One Pan Cooking: Moist Shio-Koji "Roast" Pork

One Pan Cooking: Moist Shio-Koji "Roast" Pork

You can make "roast" pork in just one pan. The only ingredients used are shio-koji, pork belly and sake, but it's too delicious!

Ingredients: 3 to 4 servings

Pork belly (block)
300 g
Shio-koji (salt-fermented rice malt, Recipe ID: 637783)
about 2 tablespoons
100 to 150 ml
Garlic and ginger
1 clove/knob each
Side vegetables:
Green onion
Edamame, corn, and shiso leaves
to taste


1. Rinse the pork belly and pat dry with paper towels.
2. Put the meat and the shio-koji in a plastic bag and coat the meat well. Leave in the coldest part of your refrigerator for more than a day. (2 to 3 days is ideal to let the shio-koji penetrate the meat.)
3. Wash the shio-koji off the pork and pat dry. Brown the pork on all sides in a pan, then cook slowly over medium heat, while wiping excess fat from the pan.
4. Cook the meat while turning it several times, until it bounces back when you poke it with chopsticks, indicating it's cooked through. Add 100ml of sake, as well as the garlic and ginger.
5. Cover the pan with a lid and let steam over low heat for about 10 minutes. Turn the meat to ensure it doesn't get burned. Add more sake if it boils off.
6. When the meat looks like the photo, turn off the heat, cover with a lid and leave to cool as-is. I make it at night and leave it until the morning.
7. Warm it up again before serving. Make sure the meat is cooked through properly.
8. It's also delicious if you cook a few slices in mirin and/or soy sauce. This is for bentos.
9. Here are some slices of the pork served plain and coated with soy sauce. I recommend serving it with finely julienned white leek ('white hair' leek) or julienned cucumber. It's also great as a rice bowl topping.
10. To warm up in the microwave, line a plate with paper towels and microwave for 30 seconds at 500 W. Don't overcook.
11. I recommend using it in bentos. It is still tender and delicious when cold.

Story Behind this Recipe

I've been trying all kinds of recipes using homemade shio-koji. Shio-koji brings out the natural umami in food, so I tried making a simple 'roast' pork with it. It was more delicious than I imagined, so I think I'n becoming an even bigger shio-koji fan now. Even the fat is amazingly tasty. This is dangerous since I keep overeating!