This Is How You Can Make Sisig With Any Pork Cut

The trick is knowing what to look for.

IMAGE Erwin Obcemea

The only way to make real pork sisig is really by using the maskara or the pork head meat which includes the tenga or ears. It's usually leftover from the lechon where the rest of the lechon is already cut away, leaving the tail, legs, and the head meat for an authentic sisig recipe and other leftover pork dishes.  

However, you do not have to have leftover lechon to make a delicious sisig. There are a number of pork cuts you can use to make a tasty sisig that can be as crunchy as you want it to be. These cuts can be from any part of the pig, but the key to making sisig that has the crunch you want is to use a pork cut that has fatty skin.      

These can be from any of these pork cuts

  • • pata (leg)
  • • liempo (belly) 
  • • pigue (ham)
  • • kasim (shoulder) 

Use any of these cuts of pork to make an easy sisig recipe with the skin since its the skin that will become gelatinized and create the crispy bits you want and are looking for in crispy sisig. The best way to do this is to simmer the pork cuts until tender and the skin starts to become almost translucent. 


Here are three tried-and-tested recipes you can try: 

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The crispy pata is a favorite at bars and restaurants, but if you have the whole knuckle in your freezer ready to cook, you don't need to go through the whole process of making crispy pata if you want sisig. Instead, chop off the meat and the skin into small chunks and then season as desired using this recipe.     


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2 Easy Pata Sisig Recipe 

You can even use the pata slices that you find at the butcher for sisig. This is actually easier to cook since these are already cut up into slices that will tenderize and gelatinize faster. The added bonus of creating a flavorful stock from these cuts will prove to be useful for your other dishes, so save the stock you used to tenderize it for other dishes.


Meanwhile, all these need to become sisig to be seasoned with the basic ingredients in this recipe. 

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Once you have your sisig, you can then decide to serve it up with some steamed rice and your choice of dip or try any of these recipes that transform the sisig into something even more. 

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