Saturday, April 7, 2012

Roast Pork Belly

This is a tested and proven recipe which I had used for years and on countless gathering occasions. It has never failed to impress the guests. I did this again on Good Friday and decided to take some pictures and share the recipe here. Preparation is easy and does not take long but requires 2.5 hours roasting time.


1.5 - 2 kg Pork Belly
Salt and ground black peppercorn
2 onions, sliced
2 carrots, peeled, halved length way and cut into finger long
2 sticks of celery, cut into finger long
1 bulb of garlic, broken into cloves and peeled


Clean and remove excess hair form the belly. Using a shape knife (utility/pen knife works wonder), make scores about centimeter apart through the skin into the fat in a criss-cross pattern, throughout the whole skin surface. Do not cut into the meat.

Rub salt right into the scores. Brush off any excess salt from the skin and flip the meat over. Season evenly the underside of the belly with salt and black pepper.

Leave the piece of marinated meat in the open, preferably some where windy. My trick is to place a blowing fan directly in front of the belly for hours. Scoring and drying the skin will reward you with the crispy crackling of a good belly roast.

Preheat the oven at 220 °C.

Place the pork belly, skin side-up, in a roasting tray (big enough to hold the belly and all the vegetable) and place in the hot oven for half an hour until the skin of the pork starts to puff up, turning into crackling.

Lower the temperature to 180 °C and roast for another hour.

Remove the belly from the oven. Carefully lift the belly up and transfer to a chopping board. Pour the oil from the belly into a container.

Add all the vegetable to the tray. Place the pork belly on top of the vegetable and return the tray to the oven and roast at the same temperature for another hour. By this time, the meat should be meltingly soft and tender and the skin crispy.

Serve immediately.

You can slice the meat and serve as main or chop into bite-size. The belly goes very well with rockets and buttercup lettuce with mustard or balsamic reduction.

Bring on the Pinot Noir!

Fresh vegetable provides moisture and extra flavor to the belly

The belly after 1.5 hours in the oven

Lay the cut vegetable evenly in the roasting tray

Place the belly on top of the vegetable and roast for another hour


  1. An absolutely stunning pork recipe and I just loved the addition of the garlic.

    1. Hi John! Welcome to my space!

      Yes, I cook this very regularly... I'm sure you will like it.

  2. Just roasted it!!! Great & vegetables prevent the pork belly from getting dry!

  3. That was absolutely delicious, thank you neighbor! We will be making this soon!

    1. Thanks Connie! I'm glad that you like the roast belly!

  4. Hi, thanks for the video and recipe. Enjoyed watching it, the belly looked so good and crispy. :) can I check which mode you used to roast?

  5. Do we reduce the roasting time proportionally if we are using smaller piece of pork belly?

    1. Not for the first 30 mins - that is to ensure the super crackling. Yes you should for the remaining time but I have not roasted anything smaller than 1.5kg to provide you with the exact time.

  6. Hi Alvin,

    Thank you for sharing the recipe, I watched your show on TV. I have only the small oven 45L. May I know which setting should I use? Is it Top and Bottom or Only Top?

    Thanks Again for sharing great recipe.



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