Honey garlic ham hocks... and the takeout substitute

Ontario Pork Blog

17 March 2017

Honey garlic ham hocks... and the takeout substitute

Lori Kennedy

Honey garlic ham hocks... and the takeout substitute

Lori Kennedy

Lori Kennedy is the publisher of EatInEatOut™ MAGAZINE. She also does all the cooking, writing and photography for EatInEatOut™  THE BLOG. She believes in quick, easy, (mostly) healthy recipes using everyday ingredients that are ready in 30 minutes. Oh… plus the occasional decadent dessert!

Craving some takeout? When you plan ahead, these Honey Garlic Ham Hocks can be ready in a snap. Serve with steamed rice and some fresh broccoli or bok choy for a delicious family meal.

Ham hocks are easy to prepare ahead of time. Just put all the ingredients in a pot and let it bubble away for 2 hours.

When you have finished poaching the ham hocks, remove the skin and fat and pop them into to oven to firm up the meat a bit. Finish the dish now, or refrigerate the meat for later. It only takes 10 minutes to make the sauce and toss with the meat.

A perfect combination: gooey, delicious honey-garlic sauce and tender, moist pork. A fast-food meal, made right at home. Enjoy!

Yield: serves 4
Preparation Time: 10-15 minutes
Cooking Time: 2 hours and 10 minutes



  • 4 x 500 g ham hocks
  • 1 large carrot, rough chopped
  • 1 onion, rough chopped
  • 1 celery stick, rough chopped
  • 3 Tbsp fresh parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Honey Garlic Sauce

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 4 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Sesame seeds
  • Green onion, sliced

Cooking Instructions:

To make ham hocks:

  1. Place ham hocks in a large Dutch oven. Add carrot, onion, celery and herbs. Cover with water.
  2. Bring to boil over medium-high heat, reduce to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 2 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 ºF. Remove ham hocks from liquid and place on a roasting tray. Remove the skin and trim off all fat to reveal the meat. Discard skin and fat. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile make the honey garlic sauce (see below)
  5. Remove ham hocks from oven. Pull meat away from the bones and either chop or shred.
  6. Add meat to the honey garlic sauce and stir to coat.
  7. Serve with steamed rice and vegetables, or in lettuce cups with a dash of sriracha. Top with sesame seeds and some sliced green onion.

To make honey garlic sauce:

  1. Combine all ingredients, except cornstarch and water, in a small sauce pan.
  2. Combine cornstarch with water in a small dish to make a slurry, and then stir into sauce pan mixture.'
  3. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 2-4 minutes on low, stirring, until thickened.

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