Olive Magazine
Pork Belly Recipe with Salt-Crust

Smoked salt-crusted pork with lentils and caper sauce

Published: December 19, 2014 at 2:32 pm
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • serves 6

Pork belly, braised lentils and caper sauce: gastro pub-style comfort food. Put them all together in this weekend lunch recipe: designed to make everyone feel glad to be at home.



  • 2 kg boneless pork belly, scored well with a sharp knife
  • 1 tbsp smoked sea salt
  • olive oil

braised lentils

  • 4 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • a few sprigs thyme
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 300g Puy lentils
  • light chicken stock
  • a handful flat-leaf parsley, chopped

caper sauce

  • a small bunch of each basil, parsley and mint, leaves only
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp capers, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 150ml olive oil


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Put the pork in the sink skin-side up and pour over a kettleful of boiling water – this will make the skin crackle better. Leave to drain then pat completely dry. Rub all over with olive oil and sprinkle over the sea salt. Put on a rack in a roasting tin and put in the oven for 30 minutes. Turn the oven down to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3 and cook for 3 hours. In the meantime, make the lentils and the sauce.

  • STEP 2

    To make the lentils, heat a slug of oil in a heavy pan and gently cook the veg, garlic and thyme until just soft. Add the red wine vinegar and lentils. Add enough stock to just cover, then bring to a gentle simmer. Simmer until tender but with a litle bite – add a splash more stock if needed. Stir in the parsley. to make the caper sauce, whizz the ingredients in a food processor, adding the olive oil as you go. Carve the pork and serve with the lentils and caper sauce.


Comments, questions and tips

Rate this recipe

What is your star rating out of 5?

Choose the type of message you'd like to post

Choose the type of message you'd like to post

Overall rating


Sponsored content