Roast pork belly, fondant potatoes & pickled onions

Contains pork – recipe is for non-Muslims only

Treat yourself and others to roast pork belly served with soft fondant potatoes and caramelised pickled onions. Sunday lunch just got better

  • Prep:10 mins
    Cook:2 hrs 25 mins
  • Serves 8-10
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 609
  • fat 42g
  • saturates 15g
  • carbs 15g
  • sugars 1g
  • fibre 2g
  • protein 42g
  • salt 2.3g


  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp mace
  • 1 star anise, ground to a powder using a pestle and mortar
  • 1 tbsp sea salt flakes
  • 2½ kg bone-in pork belly, skin scored
  • 50g butter, softened, for the tin
  • 12 medium Maris Piper potatoes
  • 1 bunch of thyme
  • 454g jar pickled onions, drained
  • 125ml chicken stock


Potato latkes

Coarsely grate the potato offcuts and squeeze out any water. Mix with a beaten egg and enough plain flour to bind the mixture to a thick batter. Fry flat spoonfuls of the mix until golden and cooked through. Serve with leftover soured cream.

Pork belly hotpot

Cut any leftover roast pork belly into bite-sized squares and reheat gently in a broth made from chicken stock, soy sauce, Chinese five spice and a sprinkling of brown sugar. Serve with rice or noodles.



  1. Mix the thyme, mace, star anise and sea salt flakes together in a small bowl. Rub all over the pork belly. If you have time, transfer the pork to a tray and marinate in the fridge for up to 24 hrs, but this is not essential.

  2. Heat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7 and butter a large roasting tin. Cut a thin slice lengthways from both sides of each potato, then sit them flat in the prepared tin in one even layer. Scatter over the thyme and onions, then pour over the chicken stock.

  3. Sit the pork on top of the potatoes, skin-side up and roast for 30 mins. Reduce the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 for 1 hr 30 mins, until the skin is crisp. Transfer the pork to a board, then cover loosely with foil and leave to rest for 20 mins.

  4. Return the tin with the potatoes to the oven and increase the oven temperature to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 for 25-30 mins until crisp. Carve the pork into generous squares (you can use a bread knife to do this more easily) and serve alongside the fondant potatoes and caramelised pickled onions.

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