Hoisin Dipping Sauce

Hoisin sauce and sweet and sour chili sauce
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Ratings (9)
  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1/3 cup (2-3 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
809 Calories
76g Fat
31g Carbs
5g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Hoisin sauce, sometimes called Chinese barbecue sauce, is a fragrant, pungent sauce used frequently in Asian vegetable stir-frys and marinades as well as Asian-style grilled dishes. Made from a combination of soy, garlic, vinegar, and usually chili and sweetener, hoisin is dark in color and thick in consistency. It has a very strong salty and slightly sweet flavor.

As with most dipping sauces, this tastes best if the flavors are allowed to blend for 1 hour before serving.


  • 1 tablespoon oil (for stir-frying)
  • 1 clove garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger (chopped)
  • 6 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 drops sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chile paste (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon peanuts (chopped)

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oil in a wok over medium-high to high heat.

  2. Add the garlic and ginger to the wok.

  3. Stir-fry briefly until aromatic.

  4. urn the heat down to medium and stir in the other ingredients.

  5. Heat through and remove from the stove. Cool.

  6. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.