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Vietnamese Grilled Pork

Updated on September 19, 2014
Vietnamese Grilled Pork
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Spice up your Grilled Pork in Vietnamese style

Vietnamese Grilled Pork is no different to cook than any other recipe for grilled pork except for the marinade.

The sauces, spices and marinades are what makes Vietnamese cooking different from all others. The marinades for Vietnamese grills may be simple, but your guests will find them exotically different.

These recipes for Vietnamese style pork on the barbecue include pork sirloin, diced and skewered, and pork chops in a spicy marinade.

Susanna Duffy

Marinate the Pork

Preferably overnight

First of all, marinate your pork in a bowl, pan or plastic ziplock bag.

Place the pork inside your choice of container and pour enough of the marinade in to cover the meat. (Remember, if you're using a plastic bag, to put the bag itself into a large bowl in case of any leaks).

Put it all in the frig for the next day.

Cook Time

Marinate Overnight

Prep Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 20 mins


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 6 spring onions (scallions)
  • 2 teasp. fish sauce (Nuoc Nam)
  • 2 teasp. soy sauce
  • 2 TBLsp. vegetable oil
  • 6 pork chops (not too thick)


  1. Combine sugar and water in a small pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat and simmer until brown (about 10 mins). Add more hot water till the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Set aside to cool.
  2. Chop the onions and combine well with the sugar sauce, fish sauce, soy sauce, salt and vegetable oil.
  3. Put the chops in a large bowl and pour the marinade over. Marinate in the frig for at least 6 hours, even better overnight.
  4. Cook on the grill for about 10 - 20 mins, turning over once.
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If you have a piece of pork that you want to slice up, put it in the freezer until it firms up slightly, about 45 minutes. It makes it easier to slice.

Vietnamese Grilled Pork on Skewers

  • 750 grams - about 1 and 1/2 lbs pork loin cut into chunks for the skewers
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped spring onions
  • 3 TBLsp garlic
  • chopped and crushed
  • 4 teasp sugar
  • 2 1/2 TBLsp fish sauce (Nuoc Nam)
  • 1 teasp freshly ground black pepper


  1. Combine the pork, spring onions, garlic, sugar, fish sauce and pepper. Stir, cover, and refrigerate overnight
  2. Thread the meat chunks onto the skewers
  3. Coat the grill lightly with oil and grill the skewered pork, turning occasionally, until cooked through, 20 to 30 minutes.

Even though the pork was marinated before grilling. you can serve with any dipping sauce of your choice.

What do you think?

How easy is Vietnamese Style BBQ Pork?

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© 2010 Susanna Duffy

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    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      Sounds like a meal we would love.

    • mariacarbonara profile image


      5 years ago

      I love Vietnamese food. Similar to Chinese but I find it has more flavor

    • SavioC profile image


      5 years ago

      Very tempting. Guess what. I am really going to try this one out. Thanks for sharing this one .

    • amosvee profile image


      5 years ago

      This is making me very hungry.

    • Ronlove LM profile image

      Ronlove LM 

      6 years ago

      Great lens looks good!

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      6 years ago

      What about garlic cloves? I always add 3 or 4 garlic cloves as well to the marinade. I usually crush the garlic with a mortar a pestle with a Thai chili and the sugar.

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      Mary Crowther 

      6 years ago from Havre de Grace

      How nice that you and your daughter-in-law share recipes! This looks so delicious!

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      6 years ago

      This blog has my mouth watering. I'm definitely going to be trying some Vietnamese style grilled pork. I like the skewers for cooking on a BBQ as well. Thanks for some great cooking info.

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      E L Seaton 

      7 years ago from Virginia

      Korean table cooked barbeque is great. I expect similar from this. Thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      Looks yummy! You sure are lucky to have great Vietnamese chef close to home! :)

    • straw-hut profile image


      7 years ago

      I just discovered you and your recipes. I am going to make the bbq pork on skewers! thanks

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for the info. Always looking for different ways to fix pork.

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      7 years ago

      I'm going to try this; sounds yummy!

    • phoenix arizona f profile image

      phoenix arizona f 

      7 years ago

      This looks like a great dinner idea.

    • Mrmakingusmile LM profile image

      Mrmakingusmile LM 

      8 years ago

      I want to try new things in the new year. Looks yummy on a grill. Tasty Tasty! Thanks for making me smile.

    • Dianne Loomos profile image

      Dianne Loomos 

      8 years ago

      How cool that you have a daughter in law who coaches you in Vietnamese cooking! The pork recipes sound simply delicious! My husband has vivid memories of Nuoc Nam from when he was in Vietnam. ;-)

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      Christine Hulme 

      8 years ago from SE Kent, England

      Thank you for sharing your country's recipe. You have done a good job- a great way to eat pork!

    • Faye Rutledge profile image

      Faye Rutledge 

      8 years ago from Concord VA

      This does sound good! Great lens!

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      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Oh this sounds absolutely fantastic, I want some right now! How lucky to have a daughter in law who can teach you Vietnamese dishes, I bet you have a lot of fun with it!

    • RhondaAlbom profile image

      Rhonda Albom 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      These Vietnamese grilled pork recipes sound great! I hope to eat at your house some day:)

    • sheilamarie78 profile image


      8 years ago from British Columbia

      Wow, another new taste to try! I'm game!

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 

      8 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      This looks so yummy. I want some right now! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

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      Lynne Schroeder 

      8 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      This sounds delicious!

    • clouda9 lm profile image

      clouda9 lm 

      8 years ago

      This is on my must-try recipe list...I'll even get the grill out and do it myself :)

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I will have to try the Vietnamese grilled pork. The recipe looks good for the sauce.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      Pork is my personal favorite for the grill. I will definitely have to try your sauce recipe.


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