How To Marinate Liempo For Grilling

How To Marinate Liempo For Grilling

How To Marinate Liempo For Grilling? Liempo Inihaw is the filipin name of pork belly. Liempo is the boneless and fatty cut-out part of the pig. It is widely served, as a cuisine in Latin America, China, Korea, Denmark, Thailand, Denmark, and the Philippines. It is cooked in several delicious ways, grilling, cooking in the oven, steam cooking, and barbecue.

Ingredients To Marinate Liempo For Grilling

Filipinos own a classic style to prepare Liempo inihaw. To make it in a traditional Filipino style, you need the following ingredients:

  • Lemon juice or vinegar
  • Soy sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Banana sauce
  • Salt for taste
  • Black pepper
  • Pork seasoning (liquid or powder form)
  • Brown sugar
  • Chili peppers
  • Minced garlic

After you have cleaned the Liempo Inihaw, you can start to season it. This has a very strong flavor that many people enjoy, but if you want to tone down the taste then this is a good time to do that as well. You can use any type of seasoning including salt and pepper, lemon juice, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, or whatever else your heart desires.

Next, skewer the Liempo Inihaw. You should skewer one side of the fillet and then cut a slit to make a pocket for stuffing with whatever type of sauce or topping you would like.

The final step of cooking Liempo Inihaw on the grill is putting on some oil onto your hands and rubbing them all over the outside of the fillet so that there is an even coat on top of it all. This will give your fillet more flavor while also ensuring that it does not stick to anything on your grill during cooking.

Marination Tips To Enrich The Flavor Of Liempo Inihaw

To understand marination in simple words, it is the process that includes mixing the ingredients and sauces with your desired meat in a bowl, covering the bowl, and leaving it for a certain amount of time. In the meantime, the sauce would absorb the pork, making it tender and tasteful. 

Here are a few marination tips for you to make your Liempo inihaw more flavorsome and have the guests come over to the dinner or lunch asking for the recipe! 

  • You don’t need to cut your pork belly meat during its marination process in cube shapes or long slices rather put cuts 1-2 millimeters deep in the whole piece of meat in front of you.
  • Acidic sauces are proven to be the most effective marinades because it denatures the muscle protein, tenderize the meat, and allow the acids to penetrate deeply into the pork. 
  • Add sugar because sugar gives your pork a fascinating shade of brown making people swear it’s delicious even when they haven’t tested it yet.
  • Never forget to add salt because it tenderizes and seasons the meat faster than the other ingredients.
  • The best duration to let the meat soak in the marinades is 30 minutes to an hour preferred, but you can leave it for more than 10 hours or overnight as well if the meat you’re cooking is very thick. Leaving it for a longer duration will give the acids the time to soften their outer layer and meat texture turning them perfectly ready for grilling.
  • Add oil as it keeps both meat and marinating ingredients from sticking to each other and losing their essence. 
  • Always let the ingredients uncover their effects in the refrigerator. Allowing the pork to marinate at room temperature will only cause the bacteria to increase their number rapidly because you don’t want to turn your food unhealthy by your own hands, do you?

How Long You Should Soak Liempo Inihaw In Marinade

To cook Liempo inihaw in traditional Filipino grilled style, you need to allow the pork to marinate for about 30-40minutes before you take it out, grill cook it.

There is a good variety of ways available in the market to cook Mahi Mahi with skin on one side. Nevertheless, the way that we will discuss next will make sure to serve you a delicious meal without being hectic. Let us jump in

Ingredients You Will Need To Grill

  1. 1 kg raw mahi-mahi with skin on one side
  2. ½ cup olive oil(One can use any vegetable oil as well)
  3. 1 tsp gram flour
  4. Also 1 tsp pepper
  5. 1 tsp curd
  6. ½ ginger garlic paste(One can use ginger garlic powder as well)
  7. 1 teaspoon Dried and powdered coriander 
  8. 1 tsp onion powder
  9. Dried parsley to taste
  10. Salt to taste
  11. Paprika powder to taste

What You Should Never Do To Marinate Liempo For Grilling

  • For a per pound of pork belly, generally ½ cup of marinating ingredients (seasoning and sauces) are enough. 
  • You should never soak the pork in the marinade for more than an hour maximum because it will turn the outer layers of pork turn mushy and cook the meat in the marinade before you even have the chance to take it out, grill it. 
  • If you let the pork marinate for 2 hours or more, it will pickle the pork, causing pork to change its texture and taste completely.
  • Avoid marinating in metal containers to prevent acidic marinades from reacting with the metal. 
  • Allowing the pork to marinate in sealable plastic bags does two things to the pork, first in resealable bags, the air releases. It is causing the marinade to penetrate the pork from all sides. Second, it causes even marination of pork from every side possible.
  • Make sure the meat is fresh and recently purchased. Because the frozen does not allow the penetration of marinades at any cost so. And also marinating frozen or already refrigerated pork is simply a waste of time and effort. Thus one can easily grill it. 


Pork belly meat is cooked and served in various ways. The people Asians and America all around the globe mostly enjoy. Liempo inihaw is dealt with as a main dish by people who cook and eat it. This is allowing several different side dishes into the scene. Traditionally, Liempo inihaw is serve and enjoy with sticky boiled rice.

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