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Pan Fried Pork Belly

Get ready to savor the delight of my Pan Fried Pork Belly recipe! This dish offers a simple yet flavorful experience featuring succulent pork belly seasoned with aromatic toasted sesame oil, zesty ginger, and garlic! With just a few easy steps, you’ll have a mouthwatering Asian-inspired meal that’s perfect for any occasion!

Pan fried ginger pork belly served on a white plate topped with green onions.

Why I Love This Recipe

What makes my recipe truly exceptional is its ability to deliver Asian-inspired Pan Fried Pork Belly in just 10 minutes or less! Drawing inspiration from my Korean BBQ Grilled Pork Belly, this dish seamlessly utilizes my proven pork belly pan-frying technique from my  Japanese Pork Belly Salad. I infuse it with flavors inspired by my Chicken Sesame Oil Stir Fry, where I carefully blend toasted sesame oil with salt, garlic, black pepper, and ginger to create this flavor packed dish!

It’s perfect as a main dish or side and pairs seamlessly with a variety of Asian-style meals. If you’re craving a mouthwatering dish bursting with flavor, this recipe is calling your name – let’s get cooking the irresistible taste of crispy pork belly goodness!

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Pork Belly – thinly cut as the same thickness as bacon. Can be found in Asian or Japanese supermarkets.
  • Toasted Sesame Oil – 100% Toasted Sesame Oil that should have a dark brown color.  
  • Salt – sea salt preferred.
  • Black Pepper – ground.
  • Ginger – grated using a grater.
  • Garlic Clove – grated using a grater or garlic press.
  • Green Onion – finely chopped green onion scallions.

Pan fried ginger pork belly served on a white plate topped with green onions being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

Directions

☑ Before Getting Started

Ensure you have a Spacious Skillet to allow the pork belly to cook and sear evenly, resulting in optimal texture and flavor.

Step 1 Prepare sauce by combining toasted sesame oil, salt, black pepper, grated garlic and grated ginger.

Sauce for pork belly.

Step 2 Cut pork belly into thin strips and cook in a frying pan with no oil until golden brown and desired crispy texture is attained. Transfer pork belly to a holding plate and discard any remaining oils.

Pork belly being pan fried.

Step 3 Add the sauce to the frying pan over high heat and cook until fragrant. Then, add the cooked pork belly back to the pan, combine well and serve to a plate.

Pan fried pork belly mixed with sauce.

🌿 Garnishing Pro Tip

For a finishing touch, consider garnishing your dish with Red Pepper, Chopped Green Onions, Toasted Sesame Seeds, or Asian Style Chili Paste.

💡 Serving Pro Tip

For the best taste and texture, Serve the pan-fried pork belly Immediately after cooking to enjoy it at its freshest.

Pairing Recommendations

Complement this Pan-Fried Pork Belly with Asian-inspired side dishes like Stir Fry Bean Sprouts or Japanese Spinach Salad. Pair it with Tofu Miso Soup or Japanese Meatball Soup alongside rice of choice.

Pan fried ginger pork belly served on a white plate topped with green onions being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I substitute pork belly with another cut of meat for this recipe?

Yes, you can, but it will alter the texture of the dish.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time and reheat it later?

Yes, you can reheat this dish without any issues, just make sure to serve it hot.

Can I use frozen pork belly for this recipe?

Yes, you can use frozen pork belly for this recipe. However, it's important to ensure that the pork belly is completely defrosted before cooking. Allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight or use the defrost function on your microwave if you're short on time. Once fully thawed, you can proceed with the recipe as instructed.

Storage Tips

Store any leftover in an airtight container and refrigerate it for 3-5 days to maintain its freshness and flavor.

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Pan fried ginger pork belly served on a white plate topped with green onions being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

Pan Fried Pork Belly

Discover the delicious flavors of Pan Fried Pork Belly with this simple recipe. Enjoy crispy perfection in every bite. Perfect for any meal!
4.60 from 10 votes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: pan fried pork belly
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
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Calories: 1822kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb Pork Belly
  • 2 tbsp Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Inch Ginger
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1/2 Stalk Green Onion

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for pan fried pork belly recipe.
  • Cut pork belly into ~1/2 inch thickness. The length of each piece can vary but it's best to be around 1-2 inches long per slice. Note - it's easier to slice meat more precisely if semi-frozen.
    Sliced pork belly.
  • Finely chop green onion stalk and set aside.
    Chopped green onions.
  • Grate garlic and ginger into a small mixing bowl. Mix in toasted sesame oil, salt, and black pepper until well combined. Set aside.
    Sauce for pork belly.
  • Bring a large frying pan up to temperature on high. Once up to temp, reduce to medium-high heat, transfer pork belly and cook for about 3-5 minutes per side until nicely browned. Note - after about 5 minutes, the oils from the pork belly will start to accumulate in the pan and you will start deep frying. This is where the pork belly will really crisp up.
    Pork belly being pan fried.
  • Transfer the pork belly to a plate, including any remaining oils.
    Pan fried pork belly on a paper towel.
  • In a large frying pan over high heat, add the sauce. Once the sauce starts to bubble and become fragrant, return the pork belly to the pan. Mix the pork belly until well coated, then transfer it to a serving plate. Top with green onions.
    Pan fried pork belly mixed with sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 1822kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 188g | Saturated Fat: 63g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 218mg | Sodium: 680mg | Potassium: 599mg | Vitamin A: 61IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 12mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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2 Comments

  1. Gregory Craig

    Great recipes

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