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Authentic Hoisin Sauce

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Potently flavorful and fragrant, this is a central ingredient in many Chinese dishes and will work absolute MIRACLES for the foods you add it to!  Made from scratch with an unrivaled depth of flavor that will “wow” your taste buds, look no further for the BEST hoisin sauce recipe!

Drizzle this sauce over rice, stir-fries, noodles, burgers, or use it as a dipping sauce.  Try it on our Shanghai Noodles or in our Chinese Beef and Broccoli!

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What is Hoisin Sauce?

Hoisin sauce is a thick, dark, fragrant and flavorful sauce that is commonly used as a dipping sauce, a glaze for meats and added to stir fries.  It balances both sweet, tangy and salty flavors and contributes an intense umami element to whatever food it’s added to.

Although the name hoisin is Chinese for “seafood” it does not contain any seafood, rather the name likely refers to the fact that the sauce is a common accompaniment for seafood.

Hoisin Sauce Uses

Think of hoisin sauce as an incredible all-purpose condiment.  It has so many uses and will add depth, flavor and umami to a wide variety of dishes. Here are just a few ways you can use it:

  • In stir-fries and on noodles, like our Shanghai noodles
  • Slathered on chicken, pork, ribs, duck or tofu and baked or grilled
  • Added to steamed and grilled veggies
  • In marinades, vinaigrettes and bbq sauce
  • A general substitute for ketchup
  • A new twist for meatloaf
  • Slathered on burgers, like our Shanghai burgers
  • For pulled pork or pulled chicken
  • Added to soup broths for a great flavor
  • The base sauce for Chinese-style pizza
  • Added to mayo for a Chinese twist on fry sauce
  • As a dipping sauce for Chinese dumplings, egg rolls, wontons, chicken nuggets, etc.

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How to Make Hoisin Sauce

As with most things, store-bought hoisin sauce doesn’t even begin to compare to homemade.  The flavor and potency of this authentic homemade hoisin sauce will absolutely wow your taste buds!

You’ll find a lot of recipes online for hoisin sauce calling for things like peanut butter and molasses – neither of those belong in hoisin sauce and do not remotely resemble the right flavor.  Leave those two items on the shelf and instead grab the two key ingredients you’ll need to make the real deal: Chinese Five Spice and Black Bean Sauce.  You can find Chinese five spice in the spice section of most grocery stores.  The black bean sauce may be a little more challenging to find.  However in both cases we HIGHLY recommend making your own anyway in order to achieve the absolute BEST flavor results.  Black bean sauce is a key ingredient to the best Chinese food, so you’ll want the ingredients on hand to make that anyway.

So now all you have to do is combine the Chinese five spice powder with the black bean sauce and a few other ingredients and you’ve got the best homemade hoisin sauce ever!

Can I Make This Sugar Free?

Yes!  While there still be a little bit of sugar from the prunes, you can make this sauce low sugar by using a brown sugar alternative like Sukrin Gold.

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Hoisin Sauce Recipe

Let’s get started!

There are just two steps to make this sauce:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender
  2. Puree until smooth.

placing all ingredient in a bowl

That’s all there’s to it!

Pour the sauce into a glass jar with a lid and store it in the refrigerator where it will keep for about a week.

pouring sauce into glass jar

You can also freeze this for up to 3 months if you have more than you’re able to use or if you want to make a larger batch to conveniently have on hand whenever you need it.

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See blog post above for some delicious ideas on how to use this versatile sauce.

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hoisin sauce recipe best authentic traditional without peanut butter fermented black beans chinese

Authentic Hoisin Sauce

An incredible depth of flavor, this will work magic on the dishes you add it to.  Simply the best, you'll never use store-bought again!
4.91 from 120 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course condiment, Sauce
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Servings 14 servings
Calories 35 kcal



  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Store in the fridge in a non-reactive airtight container. Chill overnight or preferable 24 hours before using. Will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.


Serving: 1tablespoonCalories: 35kcalCarbohydrates: 7gSodium: 89mgPotassium: 31mgSugar: 6gVitamin A: 20IUCalcium: 6mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword Hoisin Sauce
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Originally published on The Daring Gourmet on April 26, 2016



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Recipe Rating

4.91 from 120 votes (61 ratings without comment)


  1. I found this recipe a while ago and have been making it since as I can’t bring myself to buy the commercial stuff any more! This is so good 😊
    Do you know if it can be frozen successfully? I’m trying to prep well in advance for a relaxed Christmas. TIA

      1. You mention that sauces with cornstarch do not freeze well; as there is no cornstarch in the recipe, then it would freeze well, correct? And if there is not supposed to be cornstarch in the recipe, then the question is will take to freezing well?

  2. I’ve made hoisin sauce from other recipes, but NEVER one that so closely replicates the bottled stuff. Those other recipes are like hoisin sauce cousins, but this recipe is its twin brother!

  3. I have never made or even eaten Hoisin sauce but found a recipe that looked delicious. I wanted to make my own but before I could do that I had to make the black bean paste. This turned out so good, we will be having this on the regular. Thank you for sharing.

  4. I can’t believe how simple this is. You save me many agonizing hours of searching for this stuff in Bangkok. Thank you. You are awesome!

  5. My daughter has Coeliac disease, so I was looking for a recipe for hoisin sauce I could tweak so she can still eat some favourite foods. I made this sauce with tamari instead of soy sauce and it worked perfectly. I served in with duck and rice wraps for her yesterday and in a stir fry today. It is by far the best recipe we’ve tried. Thank you!

  6. Two things. First is that dark brown sugar is white sugar to which molasses has been added. So, the argument of molasses having no home in hoisin sauce becomes spurious. Second, there is no way that 1Tb of this sauce has only 89mg of sodium when the soy sauce and fermented beans (both of which feature prominently in the proportions) are both very high in sodium. Otherwise, looks good!

    1. If you’re fussed about the sugar I’d guess that one could substitute jaggery. I almost certainly would if only because I have jaggery for Indian dishes while dark brown sugar isn’t something I habitually keep.

    2. I absolutely agree with Jon regarding the molasses comment.
      Dark brown sugar is simply less refined, which means that there is more molasses left in it.

  7. Lost in translation: do not confuse prunes with plums. :) happened to me. Still tastes good but the sauce now is mainly plum and looks way different and is very runny. Maybe worth a hint ;)

  8. This was so much easier to make than I thought! It was so good too! Love how I can make this homemade with just a few simple ingredients!

  9. This sauce was so flavorful I would have never thought to make Hoisin sauce myself, I’ve always bought it, but this was perfect I added it to our stir fry and the flavor was incredible.

  10. I’ve only used store bought hoisin sauce before. This was INCREDIBLE! Thanks for such an easy recipe that makes SUCH a difference!

  11. Wow, this has amazing flavor! I never knew how easy it was to make my own at home. Thank you for sharing!