Hoisin Sauce Recipe

A little bit of hoisin goes a long way, and you'll soon think of ways to mix this homemade version into all of your favorite Chinese dishes.


You'll likely find a plastic bottle or ceramic bowl of hoisin on the table at your local Chinese-American restaurant. The sauce, thick and nearly jet-black, is a staple in many dishes. The mixture of brown sugar, black bean and garlic paste, and spices is at once sweet, salty, and funky.

Recipe Facts

Active: 10 mins
Total: 10 mins
Makes: 1/2 cup

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  • 6 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoon black bean and garlic paste
  • 3 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 4 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sriracha


  1. Combine brown sugar, black bean and garlic paste, water, soy sauce, honey, vinegar, five-spice powder, sesame paste, and Sriracha in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, lower heat, and simmer until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Let cool to room temperature and use immediately or store in an airtight container.

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