Air Fryer BBQ Pork Char Siu 氣炸鍋蜜汁叉燒

Chinese BBQ Air Fryer Char Siu recipe

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Making Char Siu at home is very easy. This Chinese BBQ Air Fryer Char Siu recipe gets the pork perfectly charred, sticky, and moist inside! All you need is 30 minutes, and you can wrap your fingers around this restaurant-quality barbecue pork you are so used to ordering for Chinese take-out!





  1. Wash pork and pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. Trim excess fat off the pork shoulder or pork butt.
  3. Portion and slice the pork shoulder or pork butt into large 2 to 3-inch strips in length and approximately 1.5 inches thick.
  4. Add Lee Kum Kee Char Siu Sauce in an extra-large freezer-safe ziplock bag.
  5. Add the portioned pork into the ziplock bag. Remove as much air as you can before sealing the bag.
  6. Massage the sauce onto the pork through the ziplock bag.
  7. Let the pork marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. Overnight is preferred.


Cooking / Air Frying

  1. Preheat air fryer at 400F.
  2. Add the pork into the air fryer basket and baste the top of each pork with 2 tablespoons of char siu sauce, then spray cooking oil onto the pork and air fry at 400F for 8 minutes.
  3. After 10 minutes, flip the pork over, repeat the step above and air fry at 400F for another 8 minutes.


Honey Glaze

  1. Baste the top of each pork with 2 teaspoons of honey air fry at 400F for another 2 minutes.
  2. After 2 minutes, flip the pork over and repeat this step.


Enjoy and Serve

  1. Carefully remove the barbecue pork from the air fryer with kitchen tongs.
  2. Let it rest for a few minutes.
  3. Slice the Char Siu and test for doneness.



  • Depending on the air fryer model, you may want to adjust the cooking time, increase or reduce it by 1 to 2 minutes, and avoid overcooking the barbecue pork.
  • Finish and glaze with honey if desired.
  • This recipe was made in a Ninja Foodi 10-in-1 Pressure, Slow Cooker, Air Fryer.
  • For even cooking, don’t overcrowd the air fryer. Arrange the barbecue pork in a single layer.
  • Preheat the air fryer for a more even cooking heat distribution.
  • Use air fryer parchment paper and line the bottom of the pan for easy clean ups


Keywords: Chinese, recipes, char siu, cha siew, bbq pork, roasted pork, pork tenderloin, pork shoulder, boston butt, 氣炸鍋,蜜汁,叉燒

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