Japanese Leek Pork Rolls

Japanese leeks wrapped in thinly sliced pork belly are bursting with flavor! An izakaya favorite, these pork rolls will keep the drinks flowing!

Japanese Leek Pork Rolls
Photographed by Takeshi Noguchi

Recipe by
Eiko Oba







Calorie count is per serving.

Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 2 Japanese leeks (300 g)
  • 6 slices pork belly (thinly sliced) (160 g)
  • 2 slices lemon (half-moon slices)
  • A dash of vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • A pinch of pepper



Cut the leeks into three equal lengths. Make 3-4 diagonal incisions on each side (refer to notes below). Wrap each piece of leek diagonally with a slice of pork.


Heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan placed over medium heat. Lay the pork rolls seam-side down in the pan. Place a lid one size smaller than the pan directly on the rolls. Cook for 3-4 minutes. When golden brown, turn the rolls over and place the lid back on the rolls. Cook for 2-3 minutes, removing excess oil with a paper towel.


Placing a small lid directly on the rolls weighs them down, allowing them to brown easily.


Remove the lid and sprinkle the rolls with salt and pepper. Turn off the heat and cut the rolls into easy-to-eat pieces. Plate up and garnish with lemon.


[Remove the roots and dark green portion of the leeks]
1. Cut off the roots.
2. Discard the tough, dark green portion of the leek. The remaining pale green section needs to be washed thoroughly in water to remove any dirt.

[Make incisions for quicker cooking]
When cooking long pieces of leek, making incisions along the length will allow them to cook faster and absorb more flavor. The diagonal incisions should be about 5 mm deep. Make similar incisions on both sides of the leek.