Hoisin sauce is a Chinese sauce that is thick and pungent and is often used as a glaze for grilling meat and vegetables. This Best Homemade Hoisin Sauce Recipe makes a sauce that is definitely better than the store bought one and is just a whisk away. Here is how to make it.
Asian cuisine is known for its sauces. Unlike Indian and other parts of Asia, Chinese cuisine does not involve much cooking of ingredients. There is plenty of use of sauces however, from the sweetish fish sauce, to the spicy chilli tomato sauce and even the regular tomato sauce or ketchup. I am sure you will agree with me?
What is Hoisin Sauce?
Hoisin Sauce is a similar Chinese sauce that is thick, pungent and with depth. It is often used as a glaze for meat dishes, and often vegetarian stuff like tofu and paneer too.
Since I like to make my sauces and other spice mixes from scratch, I did some research on How to make Hoisin Sauce at home and finally settled on this one here.
This recipe calls for basic ingredients which are easily available and the result is very close, infact better than any store bought version.
The sauce is primarily made up of Soy Sauce, peanut butter, Garlic and Black Pepper powder. Although traditionally, soya beans were toasted, mashed and fermented for this, use of soy sauce makes this infinitely better and easier. However the addition of peanut butter and Chinese hot sauce give an added depth to it.
The sauce is very easy to prepare, since it just needs the mixing together of all the ingredients. Although hoisin sauce is available in market these days, it’s very economical to make at home and you can be sure of the quality and the ingredients used.
Can Hoisin sauce be substituted for Soy Sauce?
Hoisin Sauce is a mix of ingredients with Soy Sauce being one of it. There is much depth of flavours in Hoisin sauce as compared to just Soy sauce. It has added peanut Butter, Vinegar, honey etc and hence it cannot be replaced with just Soy sauce.
Does Hoisin Sauce have gluten?
Soy Sauce, which is one of the ingredients in this sauce has gluten in it. If you are planning to make gluten free Hoisin sauce, use gluten free Soy Sauce to make it.
Can you eat Hoisin sauce when pregnant?
Some people say that eating soy sauce during pregnancy is not good for you however no such research has been proven yet. However, I would suggest you to consult your physician before deciding to eat Soy Sauce or Hoisin Sauce during pregnancy.
Can you freeze Hoisin Sauce?
This sauce freeze very well. You can make a big batch and freeze for 3-4 months and use when required.
How long does Hoisin sauce Last?
In refrigerator, it will keep good for up to a month.
Step by Step Homemade Hoisin Sauce Recipe
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk well.
Transfer the sauce in a clean glass jar. Store in refrigerator for up a month.
Hoisin Sauce Recipe
Easy Homemade Hoisin Sauce
Hoisin sauce is a Chinese sauce that is thick and pungent and is often used as a glaze for grilling meat and vegetables.
- 4 tbsp Soy sauce
- 2 tbsp Smooth peanut butter
- 1 tbsp Rice vinegar
- 2 cloves Garlic Minced
- 1 tbsp Honey
- 1 tbsp Sesame oil
- 1/4 tsp Black pepper powder
- 1 tsp Chinese hot sauce If it is not available, you can use Red Chilli paste instead
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk vigorously.
Transfer the sauce in a clean glass jar.
Store in refrigerator for up a month.
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