We conducted several experiments before reaching a homemade hoisin sauce that looks, tastes, and feels like real hoisin sauce. Heck, we even had a recipe for date hoisin sauce way back in the day, but uh… sorry dates, there’s bigger players in the league now.

Hoisin is a thick, extremely salty, and relatively sweet sauce that’s found on the tables of most Vietnamese restaurants. It’s main use: squeezing into giant bowls of Pho. But hoisin’s got range – it’s also used as a glaze for meats, mixed with peanuts and used as a dipping sauce for spring rolls, and as an add-in ingredient to other sauces, such as Chinese bbq sauce.

We’re making it ourselves because it typically contains high amounts of sugar, which I know many of you guys can’t have in large amounts. So here’s a version that’s sugar-free, vegan, lectin-free, and only takes 10 minutes!



Spot-On Homemade Hoisin Sauce (sugar-free)

  • Servings: about 1/2 cup
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Thick, salty, & sweet hoisin sauce for Vietnamese and Chinese glazes, dipping, and marinates.


  • 5 tbsps tamari or soy sauce
  • 4 tbsps low-carb sweetener (erythritol, Swerve, or golden monk fruit sweetener)
  • 1 tbsp unsalted tahini
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely grated
  • 1/2 tsp Sriracha
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese five spice
  • pinch of black pepper


  1. Combine toasted sesame oil and grated garlic in a small pot over medium heat. Cook until the garlic’s edges are brown.
  2. Add in the rest of the ingredients (except for water) and simmer over medium heat for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  3. Once cool enough to handle, transfer sauce and 1 tablespoon of water into a mini food-processor or personal-sized blender and blend for about 30 seconds to make it smooth.
  4. Store sauce in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week and in the fridge for up to 2 months.

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