Low-sodium Ginger Pork (Genen buta no shougayaki)

Ginger pork is a Japanese comfort food that has been satisfying hungry appetites for decades. Enjoy the goodness of ginger pork minus the sodium with this healthy recipe!

Low-sodium Ginger Pork (Genen buta no shougayaki)
Photographed by Keiko Baba

Recipe by
Masako Kono





Calorie count is per serving.

Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 4 slices pork loin (3-5 mm thick slices) (150 g)
  • [A]

    • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
    • 1 tbsp sake
    • 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
    • 1/2 tbsp ginger (grated)
  • Cabbage (shredded), as needed
  • Vegetable oil



Make small cuts between the meat and fat to cut the tendons.


Combine the ingredients for [A].


Oil a frying pan with 2 tsp of vegetable oil. Place the pork slices in the pan so they don't overlap, and cook over medium-high heat until both sides are browned. If a lot of fat renders out, use a paper towel to blot it up.


Add [A] and cook to coat. Plate up and serve with shredded cabbage.


* 0.8 g salt (per serving)
Cut down on your salt intake by reducing the amount of soy sauce to 1/3 the normal amount and adding 1 tbsp of mayonnaise. 1 tbsp of mayonnaise contains only 0.3 g of sodium while adding richness and a depth of flavor.