Here Are All The Different Kinds Of Asado Recipes You Can Cook

Asado recipes are sweet and sticky dishes that satisfy your sweet tooth.

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Asado, for the Filipino, is usually associated with a siopao or a stuffed and steamed rice bun. What makes an asado siopao recipe so popular and well-loved is the filling. You'll find that most asado fillings have tender pork chunks in a sweet sauce that's got an umami flavor. 

We may have gotten the asado style of cooking from Spain but the Chinese influence is apparent in the fusion recipes that are now a part of our cuisine as well.

In this list of asado recipes, you'll notice that there are two main ingredients in these recipes that make each different from the other. There are asado recipes that are cooked in a sweet tomato sauce. Then, there is the other version that omits the tomatoes and uses other ingredients such as spices and condiments to make it uniquely delicious.

Take a good look at these recipes to find the one that most appeals to you and your taste buds. 

This steamed bun is filled with a delicious pork asado filling.
Photo by Patrick Martires

1 Pork Asado Siopao Recipe 

We can't have a recipe list of asado recipes without this popular favorite on it. Sweet and savory chunks of pork are stuffed in a pillowy soft steamed rice bun. You can find these sold almost everywhere as it makes the perfect-sized merienda.  


So much goodness in every bite!

Photo by Majoy Siason

2 Chicken Asado Recipe 

You'll find a lot of asado recipes are made of chicken. Chicken, after all, is an easy favorite. In this recipe, chicken is simmered in a sweetened tomato sauce. What makes this different from other asado recipes? This is made heartier with large chunks of potatoes and carrots. 


Chicken asado is simple: let chicken simmer is a simple sweet and tangy sauce, then serve with lots of rice.

Love chicken dishes? This is great for family meals.

This asado dish is made of chicken and has tomatoes for a bit of tang.
Photo by Karishma Etong

3 Kapampangan Chicken Asado Recipe 

Pampanga is a hub of culinary dishes. Trust them to take a simple dish and remake it into something familiar yet different and still appetizingly delicious. This version of the asado recipe is made different by the use of fresh tomatoes instead of tomato paste or sauce. This tiny tweak gives the dish an overall freshness that only fresh ingredients can give a dish. You'll have to try it to appreciate the change.  


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Tomatoes and a bit of brown sugar gives this asado a tangy, sweet flavor.

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4 Asadong Manok Sa Carajay Recipe 

Asado is usually associated with a sauce that's either made with tomatoes or has a sweet flavor profile that satisfyingly hits our sweet tooth. This asado version blows those two generalizations with its savory mushroom sauce. This dish is neither sweet nor tangy at all, but it's undoubtedly still delicious. It's a heritage recipe!   


This heirloom recipe was handed down from culinary legend Lola Beatriz.

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5 Asado Matua Recipe 

If you love old-school dish that your grandmother may have served her family, this is one you may appreciate. This asado recipe version is an old fashioned asado recipe that uses a whole pork kasim or shoulder. It uses the classic cooking trinity—onions, garlic, and tomatoes—to start the dish before searing the pork for the intensified flavor. Then, it's just a matter of adding the rest of the ingredients and letting it simmer until tender. Served with simple boiled potatoes, it's a classic dish you will want to try at least once.  


Also called Asadong Pasko, this dish is not typically served in restaurants.

Photo by Majoy Siason

6 Beef Asado Recipe 

The most common meats used for asado are pork and chicken so it's really unique to find a recipe that uses beef. We say, why not? Beef is just as powerfully flavorful as the other meats but it has its own distinct flavor that complements the sauce. The biggest difference between this and other asado recipes? There's no sweetness added and bell peppers add another flavor profile in every spoonful. 


The secret to tender beef asado: slow cooking the beef with all the ingredients.

Photo by Majoy Siason

7 Kapampangan Pork Asado Recipe 

If you are curious if fresh tomatoes are also used in this pork version of the Kapampangan asado, you're right, plus some atsuete oil to make it this brilliant red-orange hue. It's this honor for fresh ingredients that make the Kapampangan asado recipes so much more delicious than other recipes. Make this recipe and maybe a taste will tell you how it really compares. 


Tomato paste is added to the popular pork dish.

Photo by Majoy Siason

8 Chinese-Style Pork Asado Recipe 

You may be wondering how this recipe is different from the Kapampangan version since it looks like it's also made from a tomato-based sauce. It's the spices that make the sauce and pork of this Chinese-style version so different. Star anise, five-spice powder, and of course, some hoisin sauce and slices of ginger make this unique among the other asado recipes on this list. 


Love pork asado? Five spice powder and star anise give this pork dish lots of flavor.

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9 Pork Asado Recipe 

This is probably one asado recipe that deviates from the tomato-based recipes. In fact, it's the simpler recipe of the bunch, not to say that it's any less flavorful.

While it doesn't have the tang of tomatoes in it, it does have the flavor that the Chinese-style recipe has. It's a tamer version, omitting the more powerful spices in favor of letting one spice—the star anise—take centerstage in this dish. If you're not a fan of too many spices in your dishes, this is the recipe you should aim to try. 


Love sweet pork dishes? This is for you!

From fresh tomatoes to star anise and five spice powder, you have your choice of which asado recipe is your favorite and learn to make it. The differences in the flavor profiles of these seemingly similar recipes are what makes each version appealing. Pick out the flavor combinations that you like and you'll find the right asado recipe for your taste. 

Who knows? You may even learn enough to make a delicious tweak to one of these recipes to make it your own. 


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