Emeril's New Orleans' Asian-Style Braised Pork Belly

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 4 hr 20 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr 30 min
  • Cook: 2 hr 30 min
  • Yield: 6 portions
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2 (2 1/2 pounds each) slabs pork belly

2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice

1 cup soy sauce

1 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice

1/3 cup minced garlic

1/4 cup minced ginger

1/4 cup minced green onion bottoms (white part only)

1/4 cup sambal oelek

4 cups chicken stock

12 ounces frisee lettuce, cleaned, rinsed and spun dry

1/3 cup rice wine vinegar

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place each portion of pork belly in a 1-gallon re-sealable plastic bag. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the orange juice, soy sauce, light brown sugar, lemon juice, lime juice, garlic, ginger, green onions and sambal and use a whisk to blend well. Divide the mixture between the 2 plastic bags and seal them. Place in a baking dish or roasting pan and refrigerate overnight, or for 8 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  3. Remove the pork from the refrigerator and allow to sit at room temperature for 1 hour. Place the pork belly, skin sides down in a 9 by 13 inch glass oven proof baking dish, or a small roasting pan and pour the marinade and 3 cups of the chicken stock over and around the pork belly. Place in the oven and roast for 1 hour. Turn the pork belly over and roast for another 1 1/2 hours. Remove from the oven and place on a counter top, or cooling rack to cool. Use a fork and long, sharp, thin-bladed knife to remove the skin from the pork. Allow the pork to cool in the cooking liquid and, once cooled, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or up to overnight.
  4. Remove the pork from the refrigerator and uncover. Carefully remove any congealed fat that rests on top of the cooking liquid. Using a sharp knife, score the fat layer of the pork in a cross hatch pattern.
  5. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  6. Add the remaining cup of chicken stock to the pan and place in the oven. Cook the pork belly until slightly caramelized on top and warmed through, 20 to 25 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and divide into 6 even portions. Place the frisee in a large bowl and toss with the rice wine vinegar. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
  8. To serve, place a portion of the pork on a warmed entree plate with 2 ounces of the frisee. Pour some of the sauce over the pork and serve immediately.

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