Homemade Hoisin Sauce

Perfect for dipping or BBQ…

You most likely have eaten spicy hoisin sauce, but have you ever considered making it? Creating a homemade hoisin sauce is easier that you’d expect. It’s a perfect dip for spring rolls and egg rolls, and if Peking duck is on tonight’s menu, you’ll most certainly want a side of hoisin. But don’t forget, hoisin is also terrific for barbecue, especially as a marinade or finishing sauce for BBQ pork. The sweet and spicy earthiness of hoisin works very well with the rich smoky flavors found from the grill.

Sriracha sauce is the heat source here, and Chinese five-spice powder adds a definite exoticness to the overall flavor. If you have no Chinese five-spice powder, substitute in an equal amount of black pepper. What you lose in flavor, you’ll gain with a little extra warmth. 

Looking for more exotic spicy sauces to DIY like our homemade hoisin sauce? We have many to offer in our spicy recipe index. For instance, try this carrot habanero sauce which pairs earthy sweet with some extreme spice. This is not one sauce for the timid. Another good choice – homemade yakiniku sauce. It’s a Japanese barbecue sauce that’s perfect paired with many grilled meats.

homemade hoisin sauce

Homemade Hoisin Sauce

Earthy, sweet, and fiery
4.23 from 9 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Sauce
Servings 10 servings
Calories 38 kcal


  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seed oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder


  • In a sauce pan over medium heat, combine all ingredients.
  • Stir frequently until the peanut butter and molasses have incorporated into the sauce.
  • Remove from heat and cool the sauce at room temperature for 5 minutes.


Calories: 38kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 367mgPotassium: 81mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin C: 1.1mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 0.4mg


Keyword Sriracha
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on August 17, 2019 to include new content. It was originally published on April 26, 2016.