Japanese Cucumber Pork Belly Pickled Plum Salad

This Japanese Cucumber Pork Belly Pickled Plum Salad recipe was born from one of those late-night snack urges.

After putting the kids to sleep, we were hungry so we ventured off to the kitchen and peeked inside the fridge to see what we could make.  All that was there was some pork belly and Japanese cucumber.

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Now, although this sounds like a very odd combination, but something about the pork fat and the crispiness of the cucumbers  pairs extremely well together!

I remember long ago, I ate an appetizer at a restaurant that used a similar combination and it was really good!

So using that flavor profile as the starting point, we started throwing some stuff together and created this Japanese Cucumber Pork Belly Pickled Plum Salad dish!

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It’s simple yet offers a massive amount of umami flavor that’s guaranteed to blow your socks off!  It makes for a great side dish, especially if you’re looking for some vegetables to pair with your meal!

Cucumbers are high in nutrients, a great source of hydration and loaded with antioxidants, and most importantly, provides that texture to make the salad pop!  So next time you’re in the mood to mix up your salad game, definitely give this one a try!!

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The special ingredients you would need for this one would be Ponzu, Sesame Oil and umeboshi (Japanese pickled plum), you can get Ponzu and Sesame Oil on Amazon and all of the ingredients at a local Asian supermarket.

Note – for the pork belly, you can get this at a local Asian supermarket labled for sukiyaki or shabu shabu.  If you cannot access a local Asian supermarket, you can request your local butcher to slice this for you.  The thickness would be around the same as thin bacon.

Also, if you cannot attain fresh umeboshi, you can replace with the ume paste version.  Umeboshi comes in different variations from traditional, shiso, sweet and honey.  You can use whichever fits your low-carb/keto needs.

Now, let’s get cooking!

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Cooking Time 3M

Total Time 10M

Net Carb/Serv ~2g

Serving 2

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb Thinly Sliced Pork Belly
  • 1/4 Inch of Ginger
  • 2 Umeboshi
  • 2 tbsp Ponzu
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 Persian/Japanese Cucumbers

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

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2) With a vegetable peeler, peel the skin off the cucumbers every other stroke.  Slice cucumber into 1/4 inch thick pieces and set aside.

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3) De-pit umeboshi, finely dice and set aside.

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4) Grind ginger down with a grinder or a garter and set aside.

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5) Cut pork belly into 1/2 inch width pieces and set aside.

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6) In a large frying pan, add Sesame Oil and bring up to temperature over medium heat.  Once oil starts to lightly smoke, carefully add pork belly followed by grated ginger.  Mix well and cook until lightly browned on both sides, about 2-3 minutes.

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7) In a mixing bowl, combine cooked pork belly (along with all the liquids from the frying pan), diced umeboshi and Ponzu.  Mix in the chopped cucumbers and transfer to serving bowl.  Enjoy immediately!

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Japanese Cucumber Pork Belly Pickled Plum Salad

The BEST Asian Low-Carb/Keto recipe for Japanese Cucumber Pork Belly Pickled Plum Salad. Enjoy this delicious side dish at only ~3g Net Carb / Serving. Step by step directions with pictures makes this recipe quick and easy.
5 from 4 votes
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: keto pork side dish, low carb pork side dish, pork belly appetizer, pork belly side dish, pork cucumber salad, umeboshi salad
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 2
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Calories: 655kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb Pork Belly Thinly Sliced
  • 1/4 Inch Ginger
  • 2 Whole Umeboshi (Japanese pickled plum)
  • 2 tbsp Ponzu
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 Whole Cucumbers Persian/Japanese

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
  • With a vegetable peeler, peel the skin off the cucumbers every other stroke. Slice cucumber into 1/4 inch thick pieces and set aside.
    Japanese Cucumber Pork Belly Pickled Plum Salad Recipe (30)
  • De-pit umeboshi, finely dice and set aside.
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  • Grind ginger down with a grinder or a garter and set aside.
    Japanese Cucumber Pork Belly Pickled Plum Salad Recipe (5)
  • Cut pork belly into 1/2 inch width pieces and set aside.
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  • In a large frying pan, add Sesame Oil and bring up to temperature over medium heat. Once oil starts to lightly smoke, carefully add pork belly followed by grated ginger. Mix well and cook until lightly browned on both sides, about 2-3 minutes.
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  • In a mixing bowl, combine cooked pork belly (along with all the liquids from the frying pan), diced umeboshi and Ponzu. Mix in the chopped cucumbers and transfer to serving bowl. Enjoy immediately!
    Japanese Cucumber Pork Belly Pickled Plum Salad Recipe (20)

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Nutrition

Calories: 655kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 67g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 376mg | Potassium: 210mg | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg

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