Okinawa Shoyu Pork

We have a real treat for you today, it’s a really yummy recipe by Cooker Buzz, today we will be showing you how to make Okinawa Shoyu Pork.

I think the Okinawans got the slow food concept right on – this was one of my favorite dishes growing up…shoyu pork…eaten over rice, or on top of soba. The soy sauce-marinated, slow-cooked pork with just the right amount of sweet taste (imagine Okinawan brown sugar) is pretty close to perfect…

Recipe Summary

  • prep: 10 mins
  • cook: 1 hr 30 mins
  • total: 1 hr 40 mins
  • Servings: 6
  • Yield: 6 servings


  • 1 ½ pounds whole pork belly
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup mirin (Japanese sweet wine)
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, or to taste

Baking Instructions

  1. Place pork belly into a large pot, and cover with water about 1-inch above the pork. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and simmer for 2 minutes. Discard water and fill pot with fresh water about 1-inch above the pork. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until the pork begins to soften, about 1 hour.
  2. Remove the pork from the water, and place on a cutting board. Allow pork to cool for a few minutes, then slice off the thick skin and discard. Cut the remaining pork meat into 1-inch wide slices. Set aside.
  3. Combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, 1/2 cup water, mirin, ginger, and garlic in a large saucepan, and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the sliced pork belly, then bring to a boil again. Reduce heat to low, and place a sheet of aluminum foil directly over the meat and sauce. Simmer uncovered until the pork is tender, 30 to 45 minutes, turning the pork several times to cook evenly.

Nutritional Information

  • 331: calories
  • protein: 15.4g
  • carbohydrates: 27g
  • fat: 15.6g
  • cholesterol: 41.1mg
  • sodium: 2071mg.

Have fun with the recipe and add your own twist to make it more more unique. Make sure to share this Okinawa Shoyu Pork recipe with your friends and family, so that they can make it at home for their loved ones.

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