Crispy Pata with Sauce Recipe

Make your crispy pata even better.

Crispy pata is even better with sawsawan, or dipping sauces! When using this recipe, save time by cooking two pork legs at the same time. This way, one is always ready in the freezer for deep frying.


Crispy Pata with Sauce Recipe

Roselle Miranda
Make your crispy pata even better.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 6


Crispy Pata with Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 kilos pork pata whole
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons Salt
  • 1 medium red onion peeled, quartered
  • water as needed
  • 1 1/2 liters Oil for deep frying, or as needed
  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar


  • Place pata in a large pressure cooker. Cover with enough water to cover about an inch over the meat. Add peppercorns, salt, and onion. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil. Cover, then lock lid. Lower to a simmer. Pressure-cook about 40 minutes. Release pressure before opening lid. Test for tenderness.
  • Remove pata from the liquid. Discard liquid, or reserve for another use. Wrap pata in foil, then freeze overnight.
  • When ready to cook, remove pata from freezer. Remove foil. Heat oil in a deep pot over medium heat. Using large tongs, lower pata slowly in the hot oil. Let fry until browned and crispy. Flip, and cook until both sides are equally browned and crispy. Drain on paper towels. Serve with dips.
  • Make the classic dipping sauce: Mix soy sauce, vinegar, and sugar in bowl until dissolved. Stir in 1 small onion, peeled, chopped. Recipe originally published in the April 2016 issue of Good Housekeeping.
Keyword dipping sauce
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Most Popular Recipes

My Agile Privacy
We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on By continued use, you agree to our privacy policy and accept our use of such cookies. Find out more here.
Warning: some page functionalities could not work due to your privacy choices