Asian Style
Barbecue Sauce Recipes

Asian style barbecue sauce recipes don't come any tastier, quicker or easier to make than these recipes below. I've got four for you to try that reflect the fantastic diversity of cuisine across a massive continent. There's Chinese, Malaysian and Thai options that can all be prepared in minutes.

Chinese BBQ Sauce

Cha Siu Sauce

Satay Sauce

Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce

The Asian style bbq sauce recipes page starts with China.

Chinese Barbecue Sauce

This first one goes great on Shrimps, Chicken or Pork and can be knocked up in 20 minutes. Classic sweet and sour BBQ notes come from the honey and vinegar whilst the addition of hoisin, soy and five spice make this sauce unmistakably Chinese in flavour. All we have to do is throw the ingredients in a pan, heat and stir, let it cool and Bob’s your uncle! The taste of China in your own back yard.

Preparation Time:- 10 mins
Cooking Time:- 10 mins

Total Time:- 20 mins


Sorry but this recipe has lots of allergens. Fish sauce contains fish, soy sauce contains gluten and hoi sin sauce contains exactly what it says on the label of the jar - unless you use my hoi sin sauce recipe.


  • 6 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
    (white wine vinegar OK too)
  • 1 tablespoon Thai fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 4 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger crushed
  • 1/8 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder

TIP - This recipe is high in honey and therefore will burn easily so don't try it as a marinade. Make sure you bbq on medium coals, (gently does it) and brush on the sauce towards the end of cooking.

Cha Siu Sauce

The other great Chinese flavour is Cha Siu, it's the classic accompaniment to duck or belly pork. Technically Cha Siu is a marinade so this barbecue sauce recipe is adapted to work as a sauce and remember as before, only use it at the end of the cooking process because of the high sugar content.

Again prep is simple. Throw it all in a pan, heat and stir until dissolved, then allow to cool.

Preparation Time:- 10 mins
Cooking Time:- 10 mins

Total Time:- 20 mins


Soy sauce contains gluten although you can use Tamari as a gluten free alternative. If using jars of hoi sin and black bean paste then please read the label.


  • 2 tablespoons sherry
  • 8 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 100ml or 4 fl oz light soy sauce
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons black bean paste
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Satay Sauce

If peanut is your thing then this is the sauce for you, it's a classic to go with chicken threaded onto bamboo skewers and works well with pork too.

Throw the lot below in a frying pan for 2-3 minutes until soft.

Preparation Time:- 15 mins
Cooking Time:- 15 mins

Total Time:- 30 mins


Satay sauce contains nuts in the form of the peanuts, ground nut oil and the peanut butter.


  • 50g or 2oz roasted salted peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons of groundnut oil
  • 3 shallots thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 2 red chillies, seeded (or not depending on how you like it!)
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander

Then chuck in the rest:

  • 50g 2oz crunchy peanut butter
  • 175ml canned coconut milk
  • 75ml or 3 fl oz water
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Stir until evenly mixed. You can then simply pour it onto your barbecue food or coat your meat before cooking.

Thai Sweet Sauce

I couldn’t finish a page on asian style barbecue sauce recipes without doing this one. It’s great as a dipping sauce or just drizzle it over fish. Just get out the saucepan and heat the ingredients below.

Preparation Time:- 10 mins
Cooking Time:- 10 mins

Total Time:- 20 mins


This is the only one of my Asian style barbecue sauce recipes that contains no allergens.


  • 6 tablespoons rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons white sugar

Once the sugar has dissolved, throw in the rest, allow to cool and you're off!

  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • 2 red chillies cut into fine rings
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 inch piece of lemongrass very thinly sliced

You may want to add a pinch of salt to taste And that's it! 

Related Pages:-

Essential Tip For Seeding Chilis
And Another Top Tip For Peeling Garlic

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