Microwave Pork Rind Cooking Instructions
Since we’ve started putting the microwave pork rinds into the sample packages we’ve been getting a lot more requests on how to cook them. There is a handy video here that has instructions (don't forget to subscribe to our youtube channel, but not all of them. Also for those that are on low bandwidth, we won’t force you to watch a video.
Microwave Pork Rinds are really a weird thing, first of all, they are only called that to show convenience. They are virtually the same rinds we produce and use to make our fully puffed, seasoned rinds. The only difference is they haven’t gone through the final process of cooking them again. Deep frying is obviously the fastest best way, instructions are also included here. We are going to do these in descending order of preferred methods for cooking.
If you are trying to make pork rind flour the air fryer /oven/microwave options are the best (in that order too). Pork rinds that have been fried in lard or another oil have residual oil in them from that process. The rinds cooked in an oven not using oil will be dryer which will allow the product to stick to end product better.
We use lard, you can use your oil of choice. Something with a high smoke point though. Preheat deep fryer until it’s 375 F (191 C). Since these increase in size dramatically you only want to use a small handful of them. Do a test run with about 6 first. You want to make sure they stay under the oil while you are frying them. If you don’t they will be really hard and crunchy and generally not enjoyable to eat. This takes about 45 seconds to a minute. Remove from the oil, and season, then let cool for 2 - 3 minutes. Enjoy!
Turn on air fryer, place a small handful of dried pork rinds inside, close lid. Wait until popped. We have a T-Fal Air Fryer and it does a beautiful job in about 8 minutes. Remove from fryer and let cool for 2 - 3 minutes. Please use your particular model of air fryer as recommended by the manufacturer. We in no way endorse the T-Fal Air Fryer, it just happens to be the one we have and we purchased it to test our products in so we could confidently give you directions for reheating.
Oven / Convection Oven / Toaster Oven:
Turn on oven to 375 F (191 C) and place an empty baking sheet inside to heat with oven. Once the oven has reached correct temperature, grab a handful of dried pork rinds and spread out over your preheated pan. Careful not to burn yourself. Close oven door with rinds inside the oven. It takes about 8-10 minutes. Pull out, season, let cool for 2 - 3 minutes.
Place your dried pork rinds on a microwave-safe plate, or a paper plate/towel. Put in your microwave and cook for anywhere from 3 - 7 minutes. Every microwave I have ever used is different. Pay attention to the cooking cycle. Once you see that they have puffed you can pull them out, season and let them cool for 2 - 3 minutes.
Why do we keep saying to let them cool down? Just like hot pizza, hot pork rinds will burn your mouth with the fury of molten lava. The other thing is, pork rinds get crunchier as they cool down. If you eat them hot, they will be still a bit soft/leathery and you will 100% not have the greatest experience.