People may wish to substitute hoisin sauce for many reasons. Examples of alternatives a person can make at home include teriyaki sauce and kidney beans, barbecue sauce and molasses, miso paste, and more.
Possible reasons a person may wish to use an alternative to hoisin sauce include an intolerance or allergy to a specific ingredient, to reduce their salt or sugar intake, to manage blood glucose levels or weight, or simply for taste. People can easily make many delicious alternatives at home to fit their preferences.
Hoisin sauce is a condiment that people use in Asian recipes and cooking. For example, they may use it as a dip for spring rolls or dim sum, add it to stir fries, or use it as a marinade or glaze to add flavor to meat or seafood.
The dark-colored sauce has a thick consistency and a sweet, salty, tangy flavor. People sometimes refer to hoisin sauce as Chinese barbecue sauce, and stores sell different flavors.
Although “hoisin” is the Chinese word for seafood, the sauce does not contain seafood and is usually suitable for vegans. However, people should check for added thickeners, colors, or flavorings that may not be vegan.
People can easily make a quick substitute for hoisin sauce using store cupboard staples but should be aware that this may alter the flavor of the recipe, which they may need to adjust. The following is a list of suitable alternatives.
There are many hoisin substitutes a person can easily make at home, including:
Teriyaki sauce and kidney beans
Hoisin sauce contains soybean paste, making it thicker than teriyaki sauce with a more salty flavor.
Use kidney beans to thicken the sauce for the following recipe.
- 3 tbsp teriyaki sauce
- ¾ cup cooked kidney beans
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 3 tbsp molasses
- 2 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
- 2 tsp red wine vinegar
Drain and rinse the beans and puree them with the other ingredients using a blender. Pass the mixture through a sieve or muslin cloth for a finer texture.
Soybean paste and dates
The main ingredient in hoisin sauce is fermented soybean paste, and people can use this to make their recipe at home.
Some hoisin sauce may have a high sugar content, which may lead to weight gain if someone eats it too often.
This vegan hoisin sauce recipe includes maple syrup as an additional sweetener. However, a person can omit this and add a few extra dates instead if they are watching their sugar intake.
Garlic and prunes
This recipe uses prunes as a sweetener for hoisin sauce.
Prunes are a
Additionally, this recipe contains garlic, which
Barbecue sauce and molasses
People sometimes refer to hoisin sauce as Chinese barbecue sauce, and an individual can use regular barbecue sauce in a recipe for a suitable alternative.
Molasses adds more depth of flavor and sweetness to the sauce and is a source of minerals and antioxidants.
For a quick and easy recipe, someone can try blending the following. If the sauce is too thick, they can also add a little water
- 3 tbsp molasses
- ¾ cup barbecue sauce
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1½ tsp Chinese five-spice powder
Peanut butter and soy sauce
Adding peanut butter to a homemade hoisin sauce is tasty and provides extra protein.
A person can try crunchy peanut butter, which makes an excellent sauce for dipping. Try this recipe.
Traditional hoisin sauce contains soybean paste, which retailers sometimes refer to as doenjang.
However, people can make hoisin sauce using miso paste instead. Miso paste is a type of soybean paste originating from Japan. Miso producers use grains such as rice or barley to start the fermentation process. Doenjang is a soybean paste originating from Korea, which does not use grain in the fermentation process.
According to scientific consensus, the process of fermentation that producers use to make doenjang and miso
If a person has a soy intolerance or allergy, they can use brown rice miso and omit the soy sauce in this recipe.
Sriracha sauce adds a spicy element to a hoisin alternative and is very easy to make using just three ingredients:
- 1 tbsp sriracha sauce
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 tbsp brown sugar or 2 tbsp molasses
Someone could also add a clove of garlic and a tablespoon of peanut butter if they wish.
Plum jam and teriyaki sauce
If a person happens to have some plum jam and teriyaki sauce at home, they can make a hoisin sauce substitute using the following recipe.
- 2 tbsp of plum jam
- 1 tbsp of teriyaki sauce
- 2 cloves of grated garlic
- ½ tsp crushed red pepper
- 1-inch piece of grated root ginger
To make the sauce, first, mix the plum jam and teriyaki sauce until they blend well, then add the other ingredients.
Black bean sauce and plums
Using ripe plums in a hoisin sauce adds a fresh flavor and additional vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Plums also have numerous health benefits due to their nutrition profile.
This recipe uses a black bean sauce, which a person may have in their cupboard if they do not have hoisin sauce.
Oyster sauce is not as sweet as hoisin and has a fishy flavor. It may make a suitable alternative for a stir fry or seafood recipe, and someone can adjust the flavor by adding a suitable sweetener.
However, people following a vegetarian or vegan diet and those who have an allergy to oysters should be aware that it contains oyster extracts, so it is not appropriate for them to consume.
Depending on what someone requires for their recipe, they may be able to use one of several ready-made sauces and condiments instead of hoisin sauce. These include:
- soy sauce
- tamari, which is suitable for gluten-free diets
- oyster sauce
- chili sauce
- barbecue sauce
- sweet and sour sauce
- teriyaki sauce
Although hoisin sauce has its own unique flavor, people can make a similar sauce at home using ingredients in their store cupboards.
Using sweeteners such as dates or plums instead of sugar can create a sauce with a lower glycemic index. This will impact a person’s blood sugar and weight less than store-bought sauces with added sugars.
People may need to adapt their recipes according to the ingredients they use.