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Roast pork belly with citrus and star anise recipe

Roast pork belly with citrus and star anise recipe

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This stunning roast pork belly dish is made with a soy, star anise and clementine marinade, giving it an aromatic oriental twist. Serve with a quick homemade pickled cucumber dip and all the usual trimmings for a delectable alternative Sunday roast. See method

  • Serves 6
  • 1-12 hours marinating and 2 hrs 30 mins to cook
  • 533 calories / serving


  • 1kg (2lb) piece of boneless pork belly
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 star anise
  • 50ml (2fl oz) dark soy sauce
  • 2-3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 clementine, juiced
  • 80g (3oz) brown sugar
  • 1 red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil

To finish

  • 2 clementines, halved horizontally

For the pickled cucumbers

  • 50ml fresh lime juice (approx 3 limes juiced)
  • 50ml (2fl oz) fish sauce
  • 50ml (2fl oz) rice vinegar
  • 20g caster sugar
  • 1 large cucumber halved, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 shallot, peeled, halved lengthways and thinly sliced
If you don't have any limes, try a lemon instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    35g 50%
  • Saturates

    12g 61%
  • Sugars

    21g 23%
  • Salt

    5.2g 86%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 21g Protein 33g Fibre 0.8g


  1. In a sealable plastic container combine the ginger, garlic cloves, star anise, soy sauce, fish sauce, lime juice, clementine juice, sugar and chilli. Put the pork, skin-side up, in the marinade, cover and then refrigerate for up to 12 hours.
  2. For the pickled cucumber, mix the lime juice, fish sauce, rice vinegar and sugar in a bowl and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Season to taste. Add the cucumber and shallots, stir and refrigerate until required, at least 30 minutes. The pickle can be made several hours ahead and kept for up to 3 days.
  3. Preheat the oven to gas 4,180°C, fan 160°C. Put the pork, skin-side-up, the marinade and 100ml (4fl oz) of cold water in a baking tray. Drizzle the pork with the vegetable oil, season and put in the oven. After an hour, remove from the oven and baste with the juices. Then continue to cook for a further 1 1/2 hrs, basting every 20 minutes.
  4. Half an hour before the end of the cooking time, add the halved clementines to the baking tray. Once cooked, remove the pork from the pan and allow to rest for 20 minutes.
  5. Serve the pork with the warm pan juices, cooked clementines and pickled cucumbers.

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