What to Serve with Pork Belly: 13 Savory Side Dishes

Pork belly is an incredibly rich and tasty dish. These juicy and delicious cuts of meat are ultra-tender, crispy, and often marinated in a spicy sauce or dipped in barbecue. But do you know what turns a pork belly into a great meal? Great side dishes!

Still wondering what to serve with pork belly? No problem. Here are 13 tasty side dishes that will make your pork belly an unforgettable feast.

1. Baked beans with brown sugar

Baked beans with brown sugar have a pleasant sweet and smoky flavor – a flavor profile that complements the richness of the pork belly. Plus, the beans are savory. When you combine them with pork belly, you get a filling meal that will make your stomach happy and your taste buds tingle.

2. Red cabbage salad

With this side dish, you get a combination of red cabbage, sweet carrots, and golden raisins, dressed with a lemon-garlic vinaigrette. You can also give it a crunchy touch by toasting it with toasted seeds. This colorful and refreshing salad has sweet flavors that go perfectly with the pork belly.

3. Salad

Whatever dish you serve, it always goes well with a healthy and refreshing bowl of salad. That’s what we love about this side dish!

The crunchy vegetables complement the tenderness of the pork belly. And the flavor is mild, so it doesn’t clash with the star of your meal. Plus, you can customize this side dish to suit your taste.

You could even put pork belly on the salad. Imagine this: Roasted pork belly, apple, and caramelized walnut salad. It’s the perfect combination of sweet, crunchy, and spicy.

However, we recommend you try milder sauces, such as balsamic vinaigrette or mild Asian sauce. This way, the flavors won’t overpower the pork belly.

4. Baked sweet potatoes

Because sometimes you just need a simple headset to complete your meal. Put butter on top and you have a meal for a king (or queen!).

The sweetness is a nice contrast to the spicy pork belly. The soft texture goes well with the crispy skin of the pork belly. And because it is a starch, the dish is very rich. What more do you want?

5. Macaroni and cheese

There’s something about macaroni and cheese that goes perfectly with barbecue. Especially the pork belly for grilling.

It’s creamy, cheesy, and possibly the best creamy side dish ever.

6. Mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes are another creamy side dish that goes well with almost any protein. After all, it is the noblest side dish of all!

These creamy, buttery morsels pair perfectly with the rich, flavorful pork belly. Can you say… A comforting classic!

7. Corn bread

Cornbread is perfect if you have a large crowd. This soft and tender side will help fill those stomachs quickly! And the soft, crunchy texture is sure to satisfy.

You can turn it into a traditional southern sweet dish or add a little cheddar cheese and jalapenos for a spicy flavor. With a pork belly, it would be really great.

8. Brussels sprouts

Okay, we know they’re not one of the most popular vegetables, but they deserve a chance. If you’ve ever had a foul smell and bitter taste, it’s because they weren’t cooked properly.

The key to delicious Brussels sprouts is not to overcook them. Add olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast to perfection! If you do it right, they are soft and nutty – almost like candy. I eat them right out of the pan.

9. Baked red potatoes

If you don’t feel like serving classic mashed potatoes to your guests, here’s another potato dish that goes perfectly with pork belly. Roasted red potatoes are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside – a texture very similar to regular potatoes.

Creamy macaroni salad at the local buffet.

10. Pasta salad

If you’re not a fan of rich macaroni and cheese, but still want a starchy side dish to go with your pork belly, why not opt for a macaroni salad?

This is the same filling as mac and cheese, but with a more subtle flavor that won’t overpower the pork belly.

11. Sweetcorn fritters

Sure, corn cob goes well with pork belly, but why not make corn fritters for guests? Imagine a pile of corn kernels dipped in batter and then baked into golden, crispy balls – who can say no?

12. Cornbread balls

These fried cornbread balls are crispy on the outside, soft and tender on the inside, and just plain awesome. They are so delicious that I recommend making them in large quantities so they don’t run out.

13. Corn pudding

Here’s another sweet treat to pair with your savory pork belly: corn pudding. This creamy dish is not only delicious but also very filling. This dish consists of sweet, juicy corn kernels mixed with milk, cheese, and eggs. Sounds good, doesn’t it?