Delicious and quick to make, this Shogayaki ginger pork (生姜焼き）is made of thinly sliced pork belly marinated in a Japanese ginger sauce and then cooked with sliced onions and extra ginger for maximum flavour. Ready in less than 30 minutes and the perfect midweek dinner or lunch. Perfect served with rice and shredded cabbage or salad.
What is Shōgayaki?
Shōgayaki is a Japanese recipe where the pork is marinated and fried in ginger. Shōga (生姜) means ginger and yaki (焼き) means fry. Although pork is not mentioned in the name, this dish is made almost exclusively with pork. The full name would be "Buta no Shogayaki" (豚の生姜焼き) or Ginger Fried Pork.
Some people might use beef or chicken instead, but it's not common or associated with the name of the dish.
A Brief History of Shōgayaki
Shōgayaki appeared in the early 20th century. Ginger was originally used to soften the smell of pork, which can have quite a strong odor when cooking.
This dish started off as a home dish, but in the 1920's it's popularity grew and restaurants began serving it too.
Shōgayaki was a dish invented in Tokyo and spread across the Kantō area, but now it's one of the most popular pork dishes nationwide!
Benefits of Cooking with Ginger
- The smell of ginger softens the smell of pork and oil
- The spiciness can increase your appetite so it's a good dish to eat in the summer when your appetite might be lower than usual
- It's delicious! The ginger sauce is even used in restaurants to garnish steaks and Japanese style hamburg steaks!