I’ve made Char Siu countless times and this is the best so far. Cooked using Ninja Foodi pressure cook + grill functions, easy and fuss-free. The meat is nicely caramelised and slightly charred on the outside, tender and succulent inside. This is a no-turning-back attempt, the end result is much better than oven-roasted and air-fryer Char Siu.
The Ninja Foodi deep pot could prevent oil/ residues splatter all over the crisping lid making it easy to maintain and clean. As you can see from the picture above, the crisping lid is all clean without any food residues after I grilled 2 batches of Char Siu. And, this unit was in heavy usage for 1.5 year.
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1. Combine all ingredients, let marinate overnight in the fridge.
Tips for better flavour – use a fork, poke some holes all over the meat
2. Turn on Ninja Foodi, select SAUTE/ SEAR mode. Heat some oil in the pot, sear the pork belly (fat side down). Add in marinade and 150ml water, switch to PRESSURE COOK (HI) mode, pressure cook for 10mins, quick pressure release.
The Ninja Foodi multi-cooker that I’m using is a combination of a pressure cooker and air fryer in one pot, it’s super-efficient and time-saving. Besides pressure cook and air frying, there are other functions such as steam, slow cook, sear/ saute, bake/ roast, grill, and keep warm, just like a portable kitchen with a rice cooker, pressure cooker, air fryer, oven, and stovetop functions, reasonable price, and highly versatile.
I’ve tried different ways of making Char Siu from oven-roasted to stove-top and air-fryer methods, and I find this gives the best result. Pressure cook to tenderise the meat in the shortest time, follow by a quick grill to caramelise and roast the Char Siu without drying out the meat. Conveniently done in one Ninja Foodi pot, it’s easy to clean too! 👍🏻 If you’re interested to purchase the Ninja Foodi, here’s a special deal for our readers:
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3. Switch to SAUTE/ SEAR mode, slightly thicken the sauce, set aside.
Optional: add some Char Siu Sauce to taste.
4. Transfer the pork belly to the Cook & Crisp Basket, grill 8mins (baste & flip halfway). When it’s done, coat with the remaining sauce, slice and serve.
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