Red-Cooked Pork Belly Recipe (红烧肉)

Red-cooked pork is a Chinese recipe where pork belly is braised in spiced soy sauce for hours. Easy red-cooked pork recipe that is tasty and authentic.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword Red-Cooked Pork Belly
Servings 4 people
Calories 132 kcal



  • Clay pot or Dutch oven


  • 1,000 g pork belly
  • 150 g ginger, sliced


  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 90 g large scallion, white part cut into 3-inch pieces
  • 3 dried red chili peppers
  • 1 teaspoon red Sichuan peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons Shaoxing cooking wine
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 1- inch piece cassia bark or cinnamon bark
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water (250 ml)


  1. Parboil — Bring a pot of water to boil. Immerse entire slab of pork belly with ginger. Remove any scum that surfaces. After five minutes, discard water and rinse meat and ginger with cold water. Slice pork belly into 1-inch cubes.
  2. Braise — Heat cooking oil and sugar in a clay pot over low flame and let the sugar begin to melt. Toss in the pork pieces and ginger with scallion, chili peppers, Sichuan peppercorns and brown over high flame. Add Shaoxing wine and dark soy sauce while continuing to stir fry. Add salt, star anise, cassia bark and water. Bring to a gentle boil then simmer over lowest flame, covered for at least 2 hours. Stir occasionally.
  3. Serves 6-8 people with a dinner serving 6-8 dishes.

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Nutrition Facts
Red-Cooked Pork Belly Recipe (红烧肉)
Amount Per Serving (4 people)
Calories 132 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 1097mg 46%
Potassium 251mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 4.9%
Vitamin C 7.4%
Calcium 3.2%
Iron 5.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.