Braised Pork Shank with Miso


This comforting stew from Andrew Zimmern gets its wonderful, deep flavor from slow-simmered pork with miso, soy sauce, chiles, ginger and garlic. Slideshow:  Pork Soups & Stews 

Braised Pork Shank with Miso
Photo: © Madeleine Hill
Active Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins


  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil

  • 4 pork shanks (about 3 3/4 pounds)

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • 1 yellow onion, coarsely chopped

  • 3 cups water

  • 3/4 cup light brown or red miso

  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce

  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced peeled fresh ginger (from one 3-inch piece)

  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced garlic cloves

  • 5 dried red chiles, such as chiles de Arbol

  • 1 bunch scallions, coarsely chopped, plus more for garnish

  • Cooked white rice, to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°. In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat the peanut oil. Season the pork with salt and pepper. Add the shanks to the casserole and cook over moderate heat, turning, until browned all over, about 20 minutes; transfer to a plate.

  2. Add the onion to the casserole and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 4 minutes. Stir in the water, miso, brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, chiles and scallions. Add the shanks and any juices and bring to a boil. Cover and braise in the oven for 2 hours, until the pork is very tender. Garnish with scallions and serve with rice.

Make Ahead

The stew can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.

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