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If you have ever been to South Korea, you’ve most likely tried traditional pork belly. The meat is tender and not too spicy, and it’s a perfect part of a feast for guests or family gatherings.

With this recipe, you can bring all of the beautiful Korean pork belly flavors to your kitchen! 

This recipe uses a cast-iron Dutch oven so that you can brown your meat and put it in the oven using only one dish.

How to steam rice

Wash 1 cup of rice till the water runs clear. Drain and set to one side.

Bring 2 cups of water to boil. Add a healthy pinch of salt, then the rice.

Reduce the heat, cover the pan, and let the rice simmer for 15 minutes. Check and see if all the water has evaporated: if it has, the rice is done. If it hasn’t, let it simmer for a few more minutes till done.

Once done, remove from heat and serve immediately.


What is Korean soybean paste (doenjang)?

Korean soybean paste is made with fermented soybeans and brine. It is sometimes used as a relish and is a byproduct of soy sauce manufacturing.

You can find this paste in your local Asian grocery, or on Amazon.

What is Korean chili paste (gochujang)?

Korean chili paste is a spicy and slightly sweet red chili paste made from red chili pepper flakes, sticky rice (also known as glutinous rice), fermented soybeans, and salt.

As with Korean soybean paste, you can find Korean chili paste in Asian grocery stores or on Amazon.

You can find out more about common ingredients in Korean cuisine here.

Anything else I can use instead of pork belly?

You could try this recipe with beef short ribs, pork shoulder (as long as you cut the pork shoulder into smaller pieces first), or country-style pork ribs.

What else can I serve with pork belly?

Some tasty suggestions are:

  • Walnut, chicory and apple salad
  • Sautéed veggies, such as Chinese broccoli in garlic sauce
  • Mashed potatoes with a hint of mustard

Enjoy your pork belly recipe!

Contributor – Barbara Fernandez

“Barbara Fernandez is a freelance health and lifestyle writer and voiceover artist. She writes about all aspects of health and fitness, wellness, and nutrition. She also voices narrations and podcasts: everything from a character voice giving math lessons to children to a friendly voice for SaaS instruction videos.”


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