Okinawa Shoyu Pork Belly


Rich and full of flavor, pork belly is slowly simmered in a sweet and savory mixture of soy sauce and brown sugar. Serve it over a bowl of steamy rice for a meal worth waiting for.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 45 mins
6 servings


  • 2 pounds pork belly

  • water to cover

  • ¾ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • ¾ cup tightly packed brown sugar

  • ¾ cup oyster sauce

  • ¾ cup mirin (Japanese sweet wine)

  • ½ cup water

  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger

  • 1 large clove garlic, minced

  • 1 small clove garlic, minced

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Place pork belly in a large pot and pour in enough water to cover pork by 1 inch; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 2 hours. Discard water and fill pot with fresh water 1-inch above the pork. Bring water to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer until pork begins to soften, about 1 hour.

  2. Remove pork from the water and place on a work surface. Allow pork to cool for a few minutes.

  3. Slice the thick skin off the pork and discard. Cut the pork meat into 1-inch-wide slices.

  4. Combine soy sauce, brown sugar, oyster sauce, mirin, 1/2 cup water, ginger, and 1 large and 1 small clove garlic in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Add the pork and bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and place a sheet of aluminum foil directly over pork and sauce. Simmer mixture, turning pork frequently, until evenly cooked, 30 to 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

467 Calories
21g Fat
42g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 467
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 2470mg 107%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 37g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 399mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.