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Char Siu (平底锅叉燒)

Char Siu (平底锅叉燒)

Making Char Siu, or Chinese BBQ Pork, in a skillet or frying pan is a fantastic alternative for those who don't have access to a grill or oven. This method allows you to achieve a deliciously caramelized exterior and tender, flavorful meat with the convenience of stovetop cooking. Here's a simple recipe to make Char Siu in a skillet.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese


For the Pork:

  • 500 g pork tenderloin or pork belly sliced into thick strips
  • For the Marinade:
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese Shaoxing wine or dry sherry
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • A pinch of salt

For Cooking:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


Prepare the Marinade:

  • In a bowl, combine soy sauce, hoisin sauce, honey, oyster sauce, Shaoxing wine, five-spice powder, minced garlic, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Mix well to create a smooth marinade.

Marinate the Pork:

  • Place the pork strips in the marinade, ensuring they are well coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight for the best flavor.

Pan Fry the Pork:

  • Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet or frying pan over medium heat.
  • Add the marinated pork strips, reserving the leftover marinade for basting. Cook for 7-10 minutes on one side until it starts to caramelize.

Baste and Flip:

  • Baste the pork with the reserved marinade, then flip the strips over. Continue to cook for another 7-10 minutes on the other side, basting occasionally, until the pork is cooked through and the outside is nicely caramelized.

Rest and Slice:

  • Transfer the cooked Char Siu to a cutting board and let it rest for a few minutes.
  • Slice the pork into bite-sized pieces.


  • Serve your skillet Char Siu hot with rice and vegetables, or let it cool and use it as a filling for buns or sandwiches.

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