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Sweet caramelized pork with rice

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So much flavor in your plate-try this sticky caramelized pork with rice and you will enjoy every bite of it,i promise!

close shot of caramelized sticky meat on top of white rice

What can i say about the most delicious pork i ever tried? A perfect balance of salt from soy sauce and brown sugar gives this dish an incredible taste!

And when you simmer it for a while, it gives it that caramel effect, so beloved by everyone. Add some simple white rice and the dish is complete.

What part of pork to use?

I don’t recommend to use any lean part of pork, like loin or tenderloin. The dish will be pretty dry! The best meat to use will be pork shoulder ( that’s what i used here), pork belly or boneless pork ribs. It has just right amount of fat to keep the pork tender and moist.

How to serve caramel pork

The best way to serve this pork recipe would be probably with plain white rice. It will be a perfect fit for a flavorful pork sauce. Another delicious option for the side will be sauteed vegetables. Leave them on a crunchy side to freshen up your plate.

pork and rice dish with chopped green onions on top in a white bowl

Perfect sticky pork tips

I received lots of comments about this recipe, here and on Pinterest. People love the recipe! But also i got a number of complaints, so lets try to fix mistakes before you actually make them.

  • It doesn’t caramelize! Before you start cooking, make sure that your cooking pan is actually a pan and not a pot. You need a large surface to let the liquid evaporate faster. If you will use a deep pot in this recipe, it will take forever for the sauce to get thick.
  • It smells too intense during cooking! This recipe calls for a fish sauce. Fish sauce is widely used in East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisine. It is made from fish or krill that has been salted and fermented for up to two years. This is why it smells pretty intense for some people. But fish sauce is recognized by its UMAMI flavor in dishes, and that exactly what we are looking for while making this caramelized sticky pork dish
  • WHY i use so much water. We need pork to not just be cooked through, but to be very tender. That is why i used 2 cups of water to let it cook well. Do not cover it with the lid, you need that water to evaporate and the sauce to thicken.
  • If your pork piece is too fatty, use less water because the pork will release lots of liquid itself. Stir it every once in a while while cooking.

All the sauces used in this recipe can be found in the Asian market or any grocery store at the Asian food section.

Rice i used for this dish

I prefer basmati rice for most of my dishes. Big supermarkets sell it in huge bags for a good price. Last time i got the 50 lb bag of Indian basmati rice and we will probably eat it for the whole year.

When i have to store it in the summertime, i prefer dry cool places and an air tight container. It will prevent the rice from being contaminated with food moth. Fridge is also a great place to store rice, but not everyone will have that much in the refrigerator.

In winter we have no problems storing rice just in the pantry 🙂

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4.69 from 47 votes

Sweet caramelized pork with rice

Flavor explosion in your plate-try this sticky caramelized pork and you will enjoy every bite of it,i promise!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: caramelized pork, sticky pork
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 343kcal


  • 2 lb pork butt or boneless ribs
  • 1/2 onion
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1-2 cups water UPDATE: start with 1 cup and than add more if needed
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tspn olive oil
  • cooked white rice
  • green onions for garnish


  • Chop the onion and cut pork in small pieces. Heat olive oil in a large WIDE skillet and cook onions and pork for about 5 minutes until the meat is well browned.
  • To the same skillet add water, soy sauce, sugar and fish sauce, bring to a light boil and simmer for the next 30 minutes to 1 hour ( or until almost all the water will become a thick, brown caramel like sauce)
  • Stir it and serve your caramel pork over rice with some green onions for garnish


The nutrition information is calculated without rice


Calories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 408mg | Potassium: 810mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 2.9mg

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators.

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Recipe Rating


Tuesday 18th of August 2020

Did this with shoulder chops cut into bite size pieces that were marinated in the sauce and then cooked. Served over white rice, with some steamed Chinese veggies!!! Awesome!


Wednesday 5th of August 2020

Great recipe. Perfect for using leftover pork ribs. Took less than 30 minutes and sauce was great.


Sunday 26th of July 2020

One of the Best Pork Recipe i have ever tried. I used boneless pork ribs and Iswear to God it taste Amazing.


Thursday 6th of August 2020

@Yvonne do you add pork to sauce or pour sauce over pork. That’s part of recipe missing.


Monday 20th of July 2020

Second time making this recipe. We loved the sauce so much the first time, I doubled those ingredients the second time so we could have extra for the rice. I cook up Vidalia onion, red bell pepper and mushrooms for a side. Such an easy and delicious weeknight meal!


Sunday 19th of July 2020

I make this a lot. I use Worcestershire sauce instead of fish sauce (no fishy smell), and add a touch of sweet chili sauce for a kick. Don’t turn the burner down or cover while simmering. I simmer uncovered on medium. Long simmering in the sauce as it reduces will make your pork nice and tender. I also cook this in a wok (more stirring required), but have cooked in a skillet. Either way, sticky and delicious!!!