Hoisin sauce is a staple condiment in Asian cuisine, especially in Chinese and some Vietnamese food recipes. From fried rice, vegetable stir-fries, marinades, and grilled meats to soups, dipping sauce, and table condiments, Hoisin sauce is definitely a must-have sauce in Asian cuisine.
Perhaps it’s its fragrant aroma and savory-sweet, slightly pungent flavor that makes it popular. But, did you know that hoisin sauce also comes in handy because of its versatility?
You can simply flavor your stir-fried veggies like broccoli, bok choy, or spinach with a tablespoon or two of this sauce. Add some leftover rice and you’ve got a flavorful Asian vegetable-fried rice in minutes. Or, you can also add it into marinades or make it into a barbecue sauce for grilled or roasted meats! Hoisin sauce makes a great addition to your pantry.
However, since hoisin sauce is made from fermented soybeans, sugar, vinegar, salt, garlic, and some other flavorings, it’s not free from soy and contains high amounts of sugar and sodium. These characteristics make a lot of people hesitant when using this condiment.
Thus, this recipe is created to ensure that everyone can enjoy hoisin sauce in its healthiest and most flavorful form. While a typical hoisin sauce provides around 260 mg of sodium per tablespoon, this one only gives 125 mg– that’s more than 50% sodium reduction! Not only that, but this recipe also provides twice as much protein and twice as few carbs (especially sugar) as those store-bought ones. Best of all, this recipe only takes 5 minutes to make! Enjoy!
Homemade Gluten-Free and Soy-Free Hoisin Sauce
- Combine all the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and mix well.
- Transfer into an airtight container or mason jar and refrigerate.
- This hoisin sauce can last for up to a month in the fridge.
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