This low-carb Pork Belly Bowl, packed with cabbage, cucumbers, avocado, edamame and delicious pork belly, is one of our favorite things to eat for lunch or a quick dinner.
Pork Belly slices are one of those easy to cook, cheap cuts of pork that add tremendous flavor and texture to a meal.
When you add pork belly slices to a bowl of chopped veggies, it takes your salad to a whole new level.
Don’t be afraid to cook pork belly. It’s really easy to make in the oven. Really it’s just a thick sliced bacon. How can you go wrong there?
See what this is like just out of the oven? It’s crispy but fatty, so each bite is a little bit of heaven.
Ingredients You’ll Need
The nice thing about bowl recipes is that you can add any veggies that you want. Don’t like cucumber? No problem, add green bell pepper or asparagus instead. Not to many ingredients for the shopping list here.
- Pork Belly – They’re basically just thicker pieces of bacon. I have found it where the pork roasts are but I have also had to ask the butcher for it.
- Hoisin sauce – While hoisin sauce isn’t really keto-friendly we are only using 1 tablespoon.
- Salt & ground black pepper – Season to taste
- Veggies – Purple cabbage, cucumber, edamame beans, avocado
- Cilantro – It adds a spicy freshness. If you don’t like cilantro check out these substitutions.
- Yum Yum sauce ingredients – Mayonnaise, Sriracha hot sauce, and soy sauce.
How Many Carbs in a Pork Belly Bowl
The ingredients in this bowl are all very low in carbs. One bowl contains 7 net carbs.
The edamame has the most carbs of these vegetables. If you’re looking to cut even more carbs from the bowl, leave out the edamame, which will reduce the carbs by an additional 3 grams.
Instead of edamame, you could add chopped asparagus, green onions, or green bell pepper. Anything that can be served raw, with lots of crunch works well in this bowl.
How to Make Pork Belly Slices
The main ingredient in this bowl is the pork belly slices. I cook with these often because they’re easy, inexpensive, and a higher-fat protein that helps me reach my fat ratios for the day.
If you’ve never used them before, well they’re basically just thicker pieces of bacon. The strips vary in size. I’ve gotten them as thick as 1″ and as thin as 1/4″. That means they need to cook for drastically different lengths.
The best way to make pork belly slices is in the oven. Preheat to 400° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon mat. Lay on the pork belly and season with salt and pepper.
They’ll cook in the oven for about 15 minutes, then flip them over and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes. Thinner slices will take about 15 minutes total, while thicker slices can take up to 25 minutes. You’ll know their done when they are browned the fat has started to crisp.
You don’t want to overdo them – even if you’re a fan of extra crispy bacon. Pork belly strips have more meat than bacon, so overcooking them leads the meat to be tough.
Yum Yum Sauce
There are a lot of different sauces you can make for this bowl. I am addicted to yum yum sauce, also known as Japanese steakhouse sauce. The sauce has mayonnaise, butter, tomato paste, vinegar and a few other ingredients. I can’t be bothered with that much trouble.
Instead, I make an easier version of yum yum sauce with mayonnaise, Sriracha hot sauce and soy sauce. It’s not hot or spicy, so don’t be put off by the Sriracha, if you’re not a fan of heat. It’s just a great blend of flavors that work really well with this bowl.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is pork belly ok on a keto diet?
Yes, I cook with it often because it’s easy, inexpensive, and a higher-fat protein that helps me reach my fat ratios for the day.
Is pork belly the same as bacon?
Pork Belly is cut from the same part of the pork as bacon. However, pork belly is uncured, unsmoked, and unsliced, which is how it differs from bacon.
To what internal temperature should pork belly be cooked?
For pork you want the internal meat temperature to be over 160°F. If you cook your pork belly slices as advised in this recipe, they will absolutely reach that temperature.
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Low Carb Pork Belly Bowls
- 3/4 pound pork belly strips
- 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
- 2 cups purple cabbage chopped
- 1 medium cucumber chopped
- 3/4 cup edamame beans
- 1 avocados sliced
- 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon Sriracha hot sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400° F (200° C).
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon mat. Place the pork belly strips on a baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper. Bake for 15 minutes, flip and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the strips. Brush with hoisin sauce.
- Divide the vegetables among the bowls. Top with the pork belly slices.
- To make the sauce, mix the mayonnaise, hot sauce and soy sauce in a small bowl. Drizzle over the bowls.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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Laura is dedicated to a low-carb lifestyle after losing 52 pounds on the keto diet. As many of us do, she struggles with her weight and has found that one of the only diet lifestyles that allows her to maintain a healthy weight is a low-carb diet. She shares her favorite low-carb recipes here that are both easy to make and full of flavor, so you don’t even miss the carbs.