If you are planning on cooking salt pork for this dish, make sure that your meat is cut into cubes or strips before putting it in the pan with some water (enough to cover them). Turn up the heat until the boiling point which should take about five minutes after bringing it up to a simmer after that you can reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for an hour or two, just make sure you stir every now and then.

But the best way to cook salt pork for green beans is to pan-fry it. Cut the salt pork into strips, put them into the pan on low heat when they crips up a bit, remove that fat, add the beans and fry for additional 3-5 minutes.

How To Cook Salt Pork In The Oven?

Slice your salt pork into strips, place them on the baking pan. You will probably cut them quite thick so you will need around 30-40 minutes at 350F to make them nice and crispy.

How To Cook Salt Pork Riblets?

The best way to cook them would be to in the oven or you could boil them. Depending on their size, preheat your oven to 340F, and put them in, for around 30-40 minutes, depending on their size and meat thickness.

If you plan to boil them, put them into the water, bring them to boil, and remove the first batch of the water. Put the clean riblets into the water again, bring to boil, and set to simmer for around 2 hours to have a strong broth.

How To Cook Salt Pork Belly?

If you cook them with the skin still on, make sure to parboil it first for around 30-40 minutes. If there’s no time, then use a very sharp knife and score each side of the fat into squares or diamonds.

Salt pork is made out of pork belly, so all the recipes in this post apply to it. You can fry it, bake it or boil it.

How To Cook Salt Pork In Air Fryer?

Preheat the air fryer to around 400F. Slice your pork belly into pieces of the desired size. Around an inch will give you a nice crispy texture on the sides.

Place slices next to each other into the air fryer for 15 minutes max. Flip them twice at 5 and 10 minutes.

How To Cook Salt Pork Ribs In Crockpot Slow Cooker?

Take your salt pork ribs, clean them and score the skin diagonally. Put the crockpot on low and leave them for around 6-7 hours. Depending on the size of your ribs.

It can be as simple as rubbing a little BBQ sauce on the ribs, putting them in the slow-cooker in the early morning, and after that taste for seasoning (add salt and pepper) and let them finish off for another 40 minutes.

How To Cook Salt Pork Cabbage?

  1. Put your pork in cool water to remove any excess salt. (or drain and repeat).
  2. Dice the pork into small cubes.
  3. Put into a thick pan with a bit of olive oil, add garlic onions, and rosemary.
  4. Add diced cabbage (1inch squares should be good, or bigger depending on how you like it)
  5. Keep under the lid for 4 minutes, stir everything together, and you are done!

Why Is Salt Pork so Popular?

You can get it for cheap; it keeps forever; and when cooked right, it is delicious.

Salt pork has been around since before the days of Christopher Columbus. It was a staple of sailors on long voyages (which meant they could not get fresh meat) and also was found in many early American households.

They used sugar and salt mixture to preserve food. High doses of salt are toxic to microbes. And sugar is great to preserve the texture, and flavor of the food.

Christopher Columbus used to eat cured salt pork – in fact, he and his fellows brought porks to the new world.

Some of the most popular uses for salt pork are in making beans or pea soup. But of course, goes well with pasta or as a breakfast side dish!

Salt pork can be used like bacon – fried until crispy on one side, then turned over to cook the other side. It can also be boiled or steamed until tender (usually overnight). It can be used to make a delicious gravy, fried to make crunchy cubes of meat to put on top of mashed potatoes or green beans.

It can also be crumbled and added to soups, stews, or sauces.

The rendered salt pork fat is the best cheap fat there is. It’s free for the taking, it stores almost indefinitely, and it can be used to replace butter or lard in nearly every recipe.

How Do You Cook Store Bought Salt Pork?

Typical salt pork bought in stores is cured in salt, water, and sodium nitrate. This is similar to bacon but without brown sugar.

You can cook it in the same way as other salt pork. You could fry it, cook in the air fryer, slice it into strip,s and put in the oven to have salt pork bacon. There are a lot of possibilities.

Important: in all the recipes that are in this post, rinse the salt pork vigorously to release the salt.

Fried salt pork can be used much like bacon in recipes or just heated up in a frying pan for eating with eggs or your favorite breakfast side dishes.

What is Salt Pork?

Salt pork comes from the pork belly. It is also known as salt bacon. It has an excess salt aspect to it if you compare it to bacon, even though they look sometimes very much the same, it’s hard to distinguish fried salt pork from traditional sliced bacon.

Salt pork has very little meat compared to regular bacon, but it does have some nice strips of fat on the backside that you don’t usually get with regular bacon. 

How to make salted pork

Can You Eat Salt Pork Raw?

No. Even though there is a lot of salt that kills bacteria it should not be eaten raw.

How do you make salt pork?

If you want to prepare salt pork, it is pretty easy – you will need salt and pork…and well you will need to put the salt on the pork!

Do You Have to Soak Salt Pork?

It depends on what type of salt pork you buy.

There are versions that come in a barrel and they are heavily salted. You will have to take it out of the barrel and soak it to take out the salt mixture.

The recommendation is to soak it overnight but you will probably make do if you soak it for 2 or 3 hours and then clean it up with a paper towel if there are still chunks of salt from the curing process.

How Long Do You Cook Salt Pork?

Bring a large saucepan to high heat until it starts boiling. Add salt pork into the water for 10 minutes. We want to get rid of as much salt as we can. Then we drain it and will let it cool.

Now you can use it in a variety of ways:

  1. Pan fried salt pork would take 10-15 minutes.
  2. Oven baked salt pork around 15 minuted at 340F, it cut into thin slices


Now you know how to cook salted pork. After getting rid of some of the salt, you can fry it, bake it or boil it.

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