BEST Char Siu Sauce Recipe Whip up a batch of this delicious and versatile sauce in less than 10 minutes and then use it on your pork, chicken, seafood, rice, noodles, in your stir-fries, and more! The flavors are bold and vibrant and will make your taste buds sing!
Homemade Char Siu Sauce
Char siu refers to the famous Cantonese preparation of roasted pork. Translated as “fork roasted”, pork is slathered with the classic sauce and then roasted in the oven or over a fire. It’s popular throughout China, Southwest Asia and Japan.
The crowning feature of char siu pork is its barbecue sauce. Sticky, sweet and salty with deep umami undertones, its flavors are bold and vibrant. By making it yourself you not only leave out all the junk ingredients that come packed in the store-bought sauce, you also get a vastly superior tasting product – all in less than 10 minutes!
We’re featuring this homemade char siu sauce as a standalone recipe because of its versatility – it is SO delicious! Besides using it to make the classic barbecued char siu pork there are many more ways to use this incredibly delicious sauce!
How to Use Char Siu Sauce
- As a marinade or glaze for barbecued pork (most commonly belly, loin, shoulder or ribs)
- As a marinade or glaze for barbecued chicken and seafood
- Brushed on grilled veggies
- Added to ramen soups
- As a filling in Chinese steamed buns
- Added to stir-fries
- Drizzled over rice or dumplings
- As a dipping sauce
- ….and any other way your heart desires!
Char Siu Sauce Recipe
This sauce is easy to make, you just need to gather up the ingredients. Each ingredient is important to achieving the best overall flavor so don’t be tempted to omit any of them. While you can absolutely use store-bought, for the very best flavor we highly recommend making our homemade Hoisin Sauce and Chinese Five Spice, two of the ingredients you’ll need for making this sauce.
Let’s get started!
Simply combine the ingredients in a small saucepan.
Bring the sauce to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
Turn off the heat and let the sauce cool completely.
Store the sauce in the refrigerator where it will keep for at least 2 weeks.
For more delicious homemade Asian condiments be sure to try our:
- Teriyaki Sauce
- Sweet and Sour Sauce
- Black Bean Sauce
- Hoisin Sauce
- Sweet Chili Sauce
- Ponzu Sauce
- Yum Yum Sauce
- Kecap Manis
- Plum Sauce
BEST Char Siu Sauce
- 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
- homemade hoisin sauce (HIGHLY recommended for best flavor!)
- 1/3 cup soy sauce or tamari
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons Chinese rice wine
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce (optional)
- 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons Chinese five spice
- homemade Chinese five spice (HIGHLY recommended for best flavor!)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- a few drop of natural red food coloring (optional for traditional red color)
- Place all of the ingredients in a small saucepan except for the food coloring (if using). Bring it a boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it cool completely.Store in the refrigerator where the sauce will keep for at least 2 weeks. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.
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