Ginger Pork Belly Slices Recipe

What is Shogayaki?

Japanese Ginger Pork Belly, also known as “Shogayaki” (生姜焼き), is a popular and delicious Japanese dish made from thinly sliced pork belly that’s marinated and cooked with ginger-based flavors. It’s a simple yet flavorful dish that’s commonly found in Japanese home cooking and restaurants.

How to make Shogayaki

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Ginger Pork Belly Slices Recipes

Here’s how the dish is typically prepared:


  • Thinly sliced pork belly
  • Fresh ginger, grated or thinly sliced
  • Soy sauce
  • Mirin (sweet rice wine)
  • Sugar
  • Cooking oil (such as vegetable or sesame oil)
  • Optional garnishes: sliced green onions, sesame seeds


  1. Marination: In a bowl, combine soy sauce, mirin, and sugar in a ratio that suits your taste preferences. Mix until the sugar dissolves. You can adjust the quantities to make it more or less sweet, depending on your preference.
  2. Add Ginger: Add the grated or thinly sliced fresh ginger to the marinade. The ginger is what gives the dish its distinctive flavor. The amount of ginger can vary based on how strong you want the ginger flavor to be.
  3. Marinate the Pork: Place the thinly sliced pork belly into the marinade mixture and coat each slice thoroughly. Allow the pork to marinate for about 15-30 minutes to absorb the flavors.
  4. Cooking: Heat a pan over medium-high heat and add a small amount of cooking oil. When the oil is hot, add the marinated pork slices. Cook the pork until it’s browned and slightly crispy on the edges. The marinade will caramelize and create a glossy coating on the pork.
  5. Serve: Once the pork is cooked, remove it from the pan and serve it over a bed of steamed rice. You can drizzle any remaining marinade over the pork for extra flavor. Garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds if desired.

Japanese Ginger Pork Belly is often served with a side of steamed rice and a simple salad or pickled vegetables. It’s a comforting and flavorful dish that showcases the balance of sweet, salty, and gingery flavors that are characteristic of Japanese cuisine.