I needed Hoisin Sauce for a recipe the other day and had to make it from scratch. One of the disadvantages of living in rural America is the lack of variety in your local stores. I LOVE living where I do, with the open spaces, beautiful views, and friendly people. But, when I go outside the norm with a recipe, finding the ingredients can be a challenge. This is why I make a lot of my own sauces. For instance, this Hoisin Sauce was called for in a Mongolian recipe, but a bottle was not to be had at the local store, and since I did not plan ahead for the sudden onset of a desire for Mongolian Beef, I had to do the proverbial kitchen punt. After doing a little research on the sauce, I came up with the recipe.
Most recipes you will find online have more soy sauce than I like to use, so this is adapted for my personal taste. I ALWAYS live by the rule that I want a hint of each flavor, but I never want to have one thing overpowered by something else. Nothing is worse than taking a bite and immediately saying, “OH WOW, that has a lot of _____ (fill in the blank)!”
So, here is my rendition of a balanced Hoisin Sauce. Keep it on hand for your Asian-inspired dishes!
1/4 Cup Molasses
2 Tablespoons Low Salt Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons Creamy Peanut Butter
2 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar
1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Sriracha Hot Sauce
1 1/2 Teaspoons Cornstarch
1 1/2 Teaspoons Cold Water
- All you need to do for this recipe is combine all the above ingredients in a small saucepan until the peanut butter is dissolved and the molasses is incorporated.
- Remove from heat.
- Combine the cornstarch and cold water in a small bowl.
- Stir this into the warm mixture. It will thicken.
- Now you can use this sauce to enhance all of your Asian-inspired dishes.
- You can store this in your refrigerator for at least two weeks, but if you store it in an airtight container, I would trust it for up to four.
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