Braised Kurobuta Pork Belly with Soy & Star Anise

BY: Jess Pryles

  • cooking-duration 3 hours + 24-hour marinade
  • servings 6 SERVINGS
  • cooking-style oven
  • cooking-mode expert

Snake River Farms Kurobuta Pork Belly pairs beautifully with Asian spices and flavors. Here's a savory recipe from Jess Pryles, co-founder of the Australasian Barbecue Alliance and passionate carnivore, who says:

"A buddy of mine once made incredible smoked sausage using pork belly. He then took it out to East Texas for an event but was met with skeptical, hesitant looks. I guess if you’re not a foodie then the word “belly” isn’t the most pleasant description, so here’s all you ever need to know about pork belly: it’s bacon.The star anise and Asian flavors in this recipe make it a real winner. You’ll need to start this recipe 24 hours in advance, so be prepared."


Braised Kurobuta Pork Belly with Soy & Star Anise

  • 1 Snake River Farms Kurobuta pork belly (3 lbs.) Buy Now

  • 4 tablespoons sugar

  • 5 tablespoons kosher salt

  • 2 cups cider or cane vinegar

  • 1 1/2 cups soy sauce

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce

  • 5 star anise

  • 5 garlic cloves

  • 1 small knob of ginger (sliced)

  • 1 serrano or medium heat chili (split open)

  • 4 stems shallots (chopped)


24 hours prior to cooking, combine salt and sugar into dry brine. Take the belly and rub generously with the dry brine mix. Place fat side down on a baking tray lined with several pieces of paper towel, and put in the fridge overnight, uncovered.
12-24 hours
Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
1 minute
Remove belly from fridge and scrape off any remaining brine. Pat the fat dry with a paper towel. Place the belly fat side up in roasting tray and place in oven for 30 minutes.
35 minutes
Combine vinegar, sugar, oil, water, soy and fish sauce.  
1 minute
After the belly has been cooking for 30 minutes, reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees and pour the liquid mixture into the base of the pan so it covers the meat but does not reach the fat, taking care not to get any liquid on the top of the belly. Gently add in the chili, garlic cloves, ginger and star anise.
1 minute
Bake for a further 2-2 1/2 hours until tender. For an optional finish, turn the broiler on and blast the fat for 5-10 mins (being careful not to let it burn).
2 - 2 1/2 hours
To serve, reduce some of the pan liquid in a small saucepan, and pour into a serving bowl. Place a piece of sliced belly in the bowl and garnish with chopped shallot. Serve with rice and Asian greens.
10 minutes