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Tender, flavorful and loaded with fragrant ginger, this 4 ingredient Japanese ginger pork is easy and delicious!

Japanese Ginger Pork (Shogayaki)

A fragrant ginger and soy sauce marinade turns an inexpensive cut of pork into something tender and delicious in this Japanese style Ginger Pork, or Shogayaki.
Course Entree
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword easy, ginger, home cooking, meal plan, shogayaki
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Pork
Diet Dairy-Free
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
marinate 1 hour
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 318 kcal


  • 430 grams pork (thinly sliced)
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sake
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ginger juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • vegetable oil for frying


  1. Use a sharp knife to slice the pork into even slices. Ideally, you want to get it down to about 1/8-inch. If you have trouble doing this, you can partially freeze it, which will make it much easier to slice thinly.
    Slicing pork shoulder thinly for making Japanese Ginger Pork.
  2. Whisk the soy sauce, sake, ginger juice, and sugar in a bowl until the sugar is fully dissolved.
    Japanese Ginger Pork marinade being stirred
  3. Add the sliced pork to the marinade and mix it well so that the marinade is coating each slice. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (preferably overnight).
    Marinating thin slices of pork shoulder in a shogayaki sauce to make ginger pork.
  4. When you're ready to fry the ginger pork, heat a frying pan over medium-high heat until hot. Add a bit of oil to the pan and then lay the marinated pork in a single layer.
    Pan-frying Ginger Pork (Shogayaki)
  5. Fry the pork until browned on one side, and then flip and brown the other side. If it's not as caramelized as you'd like it to be, keep flipping the pork over a few times until you get a nice golden crust on both sides.
    Ginger Pork with a caramelized crust forming on the outside.
Nutrition Facts
Japanese Ginger Pork (Shogayaki)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 318 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 77mg26%
Sodium 814mg34%
Potassium 337mg10%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.