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
Serves: 8 servings
Makes: 1/2 cup

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  • 6 tablespoons dark brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons black bean and garlic paste

  • 3 tablespoons water

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons 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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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
60 Calories
0g Fat
14g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 60
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 261mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 51mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)