Sous Vide Char Siu Pork Tenderloin

Sous Vide Char Siu Pork Tenderloin

Sous Vide Char Siu Pork Tenderloin

These sous vide char siu pork tenderloins are a straight mouthgasm. First off, sous vide pork tenderloin is simply unbelievable. It is insanely tender and juicy. The definition of perfection. Then you glaze the tenderloin with a delectable char siu marinade and you have the perfect flavor profile.

Do yourself a favor and make this recipe stat.

Time and Temperature

Through loads of experimentation, we’ve found that cooking pork tenderloin at 60C/140F for 2 hours is the perfect combo. Cooking the tenderloin for two hours break down the connective tissue (collagen), which results in extremely tender, juicy pork. Also, cooking the tenderloin at a temperature of 140F ensures that the pork is a beautiful medium rare with great texture. Just make sure you have a reliable sous vide that accurately regulates the temperature of the bath or your results may vary (check out the Anova or Joule). For other time and temperature options, check out our cooking guide here.

Special Equipment

Although you only need a sous vide machine for this recipe, it helps to know you are equipped with the best kitchen tools possible. Below are equipment we feel will give this recipe an extra boost. You can also check out our full list of recommended gear here.

Cast Iron Skillet – If you are looking to take your searing game to the next level, we recommend you invest in a cast iron skillet. By using a cast iron in this recipe, you’ll achieve a deep sear on the pork tenderloin. Cast irons are also extremely handy for searing just about any and all sous vide meat. Lodge offers the best quality and price, which is why it is our favorite cast iron brand.

Sous Vide Char Siu Pork Tenderloin

In this recipe we glaze a tender, juicy sous vide pork tenderloin with a classic Chinese char siu marinade, and the results are incredible.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword asian, char siu, chinese, pork, pork tenderloin, sous vide
Prep Time 5 minutes
Hands-On Cook Time 10 minutes
Sous Vide TIme 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 2 - 3 lbs pork tenderloin
  • 2 Tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp five spice powder
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 drops red food coloring (optional)



  1. In a bowl, mix together hoisin, soy sauce, five spice powder, sesame oil and red food coloring.

  2. Put the pork tenderloin in a freezer bag with the char siu marinade, and remove the air through a vacuum sealer or the displacement method. Put the bag in the fridge, and let the pork marinade for 4 to 24 hours (optional, but recommended).

  3. Set sous vide machine to 60C/140F. Remove marinade from freezer bag and set aside for further use. Once the target temperature is reached, drop pork tenderloin in the bath for 2 hours.


  1. Remove bag from bath. Take pork out of the bag, pat dry and lightly season with salt to taste. 

  2. Heat small sauce pan on medium, add marinade from bag and honey and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, until thickened.

  3. Heat a large skillet on high and add oil. Sear for 90 seconds on each side, brushing the marinade onto the pork as it sears. Remove from pan and place on plate to rest. Cut the pork into desired size, and serve with fried rice, noodles, and/or vegetables and enjoy!

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