Perfect Roast Pork Crackling

Total Time
4hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 4 hrs

This is the only way to make true crackling on your pork roast. It took me years to perfect this and this is the first recipe to share on zaar

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Score pork skin, best to have your butcher do this.
  2. Place pork in colander and pour boiling water over to open the skin. Dry thoroughly and then place in fridge for 1-2 hours.
  3. Remove from fridge and rub with salt -- Then mix ground fennel seeds with olive oil and rub all over pork and into slits.
  4. The flavour is magnificent. Use your own judgement on cooking times, but a general suggestion is around 50 minutes per kilogram in a moderate to hot oven.


Most Helpful

PERFECT....I have been cooking for a long time and this was outstanding. I scored the pork deeply every 1cm deeply, the boiling water seemed to "open" the slits. I dried it off, poured over a little oil and rubbed in hte salt. I didn't bother refridgerating it or using the fennel as I like my pork natural. I baked it at 240oC for 30 minutes and 180oc for 3 hours, it was by far my best roast pork ever!! No more hit and misses with this method - thank you Barberal!!!

cookingpompom April 28, 2009

I found this totally confusing....if you start at 190 degrees all you end up with is leather
Why ommitt telling people they should start with a very hot oven,,,, must be some annoyed pork cookers out there if they followed this

goodmate December 23, 2012

Sorry I couldnt rate the recipe higher as starting the oven at 190 degrees resulted in a hard skin with no blistering or true "crackle" and yeat I followed it to the letter the first time. However as cookingpompom suggested I started with a Hot oven preheated to 240 untill the rind was visibly blistering - roughly half an hour, and then reduced to 190 for the remaining cooking time and it was truly spectacular... seems like there might be a step missing in there somewhere :)

whitewings 33 October 26, 2010

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