Char Siu Pork in Air Fryer

Air Fryer Char Siu Pork

Discover the mouthwatering flavors of homemade Char Siu Pork prepared effortlessly in your air fryer, enhanced with the rich taste of Lee Kum Kee sauce. This traditional Chinese barbecue dish promises tender, succulent pork with a caramelized finish, all achieved conveniently at home. Here’s how you can elevate your cooking with the ease of marinating using a zip lock bag.

Why Choose Lee Kum Kee Sauce?

Lee Kum Kee’s Char Siu Sauce is renowned for its authentic blend of soy sauce, garlic, and Chinese spices, ensuring each bite of your Char Siu Pork is bursting with traditional flavors. Its versatile use allows you to effortlessly recreate restaurant-quality dishes in your own kitchen.

Marinating Made Easy: Zip Lock Bag Method

  1. Preparation: Place pork shoulder or tenderloin in a zip lock bag.
  2. Marinating: Add Lee Kum Kee Char Siu Sauce to the zip lock bag, ensuring the pork is fully coated. Seal the bag tightly and massage the sauce into the meat, allowing it to marinate for at least one hour or overnight in the refrigerator. This method ensures the pork absorbs maximum flavor, resulting in a more tender and flavorful Char Siu.

Cooking Method: Air Fryer Convenience

Utilizing an air fryer simplifies the cooking process while retaining the juiciness and caramelization of the Char Siu Pork.

  1. Air Frying: Preheat the air fryer to 200°C. Transfer the marinated pork from the zip lock bag to the air fryer basket, ensuring it’s in a single layer for even cooking.
  2. Cooking Time: Air fry the pork for 16 minutes, turning halfway through to ensure all sides are evenly cooked and caramelized.
  3. Basting: Brush additional Lee Kum Kee sauce onto the pork during cooking to enhance flavor and achieve a glossy finish.

Serving Suggestions:

Slice your Char Siu Pork and serve it hot over steamed rice, as a filling for sandwiches, or alongside stir-fried vegetables. The versatility of this dish makes it perfect for family dinners or special gatherings.

Why It Works:

  • Enhanced Flavor: Marinating in a zip lock bag allows the pork to absorb the full flavors of Lee Kum Kee sauce.
  • Convenience: The air fryer provides a quick and efficient cooking method, reducing oil usage without compromising on taste or texture.
  • Authenticity: Enjoy restaurant-quality Char Siu Pork with minimal effort, thanks to the authentic taste of Lee Kum Kee sauce.

Elevate your cooking with the convenience of marinating in a zip lock bag and the delicious flavors of Lee Kum Kee sauce. Whether for a weeknight dinner or a celebratory meal, Char Siu Pork prepared in the air fryer is sure to impress with its irresistible taste and tender texture.

Air Fryer Char Siu Pork

Recipe by HankerieCourse: Delicious, Keto


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  • 600g pork tenderloin or pork shoulder (Cut into half)

  • 3 TBSP Lee Kum Kee Char Siu Sauce

  • 1 tsp Garlic powder

  • 1 tsp onion powder

  • 1 TBSP Oyster sauce

  • 1 TBSP honey

  • 1 TBSP soy sauce

  • 1 TBSP Chinese ShaoXing Wine

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder (optional)

  • Garlic Oil & Honey (for cooking)


  • In a zip loc bag, mix together the Lee Kum Kee Char Siu Sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, oyster sauce, honey, soy sauce, Chinese ShaoXing wine and sesame oil to create the marinade.
  • Add the pork to the marinade, ensuring each piece is well coated. Zip the bag and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight, to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 200°C for about 5-10 minutes.
  • The next day, take the marinated pork out and grab a sheet of foil and place it under the pork. Fold the foil up around the pork so that it covers all sides of the meat (leaving the top exposed).
  • Place the marinated pork in a single layer in the air fryer basket, ensuring they are not overcrowded to allow proper air circulation. Brush some of the marinated sauce on the pork.
  • Air fry for 16 minutes in total at 200°C, flipping over and basting at every 8 minutes mark, by brushing marinade sauce and garlic oil. Until you reach an internal temperature of 63°C.
  • If you’d like it more charred, air fry for another 3 minutes each side by flipping over and brush over honey and marinade sauce on top of pork.
  • Once cooked, remove the pork from the air fryer and let it rest for a few minutes. Slice the pork into bite-sized pieces.
  • Garnish the Air Fryer Chinese BBQ Pork Char Siu with corriander, cucumber and cherry tomotoes if desired.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice or noodles, and enjoy your delicious homemade Air Fryer Char Siu!

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  • You can adjust the cooking time depending on the thickness of your pork slices and your air fryer model. Make sure to monitor the pork closely to prevent it from overcooking.