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Morro Frito Tapas Recipe

Morro Frito Tapas Recipe - Know as Pork Bark, Fried pork nose or fried mask, don´t let the name put you off, if you love Pork Scratchings, this will become your favourite tapa.  It is essentially pieces of fried pork covered with a liberal coating of salt, it´s a very popular tapas served all over Spain, enjoy with a beer or glass of wine.


350 Grams of pork mask or nose

500 ml of water or enough to cover when soaking

1 Tablespoon salt

1 dessertspoon baking soda

Olive or sunflower oil for frying

To serve, sea salt, green sauce or squeezed lemon (optional)

Morro Frito Tapas Recipe


If buying a whole mask, the first thing we have to do is take the pork mask, and remove any hairs, burn them off with the gas flame, a cooking torch or even a normal lighter, but careful not to burn the meat or yourself. 

Once we've cleaned the mask and it is hair free, cut it into pieces of the same size about 3 or 4 cm, (you can ask the butcher to chop it for you or buy it already chopped), this is the perfect size for home made Morro Frito because if we make it bigger the pieces will not cook correctly, and if they are very small they will burn and become very dry.  In most tapas bars they will be much bigger and cut to size for serving.

Take a deep bowl, add the spoonful of salt, baking soda and water, make sure everything is dissolved well and add the pork pieces, marinate for about two hours until it is hydrated, do not leave it more than 2 hours.

When the pork is hydrated, drain and dry it well

Heat the Olive or sunflower oil and fry in small batches. Whilst cooking cover the pan with a lid, it is important to use the lid as for the first 2 or 3 minutes it will pop and splash.

Once the pig's nose has stopped splashing, which will only take a couple of minutes,  uncovered it and stir to make sure its cooked evenly on all side, cook until it is very crispy.

Remove it from the oil with a slotted spoon, place on top of absorbent paper to remove the excess oil.

Place on your serving dish and add plenty of salt to taste, you can also try it with lemon juice or Green Mojo Sauce

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