... ... Good Food Recipe HOISIN SAUCE - Good Food Recipe
Monday 20 August 2018
  • :
  • :



HOISIN SAUCE – Hoisin, a Chinese barbecue-style sauce, takes only minutes to make at home from ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. Hoisin sauce is a thick and intensely flavorful sauce commonly used as a glaze for meats, a dipping sauce, or a stir fry pan sauce in Chinese cooking. It could be compared to a barbecue-style sauce, with its dark color, thick consistency, and sweet and tangy flavors. (In fact, you may even hear it called Chinese Barbecue Sauce.) However, there is one other element that makes this sauce stand apart from traditional barbecue sauce, and that is its soy-sauce saltiness.

If you can image a sweet, tangy, and salty barbecue sauce, then you’re probably pretty darn close to imagining the flavor and consistency of hoisin sauce.

The word hoisin  (pronounced HOY-szin) is from the Chinese word for seafood. Despite the meaning, hoisin sauce does not contain any seafood, nor is it commonly used with seafood. How the sauce got its name is a mystery that no one seems to know the answer to.

In Chinese cuisine, hoisin sauce is a common dip for spring rolls and a much loved sauce for Peking duck and barbecued pork. It is also used in Vietnamese cuisine as a dip for spring rolls and, in the south of the country, it is commonly used as a condiment for the beef noodle soup, Pho.

While they are similar in flavor, hoisin sauce is not to be confused with plum sauce. Hoisin sauce is typically spicier with more potent flavors, while plum sauce is more of a jammy sauce made from plums. The good news is that they are close enough in flavor that, in a pinch, the two can be substituted for each other.

o, the next time you see a recipe calling for Hoisin Sauce (like our Beef and Asparagus Stir Fry) or desire a dipping sauce for your spring rolls. Break out a saucepan and whip up this quick and easy sauce!



  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp hot sauce (more if desired)
  • 2 tsp cornstarch


  1. In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients except cornstarch. Heat over medium heat until the molasses and peanut butter have dissolved.
  2. Increase heat to medium-high and whisk in cornstarch until no lumps remain. Simmer until thickened slightly, 1-2 min.
  3. Sauce can be used immediately to marinade meat, as a dip, or sauce for a stir fry.
  4. Store extra sauce in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks. (The sauce will firm up in the refrigerator, just give it a good stir before using.)


* ½ c of Hoisin Sauce is enough to coat 1 lb of meat and roughly 1 lb of veggies.



Leave a Reply