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Sticky marmalade pork belly with soy & ginger

Sticky marmalade pork belly with soy & ginger

One of Yuki Gomi's favourite pork recipes for easy dinner parties. The sweet, sticky bitterness of coarse-cut Seville orange marmalade works beautifully to glaze the pork.

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  • Serves4
  • CourseMain meal
  • Prepare15 mins
  • Cook20 mins
  • Total time35 mins
  • Plusmarinating

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  • 700g pack British pork belly slices (or see tip)
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cm piece ginger, skin left on, thinly sliced
  • 180ml sake
  • 100ml Cooks' Ingredients Dashi
  • 75ml Kikkoman All-Purpose Soy Sauce
  • 150g Seville orange marmalade
  • Little sunflower oil, if needed
  • 2 leeks, trimmed and cut into 3cm chunks
  • 235g pak choi, halved lengthways (or other green vegetables)
  • Sprinkling Cooks’ Ingredients Shichimi Togarashi, to serve
  • English mustard, to serve (optional)


  1. Cut the pork into 7cm pieces and put into a shallow dish. Pour the lemon juice over the meat, cover and set aside for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the ginger, sake, dashi, soy and marmalade and mix well.

  2. Heat a frying pan and sear the pork all over until golden brown, about 3 minutes. If it isn’t a nonstick pan, add a little oil – but it should be fine as the belly has got enough fat. Place the meat in a colander over the sink.

  3. Boil the kettle, then pour 1L boiling water over the pork (this is a traditional Japanese way to cook it, cleaning the meat before adding beautiful Japanese ingredients).

  4. Place the pork belly and leek into a 20cm saucepan – it should be a tight fit. Pour in the soy-ginger sauce and bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes, until the pork is cooked through, with no pink meat and the juices run clear. Steam the pak choi or other green vegetables for 4-6 minutes, until just tender.

  5. Plate the pork and leeks with the other vegetables and some of the cooking juices onto a platter, then sprinkle with shichimi togarashi and add a spoonful of English mustard, if liked. Serve immediately.

Cook’s tip

You can use chicken thigh fillets instead of pork – cut into large pieces, ensuring the meat is thoroughly cooked with no pink meat and the juices run clear. Try serving this in a bowl with cooked Japanese rice to make pork belly donburi. 

Angela Hartnett cooked this recipe on episode 6, season 4 of Dish, the Waitrose podcast. Instead of pak choi, she served it with this shredded quick-pickled salad. She cooked a slice of the pork belly fat, salted, in the oven on high for about 30 minutes to get it crispy, which she added to the salad for extra crunch

And to drink...

Asahi beer, with a distinctive dry, crisp taste known as Karakuchi, and a quick, clean finish. 

Ara Single Vineyard Pinot Gris, a New Zealand white wine delivering delicate aromas of pear and nectarine which flow through to honeyed floral and citrus notes.


Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe


2,157kJ/ 517kcals



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