Pork is such versatile meat to use in cooking. There are so many cuts of pork to choose from, and it is meat that goes will in almost all cuisines.
While you may be used to eating pork chops or pork belly, the leg of a pork is something that is not as common to use.
However, it is a tasty cut of meat that is full of flavor. It is definitely underrated, and something that I wanted to incorporate more into my own cooking.
As a result I went on a hunt to find and try out some pork legs recipes. I was surprised by how many there were!
In this article, I have compiled a list of my 25 favorite choices. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did!
If you are looking for a flavorful roasted pork leg recipe this is a great option. It is an easy recipe to follow, and contains a sauce made with beer, garlic, and achiote. The flavors soak into the leg as they cook slowly, which tastes divine!
If you are looking for a more traditional recipe option, this is my favorite choice. When you follow the recipe the leg of pork is cooked perfected. It is soft, on the inside, and the skin has a great amount of crunch.
The flavors are not too overpowering, and the lemon zest compliments the meat well.
The honey sauce created with this recipe is mouth wateringly good. It compliments the meat well, and provides the prefect balance of sweet and savory flavors.
The recipe is easy to follow and the perfectly cooked pork is great when served with potatoes and vegetables.
Sometimes, simple is just what you need. This Italian recipe uses rosemary, garlic, fennel seeds, salt and pepper to season the leg of pork.
The preparation time is low, and the meat tastes fantastic when cooked. This is a great option if you are not too adventurous with the flavors you want to try, but you are looking for a tasty option.
Crackling is one of my favorite parts of the pork leg, especially when it is cooked to perfection. This recipe creates delicious crackling, that is melt in the mouth. The meat is tender, and the apple sauce is the perfect accompaniment for the meat.
This recipe is full of flavor, and is one of the tastiest ones I have featured. What I love about this recipe is that everything is cooked in one pan, which makes the prepping a lot easier.
All the food finishes cooking at the same time, and it makes 8 servings in total.
The shallots included in this recipe, add a great amount of flavor to the pork. As the meat is slow cooked, this allows the pork to be cooked to perfection.
The meat itself is tender, and this is great when served with mashed potatoes and vegetables. It is a great traditional recipe to follow.
Not only does the pork taste tender and juicy when using this recipe, but the herb stuffing balls are fantastic too. While they are easy to make, they are full of flavor!
If you want a traditional Thai recipe, this braised pork leg recipe is fantastic. It provides a delicious flavor, and the meat, egg, vegetable and rice work well together.
This meal is fulling, and I love the mix of sweet and savory flavors.
This is a great dish to serve over the Christmas period. I love how crispy the skin of the pork is, and how juicy and soft the meat is. This traditional dish is full of flavor, and looks impressive when served too.
While this recipe features a leg of pork, the meat is served off the bone, which is great if you are serving this meal to younger children. The paprika, mixed with the sage, rosemary, and garlic is a great combination of flavors.
This African spiced dish is fantastic, and a great option if you are looking for something different. The oregano, caraway and cumin seeds mixed with the turmeric is fantastic.
The meat cooks perfectly when following this recipe too.
This is a simple recipe, but it is filling and tastes fantastic, especially when served with a side salad, or vegetables.
If you enjoy sweet, savory, and spices mixed together, you have to try this recipe. It is a slightly longer recipe to follow, but the preparation and cooking times is absolutely worth it.
If you are looking for a traditional Chinese recipe, that has a slightly modern twist, this is a fantastic option. It is great if you want a recipe that has a quick preparation time too.
While the meat will take 7 hours to cook, it is a great option if you have a slow cooker.
When this recipe describes itself as having the perfect cracking, it is certainly correct. The crackling is perfectly crispy, and the apple sauce tastes incredible.
This is another fantastic braised pork leg recipe. It is simple to follow, and is full of flavor.
If you enjoy pork leg with honey glaze, you are going to want to try apricot glaze. It is arguably better than honey as it is full of flavor. It creates a sweet addition to the pork crackling, and compliments the meat well.
When served with roasted vegetables, it makes such a fantastic evening meal.
This recipe is truly amazing, especially if you are looking for something a bit different. The barbecue sauce is smoky and sweet, and works well with the pork. This is fantastic to serve on a warm day.
While you may not think that banana blossoms and pork leg works together, prepare to be proven wrong. This is such a filling and tasty meal. This recipe is Filipino, and is super easy to make.
If slow cooked meats are something you enjoy, this recipe is a great choice to try. The pork cooks evenly, and is soft and juicy. Although it is a simple recipe to follow, it tastes delicious and always provides great results.
What’s not to love about this recipe? Deep-fried pork leg? Yes please!
The braised port mixed with the red bean curd works really well together. This recipe is easy to follow, and is super filling too!
I loved how many flavors were included in this recipe. It is a great option if you are looking for something a little different, and enjoy stews.
It is particularly great during the Winter months, when the weather is colder. It is warming and filling.
Last but not least, I have this delicious recipe. Pork leg on rice is super simple to make, and it is delicious and healthy too!
I hope that you have found some inspiration on how to use pork legs from this article. As you can see, this is such a versatile cut of meat that is used across the globe in many delicious recipes.
Which recipe are you going to try first?