Once in a while I spot some pork belly at the grocery store and I just have to grab it. When I first used to buy pork belly, I never knew how to make it and it always turned out to be this disgusting looking blob of fat with a little bit of meat.
After a couple tries I think I have finally mastered how to make a crispy pork belly with a sweet and spicy taste.
Because of the fat content in pork belly it can be difficult to get it to that right tenderness without it coming out too floppy or too dry and crunchy.
I found the best way to make it is to first boil it with a few ingredients and then fry it up in a pan on the stove.
This way you can keep an eye on it and take it off the burner when it's just right.
This Sweet and Spicy Keto Pork Belly is really easy to make and is perfect with a side of coleslaw.
You might also enjoy this Keto Air Fryer Pork Belly recipe or this Instant Pot Keto Pork Belly recipe.
Sweet Spicy Keto Pork Belly
Slow Cooked Pork Belly
- 1 lb Pork Belly
- 3 cups Chicken Stock
- 1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
- 3 cloves Garlic
- 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sweetener
- 2 tablespoon Olive Oil
- pinch Salt
- pinch Black Pepper
- 1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
- 1 teaspoon Chili Pepper Flakes
- 1.5 tablespoon sweetener
- 2 tablespoon Soy Sauce Tamari or Coconut Aminos can be used as a substitute using the same quantity.
Slow Cooked Pork Belly
- Cut the pork belly into finger sized pieces
- Place a medium sized pot on the stove at high heat and add the chicken stock and the remaining ingredients and give it a good swirl
- Once boiling add the pork belly
- Lower the heat and cover with lid, allow to simmer for about 2 hours
- After 2 hours, strain and chop the pork into bite sized chunks
- Heat up olive oil in a medium sized frying pan and add the pork
- Allow pork to fry up, it will look floppy and flubbery at first but be patient.
- Keep turning the pork so it becomes browned on all sides
- It may start to crackle and pop, I used this splatter screen to avoid pork belly flying all over the stove
- Once browned add the soy or tamari or coconut aminos and the remaining ingredients.
- Continue to fry, you may need to lower the temp occasionally if its crackling too much but increase it again to get the pork nice an crispy.
- I had to lower the temp and then increase several times in order to get the pork belly just right
- Once its dark, sticky and a little bit crispy it's good to go!
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This was fantastic! Left my garlic and ginger whole and let it boil as per directions. Made the glaze w half low sodium soy sauce and half sriracha. Cooked the rest of the way as per the instructions. This was perfect and better than other ways to make it! Thanks!
How many times can you “add the remaining ingredients” to the same recipe? ?
The recipe is divided into 2 sections.
I made it the first time with Tamari and it was too salty. The second time I used coconut aminos and it came out great. Also I cooked it in an Instant Pot for 40 min with a 10 minutes cool down, then fried it. The best pork belly recipe I've tried. Thank you.
You don’t specify whether light or dark soy sauce. I split between the two. I love salt, but even for me, it was far too salty. Also,I would add more sweeter, as sweet flavour didn’t come through. All of that said, thank you for the recipe. If I cook it again, I will adapt it.
Delicious! Used Campbells pork ramen soup base instead of chicken stock. Then used the soup used in boiling the pork belly, along with pork belly leftovers into ramen soup, added kojanc noodles and veg to keep it keto.
Amazingly delicious! A party hit! Thank you.
This was delicious! Have you used this sauce on any other types of meat/pork? Would like to try it for days where I don't want quite so much fat.
Thank you. I haven't used the sauce on any other meat but I think it would go well with chicken and beef, I'm thinking sweet and spicy tacos... yum.
Can we sub the Erythritol for Monk Sugar or other alternative sweeteners?
Yes. Any sweetener will work.
Made this for my husband and myself for dinner, and we both really enjoyed it! Much easier than some other pork belly recipes I've tried. Will make again!
Glad you enjoyed it.
Do you suppose an Instant Pot or pressure cooker can be used to reduce the simmering time considerably?
Yes, that would likely work although I have not tried it. If you do, let me know how it went.
Tamarind and aminos are not listed in the ingredients. How much of each should I add?
They are substitutes if you are not using soy, so the same amount 2 tbsp of tamari or aminos. I will update the recipe to make that more clear.
The sauce was a great addition to my pork belly
So good!!! My husband hates fat, mostly the texture, and he loved it! I’ve missed spicy Asian food since starting Keto. I couldn’t stop eating it. I’ll definitely make this again! Delicious!
Glad you both enjoyed it. This is one of my favourite recipes.
This is the best keto pork belly ever
I can't wait to try your recipe! First and only time I've cooked pork belly was in an oven and it was NOT worth the greasy mess aftermath left behind. Thanks for sharing! Looks delicious!
How much water do you add in the first step?
Just enough to cover the pork belly. The chicken stock may be enough.