Homemade Hoisin Sauce Recipe | CDKitchen.com (2024)

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Whether you are out of the bottled kind or just want to make your own at home, this recipe for making hoisin sauce from scratch is a 5-star winner!

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4 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons black bean paste or peanut butter
1 tablespoon molasses, or honey or brown sugar
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons sesame oil
20 drops Chinese hot sauce (Sriracha)
1/8 teaspoon black pepper


Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir vigorously until the mixture is combined. You can use an electric mixer if needed.

Black bean paste will give it the most authentic flavor but peanut butter will work in a pinch. We also prefer molasses as the sweetener as it gives it a deeper flavor.

Store the hoisin sauce in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

nutrition data for hoisin sauce

47 calories, 3 grams fat, 4 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams protein per tablespoon.

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reviews & comments for hoisin sauce

  1. CheapEasyVegan REVIEW:
    April 14, 2022

    The search is over ... This is the best hoisin recipe I've tried! My family likes it a little sweeter so we used molasses and brown sugar. Yumm!

  2. Guest Foodie November 3, 2019

    I’m not a fan of buying sauces when I have a full stocked pantry and can make everything from scratch. So I’m using this recipe and it sounds great for what I need it for. The best thing about your page is that you have the serving size calculator which I wish more people would include when sharing recipes. Great job thank you

  3. ZChef September 22, 2019

    I was out of hoisin sauce and needed some for another recipe. I initially made it as stated in the recipe, except I used powered almond butter. It wasn't sweet enough for my taste, so I added more molasses and about 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. It still didn't have the same flavor as hoisin so I added about 2 teaspoons of Chinese Five Spice. The sauce was good with my changes, but still didn't taste exactly like hoisin. Perhaps black bean paste would have a more authentic flavor than almond butter.

  4. Dawn REVIEW:
    May 3, 2019

    Tasty. Mine was very thin. Nothing like the pic or store bought. I used pb, molasses, and just 5 drops of regular hot sauce bc our family does not like spicy. I also added about 2 tsp br sugar since we like sweet.

  5. M Simerly REVIEW:
    July 30, 2018

    Easy fix when I was out of hoisin. Used peanut butter and brown sugar. LOVED it.

  6. Anonymous REVIEW:
    May 26, 2018

    This worked perfectly for a stir fry when I discovered I didn't have any other stir fry sauces in the pantry. I will make this again definitely.

  7. thersa March 9, 2018

    have not tasted yet sounds very good.Can olive oil be used in place of sesame oil?

    • CDKitchen Staff Reply:

      Olive oil will not give it the same flavor. Sesame oil has a very distinct flavor.

  8. Charlotte REVIEW:
    March 18, 2017

    Loved this recipe! We have so many allergies in this house. Thankfully not peanut butter and the recipe turned out beautifully. So full of taste and so easy to make. Thank you so much for sharing!

  9. Harriet Russell January 28, 2017

    Mine turned out really salty...I used toasted sesame oil, since most Chinese recipes I've found mean that, even if they don't say it. But perhaps that was a mistake. I also used 3 Tbs low sodium soy sauce, and 1 Tbs of Braggs Liquid Aminos, since I was running out of the soy sauce, and the only peanut butter I had also had salt. So, trying to figure out the culprit, or if it is the combination.Thanks

    • CDKitchen Staff Reply:

      If you try it as written you'll probably be happier with the results.

  10. Rifqa REVIEW:
    July 16, 2016

    I used dark miso, since I'm allergic to peanuts and didn't have any black bean paste on hand - plus some bottle labels actually say "fermented soy" in the ingredient list. Then I carefully added 1T. "soy sauce" (tamari/shoyu, actually) at a time, to make sure I didn't overwhelm it. It worked great with 3T. of shoyu. THANK YOU SO MUCH - I've been wanting a Hoisin sauce that didn't have all the garbage that goes in commercial brands. Yummmm.

  11. allergymom March 14, 2016

    I am looking a sauce that is compatible with my son's allergies. One of his allergies is to legumes. I have an excellent replacement for the soy sauce. I was wondering if almond butter would work in place of the peanut butter. Is this an acceptable option, or is there another idea?

    • CDKitchen Staff Reply:

      I think the almond butter would probably work fairly well.

  12. peterwolff March 4, 2016

    could you please be more specific about what you mean by "black bean paste"? there is real confusion here. thanks

    • CDKitchen Staff Reply:

      Black bean paste is an ingredient you can buy at most major grocery stores (in their Asian section) or at an Asian specialty market.

  13. Anonymous REVIEW:
    August 20, 2015

    Worked great!

  14. CB REVIEW:
    April 21, 2015

    I also thought there was way too much peanut butter... probably better with black bean paste

  15. GJ REVIEW:
    January 31, 2015

    Made up a batch according to recipe and found it a little bitter (as I used molasses). I added a little honey, ground ginger and onion granules - and it tasted awesome! Going to add some 5 spice next time round. Great base recipe for Hoisin souce!

  16. Martine August 28, 2014

    I would like to know how long the sauce lasts and how to store it

    • CDKitchen Staff Reply:

      Store it in a jar with a lid or similar container in the refrigerator. I personally wouldn't keep it much more than a week since it's not made in a commercial setting or with the usual preservatives that go into the store-bought versions. If the recipe makes more than you need, you can change the serving size to make a smaller batch so you don't have to worry about how long it will keep.

  17. apple abuel REVIEW:
    April 3, 2014

    thank you for the recipe..I got positive feedbacks from my family and friends...they said the sauce is really delicious...good job!

  18. Veggie REVIEW:
    February 9, 2014

    Strange ingredients, but great taste. Did not put hot sauce in though.

  19. rjpf1960 REVIEW:
    January 21, 2014

    I personally gave this a 3 star, but the 3 friends I had with me, all gave it a 4 or better. I was a little overwhelmed by the peanut butter so I increased some of the other elements. I increased most of the heat elements, the soya sauce, garlic powder, and I even added some broth. The jury is still out until I have used it in tonights dinner.

  20. Guest Foodie REVIEW:
    January 4, 2014

    This was very good! I used the peanut butter, brown sugar, and used apple cider vinegar instead of white, along with the rest of ingredients . Also added a little powdered ginger, will make again!!

  21. chowdown REVIEW:
    November 18, 2013

    I personally think molasses works better than honey or brown sugar in this recipe. Just my suggestion.

  22. healthyindugelence REVIEW:
    October 27, 2013

    Was delicious. I cut down on the peanut butter, used honey, siracha, add some crushed pepper, 1/2tsp ginger, some more black pepper, and rice wine vingear

  23. Guest Foodie REVIEW:
    October 8, 2013

    I used peanut butter in this because I couldn't find black bean paste. I really kept focusing on the peanut butter taste. I think the black bean paste must be the better choice. I'll try it again if I can find that ingredient (there is another grocery store that has a better Asian section that I'll try)

    July 22, 2013

    PERFECT! Worked perfect, tastes like hoisin, so easy!

  25. apple abuel REVIEW:
    March 10, 2013

    i was looking for an alternative to hoisin sauce when i found this recipe... thank you so much! my friends and family like it... i used it as a baste for grilled chicken and pork, and they said its super delicious... i felt like a great cook. they don't know that i just use this recipe and it made ordinary food taste even better... thanks again, Godbless you!

  26. ExtraOlives REVIEW:
    March 9, 2013

    Wow, as everyone else says, this was so delicious I will never buy bottled again! It's also a very forgiving recipe - I used Sriracha hot sauce because I didn't have the Chinese hot sauce. It was so good I just wanted to drink it from a cup!

  27. Tat REVIEW:
    March 7, 2013

    If you are wondering if all these rave reviews are for real, they are! And as you look at it and wonder if peanut paste could possibly be an ok ingredient, it is. This works and works well.

  28. Becky REVIEW:
    December 30, 2012

    I needed this sauce for a recipe and couldn't find it anywhere, so I looked it up in the store and decided to make it. It turned out amazing! My boyfriend and I were very pleased and we will be making this sauce again! Thank you!

  29. kb REVIEW:
    December 24, 2012

    The bbq sauce I was making called for hoisin sauce but one of my guests is on a gluten free diet. I tried this recipe (using gluten free soy sauce, etc) & was VERY pleased with the results. Quick & easy to make & really good!

  30. Patricia October 24, 2012

    Can I use a different ingredient to substitute the Sesame Oil? am making this right now and don't have any..

  31. SusieQ REVIEW:
    April 18, 2012

    This sauce saved my butt!! I was cooking chinese chicken lettuce wraps for the first time (for 20+ people) and the sauce I had a recipe for came out disgusting. I quickly googled 'homemade hoisin sauce' and decided to make this. It was quick, easy and tasty! I would recommend putting the completed mixture over a burner of low heat for 10 minutes or so to help the peanut butter mix in. I also used natural peanut butter which doesn't have the added sugars and oils that the JIF kind does so maybe that helped cut down on the 'too peanut-buttery' taste other reviewers mentioned. THanks so much to whoever created this!!

  32. Ferris REVIEW:
    August 2, 2011

    I was in the middle of making broccoli chicken and discovered I needed hoisin - so I looked it up. I use online recipes all the time, but I never bother to write a review. I really liked this one. It is SO easy and all of the ingredients are stuff I have on hand. Very tasty. I will never buy hoisin sauce again!

  33. Gluten free fan May 11, 2011

    I made this using gluten free soy sauce and thought I had died and gone to heaven. I was recently diagnosed with gluten intolerance and was craving lettuce wraps - but lettuce wraps without dipping sauce just wouldn't due. I mixed this Hoisin sauce with ready made plum sauce. It was amazing!

  34. camohn REVIEW:
    September 4, 2010

    very good. I needed Hosin sauce for a pork recipe/didn't have any so went looking. I used both the Peanut butter/beans and both the honey/molasses instead of choosing 1 or the other.

  35. CityK REVIEW:
    August 29, 2010

    Shockingly delicious and a very good substitute for hoisin sauce. Why you would have been able to find sesame oil and not the hoisin sauce is beyond me, but if you just thought you had it, but didn't (like I did tonight) this is a great sub.

  36. Lilly REVIEW:
    July 13, 2010

    Does not taste like store bought. I doubled the molasses/honey (I used half and half) and it still was too peanut buttery and had more spicy kick. Not nearly as sweet. A good peanut sauce but not hoisin.

  37. Guest Foodie REVIEW:
    June 15, 2010

    This tastes nothing like store-bought hoisin: it's much tastier!

  38. keith bogan REVIEW:
    April 11, 2010

    too much peanut butter. in fact, peanut butter is all i tasted. I even tried it again with real garlic and spiced it up a bit.. still too much peanut butter. I suggest adding peanut butter little by little and tasting as you go, 2 tablespoons is way too much.

  39. Eliana REVIEW:
    March 10, 2009

    Never can find kosher hoisin sauce, so looking this one up. It was AWESOME for the Mongolian Flank Steak and Noodle/Veggie Salad! Definitely would use again and again...

  40. Guest Foodie REVIEW:
    February 26, 2009

    I only had miso paste, and that works very well too, with the peanut butter.Great stuff. No more jar stuff.A jar of hoisin tends to get only 1/2 used before expiring.

  41. Guest Foodie REVIEW:
    April 6, 2008

    very easy to make and delish, wont be using jarred stuff anymore!

  42. Lisa REVIEW:
    February 27, 2008

    Yum! I used the peanut butter and 1/2 honey, 1/2 molasses, 1/2 garlic powder 1/2 onion powder. Will never buy bottled again.

  43. sarah REVIEW:
    November 23, 2007

    I used this recipe with my own variations and it turned out great for Shanghai chicken and Noodles.

  44. Treacly REVIEW:
    September 26, 2007

    This is great stuff!I used what I had in the cupboard, so I substituted red bean paste and used a black treacle / honey mixture. Minced garlic and sambal oelek for the kick, worked like a charm.

  45. generalordglossop August 6, 2007

    I haven't made it yet, but I am very happy because all of the bottled hoisin sauce uses Kikomen soy sauce or some other soy sauce which contains wheat in it and my mom is a celiac. Now, I can use the wheat free soy sauce and make such dishes as Char Sui for fried rice

  46. LathamCook REVIEW:
    May 25, 2007

    Out of jar hoisin sauce and found this recipe. Had all the ingredients so I gave it a try. My husband and I agreed, it was delicious. No more bottle hoisin sauce for us. I used all molasses but may try the half molasses and half honey next time. Thanks!

  47. prsnofnote REVIEW:
    March 3, 2007

    Use 1 clove of fresh garlic crushed or minced fine instead of the garlic powder. Remove stem, seeds, and veins of 1 jalapeno (more or less depending on the "fire" you want), and dice fine. Work garlic and jalapeno with a mortar & pestle until a paste has formed. Mix this paste with the remainder of the ingredients.

  48. Mom February 16, 2007

    I used black bean paste - & the honey/molassas mix recomended by first reviewer -totally impressed! Very good! Recommend this easy recipe!

  49. kim REVIEW:
    February 9, 2007

    This is a great substitute if you're out of Hoisin sauce or don't like to buy the mediocre version carried in most grocery stores! I like to use BOTH honey and mollasses (in equal proportions).


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