Hoisin Sauce

Hoisin sauce is an Asian condiment that is a mixture of several bold flavors like bean paste, garlic, chilies, and spices. Because you may not have access to an Asian grocery store, we’ve included 3 different versions, one of which is sure to appeal to your palate.



Hoisin Sauce

Marla Hingley
Black bean paste or miso paste is sometimes hard to find in a regular grocery store, so our first version has ingredients that are readily available and could already be in your pantry.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 8


Version 1 (makes about 1/2 cup)

  • 4 Tbsp GF soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp molasses
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp Siracha or other GF hot sauce
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder

Version 2 (makes about 1 cup)

  • 1 Tbsp oil of your choice
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1/2 cup red miso paste
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar

Version 3 (makes about 1 cup)

  • 6 Tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp black bean paste
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp GF soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp agave or honey
  • 4 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1/2 tsp sesame paste
  • 1/4 tsp Sriracha or other GF hot sauce


  • For all versions, combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  • Allow to cool, then store in a sealable jar in the fridge for up to 4 days.
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  1. I am intolerant to soy and sesame. I substitute coconut aminos for the soy sauce. What is best to substitute for the sesame?

  2. I’m not really sure of anything that would be similar to that flavor, maybe a bit of almond butter? Or you can omit it completely, then taste the sauce. Adjust the other ingredients as necessary until you get a flavor you like. Let me know how it turns out, then I can share it with everyone else!

  3. Is black bean paste (or miso) just pureed beans that you could make up yourself?

  4. You can make it homemade, but you need to get fermented black beans. These are very diffferent than the canned black beans you find in the canned vegetable aisle of the grocery store. You may need to go to an asian grocery store to find fermented black beans. Although, while you’re there check if they have some gluten free black bean paste. If they don’t here’s a recipe to make your own:
    2 Tbsp peanut oil
    2 Tbsp fermented black beans,rinsed and drained
    1 Tbsp garlic,minced
    1/2 cup GF chicken broth
    1 Tbsp GFsoy sauce
    2 Tbsp rice wine
    1 tsp sugar
    1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
    In a medium-high heat skillet add oil, black beans and garlic. Stir-fry about 12 seconds, then add remaining ingredients stirring until thickened, about 1 minute.
    Miso paste is made from fermented soybeans.

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