Teriyaki Pork Belly (Butadon) Recipe

Teriyaki Pork Belly also known as Butadon is a dish from Japan. It is seared pork belly that is slowly simmered in sweet teriyaki sauce. The process of searing the pork first locks in the juices of the meat while adding a little crispiness. It is then slowly cooked in teriyaki sauce to make the pork tender and to lock in all the sweet teriyaki flavor.


6 Thick Slices Pork Belly

2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil or Olive Oil

1 Cup Soy Sauce or Plain Teriyaki Sauce no sugar added

1 Cup Sugar

2 Tablespoons

¼ Teaspoon Onion Powder

1/8 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

1/8 Teaspoon Ginger Powder

2 Teaspoons Sesame Seeds (optional)


Step 1 Score the pork belly slightly on the fat and place to side.

Step 2 Heat and iron skillet (on frying pan) to medium heat and add two tablespoons of sesame oil to the pan.

Step 3 Place pork belly fat side down into the pan and sear until it is slightly golden brown. Repeat this step on all sides of the pork until they are all golden brown and then set them to side.

Step 4 Using the same pan reduce the heat to low medium heat and add in the rest of the ingredients to make the sweet teriyaki sauce. Once the sugar has fully dissolved and the sauce is still liquid it is ready for the next step.

Step 5 Add the seared pork belly to teriyaki sauce and simmer all sides until the teriyaki sauce is thick and and sticky like syrup. Sometimes you will need to turn the heat up to medium heat to speed up the process so that the pork doesn’t over cook which will make it tough and chewy.

Tip: If your pork is done cooking and teriyaki sauce is still runny remove the pork and continue to simmer the teriyaki sauce until it is thick. If after some time it is still not thickening add a little more sugar and continue too simmer until it is thick. Once thick turn off the heat and fully coat the pork in the teriyaki sauce, serve hot on top of jasmine rice.

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