Sous Vide Char Siu

The lovely Cherry from the Studio Snacks blog used her Nomiku to make some amazing Sous Vide Char Siu (a Chinese roast pork dish). She was kind enough to let us share her recipe in full below! It’s Paleo-friendly, if you’re into it! Check it out below:


Cook time: 4 hours sous vide

Serves 4


  • 2 lb Pork Loin Roast (mine was pre-tied from the store)
  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • 1/3 cup Coconut Aminos
  • 1 Tablespoon Almond Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Five Spice Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Ground Ginger
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 tablespoon Tomato Paste


  1. Throw everything in a large vacuum seal bag, and let it sous vide at 60°C (140°F) for 4 hours.
  2. If you don’t have an automatic ice maker in your freezer, start manually making ice. About two trays. You’ll need this for the quick cooling later.
  3. When the time is up, immediately take the package out and dunk in an ice bath. This helps the pork quickly cool past the “danger zone,” a warm temperature range that encourages bacteria growth. Cooling your meat after sous vide also ensures that you won’t over-cook it when you go to sear it in the next step.
  4. When you cut open your vacuum bag, first pour out all the marinade liquid into a pot. Start simmering this down to a thick sauce.
  5. Meanwhile, take the pork loin out of the bag and slice into 6 even slices— about 1″inch thick.
  6. Heat up a fry pan with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to smoke point on high heat. Sear each piece of pork. (I only do two sections at once, if you’re doing more, use a bigger fry pan and more coconut oil) With the crispy charred exterior, it is now proper char sou!
  7. Cut the individual pieces of loin into 1/4″ inch slices, and serve hot with the thick marinade sauce. I added the leftover oil from frying the char siu into the marinade sauce to get a more flow-y consistency.


Photos and recipe by Studio Snacks. Republished with permission. 

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