Hoisin Sauce Recipe

Looking for a sauce so flavorful that’s diversity binds together millions? Hoisin sauce can find the tastiest way wherever it goes!

Our urge to copy others is a fundamental behavior of human beings. We use this ability to distinguish ourselves from others or rather to close others out of our trusted circles.

Why to choose Hoisin sauce?

Some time ago (or even right now in certain groups) people needed to do various initiation rituals to be accepted by the group. These tests were generally a bit harder than getting a driving license (or at least for most) and involved some kind of self-harm too.

Nowadays, we don’t have to knock our teeth out or wear neck rings to be accepted by our selected tribe, luckily. It’s enough if we just buy an air Jordan or a Mercedes if we want to be part of a specific group.

What makes a sauce unique?

In old times when such self-harming rituals went awry, the participants most likely died due to lack of medical care or the wrath of Gods. Nowadays we only have to bear the look of pity in the eyes of our peers when we can’t roll on stars to pick up the latest limited-edition shoes.

It seems though that our need to belong is greater than our willingness to sacrifice something for it. This is why magnetic piercings exist and copycat brands keep popping up, selling us the dreams without suffering for them.

Such erratic behaviors, left unchecked, could ruin the trust invested in our fundamental system of human relations. This is why we had to find various ways to protect the intellectual properties of those who create the dreams.

Lack of those safeguards, like missing copyright laws, could cause havoc like it does to Hoisin sauce. Currently anybody who ever names their brown looking sauces Hoisin sauce can get away with it without the slightest social reprimand of their deeds.

What makes Hoisin sauce unique?

Which is actually can be a good thing, especially for us who try to make it at our own home without the original ingredients. Since hoisin sauce is a Chinese sauce, anyone who tries to imitate it in the Western world, faces considerable challenges in ingredient resourcing.

Hoisin sauce main ingredient is black fermented soybeans. That leaves us little chance to accidentally stumble over in an average shop outside Asia. Not saying that our favorite shops don’t sell it but probably not on the isles, we frequent most.

We can find similar stuff on the shelf of the Japanese food too as Miso which -with a bit of luck -is also contains fermented soybeans. Or we can make our own by getting our hands on some black soybeans and fermenting our own.

Are all Hoisin sauces the same?

There is no sacrifice great enough when it comes to taste the flavor of faraway lands at the table of our own kitchen. Of course, some would disagree and as happens often with recipes -especially with taste buds trained on bland fast food- are substituted or left out completely to cater for the expectation of the new environment.

It probably doesn’t help much in adopting new flavors that “traditional” occidental restaurants sell different food for customers of different races either but as long as the customer is always right something else must not be.

So, this gives us the right and freedom to create Hoisin sauce that has very little to do with the original one, yet as long as we don’t expect anyone over dinner who ever loved the real deal, we’ll be fine. Maybe even some of those will be polite enough to like it.Hoisin sauce recipe - SunCakeMom

Ingredients

Beginner

  • 1 clove Garlic (finely crushed)
  • 4 prunes (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoon Peanut butter
  • ¼ cup Soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoon Rice vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon Sesame seed oil
  • ½ teaspoon Chinese five spices powder if available
  • Hot sauce to taste
  • Cornstarch to thicken if needed
  • Sweetener to taste if needed

Advanced

  • 4 Prunes
  • 1 tablespoon Rice vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon Chinese five spices powder
  • 2 tablespoons Soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Sesame seed oil
  • 3 tablespoons Black bean sauce (Miso – Japanese or Douchi – Chinese)
  • Hot sauce to taste

Overkill

Black bean sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • 2 green Onions (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons Garlic (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons Ginger (finely chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons Fermented black beans
  • 1 tablespoon Soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon Rice vine
  • ½ teaspoon Rice vinegar
  • Hot sauce to taste
Hoisin sauce
  • 4 Prunes
  • 1 tablespoon Rice vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon Chinese five spices powder
  • 2 tablespoons Soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Sesame seed oil
  • 1 tablespoon Rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Black bean sauce
  • Hot sauce to taste

How to make Hoisin sauce

Beginner

  1. Add finely chopped garlic, prunes and peanut butter cream into a mixing bowl.Hoisin sauce recipe - SunCakeMom
  2. Add soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame seed oil, chinese five spices mix and optional hot sauce to the bowl.Hoisin sauce recipe - SunCakeMom
  3. Mix everything together. Add sweetener if desired and a teaspoon of cornstarch to thicken the sauce if necessary.Hoisin sauce recipe - SunCakeMom

Advanced

  1. Put the ingredients into a food processor. An immersion blender might do as well but the prunes tend to be hard to process with it.
  2. Process the mixture until smooth.
  3. Scrape it out of the food processor.  Use it immediately or keep it in the fridge in an airtight container.Hoisin sauce recipe - SunCakeMom

Overkill

Black beans sauce
  1. In a frying pan saute the chopped onion for about a minute.
  2. Add garlic, ginger and saute until the garlic gets fragrant.
  3. Add the black fermented beans, soy sauce, rice vine, rice vinegar and hot sauce. Mix it well bring it to a boil then take it off heat and let it cool off.
Hoisin sauce
  1. Put everything into a food processor. An immersion blender might do as well but the prunes tend to be hard to process with it.
  2. Process the mixture until smooth then scrape it out of the food processor. Use it immediately or keep it in the fridge in an airtight container.Hoisin sauce recipe - SunCakeMom

Enjoy!

Hoisin Sauce Recipe

Looking for a sauce so flavorful that's diversity binds together millions? Hoisin sauce can find the tastiest way wherever it goes!
Course Condiments
Cuisine Dairy free, Gluten free, Keto, Low carb recipe, Sugar free recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4
Author SunCakeMom

Ingredients

Beginner
  • 1 clove Garlic finely crushed
  • 4 prunes finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon Peanut butter
  • ¼ cup Soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoon Rice vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon Sesame seed oil
  • ½ teaspoon Chinese five spices powder if available
  • Hot sauce to taste
  • Cornstarch to thicken if needed
  • Sweetener to taste if needed
Advanced
  • 4 Prunes
  • 1 tablespoon Rice vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon Chinese five spices powder
  • 2 tablespoons Soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Sesame seed oil
  • 3 tablespoons Black bean sauce
  • Hot sauce to taste
Overkill
    Fermented black soy beans
    • Black soy beans
    • Water
    Black bean sauce
    • 2 tablespoons Oil
    • 2 green Onions finely chopped
    • 2 tablespoons Garlic finely chopped
    • 2 tablespoons Ginger finely chopped
    • 3 tablespoons Fermented black beans
    • 1 tablespoon Soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoon Rice vine
    • ½ teaspoon Rice vinegar
    • Hot sauce to taste
    Hoisin sauce
    • 4 Prunes
    • 1 tablespoon Rice vinegar
    • ½ teaspoon Chinese five spices powder
    • 2 tablespoons Soy sauce
    • ½ teaspoon Sesame seed oil
    • 1 tablespoon Rice vinegar
    • 3 tablespoons Black bean sauce
    • Hot sauce to taste

    Instructions

    Beginner

    • Add finely chopped garlic, prunes and peanut butter cream into a mixing bowl.
      Hoisin sauce recipe - SunCakeMom
    • Add soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame seed oil, chinese five spices mix and optional hot sauce to the bowl.
      Hoisin sauce recipe - SunCakeMom
    • Mix everything together. Add sweetener if desired and a teaspoon of cornstarch to thicken the sauce if necessary.
      Hoisin sauce recipe - SunCakeMom

    Advanced

    • Put the ingredients into a food processor. An immersion blender might do as well but the prunes tend to be hard to process with it.
    • Process the mixture until smooth.
      Hoisin sauce recipe - SunCakeMom
    • Scrape it out of the food processor. Use it immediately or keep it in the fridge in an airtight container.
      Hoisin sauce recipe - SunCakeMom

    Overkill

      Black beans sauce

      • In a frying pan saute the chopped onion for about a minute.
      • Add garlic, ginger and saute until the garlic gets fragrant.
      • Add the black fermented beans, soy sauce, rice vine, rice vinegar and hot sauce. Mix it well bring it to a boil then take it off heat and let it cool off.

      Hoisin sauce

      • Put everything into a food processor. An immersion blender might do as well but the prunes tend to be hard to process with it.
      • Process the mixture until smooth then scrape it out of the food processor. Use it immediately or keep it in the fridge in an airtight container.
        Hoisin sauce recipe - SunCakeMom

      Notes

      Enjoy!

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