Honey Pork Belly

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Recently by coincidence, I have been receiving a lot of feedback about my recipes from my friends and family.  They knew about my blog when I first started, but I had no idea that they have been actually following my blog and cooking my recipes!  Some of them also asked me to keep sharing more quick and easy recipes for them.  So friends and family, this fast and delicious recipe is for you!

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Well, it’s for everyone of course.  We are all busy with work, children, social activities, and all the responsibilities we have in our lives.  As I’m a mother of two young children who are considered “very active” according to people who know them well, I am always busy crossing out my To-Do list.  On top of my children’s activities, playdates, and studying, I want my house to be kept clean and tidy and have fresh ingredients in the fridge to cook meals for the family.  The list goes on and on and I’m sure you probably know exactly how I feel. On a busy day where I simply run out of time, I tend to cook donburi (Japanese rice bowl) dish with quick miso soup.  It’s super easy to make but it’s delicious and way better than eating out or taking out food.  It’s nice to have several go-to recipes to count on when our busy lives doesn’t allow time for cooking.  If you ask me my favorite among all the donburi recipes I shared so far, here are my picks:

Unagi Don
Pork Curry Donburi
Tori Soboro Donburi
Crispy Tonkatsu Donburi
Negitoro & Avocado Donburi

They are all easy to make, and more importantly they take very little time!

Honey Pork Belly Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com

Today I’m guest posting at Wok with Ray.  You might remember my Filipino blogger friend Ray when he blog sat for me when I was in Japan recently.  He shared delicious Stir Fried Shrimp & Asparagus in Black Bean Sauce.  Filipino cuisine loves using pork belly, and as a pork belly lover myself, I’d like to share one of my favorite pork belly recipes.  My family loves to eat this pork belly over rice, like donburi (above).

Please click HERE to read my complete post with recipe at Wok with Ray.  If you are new to his site, you will be in love with his cooking and pictures of delicious meals!  Have a great weekend everyone!

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Honey Pork Belly
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Serves: 2
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. oyster sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves
  1. Slice pork belly into ¼ inch (6-7mm) pieces.
  2. Grate garlic cloves (or you can use a garlic press).
  3. Heat oil in a large frying pan and start cooking pork belly on high heat when the frying pan is hot.
  4. The oil might splatter so you can use a splatter screen to avoid mess in your kitchen.
  5. When both side of pork belly is nicely browned, turn off the heat.
  6. Wipe off the excess oil completely.
  7. Turn the heat back on to medium heat and add Seasonings.
  8. Cook over medium heat until the meat start to have nice glaze. Try not to burn the sauce.
  9. Enjoy the juicy flavorful meat with blanched spinach to balance out the palate. Our family’s favorite way of eating Honey Pork Belly is to make a donburi style (rice bowl). Place blanched spinach over a bowl of rice. Lay pieces of pork belly on top and drizzle Japanese mayonnaise with sprinkle of Ichimi Togarashi. The mayonnaise goes amazingly well with the salty sweet sauce.
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  1. This dish looks really delicious and beautifully presented in a nice plate. Love it. Hopping over to Ray’s blog now. Wonderful that you guest post for him….2 amazing bloggers working together. Ray’s blog is one of my favourite. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Cristina

    Nami: Can I come over for dinner? I can taste and smell this honey pork belly – edible photos! You are a superwoman, balancing home and still producing this gorgeous blog. I’m heading over to Ray’s, right now…I’m a big fan of Wok with Ray’s too! :)

  3. What beautiful photos and I get drawn to any recipe that says “pork belly”! So I’m heading off to Wok with Ray’s site right now. Thanks for sharing, Nami! And thanks for visiting my blog & giving me your support & friendship!

  4. Thanks again for reminding me of how tasty a donburi is and how easy to prepare with fairly short notice. I’ll definitely be visiting the guest post.

    • Have made 2 posts on the Wok with Ray now as the first one never appeared. It must still be in moderation (considered spam) along with the 2nd one. Here’s what I posted in the 2nd, by the way.

      It looks like my comment has gone into moderation space as I KNOW that I commented on this post almost as soon as it appeared. I hope the same thing doesn’t happen to this one.

      Congratulations on the guest post. It’s great that a new audience will be able to be exposed to your tasty dishes.

      As I said in my original comment, my father used to buy this cut to smoke (it) and then eat it like bacon but the addition of honey makes it appealing to more sophisticated palates. Although I don’t have any pork belly on hand, I’ve made my own Chinese style barbecued pork and, inspired by your post, used it on a donburi.


      And later in summer rolls.


  5. You know I was just talking about making pork belly with Jason over the weekend! I absolutely love the simplicity of this dish and Japanese mayo is my absolute favorite so I will definitely be making this. Jason is going to be so thrilled!

  6. Mmmm, pork belly :) Looks yummy Nami – I find it interesting, I’ve noticed that more and more of my family has started reading my blog too. They’ll make a sudden comment to me about a recent post and it’s always a complete surprise to me 😀

  7. It’s wonderful that your family and friends are following your blog and cooking your dishes – that’s the best endorsement in my opinion! And fast and easy food can be a life-saver, especially when made with the care that you put into all of your recipes… Off to check out your post on Ray’s blog…

  8. Jeannie

    Hi Nami, It is early in the morning here and I am drooling over your pork belly! Great looking dish, I am hopping over to Ray’s to check out the recipe:)

  9. I never thought I would say this for pork belly, but looks beautiful in your nice dishes! I would love to try this and make something different (than Southern BBQ).Will be definitely checking his blog.

  10. Oh my, that was one delicious pork belly. I loves to eat pork belly though I think alot of ladies try to avoid pork belly because of the fat but I just loves eating with the skin too….

  11. This dish looks delicious but I’ve never tried pork belly before. I think it’s the name I’m not fond of. I’m sure it’s delicious though. I know many people that love it. I suppose I should give it a try.

  12. Love those presentation, Nami! I love pork bellies be it Japanese or any other styles. Chinese cook them in a different manner but I also enjoy ordering this dish in Japanese restaurants :)

  13. Eha

    What a simple and fabulous recipe: variations of which I have many times done before when I have needed soul food! Funny: ‘big shop’ arrived yesterday and I distinctly remember pork belly as one item in the fridge!! Thank you, Nami :) !

  14. A friend of my daughter’s who lived with us during much of her high school years wrote to me this morning to say she’s been reading all my blog posts and said, “I can see your facial expressions in every line.” I had to laugh. At least I’m me. :)

    I’m off to Ray’s

  15. Sook

    Wow, Nami I would love to try this recipe. In Korea, we eat something similar, thinly sliced pork belly. But normally, we grill it or marinade it in spicy gochujang sauce. Your honey version looks so delicious! Yum!

  16. I like to prepaer donburi too. When i returned from Japan, the next day i tried to cook pork curry donburi using the curry roux that i bought and follow your recipe, my son asked for second serving..it was simple and yummy. Thanks Nami..This honey pork recipe sound yummy too, will check recipe later, now need to go out fetch kids from school . Have a lovely weekend ahead.

  17. Hi Nami, I have been following your posts for a few months now. I also have tried some of your recipes and they tasted really good. The step by step instructions are clear and easy to follow. So just would like to thank you for sharing those yummy recipes. Keep them coming!

  18. I love pork belly Nami and this is a fabulous recipe. It looks great, it’s cooked with wonderful flavours and I just wish I could be enjoying some right now. This is definitely a recipe I would love to cook xx

  19. Nami, it looks absolutely gorgeous! The worst thing is that yesterday my butcher ran out of pork belly and I had to buy some pork loin instead. Not that I dislike it, but I have been craving pork belly for such a long time… and now you post this beauty! I think I will cheer myself up with tonkatsu 😉
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. I am sure I would love your honey pork!
    PS I have also started to cook donburi more and more! I don’t remember last time I made Italian pasta for example 😉 It’s an excellent idea to remind us of some of your other donburi dishes.

  20. Nami, I love pork belly; it’s so tasty and delicious. Your way of making it adds a whole other dimension to it for the texture, and the flavor, not to mention how pretty it looks.
    Thanks for sharing the delicious recipe, and method!

  21. Nami, don’t you know that I am trying to get in summer shape, LOL! I have been wanting to buy pork belly for weeks but have avoided it because I knew I’d throw my diet out the window if I had some in my kitchen. Then you had to post this recipe! Fine. I’ll HAVE to make this now. I suppose I’ll just have to be extra strict with portion control. :) :)
    Will check out your guest post!

  22. I think all of us moms need a huge repertoire of fast and easy dinner recipes. This pork belly sounds fantastic…I’ll have to see if my butcher has any of this cut. I’m certain they can get it :) Thanks, my friend!!!

  23. So nice when you hear that friends and family are making your recipes, huh? I still find myself surprised when people tell me that they make mine. Makes ya feel good though! This pork belly recipe sounds amazing, Nami. Right up my alley. :)

  24. Dear Nami,

    I think pork belly is so versatile that it can accommodate either a classic savoury or sweet recipe and honey is one great ingredient to transform it to another level. That piece of pork belly looks so perfectly rectangular and love that option of Japanese mayo too.

  25. Caroline

    Hmmm, thank you so much for posting this! I love donburis but somehow have only tried a couple of times to make them a home. I can’t wait to try all your donburi recipes!

  26. Oh yes, Asian fried bacon! I’m in 7th heaven! Pork belly cooked in any way is delicious – can’t argue with that! Nami, your presentations are always so dainty, and “clean”, and minimalist! I guess that’s the Japanese efficiency and aesthethic – which is a very good thing! I look at your food and I am so calm…

  27. Susie

    I am loving this recipe! I have made pork belly a lot of different ways and I am totally excited to try making it this way!

  28. This looks delicious Nami! I had my first pork belly this past winter. It’s very good. I love your presentation here. And I’m with you…we need those easy go-to recipes. :)

  29. Nami, this pork belly looks so good, and as many of your dishes…always dressed to the hilt! :) It looks like you top this almost like you would okonomiyakai. I still have to try Japanese mayonnaise, I am hoping it is not at all sweet. I do love your recipes and photos. It is impressive that you can do all of this with two young, very active kids!! 😉

  30. LOve the presentation. The mayo on top looks really great! I am sure it will make the dish yummier too. This post is a winner. Thanks for posting.

  31. pork belly.. now we’re talking haha. You’re definitely right with Filipinos… they love their pork haha.
    I’m off to Ray’s. This is definitely an easy peasy recipe. Great take on the belly!

  32. Ira Rodrigues

    I like everything cooked or glaze in honey, your dish absolutely scrumptious! and you drooling photo, oh my…yum

  33. Nami, I don’t know how you do it all, you are a superwoman! wish I am as hardworking as you.. :) The splatter screen is such a great invention, but I don’t think I’ve seen it sold in my city. usually I just use a wok cover, but the wok/pan will end up with lots of smoke. Besides amazon, where else is this splatter screen sold? at daiso?

  34. Nami, I am so happy to be back in the states where so many of the ingredients I need to make your recipes are available, unlike Israel. I would never be able to find pork belly in Israel no matter how hard I tried. I just LOVE it and will now be able to make this delicious dish!!! Cant wait to try it.

  35. Nami, I’ve missed your recipes, they’re so tasty and mouth-watering and this pork belly looks so good… I’ve actually never cooked it, but I’m sure I would enjoy it a lot : )

  36. You make the food look so beautiful Nami…its so appetizing:) Though am a vegetarian….i enjoy reading your post. I would love have such yummy food…thinking of making a switch.:)

  37. I am totally loving the one rice bowl dinner concept! We are heading to that direction with our family dinner too!

  38. Isn’t that the best when you run into someone and they tell you how much they love your blog!?!? I’m always like… People outside of bloggers actually read…and like… what I’m doing??? LOL. It’s awesome.
    This recipe looks delish. and your photos are incredible.

  39. I know exactly how you feel about being a busy mom! I love this recipe! Pork belly is actually one of the few cuts of pork that is somewhat easy to find here (in non-Halal grocery stores that cater to westerners.) I’ve never been able to make pork belly successfully though. I think I’m going to pick some up this weekend and keep my laptop next to me in the kitchen so I can follow your recipe :) I can’t wait to make this one!!! :)

  40. Fabulous looking pork belly my husband would be in pork heaven for sure I will have make this for him.
    Glad you liked my pancake recipe, can’t wait to see it on your blog too.

  41. OMG Nami!! This recipe looks amazingly easy and yummy :) My partner has been cutting down on his beef intake because the Chinese doctor said it’s not good for his skin, so we’re eating a lot more chicken and pork :) I can’t wait to try this recipe~ Will let you know when I do!

  42. Oh Nami you hit the spot…even though we are preparing it differently I have to try this too…Very tempting and i am getting hungry, very hungry! I am craving pork belly for breakfast:))))
    Congrats on the guest post..will check it out soon!!!!
    Have a lovely week and enjoy 4th with your family and friends!

  43. thank you for sharing this super easy, super yummy treat. saw it in sook’s blog and made some with chicken today. delicious! will definitely use pork belly next time ^^

  44. Ice

    Hi I just found this yesterday night and tried it today! Yummy! My sons love it! Btw, wanna ask you whether did u add water while cooking this? Thanks for your Sharing! Enjoy your blog!!

    • Hi Ice! Glad you liked it. No water is added. If the last picture looks more watery, it’s just sauce. :) If you didn’t have enough liquid, turn down the heat more so it own’t evaporate sooner. :)

    • Thanks for asking Cheryl! The pork belly I used is from a Japanese market, and they usually remove it before selling. So mine didn’t have the hard rind. Please remove it before you cook. Thank you!

  45. S. Howard

    I don’t think I’ve mention donburi as one of my favorite Japanese dishes, yet. Especially on week days when I’m tired from work. I really LOVE to make the honey pork belly recipe that you have here, but I make other toppings for my bowls too.

  46. lana


    It seems your recipes were not match with the picture. I cliked on the ice cream with green color, they show me the recipe of the peanut butter ice cream, or I want the red egg recipe, it shows me the devil egg, so disappointed.


    • Hi Lana! I’m sorry but the recipes (links) you were checking are NOT in my blog. It’s a link exchange program between websites and those recipes are on someone’s site. I’ll let the program know that the pictures and links were not matching. Thank you!

  47. Asante

    Thank you so much for this amazing (simple, delicious, fast!) recipe. I had pork belly in the fridge and didn’t want to make the usual Vietnamese caramelized pork dish, so I googled pork belly and saw your beautiful photos. The promise of a fast meal had me sold. My husband was incredibly happy – apparently this dish is very reminiscent of one of his favorite childhood dishes. So thank you thank you thank you! This will be a staple.

    • Hi Asante! I’m so happy you and your husband enjoyed this dish. We can’t have enough quick and delicious recipes for busy weeknights and I’m glad you two liked this recipe. Thank you so much for your kind feedback! :)

    • Hi Madame A! Thank you for trying this recipe! Really happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe. Thank you for your feedback! :)

  48. RuiBin

    Your honey belly pork recipe is superb. My family enjoys it and it has become a weekly ‘must’. Thank you very much for sharing. Good health to you n family.

  49. TA

    hi Nami, I just made the honey pork belly today following your recipe with minor changes, I boiled the pork a little bit to get rid of the smell, and the fried the pork. Also instead of waiting for them to be brown on both sides to wipe off the excess oil, I wiped off the excess oil during the frying process,
    about the seasoning, I followed the exact amount of honey, soy sauce and oyster sauce but also added my version of hot chili pepper oil,
    I have to Say : IT tastes LIP SMACKINGLY DELICIOUS, I do not like eating pork that much, but this recipe I can say it is a bomb,
    Thank you Nami

    • Hi TA! YAY!!!! Really happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe! It’s really simple dish to make, too (not that complicated). My husband usually adds spice after as kids and I don’t eat spicy food. Your comment just made my day! THANK YOU! xo

  50. Rina

    I tried it, Nami. Really yummy! I thought I cooked too much, but we finished all! You are right, it is not chewy or hard but rather crispy. I squeezed in a bit of lemon lemon juice to zest up the taste!

    • Hi Rina! I’m so glad you liked this recipe! Thank you so much for your kind feedback. Squeeze of lemon juice sounds refreshing! :)

    • Hi Preston! First of all, thank you so much for trying my recipe! Since I haven’t seen the meat so it’s hard to say for sure, but maybe the meat you chose may not have enough fat. I don’t think you did something wrong if you have followed my recipe. Besides the quality of the meat, meat can get chewy when you over cook it. As long as the meat is no longer pink, you should not cook any longer. Hope this helps!