Sous vide pork belly, pea tartare, onions

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  • medium
  • 4
  • 60 minutes

Paul Foster's sous vide pork belly recipe sees this flavourful cut of meat being salted, cooked sous vide, pressed overnight and finally seared in a pan for a delicious golden exterior. Matched with raw pea tartare and a host of aliums, this recipe is all in the preparation.

First published in 2015




Pork belly

Roscoff onions

Dijon dressing

  • 1 tbsp of Dijon mustard
  • 100ml of white wine vinegar
  • 100ml of sunflower oil

Grelot onions

Shallot rings

  • 1 banana shallot, peeled
  • Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • flour
  • sunflower oil, for deep-frying

Pea tartare


  • Chamber sealer
  • Water bath
  • Vacuum bags 2
  • Blowtorch
  • Microwave
  • Mandoline
  • Deep-fryer


Lightly cover the flesh side of the pork belly in salt and leave in the fridge for 24 hours
The next day, preheat a water bath to 75°C
Remove the pork belly from the fridge and wash well in cold water. Dry thoroughly and place into a vacuum bag. Seal in a vacuum chamber and cook for in the water bath for 12 hours
Remove the pork belly from the bag and place in a tray. Put another tray on top big enough to cover the belly, and place weights on top. Press in the fridge for a further 12 hours to set
Whisk together the mustard, vinegar and sunflower oil to make the Dijon dressing
  • 1 tbsp of Dijon mustard
  • 100ml of sunflower oil
  • 100ml of white wine vinegar
Cut the Roscoff onions in half and char with a blowtorch. Place in a vacuum bag with a knob of butter and a pinch of salt and seal tightly in a vacuum chamber. Place in the microwave on full power for 3–4 minutes depending on size of the onions. Allow to cool
Preheat a deep-fryer to 180°C
  • sunflower oil, for deep-frying
Slice the banana shallot finely on a mandoline. Dip the rings in flour, followed by the beaten egg and finally into the breadcrumbs. Fry in the deep-fryer until golden brown and crispy
To cook the grelot onions, place the water in a pan with the butter and bring to the boil to make an emulsion. Cook the grelots in this liquor for 2–3 minutes
Double pod the peas and at the last minute mix with some of the sliced shallot, gherkins and dressing
Cut the pork belly into thick slices and remove the skin. Pan-fry in oil until nicely caramelised ensuring it is heated through
Peel the Roscoffs into layers and drop into the emulsion at the last minute to heat through
To serve, place a slice of pork onto the centre of each plate and arrange the pea tartare, grelot onion and Roscoff onions around. Finish with the shallot rings
First published in 2015

Focused, skilled and intelligent, Paul Foster works with the materials he has around him to create extraordinary dishes which sing with a vibrancy perfectly in tune with their surroundings.

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