Fat Duck–Inspired Ultimate Pork Belly, Sous Vide Recipe based on ChefSteps post

A few years ago a descoverd this recipe. Love the results so much that have never tried another. Meat is always perfect, I just change the ingridients I’m serving it with from kimchi and broccoli to mango sauce or muchrooms.


Below is original ChefsSteps recipe:
Our cured and sous vide–cooked pork belly is a fairly simple preparation that capitalizes on the many virtues of both brining and sous vide cooking to yield a firm-but-tender, rich, salty slab of pork belly that pairs beautifully with anything from a simple salad to funky kimchi. The key is to serve it alongside something with plenty of acid—pomegranate seeds, perhaps, or pickled apple slices—to balance the richness of the belly.
Cooking time: about 5 days
Yield: 2200 g plus salty, gelatinous cooking liquid to use later
Step 1. Prepare brine
4 kg Water
400 g Salt
200 g Brown sugar *
4 g  Insta Cure No. 1
Combine all ingredients and mix to dissolve. Chill brine completely before using.
HINT: If you need to make brine in a hurry, mix your brine with only 70 percent of the water and add the rest of the water weight with ice. Boom! Instant cold brine.

Step 2. Brine pork belly
2.5 kg Pork belly
We cut the belly into more manageable pieces before brining. This does two things: it helps keep the belly small enough to fit anywhere, and it opens up more surface area through which brine can permeate the interior. Place the belly in the brine. Cover with a lid and place in fridge.
Stir the belly pieces daily. As the belly brines, it will pull salt from the surrounding water. By stirring, you are helping to ensure that the brine stays the same salinity throughout without forming “hot spots.”
Brine for 96 hours.
CHEF’S TIP: Some particularly fatty pork bellies will float in the brine. Keep them submerged by placing a plate or some other type of weight on them.

Step 3. Smoke (optional)
If you want to smoke your pork belly, we recommend doing it before the sous vide step.

Step 4. Cook sous vide
Heat water to 158 °F / 70 °C.
Package the pork belly and submerge in the water. Cook for 16 hours.
NOTE: If you smoked your pork belly before cooking it sous vide, the water will turn brown during cooking. That’s because microscopic smoke compounds are able to permeate the plastic bag and leach into the water. The bag itself won’t fail, so don’t panic.

Step 5. Chill belly; portion
Remove belly from bath and submerge in an ice bath until completely chilled. Once chilled, slice into portions as desired.

Step 6. Sear; serve
Right before serving, flash-sear the pork belly in an extremely hot pan.

My notes:

*don’t use

Seared pork belly with mango sauce



With kimchi



With broccoli and microgreens


Spicy Turkey meatballs with raw zuccini and carrot “spaghetti”

This dish was inspired by Rachel Yung’s spicy meatballs, I just used ground turkey instead of pork and served it with raw vegitable salad dressed with yuzu kosho. This mixed spice paste has long been used on the southern island of Kyushu in Japan. Now enjoying widespread popularity throughout the country, yuzu kosho is made by mixing grated yuzu peel, raw green chili peppers and salt then fermenting. If you don’t have it, just use freshly squeezed lime juice instead.



1 pound ground turkey

5 scallions, finely chopped

¼ cup gochujang (Korean chili paste)

¼ cup mirin rice wine

2 tablespoons soy sauce

4 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped

1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated

2 tablespoons canola oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. In a large bowl, stir together the ground turkey meat, scallions, gochujang, mirin, soy sauce, garlic and ginger until combined (the mixture will be very wet). Use your hands to roll the mixture into 1½-inch meatballs (there should be about 14 total).
  2. In a large skillet set over medium-high heat, add the oil. Once the oil begins to shimmer, add the meatballs (cook the meatballs in batches if necessary). Cook until browned, about 3 minutes. Turn the meatballs over and brown the other side, 2 to 3 minutes longer, and then transfer them to a rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Place the meatballs in the oven and bake until they resist light pressure and are cooked through, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel to drain and serve hot.

You can serve them with  zucchini and carrots “spaghetti”. For that cut into spiral noodles with a spiralizer OR shredded with a grater or food processor.

For dressing for vegetables mix 2 tbsp. rice vinegar, 2 tbsp sunflower oil and 2 tsp  yuzu kosho.


Пикантные тефтели со “спагетти” из сырой моркови и цуккини.
Для тефтелей на 3-4 порции
500г фарша из мяса индейки
5 стрелок зеленого лука, порубить
1-2 cт ложки gochujang (паста из чили, есть в корейских супермаркетах, можно заменить порошком чили и кол-во по вкусу)
по 2 ст. ложки рубленого чеснока и имбиря
2 ст ложки соевого соуса
2 ст.ложки мирин
растительное масло для обжарки.

Для спагетти
один небольшой цуккини
по одной цветной моркови (жёлтая, оранжевая, фиолетовая)
для соуса
2 ст. ложки рисового уксуса
2 ст ложки масла из семян подсолнечника
2 ст. ложки сока юзу (можно заменить лаймом)
соль-перец по вкусу
*если есть возможность, то рекомендую использовать 1 чайную ложку yuzu kosho (citrus fruit pepper). Смешать его с маслом и уксусом для заправки овощей

-для тефтелей смешать все ингредиенты. Обжарить их с двух сторон по 3 мин с каждой, выложить на противень и запечь 15 минут при 375Ф (190С).

В это время сделать “спагетти”: нарезать овощи и заправить соусом.

Для подачи можно сервировать с каким-нибудь соусом по вкусу и кимчи


Tender Turkey breast. Рулет из мяса индейки.



Turkey breast
Olive oil, as needed
Herbs, fresh, such as sage, as needed
Salt, a few tbsp, as needed
Sugar, a few tbsp, as needed
Butter, 1 or 2 tbsp, as needed
Sous vide setup
Ziplock-style bags (2 gallon)*
Timing 8–24 hr**

*I’ve used vacuum sealer

**cooked for 24hrs

Why do I need to sear my turkey twice?
We sear these breasts before and after they cook. We do this primarily because it’s the best way to develop maximum flavor. When you are presearing the breasts, you don’t have to worry about getting a totally even crust; you just want to develop a nice brown layer. If you want to skip this first browning, you can. But trust us, it is worth the small amount of extra effort.
Whenever you are working with poultry, you want to sear your pieces skin-side down and in a really hot pan. (If you have skinless pieces, you simply sear on the side from which the skin was removed.) To test whether a pan is hot enough, sprinkle in a drop of water or two. The drops should sizzle as they hit the pan. And your bird should also make a sizzling sound when you lay it gently in the pan. Lay down the part that is closest to you first, or oil could spit up and burn you. If you don’t hear a sizzling sound as the skin makes contact with the pan, return your bird to the plate and allow the pan to heat for a few additional minutes, then try again.
-Heat Joule to 131 °F / 55 °C
NOTE: Your turkey will be fully cooked and delicious in eight hours. But cook it up to 24 hours, and the longer it stays in the water, the more incredibly tender it will become.
Break down your bird (optional). If you are starting with the whole bird, break it down into two breasts (boneless breast with drumette) and two legs (thigh and drumstick attached).
You can cook those legs later using this recipe, or cook it all at once instead.
– Presear the skin
Heat a pan over medium-high heat. Add oil. Allow pan to get really, really, really hot. To test heat, flick a few drops of water into the pan to see if they sizzle. When they do, your pan is hot enough for searing. Add a turkey breast to the pan. With a towel, press down on the breast and gently rotate it around. Continue for a minute or two or until you have nice, golden skin. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining breast.
– combine salt and sugar; bag it all up
In a bowl, combine 5 parts salt and 2 parts sugar, and stir. Sprinkle mixture all over the surface of your bird. Pop it in the bag, and add a little oil and a few sage leaves, thyme sprigs, or other desired herbs. NOTE: We use 1.5 percent of the weight of the meat in salt-sugar mixture. If you tend to like things lightly seasoned, you can reduce that to 1 percent.
Drop turkey into the pot with Joule. Cover with high-quality plastic wrap or a lid. NOTE: Your turkey will be fully cooked and delicious in eight hours. But the longer you cook it (up to 24 hours), the more incredibly tender it will become.
– Sear again!
About 20 minutes before you are ready to serve them, transfer breasts from the bags to a plate and pat dry. Heat a pan over medium-high heat and add oil. When your pan is ripping hot, add a knob of butter and allow to melt. Add breast, skin side down, and use a spoon to baste the exposed side with butter. Sear a minute or two, flip, and sear about another minute or two while you baste the skin side a couple times as well. Remove from pan and repeat with remaining breast.
-Portion and serve.


Рулет из грудки индейки, приготовленный в сувид

1.240г мяса индейки, разделанного, без костей

13.3г соль

5.3г сахар

Перец по вкусу (опционально)

Оливковое масло для обжарки

Шалфей, тимьян для готовки (опционально)

Пропорции ингредиентов мои. Для расчёта количества соли и сахара надо взять 1.5% от веса мяса и отмерить 5 частей соли и 2 части сахара. К примеру, у меня соль/сахар смесь должна была быть 18.6г, отсюда перца 13.3г и сахара 5.3г.


Разогреть сувид до 56 С. Смешать соль и сахар.

– Грудку опалить, вымыть, вырезать все кости и сухожилия. При желании можно добавить вяленые томаты.


– Обработанное мясо индейки  туго свернуть в рулет, перевязать веревкой через каждые 3 см.

– Обжарить на оливковом масле до золотистой корочки.

Посолить. При желании можно поперчить. Положить рулет в пакет, в котором мясо будет готовиться. Добавить травы и завакуумировать.

– поместить пакет с мясом в воду и оставить на 24 часа.


– готовый рулет вынуть из воды, рарезать пакет. Вынуть мясо, обсушить и снова обжарить на оливковом масле. Можно сначала остудить в ледяной воде и хранить в холодильнике, а потом обжарить перед подачей.

-разрезать на порционные кусочки и подавать.


Как приготовить индейку в духовке. Прочла в ФБ, сама не пробовала, но выглядит правдоподобно, поэтому делюсь.

Разогреть духовку  до t° 120/130C.

В форму для запекания с высокими бортиками налейте воду.

Кусок индюшачей  грудки примерно 1 кг натрите любимыми  специями. Можно так же скрутить в рулет и обжарить. Немного остудите и поместите этот кусок мяса в 3х литровый пакет с двойным зиппером для хранения в морозилке. Выдавите из пакета воздух руками. Положите во второй пакет, но застёжкой в другую сторону, воздух тоже постарайтесь выдавить.

Положите мясо индейки в пакетах в воду, так чтобы зипперы наружного пакета чуть торчали из воды.

Время в духовке зависит от размера рулета и самой духовки. От полутора до 2-х часов. В процессе готовки можно уменьшить температуру в духовке. Температура готовой грудки должна быть 56С.

Готовую остудите на льду и уберите в холодильник.  Перед подачей нарезать тонкими ломтиками. Холодный рулет режется легко и даже не разваливается если хорошо скручен.

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