Instant Pot Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork)

Instant Pot Char Siu Recipe (Pressure Cooker Char Siu): make this moist & super tender Chinese BBQ Pork right at home. The sweet & savory flavors will make you scream for more!

No need for a trip to Chinatown! Make your own moist and super tender Instant Pot Char Siu (Pressure Cooker Char Siu Chinese BBQ Pork). Eat them fresh out of the oven. The bite full of sweet and savory flavors with slight melty texture will make your taste buds scream for more! 😀

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5 from 47 votes

I was super excited as we decide to test this Instant Pot Char Siu Recipe (Chinese BBQ Pork).

Oh, I LOVE Char Siu!!

Still remember the days that I would do my happy dance when my parents bring home a white Styrofoam box full of these sweet and savory pieces of Char Siu. I could never NEVER wait that long until dinner to eat them. 😛

Since, they usually leave them on the dining table as they prepare dinner in the kitchen, my siblings and I would go in stealth mode and gobble up a few pieces, then pretend nothing really happened. lol~ Actually, we weren’t the only ones, because Jacky did the exact same thing!

Now we don’t need to wait for those white Styrofoam boxes of goodies anymore because making Instant Pot Char Siu Chinese BBQ Pork at home is much easier than you’d think.

Instant Pot Char Siu Recipe (Pressure Cooker Char Siu): make this moist & super tender Chinese BBQ Pork right at home. The sweet & savory flavors will make you scream for more!

Why Pork Butt Meat?


Pork butt meat or Boston butt is one of our favorite cuts of pork. Don’t worry, we’re not asking you to eat the rear end of the pork. 😉 This is actually the upper part of the pig’s shoulder, above the picnic shoulder cut in the front legs.

This cut of pork is marbled with enough fat to keep the meat moist while cooking. So, remember to pick a piece of pork butt that has some nice marble and fat if you want some melty results for your final Char Siu. Plus, pork butt is a relatively budget cut.

That’s why a lot of people like to use it to make BBQ pulled pork. More importantly, it’s one of the most common cuts to make the best Char Siu in Hong Kong.

Make sure you have these tools for making this Instant Pot Char Siu Recipe.
Instant Pot Char Siu Recipe (Pressure Cooker Char Siu): marinating the pork with the BBQ sauce mixture
Ziploc bag is used for the marinate the pork with it.

Instant Pot Char Siu Recipe (Pressure Cooker Char Siu): Basting the pork with honey sauce mixture

Silicone basting brush: you’ll need to use it to baste and coat the pork with the honey sauce before placing it into the oven.

Instant Pot Char Siu Recipe (Pressure Cooker Char Siu): make this moist & super tender Chinese BBQ Pork right at home. The sweet & savory flavors will make you scream for more!

Testing for Instant Pot Char Siu


We’ve done 3 separate tests before we were satisfied with the results in converting our recipe for the Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker.

First Test

We’ve tried pressure cooking the pork butt meat by submerging it in one cup of water in High Pressure for 18 minutes and Natural Release for 12 minutes.

Results: The Char Siu meat was moist. However, it lacked flavors because the water diluted some of the flavors from the marinade.

Second Test

We’ve used the steam roasting method: pour one cup of water into the inner pot, place a Vegetable Steamer into the pot and place the pork butt meat in the basket. Then. pressure cook at High Pressure for 18 minutes and Natural Release for 12 minutes.

Results: The Char Siu meat was moist and has stronger flavors than the first result.

Third Test

We’ve used the steam roasting method with the same timing and release method. However, we’ve mixed one cup of water with the leftover marinade in the ziploc bag as much as we could and poured all the marinade mixture into the pot.

Though the marinade water mixture in the pot won’t touch the meat, the steam inside the pot will be infused with the flavors of the liquid. So when you pressure cook, the steam will force the flavors into the meat. But the flavor enhancements will be mild.

We’ve also seasoned the marinated meat with a pinch of kosher salt on each side to further enhance the flavors.

For Next Time: We want to try injecting some of the marinade into the meat before pressure cooking. LOL~ 😛 So, that’s it for now.

Now it’s YOUR turn to take out your pressure cooker and cook some Instant Pot Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork)! What do you think of this recipe? Leave us a comment and rate it! See you in the comments 🙂

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Instant Pot Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork)

Make this juicy tender Instant Pot Char Siu Chinese BBQ Pork at home. The sweet & savory flavors will make you scream for more! You may serve this Char Siu over rice or noodles.
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Total: 55 minutes
Servings: 2 - 4
Calories: 223kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients 

Marinade

Instructions

  • Marinate Pork: Use a fork to poke lots of holes all over the pork as deep as your fork allows. Marinate the pork for 30 minutes to 2 hours in a ziploc bag with air squeezed out.
    Remove the pork and marinade from the bag. Pour 1 cup (250ml) of water into the Ziploc bag and mix it with the remaining marinade sticking onto the bag.
  • Pressure Cook Pork: Pour the marinade mixture in Instant Pot pressure cooker, then place the marinated pork butt meat in a steamer basket in Instant Pot. Season the marinated pork with a pinch of kosher salt on both sides.
    Close the lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position. Pressure cook at High Pressure for 18 minutes + 12 minutes Natural Release. Open the lid carefully.
  • Apply Honey Sauce: Mix 2 tbsp (30 ml) regular soy sauce with honey in a small bowl.
    *Pro Tip: This sauce is to give some killer sweetness and color to the outer layer of the pork butt meat.
    Brush this honey sauce generously onto the pork butt meat.
  • Broil Pork in Oven: Preheat oven to 450°F. Place pork in oven and broil for roughly 4 - 6 minutes per side until the honey sauce on both sides are browned with some black bits.
  • Serve: Serve the tasty char siu with rice or noodles and the leftover honey sauce on the side. Enjoy~ 🙂
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Nutrition:

Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 832mg | Potassium: 422mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keyword: char siu instant pot, char siu pork instant pot, instant pot char siu, pressure cooker char siu
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Make this moist & super tender Char Siu Chinese BBQ Pork with the pressure cooker at home. The sweet & savory flavors will make you scream for more!

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Shirley

Hi there

I was wondering if I could use chicken drumsticks?

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Belle

Finally tried making it today. It was easy and tasted just as good as the BBQ Pork from Chinatown. Yum Yum Yum. Now I don’t have to drive to Chinatown to pay $10 for a pound of BBQ Pork anymore. Thank you very much. Love all your recipes.5 stars

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bogey

Costco has large cuts of pork shoulder, which I usually cut into 4-5 lbs portions. Can you give tips for cooking larger volumes of meat at once? ie if I did a 4-5 lb piece cut into 3-4 strips, would I use 5x the marinade and 5 cups of water, or a lower multiplier? How does the cooking time change per lb added of meat? A little table showing changes in marinade/fluid volume/cooking time per pound of meat cooked would be super helpful!! 🙂

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Carol

Hello from Sydney, Australia! I’m new to pressure cooking and must say this was a so successful! I actually had some pork marinating in a char sui marinade in the freezer from a different web site but used your method. I used what we call here in Australia pork collar, or sometimes marketed as pork scotch fillet. Cooked for the amount of time specified in the recipe and it turned out so so tender. Next time though I will line my baking tray with foil or baking paper as the glaze was a mess to clean up. Thanks for a… Read more »

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Laura Richardson

Delicious! I couldn’t find Chu Hou Sauce at my local Asian market so I bought sauce for Shoyu Chicken, Chinese Style, instead because the main ingredient was Hoisin, and I used Fermented Chili Bean sauce, which had some spice to it. I marinated 18 hours and tripled the recipe but only used 2 cups water, put the meat in the sauce like one reviewer suggested, and increased the time by about 5 mins due to altitude and wanting more tender meat. It was perfect!! {8 qt Ultra}5 stars

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Nat T

Any adjustments needed if I’m using a 3qt instant pot?

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Nat T

Thanks! I made this with a 1 pound port tenderloin using the pressure cooking method and timing from the pork tenderloin recipe. I then put the honey glaze on the pork broil as mentioned in this recipe and things came out a bit overdone. I think next time I’ll reduce the natural release timing from 15 minutes to 12 minutes then honey glaze and broil for about 4 minutes on each side. Let me know you think those adjustments will work.

Mina Lee

I have pork tenderloin. 🙁 can i still use this type to make cha siu? I also dont have the Chinese red fermented bean curd.

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Kathleen

Great recipe! Will make again as it was simple and tasty.5 stars

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Alison

Hi I’m wondering if I can use this recipe for pork belly? And how that would change the cook times?
Thanks!
Alison

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Jk

My family loved this , I added an extra Hosin sauce when finished before going into the oven .5 stars

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