Homemade Hoisin Sauce

Homemade Hoisin Sauce is full of flavor and is used in many Chinese/Asian dishes. It can be used as a stir fry sauce, a sauce to slather on meats, as a dipping sauce and so much more.

This homemade hoisin sauce will make any dish more flavorful with salty, tangy and sweet.

A small dish of hoisin sauce with green onions
Hoisin sauce in a dish

What is Hoisin Sauce?

Hoisin sauce is an Asian Sauce, that’s very fragrant with a strong flavor. It has the perfect balance between salty and sweet. It is used in Asian dishes for marinades, basting, stir-fry sauces, and dipping sauces.

It is sometimes called a Chinese BBQ Sauce because it is used in so many things and is usually the key ingredient that gives the dish the most flavor. It tastes a little bit like our traditional American BBQ sauce but has a more salty, less tangy flavor.

It’s traditionally made with fermented soybeans (or black bean paste) and can have molasses to sweeten it and Chinese Five Spice for seasoning. But I never have these ingredients on hand!

This doesn’t taste exactly like a traditional authentic hoisin sauce taste with fermented soybean Hoisin Sauce, but the flavor profile is pretty close. It’s yummy salty, sweet and is perfect for a Hoisin Sauce!

Above shot of hoisin sauce in a dish

Ingredients in Hoisin Sauce

For my Hoisin Sauce I use Peanut Butter (in place of fermented soybeans or Black Bean Paste), honey, cider vinegar, garlic powder, garlic salt, brown sugar, sesame seed oil, sriracha, black pepper, and ground ginger.

Hoisin Sauce seasonings and spices in a small dish
Ingredients for hoisin sauce

This sauce is easy to make. Just add all the ingredients to a small bowl and whisk until fully incorporated! You can add or eliminate seasonings to your liking.

Ingredient for Hoisin Sauce in a small bowl
Hoisin sauce being mixed together with a whisk

Uses for Hoisin Sauce

I use it for my stir-fry’s, lettuce wraps and as a dipping sauce for my Egg Rolls! This Hoisin Sauce is great as a meat marinade or as a glaze for meat!

This recipe makes about 3/4 cups Hoisin Sauce.

For some other delicious Asian Inspired recipes try my : Sweet and Sour Chicken, my Mongolian Chicken, Mongolian Beef and Broccoli, Firecracker Chicken, Easy Chicken Stir Fry, Chicken Broccoli Ramen Stir Fry and my Egg Rolls!

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A small dish of hoisin sauce with green onions

Hoisin Sauce

This Hoisin Sauce is full flavor with the perfect salty-sweet balance, and made from ingredients you have in your kitchen! Perfect for any Asian dish, or as a dipping sauce!
Recipe makes 3/4 cups total sauce
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sriracha
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp sesame seed oil
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper


  • Mix/Whisk all of the ingredients together.  (Whisk vigorously, as it takes a minute to completely blend.)
  • This can be used for Lettuce Wraps, stir-frys, dipping sauce, basting meat and all types of Asian dishes. 
  • Store the Hoison Sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated and should only be used as an approximation.

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