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  • Dairy free
  • Egg free
  • Lactose free
  • Shellfish free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

This versatile sauce adds much-needed umami to any dish and elevates it with its spiced sweet-salty flavour. 

  • Makes1, 3/4 cups (185ml)
  • Prep time5 minutes
Hoisin sauce


  • 1/3 cup (80ml) soy sauce
  • 2 tbs smooth peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 tbs brown sugar
  • 2 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp Chinese five spice
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Nutritional information

Per Tbs: Energy: 235kJ/56 Cals (3%), Protein: 2g (4%), Fat: 4g (6%), Sat Fat: 1g (4%), Sodium: 657mg (33%), Carb: 3g (1%), Sugar: 3g (3%), Dietary Fibre: 1g (3%).

Check ingredient labels to make sure they meet your specific dietary requirements and always consult a health professional before changing your diet. View dietary information here.

Percentage Daily Intake information on our recipes is calculated using the nutrition reference values for an average Australian adult.


  1. Step 1

    Place the soy sauce, peanut butter, sugar, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, Chinese five spice and pepper in a small food processor. Process until smooth.

  2. Step 2

    Store in a sterilised bottle or an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 months.


Recipe tip

Use in your favourite stir-fry or as a dipping sauce.

Clever storage: Store your rice wine vinegar in a cool, dry and dark place in the pantry. Discard if it is past the use by date on the packaging.

Hoisin sauce recipe

You may have seen or tried hoisin sauce at a Vietnamese restaurant. It’s that dark red-brown, sweet sauce in the plastic squeezy bottle that people sometimes add to their steaming bowls of pho. Did you know that hoisin sauce didn’t originate in Vietnam, even though it’s widely used in their cooking? Hoisin sauce is Cantonese and it also frequently makes an appearance in Chinese dishes. For example, it is part of the basting solution for Chinese red BBQ pork (or char siu). This recipe shows you how to make hoisin sauce in your own kitchen.

How to sterilise your bottle or jar for this hoisin sauce recipe

To sterilise the glass bottle or jar where you will store the sauce, follow these steps:

  • Check that there are no chips or cracks on the bottle or jar.
  • Wash it with hot soapy water (the lid as well) and rinse. You can wash by hand or in the dishwasher.
  • Put the bottle or jar and its lid into a pot of water. They should be submerged fully. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat to low, allowing it to boil gently for 10 minutes.
  • Remove them using tongs.
  • Place them upside down on a clean tea towel to drip-dry.
  • Your bottle or jar is ready to use.

Storing and serving your homemade hoisin sauce

The hoisin sauce will keep in the fridge for up to 3 months. Be sure to put the lid on the bottle or jar properly and use a clean spoon to scoop out what you need, putting the remaining sauce back in the fridge. Use hoisin sauce to brush onto meats as a marinade, add it to stir-fry dishes or serve it as a dipping sauce. You can make char siu or pork ribs with it, and as a condiment it goes well with fresh Vietnamese rice paper rolls. You can also use it to marinate vegetarian proteins like tofu and tempeh.

Now get cooking

Unable to run out to buy hoisin sauce? Make it yourself using our easy recipe. It adds a ton of flavour to any dish, like in these recipes for hoisin, beef and cashew stir-frysticky pork burgers with hoisin ketchup and hoisin-glazed pork chops with mixed cabbage and pear slaw.