Boiled Pork Belly with Soy Garlic Sauce

Get ready to savor the incredible flavors of my Boiled Pork Belly with Soy Garlic Sauce! I’ve perfected this classic Taiwanese dish to offer you a mouthwatering experience like no other. With its tender texture and delicious dipping sauce, this fuss free recipe is one you won’t want to miss!

Slices of Taiwanese style boiled pork belly topped with green onion served with soy garlic sauce.

Why I Love This Recipe

I absolutely love this recipe for its simplicity and foolproof nature! My Boiled Pork Belly with Soy Garlic Sauce is inspired by traditional Taiwanese cuisine and crafted using a method passed down from my father-in-law. It reflects the same preparation technique found in our popular Crispy Asian Pork Belly and Japanese Seared Pork Belly recipes!

It’s easy to make, hassle-free, and comes out perfect every single time with my proven boiling method, allowing me to prepare another dish while it simmers to tender perfection! And to me, that is the best kind of recipe there is!

With tender pork belly boiled to perfection in aromatic broth and served with my signature Pork Belly Sauce, it’s a dish that promises savory, garlic-infused flavors that I know you will love! Perfect for anyone craving an effortless yet delicious meal, this recipe is a must-try for all! So, why wait? Dive into the deliciousness now and experience the joy of cooking with my tried-and-true recipe!



  • Pork Belly – skinless and about 10-12 inches in length, 2-inch in width.
  • Ginger – freshly sliced ginger.
  • Salt – sea salt preferred.
  • Japanese Sake – typically will come in a large bottle labeled junmai sake. Can also substitute with dry sherry wine or Chinese cooking wine, found at local grocery stores or Asian markets. 
  • Soy Sauce – low-sodium Soy Sauce preferred. Can also use tamari for gluten-free.
  • Garlic Cloves – freshly grated or pressed garlic.
  • Jalapeno – freshly chopped jalapeno peppers. Can also use chili pepper or chili paste of choice
  • Green Onions – fresh chopped green onion scallions.

🥓 Pork Belly Note

Opt for High-Quality Pork Belly with a good balance of meat and fat. This will result in a more flavorful and tender dish. I personally find the cut found at Costco to be the best choice in terms of price and quality.

Soy Garlic dipping sauce for boiled pork belly.

Essential Kitchen Equipment


☑ Before Getting Started

Ensure you use a Large Pot to allow enough room for your pork belly to cook without being crowded. This ensures the temperature of the water stays consistent throughout the boiling process.

Step 1 Start by adding water, ginger, and Japanese sake or Chinese cooking wine to a pot. Place the pork belly slice in the pot and cook covered on medium-low heat for 40 minutes.

Pork belly in a pot.

Step 2 Meanwhile, prepare the dipping sauce by combining soy sauce, grated garlic, and sliced jalapeno or chili paste.

Sauce for boiled pork belly.

💡 Sauce Pro Tip

When preparing the sauce for your boiled pork belly, I recommend to Make in Advance and Refrigerating it. Allowing the sauce to sit in the fridge will give it time to meld its flavors.

Step 3 Once the pork belly is cooked, slice pork belly with a sharp knife, top with chopped or sliced green onions, and serve with the flavorful dipping sauce.

Sliced boiled pork belly served with dipping sauce.

Recipe Variations

For a delightful variation, utilize the same Pork Belly Sauce and prepare a steamed version with my upcoming Steamed Pork Belly recipe. This preparation methods results in the same delicious pork belly results in half the time!

Pairing Recommendations

Pair this succulent pork belly with a complementary co-main dish, such as my Popcorn Fried Chicken, along with my refreshing Din Tai Fung Cucumber Salad. Serve alongside your choice of rice for a complete Asian inspired meal with pork belly being the main course.

Pork Belly being boiled in pot with sliced ginger.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make the sauce ahead of time?

Absolutely! Making the sauce ahead of time is a great idea as it allows the flavors to develop and meld together. You can store the sauce in an airtight container in the fridge, and it will stay fresh and flavorful for 14-21 days without any issues.

How long does it take to boil the pork belly until tender?

To achieve the desired tenderness for this recipe, it typically takes around 40 minutes of boiling the pork belly.

Can I freeze the boiled pork belly for later?

Freezing boiled pork belly is not recommended. Once it's boiled, it's best enjoyed within 5-7 days for optimal taste and texture. Freezing may alter the texture and flavor of the pork belly.


Slices of Taiwanese style boiled pork belly topped with green onion served with soy garlic sauce.

Storage Tips

To store leftovers, place them in an airtight container and refrigerate. Leftovers will remain fresh for 5-7 days when stored properly in the fridge.

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Slices of Taiwanese style boiled pork belly topped with green onion served with soy garlic sauce.

Boiled Pork Belly with Soy Garlic Sauce

Discover the savory delight of Boiled Pork Belly! This easy-to-make Taiwanese-inspired dish promises tender pork belly infused with garlic soy sauce flavors. Perfect for anyone craving a delicious yet effortless meal. Try it today!
4.85 from 13 votes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Asian Fusion, Taiwanese
Keyword: boiled pork belly, pork with garlic sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 pieces
Print Recipe
Calories: 447kcal



  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for boiled pork belly recipe on the countertop.
  • Thinly slice ginger into 1/8 inch slices and set aside.
    Sliced ginger.
  • Fill stove top pot with enough water to completely submerge entire pork belly. Add Japanese sake, sliced ginger, salt and bring to boil. Once boiling, add the entire pork belly into the stove top pot. Bring heat down to medium-low, partially cover and cook for 40 minutes.
    Pork belly in a pot.
  • In the meantime finely dice jalapeno (with seeds), grate garlic with a grater or a garlic press and place into a dipping bowl. Add soy sauce, mix well, and set aside.
    Sauce for boiled pork belly.
  • Chop green onions and set aside.
    Chopped green onions.
  • After 40 minutes, remove pork belly and cut into bite-size pieces around 1/2 inch in width. Transfer to serving plate, sprinkle chopped green onions on top and serve with garlic soy sauce.
    Sliced boiled pork belly served with dipping sauce.


Calories: 447kcal | Protein: 8g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 1025mg | Potassium: 163mg | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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  1. We never had leftovers growing up…does this keep in the fridge after boiling?

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