Keto Low Carb Braised Pork Belly LowCarbingAsian Cover 2

Braised Pork Belly

The BEST Asian Low-Carb/Keto recipe for Braised Pork Belly - Kakuni. It is sweet, savory and full of flavor. Definitely worth the effort! Net Carb / Piece ~0.5g. Step by step directions with pictures makes this recipe so quick and easy.
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword Asian pork belly, how to cook pork belly, Japanese pork belly, keto pork belly, low carb pork belly, slow cooked pork belly
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 8 pieces


  • 1 1/2 lb Slice Pork Belly the Costco one is about 10" in length
  • 2 Inch Ginger
  • 4 Cups Dashi
  • 2-4 Hard Boiled Eggs link on how to make easy peel hard boiled eggs
  • 1/4 Cup Swerve/Monkfruit
  • 5 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Cup Vodka


  • Gather all the ingredients.
  • Fill stove top pot with enough water to completely submerge entire pork belly and bring to boil.
  • Cut 1 inch of ginger into thick slices.
  • Once the water is boiling, add pork belly and reduce to low/simmer heat. Add sliced ginger from step 3), cover and cook for 1 hour.
  • In the meantime, make 4 cups of Dashi and set aside.
  • Take the remaining 1 inch ginger and cut julienne. Set aside.
  • Make 2-4 hard boiled eggs. Here are the directions if you are interested.
  • After 1 hour has passed, transfer pork belly to a cutting board and cut into 1/2 inch bite size width. Discard liquid.
  • Bring Dashi from step 5) back to boil. Once boiling, reduce to low-simmer, add cut pork belly, vodka, Swerve/Monkfruit, hard-boiled eggs and ONLY 2 TBSP of Soy Sauce (if you do not add Soy Sauce in increments, it will be overly salty). Mix well, cover and cook for an additional 1 hour. Check water level periodically and add water to keep pork and eggs covered.
  • After an hour has passed, add another 2 tbsp of Soy Sauce and cover. Cook for an additional 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes have passed, add the last tbsp of Soy Sauce and cook for 15 additional minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, pork should have a nice soft glaze. Pull from stove top pot and transfer to plate. Top with a couple of pieces of julienned ginger.