Lechon Cebu Style

Tuesday, February 28th 2023

Cebu-style Lechon is a popular roasted pork dish in the Philippines, known for its crispy skin and juicy meat. Here's a recipe for Cebu-style Lechon:


  • 4-5 kg whole pig (cleaned and gutted)
  • 2 stalks of lemongrass (tanglad), crushed
  • 10-15 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2-3 tablespoons of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup of vinegar
  • 2-3 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of annatto powder
  • 2-3 cups of water


  1. Mix the garlic, salt, and black pepper in a bowl. Rub the mixture all over the pig, including the inside cavity.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the vinegar, soy sauce, and annatto powder. Rub the mixture all over the pig, making sure to cover the entire surface.
  3. Stuff the lemongrass into the pig's cavity.
  4. Place the pig on a roasting spit, securing it tightly. You can also use an oven or a grill.
  5. Roast the pig over medium heat for 3-4 hours or until the skin is crispy and golden brown.
  6. Baste the pig with water every 20-30 minutes to keep it moist.
  7. Once the pig is cooked, remove it from the spit and let it rest for 15-20 minutes before carving.

Note: This recipe is for a whole pig, but you can adjust the ingredients and cooking time for smaller cuts of pork.