Pork Belly with Soy and Honey Glaze Recipe

Pork Belly with Soy and Honey Glaze Recipe

Let’s talk about pork belly. Have you cooked with this ingredient? If not, you’re not alone. I always think pork belly is super fatty because of the skin and layers of fat. That’s one of the main reason why I avoided this ingredient. However, I realized that if you look hard enough, you could get a piece of pork belly that has a higher meat to fat ratio! And that’s what I use to make this recipe. This 7-ingredient dish is really easy to put together so it’s perfect for weeknight dinners.

Key Ingredient

Most of the ingredients for this recipe might already be in your pantry so all you really need to buy is the pork belly. When buying pork belly, I prefer to go to the Asian supermarkets where they have a bigger selection of them in the meat counter. This allows me to look for ones that are leaner.

Pork Belly with Soy and Honey Glaze Recipe

Prepare the pork belly by rinsing it and patting it dry completely. The meat cooks pretty quickly so you will want to make sure to have the glaze prepared and ready to go. One of my mistake when I first cooked this dish was overcooking the pork belly. You’d think that with so much fat, it’d be hard to overcook the meat right? Wrong! So to ensure that the pork belly doesn’t get tough and chewy, cook them until around 80% done. Then add the glaze and continue to cook until the glaze is glossy and thickened.

Pork Belly with Soy and Honey Glaze Recipe

This recipe was adapted from Just One Cookbook

Pork Belly with Soy and Honey Glaze Recipe

These pork belly with soy and honey glaze is easy to make and goes really well with rice!
Course: Main
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: pork belly
Servings: 4
Author: Jan Chan


  • 350 g pork belly
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • toasted sesame, for garnish (optional)

Ingredients for the soy & honey glaze:

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2.5 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • sea salt, to taste


  • Rinse the pork belly and pat dry.
  • Slice the pork belly into 1/4 thick pieces. Combine the glaze ingredients together in a small bowl but leave out the minced garlic.
  • Heat a large pan over high heat, add oil and pan fry the pork belly on a single layer, work in batches if necessary. Cook them until they are golden on both sides. Be careful as the pork belly will release oil which might cause some splattering.
  • Once the pork belly pieces are cooked, remove them from the pan and wipe excess oil off the pan with some paper towel.
  • Return the pork belly pieces to the pan and put the pan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and glaze. Toss the pork belly pieces in the glaze and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the pork pieces are coated and the glaze is glossy and bubbly. Taste the glaze and add salt if necessary.
  • Remove from heat. Sprinkle toasted sesame on top. Enjoy!

Pork Belly with Soy and Honey Glaze Recipe

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